Friday, February 22, 2008

Diptyque Tam Dao

Some perfumes are sexy, others are calm and centering. Somehow, Tam Dao manages to feel mysterious, inviting and very zen. Named after a region in Vietnam, the fragrance is supposed to evoke the rich charms of the area. I've never been to those parts of Asia, so I have no idea if it's all about ceder and sandalwood, but Tam Dao most definitely is.

Those who love the dry-down and exotic hint in L'Artisan Bois Farine would enjoy this Diptyque perfume. I would also guess that Dzing! lovers will find some of that peanut and wood action here, only with less of the funk. This does not mean that Tam Dao doesn't offer something animalic in its depths, because it does. Just tamer and more like the belly of a well-groomed house cat (pet owners know exactly what I'm talking about. The rest of you are trying to fight the weird mental image and are asking yourselves why exactly you take beauty advice from a crazy cat lady).

However, Tam Dao is mostly about wood. It starts dry and clean and evolves into a creamy almost-sweetness. It has an addictive, nose-to-wrist quality and would have been considered a comfort scent if it wasn't also hiding a sexy skin scent secret, one that would cause a significant other to bury his or her head in your neck and follow the scent trail...

Vietnam images: TrekEarth

Diptyque fragrances are available at several stores. I bought my bottle from Aedes de Venustas in NYC. $70 for 1.7 oz.


  1. ha. i've long said that if they would bottle the scent of my cats' bellies, i would be very, very content. never linked cat fur with tam dao, but do consider this the best sandalwood scent (it's the most wearable). and even though it's fairly quiet, it does get noticed. happy sunday from one crazy cat lady to another - minette

  2. Minette- What about that sweet spot behind their ears ;) ?


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