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A Journey with Diptyque

Interior designer Christiane Gautrot, painter Desmond Knox-Leet and Yves Coueslant, a theater director and set designer, opened up Diptyque at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain mainly to display their own prints and furnishings. They also peddled items picked up during their travels to places like Greece, Turkey and Russia, and which included traditional English perfumes. Yet it wasn’t until 1968 that the now-legendary French perfume house created its own eau de toilette, L’Eau—and our noses will be forever thankful they did!

At Diptyque, “the olfactory experience is all that matters” and “perfume is an art and art is a journey.” Known around the world for wonderfully nuanced unisex fragrances and perfectly blended candles, they use only noble, rare and precious ingredients, and follow a painstaking process to find the ultimate balance among these raw materials. The result is a collection of sophisticated and intellectual scents that draw on memories of dreamy, far flung lands and the nostalgia of memories yet to come.

Once the aroma is established, they continue their artisanal approach in making each candle. Using a blend of first-class waxes specifically amalgamated and assessed by experts when hot and cold, every scent is dutifully formulated to reach just the right melting temperature. In total they contain eight to nine mineral waxes and at times plant-based waxes to enhance them. One whiff and you’re hooked!

Bonus: Diptyque’s iconic oval emblem is a pattern inspired by ancient Roman shields found on fabric designed by Desmond in 1963!