When I first smelled a Diptyque perfume, I would have never imagined what this had led to: I got completely hooked and now I cannot use other perfumes but Diptyque’s. I’m sure anyone who has smelled Diptyque perfumes knows what I’m talking about, because the difference between these and synthetic scents is unfathomable: it’s like smelling a fig before eating it and fig essence, two completely different experiences. The reference to figs is not coincidental, because Philosykos, created in 1996 by Olivia Giacobetti, is the latest Diptyque perfume I’ve bought.
The pure white box and the trademark oval label are the doors of the experience, introduced by the three figs on the label.
The same drawing is reproduced on the oval sticker on the bottle. I am in love with the packaging of this line, because bottles and boxes are always the same, while the labels are characterized by the symbol of the perfume. These details are a reason why I love Diptyque products so much, but I realize I have a thing for objects which have always the same packaging , regardless of time and trends.
I am not good at describing perfumes, but I’ll try to. Philosykos is usually compared to a souvenir of summer holidays in Greece, because the main notes of the perfume (fig, wood and white cedar) remind of the summery scents of Greek nature. The fig scent is outstanding and not comparable to any other fig perfumes on the market: this is due to the use of all the parts of a fig tree – not just fruits, but leaves, the milky sap, the bark and roots, too. The fig note is sweet and creamy, but not overwhelming, because it’s balanced by the other notes. I think it’s not a chance if two of my dearest virtual friends have bought (and loved) it after I gushed over it.
And now here is the pièce de résistance of my collection. I must admit I’ve always had a thing for solid perfumes, since one of my aunts gave me a lovely Coty solid perfume in a light purple metal round box when I was a teenager. Diptyque has recently launched solid perfumes of L’Ombre dans l’Eau and Philosykos, but when I saw them on the shelf of my favourite shop , I had no doubts: Philosykos is a lovely perfume, but the other one is MY perfume, so I picked up its solid version.
The packaging is a blue box with the label printed in white. This is a new and interesting colour choice, since the classic colours of the brand are black and white.
When you open the box, the first thing you see is a cute velvet pouch where you can keep your solid perfume.
And here is the perfume compact in all its glory. I think this is one of the most luxurious objects I’ve ever owned: the compact is oval, made of black metal and closed by a magnet. There is not the swan, symbol of the perfume, on the compact, but the symbol of the brand, an incense brazier.
I can think of a few other actions that are as old-fashioned as using a solid perfume – including wearing lace gloves and cooking home-made chocolate pudding – but using a solid perfume is one of the most fascinating. A friend of mine – a Diptyque fan who first told me of this brand – always says the two of us have decadent and Victorian tastes: of course I agree with him, so I wish I could turn back time, dressed in white and wearing pearls like Milly Theale, sipping my tea in front of a burning fireplace, surrounded by a scented cloud of L’Ombre dans l’Eau. It would be wonderful, wouldn’t it?
 Think of NARS products: the sleek rubber-like black cases with white lettering are pure perfection and simplicity.