Another great perfume from Diptyque (the more I sample from the French house, the more I like them all!) is Philosykos a unisex aromatic fruity arrived on the market in 1996 and developed by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti. Created with only a hand of ingredients (fig tree leaves, wood, white cedar), this perfume is considered “one of the best fig scent ever made”.
The time when I tested it I was actually able to smell the aroma of green fig leaves (the name of the perfume is Greek for “friends of the fig tree”) and that is why on the official website Philosykos is described as “an ode to the entire tree: the green, pungent freshness of the leaves, the wood warmed in the sun, the milky flavor of the fruit”.
Although I admit I liked it from the first moment I sprayed onto my skin (and hated a little in the mid development!), Philosykos behaves very different from the majority of fragrances you sniffed so far. This is a very relaxing fragrance that allows you to wear it in practically any moment of the day and throughout the whole year (in spite of the fact that it might be a little too much during hot summer!). Reportedly, the idea for this individual fragrance came to Desmond Knox-Leet, one of the founders of Diptyque after returning from a vacation in Greece. He brought back to France a couple of wild fig tree leaves and preserved them in a box. Checking these after several years, Desmond discovered that the leaves kept their aroma intact, hence the birth of such a perfume.
Overall, if you love green fragrances, do yourself a favor and test Philosykos (just in case you haven’t already!), since this is one of the most interesting perfumes sampled lately.
Diptyque Philosykos Perfume Details
- Philosykos by Diptyque is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 7.5 ml Perfume Oil Roll-On; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Aromatic Fruity
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 1996
- Perfumer: Olivia Giacobetti
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual