Just over a year after I moved into my rented North London flat, I still can’t quite get my head around the fact that I live in such a lovely space, surrounded by all my treasured possessions. Although I owned a flat in London for nearly ten years, I rented it out when I moved to America, and latterly spent two years of living out of a suitcase as I travelled around America after I left my last magazine position.
The legacy of all that suitcase and storage locker living is that my home space has become extremely important to me, and I take enormous pleasure from having beautiful things at hand. And that includes lots of fresh flowers and scented candles.
My latest indulgence is the new Sablier by Diptyque. I was introduced to it when I visited the original Diptyque shop at 34 boulevard Saint Germain back in August. Of course, we all know the glorious scented candles, but this is something quite new from the purveyors of scented loveliness, which they launched this September.
Several years in production, the Sablier – or Hourglass, is Diptyque’s take on diffused scent. They knew that they didn’t want to go down the route of scented sticks, as so many home perfumers did, and so developed a beautiful glass vessel that would diffuse the scent in a different way. This works by simply tipping the vessel over to allow the liquid to run through a complex diffusing piece into the bottom glass.
Of course, although it looks simple, inside it is anything but. That’s because scent diffuses into the air differently this way, and it took months to re-formulate 34, the house fragrance, so that it smelt correct as the volatile fragrance oils dispersed into the air through the central part of the Sablier device.
That’s why, for the moment, the Sablier is only available in the one scent, although they are currently developing others in the Diptyque family which will be launched soon.
I wanted to test mine out thoroughly before I wrote about it. I took the photos in my hallway last week, which means that the Sablier’s contents have lasted just over two months so far, – although I haven’t been turning it over every day. The diffused scent is noticeable in my flat, but not over-powering, and I love how the glass vessel looks on my hall table. (I would definitely buy a replacement.)