Published on May 4th, 2012 | by Greg0
Diptyque: Fragrances For Everyone
When we moved our offices to Manhattan last year, one of the first things we did was fan out throughout the new neighborhood. The West Village is famous for the wide array of boutiques, restaurants, cafes and mixed use buildings that are unique and friendly. Wandering past institutions like Magnolia Bakery, you can't miss the cute shop on Bleecker Street, one of only three locations in the United States (there is another location in NYC, as well as one in San Francisco). The design and interior caught our eyes, but it was our noses that were most drawn in.
Diptyque dates from 1961, and the Parisian artists who founded the company launched candles first, then fragrances. Today, they boast a wide selection of delightful scents for both home and personal use, and for men and women. In fact, one of the things we like best about their line is that many of the products are unisex, and are suitable for both guys and gals.
They sent us over some samples, which we have been testing in a variety of ways- including secretly testing in and outside of the office. Unsuspecting staff members served as a mixed gender panel of sniffers, and we weren't above asking random passerby for thoughts and suggestions (most of which were, thankfully, kind). The labels and packaging are classy, and the names are lovely, if subtle. For instance, there is one called L'Eau de L'Eau, white musky scent that they call "spicy citrus" and was somewhat non-descript.
Many of the others, though, are more powerful. The L'Eau de Tarocco is complex, cedar, woodsy with a little bright citrus. One of our favorites was the Philosykos, an eau de toilette that was one of the best fig scents that our staff has sampled, lush, warm, and green. More floral were the Ofresia - a savory/sweet blend that felt like dancing in a field of flowers- and Olene- jasmine and honeysuckle, quite strong and transporting. Oyedo is fruitier, citrusy, if a little too simple-seeming.
For those who are fans of sandalwood, the Tam Dao was exotic, and is available as a shower gel as well. And finally, the distinctive Eau de Lierre was a completely different sort of herbal- they describe it as ivy, but it felt like a tranquil, old-school, library-in-a-manor sort of scent that would work for almost anyone. In short, whether you're looking to spice up your personal fragrance world, or simply want a more refined scent that is different from anything else you'll find in the perfume aisle… look into Diptyque. Pricing is fairly normal, running about $88 for 50 mL, and roll-ons and travel sprays are also available for those in need.