Heaven scent: French perfumer Diptyque uses wick appeal to play with our emotions

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 November, 2011, 12:00am


Diptyque now has a local address. The French perfumer best known for its scented candles opened its first boutique in Asia at Central's IFC mall on Friday.

Plenty of celebrity fans came along to show their support, including models Lisa Selesner and Vanessa Yeung, designer Barney Cheng and singer Karen Mok Man-wai's mother, Eleanor Morris.

Selesner talked fondly of how she chose her fragrances: 'It's a completely tactile, emotional thing for me. In the past couple of years I've been really into vanilla and chocolate, and a kind of warmer type of scent. And I stick to a certain type of scent. But sometimes, if my emotions are a bit different, I'll go for something a bit more grown up. I feel like those warmer scents are a bit younger.'

One couple who could probably have used some aromatherapy to soothe their nerves were singer Kenny Bee and his girlfriend Fan Chiang. They have seen assault charges against them dropped in a case involving Bee's former sister-in-law, and Fan was feeling relaxed.

The 40-year-old said so many people had congratulated them that it almost felt as if they had announced plans to be married.