Diptyque Huile Precieuses


In the 90s, I easily resisted the Diptyque candles rage. Sure, the serene ambiance provided by pristine white candles became the choice for celebs and decorators alike. But, now that I have whiffed the Diptyque Huile Precieuses ($78) body oil, I’d say in this case, the skin care regime outshines the decorative accessories. For me, at the very least…

The oil is a carnal, erotic one. While the sweet almond oil soothes, the argan oil nourishes deftly. But, it’s the Macadamia Nut oil that takes the center stage. Layered in between the idyllic iris notes, is a complex, sultry construction of 3 rejuvenating oils to make one extraordinarily emollient oil, but smartly lacking in viscosity. Yes, it’s a wispy thin veil of oil. Not weighty in shine or heaviness, but definitely in an effusive cedar scent.

Science shows macadamia nut oil has been long valued by Hawaiians for its ability to protect, soothe and condition the skin. It is the best plant source of palmitoleic acid. The high content of palmitoleic, oleic, omega fatty acids and squalane (which boosts the skin's ability to naturally regenerate, nourish and hydrate the tissue) makes this oil an effective antioxidant, because it protects the skin's cell membranes from free radical damage, much like how our natural sebum does. Did you know palmitoleic acid declines with age? Recent research indicates palmitoleic acid is also an effective antimicrobial on the skin's surface [Skin Pharmacol Appl Skin Physiol. 2003 May-Jun; 16(3):176-87]. Yes, we hate these horridly punctuated references to periodicals, but insist, when science speaks, we listen.

An intriguing note...our friends at Wild Beauty suggest you be forewarned if you have any nut allergies, as you may experience an allergic reaction to body oils using essences extracted from nuts. And, yes, shea butter is derived from a nut.

Diptyque Huile Precieuses is a such beguiling, elusive oil that we can’t help but splurge on every once in a blue moon...