You know that woman who walks past you in the bathroom at work and leaves behind her a cloud of perfume so thick and sickly you can practically see it?
No one wants to be her.
Everyone knows one and, as nice as she may be, everyone also knows that super-sweet-barbie-perfume lady is not an aspirational figure. Which is fine, but also tricky if, deep down, you love sweet scents more than anything.
Given the chance, I too would stalk the corridors of my workplace, fumigating the adjacent meeting rooms with ten too many spritzes of eau de sparkly tropical cotton candy unicorn. But alas I possess not the cajones to do so.
In fact, maybe we've got super-sweet-barbie-perfume lady all wrong. Maybe, far from being oblivious of her attendant cloud of saccharine scent, she is instead courageously flying the flag for lovers of sweet scents the world over, embarrassment be damned.
Apologies super-sweet-barbie-perfume lady, we misjudged you.
But if you, like me, can't summon the courage to wear something sweet enough to start a revolution, I have a solution for you.
Diptyque's Eau Duelle is a sweet vanilla scent which is so delicate, so classy, that any notions of celebrity endorsement are forgotten from the first spritz - Britney who? Its name literally means 'dual', and this definitely is a perfume in which two opposing forces collide (but beautifully). At first spray you get what Diptyque call 'cold spices'. Think cinnamon and clove, but freshly picked and almost grassy. Then you get luxurious frankincense, and then the most warm, inviting and natural smelling vanilla I have ever encountered in a perfume. No headache-inducing cupcake undertones here.
It is heavenly. It's sweet, warm and vanilla-laden, but also subtle, sophisticated and surprising. This is going to be my wedding fragrance. Not even kidding*.
*Also not even engaged.