Really gorgeous scent - people also comment on my perfume when I wear this, though someone did once ask me if I was making jasmine tea! I agree with some other reviews that at first it is a little strong, but after a moment it is a truly gorgeous smell. So summery, and quite unusual. Adore diptyque!
-Long lasting with inoffensive sillage, really wears more like an EdP rather than EdT
-Excellent jasmine note - not too ferral like Lust by Lush, but definitely intense enough to please lovers of this flower
-Classy, sturdy bottle
-Good for day wear, especially in the spring
-Perfect for attaining that fresh, clean femme smell
Not so great points:
-The opening note is VERY strong and VERY rotten smelling
-The dry-down is gorgeous but pretty basic; this is a non-distinct fragrance despite the oodles of jasmine
-Left me slightly headachey - beware migrane sufferers!
I bought my bottle for 50% off, which I think was worth it. I don't think I would have been willing to pay full price for this.
I have a big bottle, and use it mainly in the summer when I go to evening parties or weddings. So thatīs why I wouldnīt re-purchase, becuase it is a big bottle. But, I like this very floral and summery scent. Let me tell you a story; at work an iranian woman approached me telling me that I smelled like the garden in her childhood home, of orange flowers. I think it also smells of honeysuckle. Very feminine and a bit sweet.
I clearly remember the day I first sampled this lovely fragrance- it was a warm, beautiful September day in Stockholm-
As Olene wove a wonderful comforting aura around me, I felt a sweet waveof nostalgia- it took a little while, but then I realized why- Olene is a scent double for Camay, a soap which was very popular when I ws a child- How I loved the softly fragrant pink, yellow, blue and white soap bars with a pretty cameo of a woman's head in profile embossed on them- thanks for bringing back this lovely aroma, Diptyque!
A review below mentions this smells like Mock Orange Flower (which naturally smells exactly like Neroli) but I have to disagree. Neroli is one of my favorite fragrances and I do not find it as the main note here. This is a lovely white floral; a gentle blend of many white flowers, neroli resemblance is down to a minimum, or at least no more than equal billing with the gardenias, jasmines and other white breezes which abound in this fragrance. A beautiful, graceful white flower blend, not unique, not out of the ordinary, but in some way it's more beautiful than most.
Although they tend to be linear, I mostly love Diptyque fragrances. Maybe I have a short attention span but I quite like one-dimensional fragrances, if the note is interesting, pretty or unusual enough. Olene isn't particularly nice or interesting to me. It's a very loud white "JASMINE!!!! HELLO!!!! I AM WEARING JASMINE!!! DID I MENTION THE JASMINE??" floral.
It reminds me of the 1980s - not Grace Jones and Wall Street, but the "classy 1980s" when it was hip to decorate your home with Pierrots. Thing is, even though it makes me feel like I'm a bob-haired Manhattan gallerist hosting a dinner party with Talking Heads playing in the background, it's not what I want from life in 2010.
This should be renamed Syringa, because the scent is a perfect recreation of that flower (Philadelphus lewisii), also known as mock orange. Lighter than orange blossom, with a honeysuckle note. It immediately brings back warm summer days, with white blossoms along woodland paths breathing forth their sweetness.
I am hooked on Olene and I think in general all Diptyque products are totally underrated. Everyone in America overlooks them which is a total mistake - this is a company that has been devoted to fragrances for 60 years! The fragrances are on the expensive side but last a long time. Olene is a light and fresh narcissus and jasmine scent. I have a special spray technique learned from one of my chic London friends: four spritzes on each arm so the smell wafts out pleasantly as you move but never overpowers.
Olene has a lot of white flowers, wisteria, narciss, and for me a lot of jasmin. It is not heavy nor sweet, and though it might be quite simple, it is a perfect uncomplicated white floral, but not a tad boring or too less unsophisticated. The packaging is lovely, the price not so much. I am lemming for longer for it as it gives me a kind of inner strength and good modd to take things more simple:-) I also like Chasse aux Papillons, which is softer and sweeter, but they go in a similar direction.
After the dry-down, Olene to my nose smells like 7/8 jasmine and 1/8 white flowers and a pinch of honeysuckle. Unlike Serge Lutens A la Nuit & Sarassins, Olene is much more aqueous, brighter and more of a daytime scent. It does not have the dusky redolence of many jasmine perfumes out there and is suitable for the office.
Olene smells pleasant enough but lacks mystique and distinctiveness. The other reason that I shy away from this fragrance is the hint of sweetness in the scent (honeysuckle type sweetness) that have an adversion to.
It is great fragrance to buy girls for their first perfume--- the perfect Bat Mitzvah or Quinceaņera present.