Even within a brand that has a spotless reputation for beautiful, evocative, natural-feeling scents, the Essences Insensees series has been a true gem of Diptyque's lineup- exceptionally lovely florals in the grand tradition of the "Thousand Flowers" concept. For 2016, Fabrice Pellegrin chose perhaps Grasse's most iconic flower, the soft, sensual and spirited Rose de Mai. And what an interpretation it is: Essences Insensees seems to positively sweep us into the springtime meadows of southeastern France, to sunstruck bucolic countrysides where men and women in straw hats weave through fields awash in stunning pink flowers, selecting the lushest and freshest among them for the honor of undergoing the intricate steam distillation that will help them live forever. The resulting fragrance, kissed with sweet beeswax and warmed in delicately spicy balsamic tones, still retains every ounce of the roses' delightful freshness, lending a dynamic versatility that adapts to each wearer- adding a youthful glow to the mature and a glamorous sophistication to the young. Housed in a gorgeously faceted handcrafted black bottle, it is an exceptional tribute to perfumery's holiest sanctum- and the unparalleled harvests that make it so.