One of the perfume house that are hard to get by is Diptyque, so you could imagine that the more I read about their interesting scents, the harder I craved to sample them. When Diptyque was finally available in my area, I thought that one of my wishes finally came true.
The Parisian-based niche perfume house called Diptyque was founded in 1961 by three friends: painter Desmond Knox-Leet, set designer Yves Coueslant and architect Christiane Gautrot. Initially, the object of their business was designing and marketing of cotton print fabrics, however a sideline activity launched in 1963, that consisted in manufacturing scented candles, happened to be more profitable compared to the textiles, therefore the latter turned into the main activity. Nowadays, Diptyque comprises more than 50 scents in their candle collection and the initial personal fragrance, called L’Eau, debuted in 1968.
Volutes is a unisex oriental woody (actually the first oriental woody of the house!) arrived on the market this year, and developed by perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin. The source of inspiration for the name is derived from the French expression “volute de fumée” which is English for “a curl of smoke”. And for me, this represented the ultimate redolence, because I considered an acquisition after more that one hour since the initial two sprays of Volutes on my wrist.
The flacon that holds the essence is Diptyque’s signature bottle, exhibiting a minimalistic silhouette and highlighted by a black and white color scheme. The Eau de Parfum version though has a brighter color scheme (bright black and more colored liquid) compared to the Eau de Toillette version.
The opening in Volutes is a lovable citrus accord, followed quite soon by an aroma of tobacco, which afterward placed its emphasis on a powdery iris combined with some spicy and a woody facets. In the dry down and the extreme dry down, I was pleasantly surprised by a subdued aroma of incense mixed with resins. The official listed notes encompass: wax, dried fruit, pink pepper, black pepper, saffron, hay, tobacco, iris, immortelle, myrrh, styrax, honey, opoponax and benzoin. Overall, Volutes is a mesmerizing smoky fragrance, the kind that captivates you once you get to know it better, and although it is not an incense-based “per-se” perfume, I placed it on my “to buy” list, because this is one of the most pleasant scents sampled by me lately.
Diptyque Volutes Perfume Details
- Volutes by Diptyque is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and 75 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is above average (more than 10 hours!) and the sillage is excellent.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Woody
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 2012
- Perfumer: Fabrice Pellegrin
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual