15 Most Iconic Diptyque Perfumes For A Touch Of French Luxury
If you’re a candle enthusiast, you’ve heard of diptyque. But many people don’t know that the brand is a pioneering perfume house that also creates incomparable scents that can be worn – below, you’ll find the 15 best diptyque perfumes to add to your collection.
Diptyque was founded in 1961 by Christiane Gautrot, Yves Coueslant, and Desmond Knox-Leet, with its first store in Paris’s 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain. The high-end French brand carefully melds unique notes into every bottle, and every woman’s perfume collection should have at least one diptyque scent reserved for dailywear or special occasions.
For those curious about its high-quality, luxurious fragrances, start by exploring these 15 beautiful scents.
The Best Diptyque Perfumes
1. Do Son Eau de Toilette
Do Son Eau de Toilette was released in 2005 and was inspired by Yves Coueslant’s childhood memories in Do Son, Vietnam. Like the Do Son beach, this scent smells like creamy tuberoses sprinkled in fresh seawater.
The floral-forward fragrance has top notes of iris, rose, and African orange flower, middle notes of pink pepper and tuberose, and base notes of musk and benzoin. The fragrance is fresh and creamy, with hints of animalic notes, making it excellent for day wear when the weather is warmer.
Because diptyque offers so many different perfumes, deciding which one to purchase can be overwhelming – Do Son Eau de Toilette is a great place to start.
2. Fleur de Peau Eau de Parfum
Fleur de Peau Eau de Parfum is the perfect option for anyone looking for a luxurious skin scent. It’s soft, clean, and intimate, with its powdery iris and musky accords shining through the most.
Apart from these notes, you can also smell aldehydes, ambrette, pink pepper and, interestingly, carrots. In its complex formal you’ll also sense top notes of angelica, and bergamot, middle notes of Turkish rose, and base notes of ambergris, leather, and amber wood.
Because it’s slightly earthy, it can be worn all day and to any event, but don’t waste it by wearing it to the gym!
3. Philosykos Eau de Toilette
The Philosykos Eau De Toilette is an ode to the fig tree, highlighting the freshness of fig leaves, the rich flavor of the figs, and the tree’s white wood. It’s fresh and green with hints of earthiness, bringing to life the scent of a ripe fig tree.
Apart from the prominent fig leaf and fig notes, you can also get a sense of other green notes, coconut, and woody notes. Its nature-forward scent makes it great for day wear as it is crisp and fresh without being overpowering.
4. Orpheon Eau de Parfum
This perfume captured Paris in the early 1960s when it was alive with jazz clubs, artistic encounters, and a lively, vibrant atmosphere. It was named Orphéon after one of the Paris bars where the three founders of diptyque would meet to share a cocktail or two – and you can definitely tell why.
The most prominent notes of this perfume are juniper berries mixed with powdery notes, which give it a definite gin and tonic character that’s present in the first whiffs. However, unlike a G&T, Orphéon includes cedar, jasmine and tonka bean, which give it a woody vibe that plays nicely with its soft, sweet, powdery notes.
It also has a hint of smokiness, which makes it a versatile scent that can be worn during the day or at night when you meet your friends for drinks at a bar, just like the founders of diptyque did years ago.
5. Eau Rose Eau de Toilette
The Eau Rose Eau de Toilette was inspired by the many different scents of roses throughout their lifetime, from the moment they are buds to full bloom. It’s flirty, floral, and feminine – the perfect choice for fashionistas who like to give off the scent of roses in all their forms.
Apart from the prominent rose notes, you can also smell the top notes of juicy litchi, black currant and bergamot, which add a very refreshing twist to the classic rose. At the heart, you’ll find notes of jasmine, geranium, and rose, and base notes of white honey, Virginia cedar, and musk.
This fragrance can be worn during the day or at night, whether you’re going boutique-hopping with friends or to Happy Hour with coworkers after a long day at the office.
6. Eau Rihla Eau de Parfum
“Rihla” means “journey” in Arabic, and like it’s name would suggest, the fragrance was inspired by voyages taken across the Middle East. Like journeys, the perfume features several scent changes in its composition.
With its prominent leather notes, this perfume is definitely a unisex scent that’s somewhat more masculine leaning, so it’s not for every woman. But, if you like smokey, leathery scents that are reminiscent of the smell of money, Eau Rihla Eau de Parfum is worth giving a try.
At the top, you’ll find notes of saffron, raspberry, and pink pepper, at its heart, notes of iris, leather, and cedar, and at the base, notes of musk and vanilla, with its most prominent notes being leather, vanilla, and iris.
This unique fragrance was launched in 2021, and once it warms up, it gives those who wear it the comfort of a second skin. Because it has such prominent notes of leather, Eau Rihla Eau de Parfum is best reserved for date nights and special evening occasions.
7. Tam Dao Eau de Toilette
This woody fragrance was inspired by diptyque founder Yves Coueslant’s yearly summer travels to the mountains of Tonkin in Northern Vietnam. On these mountains, one of the most sought-after woods can be found: the sandalwood of Goa, which is at the heart of this perfume.
