I had the privilege of trying my first ever Diptyque scent today. This is what happens when you meet up with Lisa Wordbird in a well known coffee house (that smelled like a boudoir by the time we’d finished our coffee).
My very first impression of Tam Dao was “Fig”, but there is no Fig. I must be trigger happy now that I can (allegedly) identify Fig as I smell it in everything. In any case, Tam Dao is actually mainly Sandalwood, but thanks to its figgy note, it’s a grown up, sexy, powdery, aromatic incense-like Sandalwood.
It last and lasts and is still going strong four hours later, not even just close to skin- just giving little wafts every time I move.
The notes according to our trusty friends at Fragrantica are :
Top notes: Rose, Myrtle and Cypress.
Middle notes: Sandalwood and Cedar
Base notes: Musk, Amber, Spice and Rosewood.
It smells very Seventies to me, which is no bad thing. People wore neat patchouli oil, cheap and cheerful chypres and a lot of musk and sandalwood back then. No bad thing at all. Tam Dao is a melange of all of these things and its dusty Musky Sandalwood tones are keeping me welcome company today. You haven’t heard the last of me, Diptyque.