Diptyque’s florals all have something of the shadowy ancient world about them, as if the perfumes were trapped and panting in glass. Ofrésia is no different. Rather than attempting the usual freesia bouquet of the conservative – moingy and prissy a l’Americana – Ofrésia is an intense, rain-grey block of freesias, peppered quite spitefully with mauve and lemon-yellow.
The flowers’ natural, sherbet-like vivacity – surely the most deliciously child-friendly of all flower scents – is tempered here with a certain dour, French severity. Olivia Giacobetti – master of the quiet, live floral – imbues the stems of her just-cut freesias with sternness, lending these beautifully fragrant flowers a watered, vigorous astringency.