I think there is a little bit of genius in the new Diptyque Hourglass method of room fragrancing. Put simply, it’s in an hour glass shape and each turn of the glass equals one hour of room fragrance. An hour is the time that it takes for the fragrance to pass through the core of the hourglass, or sablier, and while it passes through, the scent is released through evaporation.
When you open the box, which comes in two parts, you have a glass ‘jar’ full of fragrance, which you attach to the second part, with the embellished metal core. It’s designed by Servaire & Co, and reminds me of Morocco for some reason, although that’s not really its reference point.
It does work really well – better than reed diffusers, that’s for sure, with a steady perfume release that distinctly fragranced my kitchen and gradually died away after the hour came to a close. And on an aesthetic note, I much prefer the look of the Hourglass to a bunch of sticks in a jar.
I haven’t used it long enough to know how long each fragrance lasts – refills are £34 – and once you’ve bought the whole thing you can chop and change your refills as much as you like. My sample is 34 Boulevard St. Germain, which I wouldn’t naturally veer to. I’d go for Orange Blossom every time. So, the sting in the tail is that your initial layout (including a fragrance) is £120, but I’m struck by what a lovely wedding gift this would be. You can find the Hourglass HERE.
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