Diptyque (1988)

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There are 37 reviews of Olène by Diptyque.

A marching squad of jasmine – front, back, left, right, centre – touches of mellow honeysuckle and wisteria notwithstanding. Dewy green up top, and then creamy and heady and about as close to the real thing as one gets. Successfully manages to evoke the cool of the morning rather than the tropical afternoon of many a white floral. Not really my thing, but shouldn’t disappoint those in search of jasmine soliflores to love.
Sep 4, 2021

Beautiful jasmine, lightly indolic, with a touch of tuberose and bleu cheese gardenia underneath, and a touch of plastic to give the illusion of freesia. There's also quite a bit of sneezy white soap in here as well, which keeps it solidly "perfume", as opposed to one of those hyper-literal walking-through-a-garden scents.

This is so clearly jasmine that it's kind of hard for me to let go of that and imagine it as wisteria, but this does a decent job calling to mind the smell of a wall of wisteria that's just starting to turn.

I personally prefer my jasmine literal as opposed to "soapy", but there's no denying that this is a beautiful perfume. Definitely a thumbs up.
May 20, 2021

Shampoo and hairspray with a hint of melon in the beginning, followed by jasmine and a soapy-floral dry-down which is much better than the initial phases. Half-way between crudeness and refinement. Not terrible, but you come to expect better from Diptyque.

Sep 2, 2019

Olène (1988) is a staple perfume of the classic lineup composed by Serge Kolouguine for the niche house Diptyque, and has an almost soliflore quality, like several others going back to the origins of the brand. Olène is extremely light, fresh, and strikingly modern for a feminine-leaning floral created at the height of 80's powerhouse fever, when terrible tuberose and massive animalic patchouli rose compositions ruled the day for women alongside the old faithful oakmoss chypres carrying over from decades past. Indeed, Diptyque Olène feels right at home among many linear 6-note wonder scents littering the crowded field of back-to-basics niche perfumery, so I can only imagine how something so clean and almost angelic must have been perceived at its time of release. Then again, jasmine-focused scents only can really go one of two ways, with a focus on the hedionic aspects as Olène does, or the sex-dripping indolic aspects as the later Serge Lutens À la Nuit (2000) or Lust by Gorilla Perfumes [Lush] (2010). In the case of Olène, this affords a very wearable and almost generalist perfume experience that is reminiscent of jasmine silver needle tea, which is a winner in my book.

The scent of Diptyque Olène opens with a light narcissus and soft honeysuckle, the latter being a flower which itself is something of a cousin to jasmine in tonality, and merges quite beautifully with the star of the show once the jasmine appears moments into the wear. Honeysuckle bows out to the jasmine, and the kind of jasmine achieved here through the use of mostly a hedionic variety is that of the "caught in the air" type Seals & Crofts became famous singing about, but before you get the lyrics of Summer Breeze stuck in your head, there is a bit of enrichment in the form of wisteria. The wisteria flower is a climber and a cousin to cistus labdanum, having a similar pasty aroma but a tad darker and more mellow. I feel the wisteria is another segue note just as the honeysuckle is, since the base of vetiver, musk, and a light cedar dusting emerges from this wisteria. Wear time is astonishingly long for such an otherwise-light perfume, and will last on clothes for days. Best in summer, Olène is the polite perfume for jasmine lovers that want the calming effects of a nice jasmine aroma without anything scandalous in tone. I'd say fans of the flower can safely blind buy this, but sampling is easily done since Diptyque is easily reached online or in higher-end department stores.

I like Olène a lot, but my boyfriend in particular is gaga for this scent, so I have far more experience "catching it in the air" off of him than wearing it on my own skin, so I can vouch for its intended purpose to simulate the smell of walking through a Venetian garden. Some people say older iterations of this were muskier and a tad more indolic, and if that is so, I kind of like the modern version better because there are enough flirtatious indolic jasmine perfumes on the market as it is, and very few clean hedionic ones without the jasmine being buried behind a half-dozen other notes. In conclusion, something like this might be too perfectly linear or focused for people deep in their perfume journeys, and therefore perfectly boring to people looking for perfumes that unfold like a fairy-tale on skin, but for a "simple pleasures" kind of scent based almost solely on interpreting the smell of jasmine blowing through the air, one will be hard-pressed to do better than Diptyque Olène. Fans of any sort of jasmine tea will also want to take note, because this is essentially that but for your skin. Lovers of jasmine will see this as unisex anyway, but for the mainstream crowd, there isn't much unisex appeal here. Thumbs Up!
Apr 23, 2019

This is floral galore. Opening with a jasmin as the core component throughout, I get an interesting set of additional floral undertones. At times a crisper and nigh steely-bitter intensive indolic aroma, intermixed with notes narcissus and at times even touches of tuberose with hyacinth. Otherwise this is a fairly linear composition.

The performance is excellent, with moderate sillage, very good projection and a magnificent thirteen hours of longevity on my skin.

A nice floral for the jasmine-lover, never cloying or too sweet, with great performance. 3.25/5.
Sep 25, 2017

Stardate 20170824:

Smells like a good quality soap. No indoles. No richness. Fabric softner type smell. I will pass. Maybe they need to come out with EDP for this one.
Neutral to thumbs down.
This may be a victim of reformulation. My review is for what is out there now. Seems that vintage juice was better.
Aug 24, 2017

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