As with Eau Rihla, Tam Dao Eau de Toilette is very much unisex leaning with its core of sandalwood that is enveloped with prominent woody notes of cedar, cypress, and Brazilian rosewood. At the top, you’ll also find the more feminine rose and myrtle notes, and at its base, white musk, spices, and amber, which give it its warm, spicy and sensual characteristic.
In our opinion, Tam Dao Eau de Toilette is best reserved for fall and winter thanks to its woody DNA.
8. Eau Duelle Eau de Toilette
Eau Duelle Eau de Toilette was inspired by travels along the famous spice route of Goa, Venice, Carthage, and Babylon ports. These legendary cities have a unique spice route, which sparked several ideas in perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin’s creative mind.
At its core, Eau Duelle Eau de Toilette is a dry vanilla perfume, with hints of spices and woody notes. It’s soft, intoxicating, and moody, and while it is unisex, it’s definitely more feminine leaning.
At its top, you’ll also find juniper berry, elemi, and cardamom; at the middle, notes of calamus and saffron, and base notes of vanilla, amber, and black ceylon tea.
9. L’Ombre dans L’Eau Eau de Toilette
This feminine fragrance combines green notes of the leaves of black currants with the freshness of roses.
Diptyque launched L’Ombre Dans L’Eau Eau de Toilette in 1983, so you know it’s a favorite if it’s still being produced four decades later. It has top notes of petitgrain, middle notes of Bulgarian rose, bergamot, mandarin, and black currant, and a base note of musk.
It is a clean, fruity and green scent, similar to those by Jo Malone, and isn’t overpowering. The Eau de Toilette can be sprayed all over your body and worn daily and night to whatever events you have penciled in on your calendar.
10. Eau des Sens Eau de Toilette
If you love the scent of orange, without a doubt, you’ll fall for Eau des Sens Eau de Toilette.
Much like Philosykos Eau De Toilette was created as an ode to the fig tree, Eau des Sens could be described as an ode to the bitter orange tree, complete with all elements of the plant from fragrant orange blossoms to its woody branches and green leaves.
This citrusy fragrance has top notes of bitter orange and orange blossom, middle notes of sweet juniper berries, and base notes of patchouli and angelica. It’s great for the spring and summer weather as it’s light and airy yet complex.
11. Eau Capitale Eau de Parfum
Olivier Pescheux drew inspiration from Paris and the city’s architecture, distinct style, the Eiffel Tower, roses, and peacocks fanning their feathers to create this chypre floral fragrance.
Eau Capitale has top notes of bergamot and pink pepper, middle notes of rose, and base notes of patchouli. It’s a favorite among celebrities like Eve and Kelly Ripa as it’s both feminine and elegant.
It’s the perfect amalgamation of rose with patchouli, which means it can transition you from day to night and be worn during all seasons. So we think it’s a must-have perfume for your upcoming European trip!
12. Eau de Minthé Eau de Parfum
What sets this diptyque perfume apart from the others is its refreshing, bright DNA of mint. Like a few other perfumes, Eau de Minthé Eau de Parfum was inspired by Greek mythology, drawing on the aromatic freshness of mint.
The unisex fragrance has top notes of nutmeg and mint, middle notes of rose and geranium, and base notes of patchouli. As the patchouli is quite prominent, it’s slightly masculine leaning, and may not be every woman’s cup of tea.
This green, fresh scent is perfect for morning wear as it wakes you up by invigorating the senses. Because it’s so light and clean, we suggest spritzing yourself with it during the spring and summer.
13. Oud Palao Eau de Parfum
This diptyque perfume was inspired by Laos, a country in Southeast Asia that’s known for exporting oud – one of the oldest and rarest essences used in perfumery. While oud can often be too heavy for many, the notes in Oud Palao Eau de Parfum are rather green, with a prominent rose accord.
In addition to these notes you can catch a whiff of smokey tobacco, rum, labdanum, patchouli, vanilla, and sandalwood. It smells expensive without breaking the bank and has a smoky, intense smell, making it great for the colder fall and winter months.
While this diptyque perfume is a unisex one, it’s definitely quite masculine with its prominent oud, tobacco and rum accords.
14. Geranium Odorata Eau de Toilette
If you’re powerless to a fresh, spicy floral eau de toilette, diptyque’s Geranium Odorata will bring you endless joy. Like its name, the fragrance encompasses elegant notes of geranium, a colorful flower with a sweet scent.
To balance the floral notes, Geranium Odorata also has accents of spice and citrus, mainly bergamot, vetiver and pink pepper. You’ll also catch woody cedar and sweet tonka bean.
Geranium Odorata can be worn all year round but is particularly wonderful in the spring and summer.
15. Oyédo Eau de Toilette
This citrusy, fruity eau de toilette will wake you up better than a giant cup of coffee. It was inspired by the city of Edo (what is now Tokyo) and encompassed the citrus scents that once originated there.
It has top notes of green mandarin, grapefruit, Italian lemon, Florida orange, clementine, and tamarind, middle notes of yuzu, and base notes of thyme and cedar. For those who have yet to hear of yuzu, it’s a hybrid of lemon, lime, and grapefruit with a potent citrus smell and taste.
Oyedo Eau De Toilette is light, fresh, and definitely citrus – not a complex scent at all, and just perfect for warmer weather.
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