New scents that evoke mayflowers and madeleines | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Essences Insensées perfume in vintage-inspired bottle
Essences Insensées perfume in vintage-inspired bottle
Essences Insensées perfume in vintage-inspired bottle


Diptyque recently had an intimate reveal of two new scents at Shangri-La at the Fort: Essences Insensées and La Madeleine.

Essences Insensées scent is in a vintage-inspired glass perfume bottle, with an attached round pump for the atomizer. Ladies can pretend to be Madame de Pompadour when applying the perfume.
The bottle is colored deep black, and was handcrafted by Waltersperger, a 100-year-old firm specializing in creating high-end perfume, wine and spirits bottles.

The perfume is decidedly feminine, although the people from Diptyque say that their fragrances are unisex. Famed perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin created the scent from mayflowers, freshly harvested from the vast flower plantations in Grasse. The scent, while very flowery, has hints of honey and red fruit accents.


The new La Madeleine scented wax candle by Diptyque. The fragrancewas inspired by themadeleine pastry described in Marcel Proust’s novels.
The new La Madeleine scented wax candle by Diptyque. The fragrancewas inspired by themadeleine pastry described in Marcel Proust’s novels.



The La Madeleine scent was presented in candle form. Apart from its mouthwatering scent, the La Madeleine candle has an intriguing literary origin. It was inspired by Marcel Proust’s literary masterpiece “Remembrance of Things Past,” or more popularly known as “In Search of Lost Time.”

Proust described how food—in his case, a madeleine biscuit—can summon such powerful emotions in our hearts and minds. His description of the feeling of a sudden rush of memories when tasting a madeleine dipped in tea has been called “the Proustian moment.”

The La Madeleine has a delicious aroma that captures perfectly the citrusy, buttery scent of a madeleine biscuit. Like the Essences Insensées, its container was crafted by a well-known artisanal firm—NG Oficinas de Porcelanas in Portugal.

Black enamel surrounds the edge of the candle holder. Like the perfume bottle of the Essences Insensées, the La Madeleine container can also be used as a classy interior accent.

Essences Insensées is available for P7,950 and La Madeleine candle for P4,250, at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La,
Rustan’s Cebu, Adora, Central Square.

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