Eau Moheli by Olivier Pescheux for Diptyque 2013


Post by Portia


Hey Fumie Family,

Do you ever look through your samples and find something you have absolutely no recollection of acquiring? Today’s fragrance was in a lovely little box with a 2ml manufacturers spritz sample inside, about 70% full. So I did what any self respecting perfumista would do, I spritzed……

Yes, I know the northern hemisphere is gripped by winter but todays offering will have you dreaming that you’re seated at the bar in the pool ordering dacquiris from the half naked barman at your favourite equatorial resort.

Eau Moheli by Diptyque 2013

Eau Moheli by Olivier Pescheux

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Floral notes, ylang-ylang, patchouli, pink pepper, ginger, vetiver, benzoin, incense

Green ginger, pink pepper and I would have picked coriander to open, a lovely sweet green fragrance with a hint of ylang’s creamy/banana/white flower underneath (Yes I know ylang is yellow but it gives definite white floral attitude). A lush and tropical opening. Here in Sydney we have some rain today and the world is muggy, Eau Moheli seems perfectly placed for the temperature and perfectly fits my mood of languid relaxation.

Once the opening fireworks burn down a bit Eau Moheli becomes more about the ylang but now it’s riding a crisp green vetiver and cleanest patchouli. This is my favourite part of the fragrance life. Not groundbreaking but extremely pleasant to wear, Eau Moheli becomes a fresh green with white flowers, still tropical and maintaining it’s island paradise holiday feel. I’m surprised coconut isn’t mentioned as a note.

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I feel that Diptyque, once at the vanguard of niche perfumery, has become a much more mainstream offering. If you were not a perfumista and you asked an SA for something tropical but more grown up and elegant than the Escada or Bronze Goddess lines then it would be a complete revelation to be shown Eau Moheli. It’s a beautifully smooth, easy wearing tropical fragrance that never skews to over ripe fruit of suntan lotion and would be excellent sniffed as someone walked past you.

As the fragrance progresses it gets a sweet resinous patchouli glow and I would say a healthy dose of musks for smooth vetiver dry down, very pretty but completely unchallenging for the hardcore perfume enthusiast. Ultimately an extremely wearable beauty with good projection and longevity.

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Further reading: Now Smell This and Bois de Jasmin
LuckyScent has $98/100ml and Samples

Do you have an easy wear tropical fragrance?
Portia xx

5 thoughts on “Eau Moheli by Olivier Pescheux for Diptyque 2013

  1. Hi Portia, I got a sample of Eau Moheli last year and I’ve put it away as “nothing special”. Now that you mention it, I’ve tried it once more. I must say, the opening is really nice and fresh, yes somewhere between green and white, but after a few minutes a kind of suffocating sweetness enters the scene and it feels like a theme that I’ve felt before but in simple perfumes. It’s a decent summer scent which in my opinion lacks personality. I agree with you that the earlier Diptyque scents were remarkable but the more recent ones are not that impressive.


    • Neva,
      I think we are not their market. They are not selling challenges but general public winners.
      Yes, you’ve smelled similar before.
      Portia xx


  2. I love ylang-ylang, and I quite like Eau Moheli. It’s light and cologne-like without being mostly citrusy, which makes it nice on a day when it’s too hot for anything heavy, but I’m sick of smelling like grapefruit.


    • HA! Really sick of grapefruit? Which other grapefruits do you have in your collection. I struggle to think of more than two in mine, Eau de Pamplemousse Rose and Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune. I’m sure there are more but….
      Portia xx


      • I remembered Jour d’Hermes immediately, but drew a complete blank on what the others were. I finally took the time to look through the summery part of my little collection, and remembered that I was also wearing Lolita Lempicka Coral Flower and M. Micallef No. 21 (Pomelos) a lot. Everything new I tested seemed to have some grapefruit as well, especially the Jour Absolu.


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