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 repthe 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. 



  1. Mango and Fudge
    November 27, 2015 / 10:50 am

    Great write up! Love the background knowledge about the brand. I haven't tried any of their fragrances but this post has intrigued me. Lol at the 'pepto bismol' comment and the gracious advice (haha!). I like the simple aesthetics too – I think I'd try to sniff something fruity or floral from them :)

    • Of the comely
      December 5, 2015 / 1:23 am

      I'm glad you enjoyed it Mango and Fudge. If you like florals I think you would like DoSon.

  2. simplychic
    December 2, 2015 / 5:05 am

    yum! i can smell it through the post.

    • Of the comely
      December 5, 2015 / 1:23 am


  3. Beauty
    December 6, 2015 / 6:05 am

    I haven't tried any scent from this Diptyque line but have read reviews about them including this one. Maybe; some day I'll pick up a sample and try it.

    • Of the comely
      December 7, 2015 / 1:19 am

      Let me know if you do. They are one of my faves.

  4. Nerline Germain
    December 9, 2015 / 1:24 am

    Such great information about the creators. I also love the name and the concept. Great post!!

    • Of the comely
      December 17, 2015 / 6:29 am

      Thanks Nerline!

  5. Dr Chontay Taylor Glenn
    November 5, 2023 / 11:06 pm

    I am trying to decide between the two?

    • ofthecomely
      November 18, 2023 / 6:46 pm

      Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. They are two very different scents. If you want a floral scent then go with the Do Son. If you want something more woodsy and warm then go with Philosykos.

      Over the years my like of Do Son cooled. The tuberose became too strong for me. About a year ago I gave that bottle away to my sister. Yep, I kept it that long and was not reaching for it. She loves tuberose so it worked for her. I still love Philosykos.

      Hope that helps!

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