The art of perfume
For diptyque, perfume is an art and art is a voyage.
An imaginary journey across olfactory landscapes, off the beaten path, in search of unexpected fragrance accords.
A voyage through time and creativity to an otherworldly place steeped in the wealth of the past but also rich with innovation and new ideas.
diptyque is always straddling two worlds, between dreams and reality, far from the constraints of gender or culture.
A creative passion that unites the visual, the sensual, and the olfactory in a constant exploration of the astonishing universe that is haute perfumery.
diptyque, perfumer & artist
Fleur de Peau
In ancient Greece, one myth stood out as the most passionate and sensual: the love between Psyche and Eros, the beauty's quest to meet with her lover and the happy outcome of their union which led to the birth of their daughter, Hedone... Only one scent can convey this legend as a fragrance, that of musks. Equally legendary, they have the unique ability to enhance the skin with their arousing carnal accents. They are at the very heart of Fleur de Peau, as cottony and light as they are soft and moist. Highlighted with the elegantly powdery iris and fruity, ambery ambrette seeds, they reveal their full tactile dimension.
During the 60's, a certain scent was changing the world: patchouli. It conveyed a sense of freedom and spirituality that was closer to Nature, and the hopes of a generation that was reinventing the future. Tempo is a tribute to this olfactory icon. But i's far from the harsh, humid undergrowth scent of yesterday's touchstone. This a nuanced composition of three patchouli extracts from the indonesian island of Sulawesi, that hovers between elegant and woody, enveloping and earthy. Elevated by violet leaf, Tempo vibrates on the skin with remarkable sophistication.
Vetiver’s prevailing woody scent offers an abundance of zest. In Vetyverio, the notes surpass gender, appealing to all senses. Like inlaid wood, vetiver veils layers of delightfully unexpected qualities: seeming fresh at times, other times smoky or even at times very subtly floral. A kaleidoscope of olfactory nuances, the fragrance pays homage to a single raw material, magnified with a hint of mystery.
As a child, Yves Coueslant, one of diptyque’s founders, spent his summers at the seaside in the pagoda that his father had had built in Do Son, in the Along Bay. Far from the humid heat of the large port in Haiphong, the air was cooler. The sea breeze carried with it the heady and slightly spicy scent of tuberoses that his mother so loved. Do Son has both the delicateness and persistence of a memory from a childhood in Indochina.
The memory of a Greek summer at Mount Pelion. To get to the sea, there was a natural grove of wild fig trees to cross through. The sun at its zenith heated the earth, the dry wind carried the scent of the trees and their fruit. Philosykos is an ode to the entire fig tree: the green freshness of the leaves, the density of the white wood, the milky flavour of the figs.
l’ombre dans l’eau
L’Ombre dans l’Eau is a romantic painting telling the story of daydreams, a calm river, a summer slumber under a weeping willow...It all began when a friend of the founders noticed the combined scent of roses and blackcurrant berries on her hands. The scent was so surprising that the creators wanted to capture all of its dimensions: the herbaceousness of the blackcurrant leaves, the fruity acidulated accents of their buds and the floral intensity of the rose. It is a nature-filled moment to savour.
A memory from Indochina and its mountains covered by holy forests: the velvety, milky scent of sandalwood transported in logs by elephants and burned in temples. At night, the wind tempered the humidity and enhanced the rich scents of the slightly spicy wood. Yves Coueslant, one of diptyque’s founders, has never forgotten this fragrance from his childhood. A vivid memory illustrated by sandalwood from Mysore, at the forefront of this fragrance,cooled by vibrant cypress and myrtle.
l’eau des sens
L’Eau des Sens is a composition that creates confusion. It caresses the skin to the point that you imagine you can touch it. When you breathe in its scent, it mixes up your senses, making your mouth water as if it were an indulgent treat, awakening you with its freshness like the sound of a rushing waterfall. L’Eau des Sens owes its originality to the very idea behind its creation: bring together all the dimensions of bitter orange, from the roots to the top of the tree, including branches, leaves and fruit.