SCENT | Diptyque L’Ombre Dans L’Eau


Sometimes you just have to buy yourself really expensive things. This isn’t actually a recent purchase, which makes me feel better about it in the no-longer-feeling-the-sting-of-spending-$175-on-a-bottle-of-perfume kind of way. I bought myself a bottle of Diptyque’s L’Ombre Dans L’Eau in celebration when I got the job at Clinique; I no longer have the job at Clinique but I still love this fragrance, whatever that means. I think I decided that if I was going to buy a Diptyque fragrance for myself I was going to do it right, goddamn it, so I bought the 100ml.

I don’t know very much about writing about fragrances, but I do know more than I did six months ago, thanks to Greta introducing me to Fragrantica at work so we could read funny reviews of disgusting old lady scents like Youth Dew and Blue Grass. There’s something called sillage, which is the extent to which a fragrance lingers in the air or emanates from the wearer, and I just now learned that it is pronounced as a French word (of course it is), rather than sill-idge like I first read it, so it’s lucky I don’t really do videos anymore.

I can’t comment on the sillage of L’Ombre Dans L’Eau because when I wear it I’m at the centre of it, of course, and can’t say how far it projects. It lasts on me for a long time though, which I do like, because there’s no point putting something on if you can’t smell it later. I mean, really, I’m not wearing this stupidly expensive perfume so that other people can smell it.


L’Ombre Dans L’Eau translates as ‘shadow on the water‘, and this is definitely a wet-smelling fragrance, although it’s more along the lines of rain than any large bodies of water. If I was naming it and had to stick with the current convention I’d probably call it La Pluie Dans Le Jardinrain in the garden.

It smells like leaves more than flowers; black currant leaves, according to the brand, and roses, but it’s definitely not a cloying rose-petal-y kind of smell. I don’t go round smelling leaves enough to differentiate between them, but I can say that if you’ve visited the Rose Garden at the Botanic Gardens in Wellington in the rain while the plants aren’t flowering… it probably doesn’t smell anything like this fragrance. I’m sorry, I don’t think I possess quite enough wank to talk about fragrance seriously.

The Baies candle from Diptyque is meant to smell the same as L’Ombre Dans L’Eau, but I think it might be too overwhelming if my whole house smelled like this. I know candles smell different when they’re burning, but any time I sniff the Baies candle in Mecca I don’t particularly like it.

While we’re speaking of Mecca Cosmetica, which is where I bought this for far too much money ($172 NZD), they’re opening a popup store on Lambton Quay while Kirkcaldies is closed. (Ignore this paragraph if you’re not from Wellington.) I’m really hoping it becomes a more permanent thing, or even heralds a Mecca Maxima, because I don’t know if Mecca will go into David Jones when it opens in the middle of the year. Regardless, I’m just excited I’ll have somewhere to visit and smell the fancy candles while the department store is closed!

Tell me what your favourite perfume is or what the most you’ve spent on one fragrance is!

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  • Imogen

    No idea what the most I have spent is. Probably $150-$200 ish. My two faves are YSL Cinema EDP and Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDT. Both warm scents, not floral or cloying.

    • I haven’t smelled Cinema, although tbh I really don’t like Narciso Rodriguez for her!

  • Kirsty Leigh

    Omg Morgan. You really don’t want to know how I’ve been pronouncing “sillage” all this time. CRINGE TOWN ????????????

    • I still pronounce it sill-idge! It makes it sound so kiwi

  • I recently purchased Diptiques’ ‘Eau Duelle’ after wanting it for over a year and I do not regret it one bit!!! You’re totally right, sometimes you have to buy yourself really expensive things! Shamefully I’ve already made a noticeable dent in the bottle after such a short period of owning it but I get compliments all the time and smell so darn good i don’t even gaf. Will def repurchase, I want to smell like this till I die.

    • I haven’t smelled Eau Duelle! I just bought another expensive fragrance (Byredo) and I think I love it even more than L’Ombre Dans L’Eau. Possibly found my signature scent!

  • punkdinosaur

    I read some of the reviews in that link you supplied… snorted my brain cells away.