Diptyque: Do Son Eau de Toilette & Philosykos Eau de Parfum

Do Son Label- Drawing of beach/harbor in Vietnam where one of the co-founders lived as a child
Mani: Day 6 of Rescue Beauty Lounge- Au Chocolat

Do Son eau de toilette (3.4fl oz/$125) here
   Philosykos eau de parfum(2.5floz/$145) here

Two weeks ago I went to an event at Nordstrom for Diptyque lovers. It was an intimate gathering where a representative from the brand shared information about Diptyque's origins, products and company philosophy.   I love brands with a clear, creative vision and great products so I was very eager to learn more about them. There were snacks, games and fancy seltzer water.  I loved it. I took some notes during the presentation(yes I'm that girl) of some things I thought were really interesting. I'll share them in this post and the follow up post I have planned on some of their candles that I love.
Diptyque is a popular fragrance company that offers an amazing array of perfumes, room
sprays, candles and related accessories. The Diptyque story started in Paris at 34 boulevard Saint-Germain with friends Desmond Knox-Leet, Christiane Gautrot and Yves Coueslant in 1961. Christiane was an interior designer, Desmond a painter and Yves a set designer. The three friends opened a store at 34 boulevard where they originally sold fabrics, wall paper and other beautiful things picked up during their travels. The name Diptyque was inspired by the two display windows in the original store that resembled a diptych- a painting made of two sections that can be folded together. They created their first eau de toilette, L'Eau in 1968, inspired by a potpourri recipe. From 2000 on they have used a single perfumer for each of their fragrance projects. The perfumers are given a story, a memory or a concept and then use raw materials to bring the fragrance to life.  The whole process takes approximately a year. They are reportedly skin worn and not tested on animals. Currently my two favorite Diptyque scents for the body are Do Son and Philosykos. 

Do Son was created for Diptyque by perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin in 2005.  I do not consider myself a floral note lover when it comes to perfume, but I loved Do Son from the very first time I smelled it. It's sensual but still light and fresh. If you are not a fan of tuberose then I would recommend you skip this one. If you lean towards spicy floral scents with a hint of musk then check this one out. 
  • Inspiration: Co-founder Yves' memories of the flowers his mother bought at the market when they lived in Vietnam. Do Son is the name of a beach in Vietnam they frequented. According to the Diptyque rep the scene on the label when you turn the bottle around as pictured above is the area in Vietnam from Yves' childhood memories. 
  • Raw Material:   tuberose

Philosykos was created by perfumer Olivia Giacometti in 1996.  I am constantly trying to get a whiff of myself when I have this on. I'm sure it will be very embarrassing when I get caught. To me Philosykos is warm, woody, nutty masterpiece. I love this scent! 
  • Inspiration: The fig tree and the warmth of a summer in Greece. Founders Yves and Desmond spent time in Greece. They brought back some leaves from a fig tree in an orchard they had to pass on their way to the sea. Years later when they opened the box with the leaves they were still scented. 
  • Raw Material: fig leaves

Scents are such a personal thing. At the event they passed around testers with the different fragrances and it was hilarious to hear what notes each person could pick out. One lady thought she smelled pepto bismol for one of the fragrances. The rep graciously advised her that wasn't a note in any of their perfumes.  If you are already a Diptyque fan I would love to hear about some of your favorites.

Take care. 


The Fall Lineup

The pumps are from Vince Camuto and the boots are from Zara. 

I decided to add some pumps and a pair of boots to my closet this season. I'm trying to keep it simple so I went with jewel tones in velvet for the pumps, and the always chic black for the boots.

The plan is to have these babies take me through the new year.  I'll keep you posted on how that goes. In the meantime tell me about your fall lineup.

Edited to add:  The boots seem to be the favorite. You can find them here.