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Essences Insensées eau de parfum 2015

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Each year since 2014, Diptyque has launched a limited-edition fragrance inspired by the quality of the harvest of a specific ingredient as part of its Essences Insensées collection. In 2014 the featured ingredient was mimosa, in 2015 it was jasmine and in 2016 it was Rose de Mai. The year in the name of the fragrance indicates the featured note.

The mimosa based Essences Insensées eau de parfum 2014 is what drew me to the collection in the first place and has become a favourite of mine and right beside it is the jasmine based Essences Insensées eau de parfum 2015.

Of Essences Insensées eau de parfum 2015, the Diptyque website says:  “After mimosa in 2014, jasmine provides the inspiration for this new opus. A very special kind of jasmine. Grown in Grasse, at the centre of the perfume industry, it isn’t picked until the autumn, at the very end of the season, when it has a fruity, almost candied quality.

Essences Insensées is the result of the blooms picked by happenstance, and time itself. A fleeting fragrance whose origins lie on the hillsides of Grasse.” A.Very. Special. Kind. Of. Jasmine. Sold.

It opens sweet and heady with aromatic, orange blossom, the warmth of my skin making it deeper and richer, as it teases the indolic, opulent and lush jasmine up through it. As it blooms, there’s a subtle soapiness that appears just before it gets all fruity (I smell pear and banana and strawberry) and honey-sweet and jammy – it’s the candied fruit quality described on the website. As this passes, a note of basil shows up and adds an herbal, green dimension to the fragrance.  It all quiets down to a sensuous skin scent that reflects the fleeting fragrance of jasmine in the fields of Grasse in the autumn.
Basically, Essences Insensées eau de parfum 2015 is a soliflore – a beautiful jasmine fragrance with supporting notes that let the jasmine shine. It’s not dirty or animalic at all but floral and feminine, in my opinion, despite being labeled ‘unisex’.

And the light, wafting scent of true jasmine in Essences Insensées eau de parfum 2015 is especially irresistible to me.

Notes: Jasmine, orange blossom flower, basil

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Fabrice Pellegrin

Price: $7.00