I was kindly sent a sample of Eau de Lavande (my nearest John Lewis is woefully understocked where Diptyque is concerned and nowhere else local stocks it!) and I can tell you now, without being swayed by the pretty packaging of a full-size bottle, that this is the best lavender fragrance I have ever tried.
Lavender, like other classic flowers, has sometimes had a bit of an old-fashioned reputation, being associated with the kind of perfume that our grandmothers would wear. Now, as a vintage lover, that's not necessarily a problem for me, but I do find that sometimes lavender fragrances I've tried (Crabtree and Evelyn, Marks and Spencer's etc.) are too overpowering, and too 'flat', smelling too similar to the lavender cleaning products I use rather than being a perfume that you'd want on your skin.
Diptyque's fragrance has a depth I've never encountered in a predominantly lavender based perfume before, with fresh top-notes and spicy undertones. Apparently three different types of lavender have been used in this creation, including Provencal lavender essence, and the spices include cinnamon, nutmeg and coriander. It is a wonderful, heady scent, and I am sat at my keyboard sniffing my wrist intermittently because it's so beautiful.
If you love lavender, please head off to your local Diptyque stockist now and inhale deeply. Somehow, Diptyque has created a lavender perfume that is classic and modern at the same time. My hat off to the alchemist that came up with this potion!
All fragrances in then Les Eaux Florales range are available to buy online at Diptyque's website here. 100ml priced at £65, and a roll-on at £32. I was sent a sample of the perfume for review, but all views are my own!