The result of this new olfactory birth from the legendary Diptyque house is called L’Eau Papier, embodied again in a black and white flask’s label, as many other house fragrances. Behind this mysterious French appellation hides a logical reference to paper material, at the origin of any creative venture, as an encounter between handy action of writing and olfactory action of feeling fragrances (photo credits: AL & Diptyque).
In a way, this newly born olfactory creation can be regarded as a true synesthetic experience, but also a certain tribute to imagination, thanks to the endless stories able to put in writing on paper, often related to random memories they can possibly arise.
Therefore, this new perfume from Diptyque has been imagined with the perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin, with the support of the artist Alix Waline. By the way, L’Eau Papier also recalls the history of Diptyque, from its nature and its name, often turned to oriental tradition of diluted Chinese ink, gathered by water and paper. That’s why this alliance between those two elements may evoke the universe or some random workshop of an artist, displaying some similar scents of oil and varnish.
“Creating a perfume for Diptyque is like writing a book. A story, an introduction, an architecture, raw materials that echo to each other in order to create a story, are necessary. For L’Eau Papier, I started with a primary ingredient, which is cereal, and sesame in particular and its roasted seed extract. This is the surprising element of the fragrance, which I chose to evoke the new smell of ink and bring a refined indulgence. I sublimated it by working on musky notes, for more sensuality. I then added floral notes of mimosa, starring some powdery and delicate properties, in order to accompany the soft note represented by paper. The singularity of cereals and ink accord associated with the sweetness of white musks for the olfactory evokation of paper somehow defines this fragrance. Therefore, I tried to translate the delicate and sensitive contact of ink on the sheet with an overdose of musks” admits Fabrice Pellegrin.
For this Eau Papier graphic realization, she has composed a specific artwork, tainted with delicate black and white tones, while multiplying random shadows and textures on her label drawing. In fact and contrary to the traditional illustrations of other Diptyque perfumes, there is here no recognizable figure nor landscape on the label, but a simple black and white impressionist and abstract composition in the meantime. A good way to stimulate your imagination, as many emotions conveyed by those fine and expressive ink traits.
As far as we know, there is a multitude of small tight lines able to highlight the promised olfactory accord of steamed rice emanating from this perfume, among other musky and woody notes. The latter represents a real symbol of longevity and pays a tribute to the original nature from paper.
In fact, this perfume would lead you for a sort of comforting and enveloping hug, enhanced by its soft accents of musk and other notes from its discreet mimosa and even blonde wood background. Perfect to endorse on a romantic summer night, in order to observe its evolution on your skin like some ink spread on a virgin sheet.