Diptyque L’Art du Soin

We went pretty tonto over Diptyque’s bodycare when it launched a couple of years back – and now the candle/fragrance brand is making a splash in the skincare arena. It’s so attractively-designed - with its ‘perfume-inspired’ illustrations (a nod to the process of distillataion, since many of the ingredients are by-products  inspirations, that it kinda makes us want to go home, throw everything out and start again. Good looks never hurt, of course, but what’s always mattered to us is what’s inside a jar or a tube.

Of particular interest are a couple of products – first off, Radiance Boosting Powder, inspired by the Japanese ritual of deep-cleansing the face with rice powder. Pour some of the powder into your hands, add a touch of water, and then massage the verbena-scented mix into akin, gently buffing it to a radiant (but not-tight) shine.  Great for morning blahs, we’ve found.

We like the waxy Nourishing Cleansing Balm – probably the prettiest-scented creation in the range, with its geranium and rose notes.  It uses waxes from ylang-ylang and mimosa, as well as geranium: by-products of the fragrance creation process.  And it does double-duty as a face mask, too.  (We suggest cleansing first, then reapplying generously.)

So:  those are our leading lights – from what’s really rather a stellar skincare debut.

UK readers find Diptyque L’Art du Soin at www.diptyqueparis.co.uk/from £35 for Infused Facial Water (150 ml) to £44 for Nourishing Cleansing Balm (100 g) – buy here