Diptyque parfums Est. 1968 is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the launch of a duo of unisex perfumes called Tempo and Fleur de Peau. It is the earliest niche perfume house to have appeared in the sense that we recognize today: attracted to confidentiality and rarity. We once wrote about their "...universe of half-hidden scents, whose existence you learn of by word of mouth."...
1968 marks the creation of L'Eau, a difficult yet interesting Elizabethan recipe for a spicy as hell scent for your humors, moods and enjoyment. It sounds all the more improbable a launch when you realize that from the Diptyque boutique you could smell charred car tires, tear gas and the perfume of students' revolt.
Both Tempo and Fleur de Peau were composed by perfumer Olivier Pescheux of Givaudan. The first one takes inspiration from the idea of a shamanistic forest, with three kinds of patchouli extractions, while the second one focuses on musk as a point of departure.
Tempo is said to feature a patchouli note of exquisite beauty whose aura is like the persistent vibration of a musical wake.
Fleur de Peau is about the smells of skin and musk, or in Diptyque's own words as Valentine's Day looms,
"the most beloved smell that echoes (almost to a tee) that of lovers' bodies: navel, back of the knee, palm of the hand. That which on an olfactory level is rather akin to the soft, suprising scent of the fringed nubuck vests young bare-chested men used to wear."
SRP is 125€ for 75 ml.
[Via press release]