Parfum Du Jour | Diptyque Do Son
‘The headier, the better’ is a mantra that seems to inform my fragrance purchases. I’ve never shied away from a perfume chock full of intoxicating floral notes be it gardenia, magnolia, jasmine or rose, but Diptyque’s Do Son, a tuberose-laden eau de parfum, takes the crown for being able to knock me back should I spritz a little too generously. Ever experienced the pleasure of having your nostrils filled with the overwhelming stench of someone’s fragrance? With that being said, Do Son is not one of those half-hearted fragrances you liberally shower yourself in, otherwise you risk making people in your vicinity, i.e. on the Tube or bus, run for the hills – one spritz alone will do. In fact, this is definitely one for the evening..
Cautionary tale aside, I really do love a good Diptyque fragrance as the brand’s niche roots ensure a full use of notes to create a number of interesting blends. The cypress, sandalwood and ambergris in Tam Dao for example remind me of when my mother burns incense over coal, L’Ombre Dans L’Eau with its notes of blackcurrant and rose is exactly how you’d like your garden to smell, figgy Philosykos is a minimalist’s dream and 34 Boulevard Saint Germain is said to be an amalgamation of popular Diptyque fragrances including those previously mentioned. Back to Do Son, which other than tuberose also includes pink peppercorn, benzoin, iris and orange leaves, it’s unique to Diptyque‘s other fragrances in that the tuberose does most of the talking – it’s incredibly sweet without the cloy, captivating and certainly intense, so much so that it surprisingly provides some understanding as to why the Victorians frowned upon unmarried girls picking or inhaling tuberose!
Another point of comparison, but to other tuberose-type fragrances, Do Son arguably stands alone as fragrances like Robert Piguet’s Fracas and Estée Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia are joined by other floral notes such as rose, violet, neroli and gardenia making them more feminine while Do Son is much sweeter, but also rather musky, which interestingly makes it a great unisex fragrance.