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Products on display at a Diptyque store in Paris
Candles at a Diptyque store in Paris

Diptyque is a Paris-based luxury goods company that produces a high-end line of scented candles, perfumes, face and body care. The name Diptyque is from Ancient Greek δίπτυχος (díptykhos) and refers to a painting or sculpture composed of two panels.


Founded in 1961 by three friends (painter Desmond Knox-Leet, set designer Yves Coueslant, and Christiane Gautrot, who was working in an architecture firm), Diptyque originally produced printed fabrics, but in 1963 they introduced a line of scented candles which eventually became the focus of their business. There are now over fifty scented candles in the product line.

In 1968 Diptyque produced their first perfume, L'Eau, which was later followed by a series of other scented waters. These are also available as home products such as bath soaps.

In 2005 the company was purchased by London-based Manzanita Capital.[1][2]

The Philosykos and Ofresia fragrances were created by Olivia Giacobetti.[citation needed]

Retail locations[edit]

Currently, Diptyque has several stores in Paris, four in London, and locations in Toulouse, Milan, Tokyo, Doha, and Dubai. In the United States, Diptyque boutiques are located in New York City, Buckhead Atlanta, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Westport, Connecticut, River Oaks District in Houston, Dallas, and Chicago. Each boutique is designed to fit the aesthetic of the city.


Scent Year Released Status Description
Do Son 2005 In Production floral blend of tuberose, orange tree leaves, roses, benzoin, iris, and white musk[3] [4]
Eau Duelle 2010 In Production two types of vanilla, and notes of bergamot, cardamom, pink pepper, elemi, juniper, saffron, calamus, frankincense, cypriol, black tea, musk and amber.[3][4]
Eau Lente 1986 In Production spicy Oriental blend of Indian spices and cinnamon based on the scents used at the time of Alexander the Great.[3] [4]
Eau d'Elide 1988 DISCONTINUED blend of bitter orange, wild lavender, musk and aromatic shrubs.[3] [4]
Eau de Lierre 2006 In Production green floral scent with sheer peppery notes, ivy, iris, white musk and silky wood.[3] [4]
Jardin Clos 2003 DISCONTINUED green floral blend of hyacinths surrounded by white lilac, mimosa, and watermelon.[3] [4]
L'Autre 1973 In Production (Available exclusively in diptyque boutiques) woody spicy blend of spices including cumin, coriander, cardamom, carvi and patchouli.[3] [4]
L'Eau 1968 In Production clove pomander with notes of cinnamon, geranium, sandalwood, rose and cloves. Diptyque's oldest fragrance, based on a 16th-century potpourri recipe.[3][4]
L'Eau Trois 1975 In Production (Available exclusively in diptyque boutiques) resinous scent of aromatic shrubs from the mountainous coastline of northern Greece. [3][4]
L'Eau de Tarocco 2009 In Production Tarocco orange, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, rose, cedar, frankincense.
L'Eau des Hesperides 2008 In Production bitter orange, mandarin, lemon, petitgrain, red thyme, rosemary, mint, cedar and white musk.[3][4]
L'Eau de L'Eau 2008 In Production sheer, spicy fragrance that starts out citrusy, with notes of clove, cinnamon, ginger, pink peppercorns, geranium, lavender, orange blossom, benzoin balm, tonka bean and patchouli.[3][4]
L'Eau de Néroli 2008 In Production citrus fragrance with notes of bergamot, petitgrain, verbena, tarragon, neroli, orange blossom, geranium, beeswax, white musk and cedar.[3][4]
L'Ombre dans L'Eau 1983 In Production blend of blackcurrant leaf and Bulgarian rose ~ the scent of a green riverside garden.[3][4]
Ofrésia 1999 In Production peppery white freesia on a woody note.[3][4]
Olène 1988 In Production floral fragrance with notes of wisteria and narcissus.[3][4]
Opôné 2001 In Production spicy Oriental blend of saffron, roses, spices and wood.[3][4]
Oyedo 2000 In Production notes of yuzu, grapefruit, lime, orange, mint, thyme and woods.[3][4]
Philosykos 1996 In Production woody aromatic blend of fig tree leaves and white cedar[3][4]
Tam Dao 2003 In Production Oriental woody unisex scent made from the Oriental Goa sandalwood.[3][4]
Vetyverio 2010 In Production notes of mandarin, grapefruit, lemon, bergamot, ylang ylang, Turkish rose, geranium, vetiver, carrot seeds, nutmeg, apricot, clove, cedar and musk.[3][4]
Vinaigre de Toilette 1975 In Production skin tonic with neroli, thyme, and other herbs[3][4]
Virgilio 1990 DISCONTINUED notes of basil, herbs and cedar; pastoral and green. [3][4]

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Coordinates: 48°50′58.96″N 2°21′6.12″E / 48.8497111°N 2.3517000°E / 48.8497111; 2.3517000


  1. ^ nowsmellthis.blogharbor.com 2005/4/17
  2. ^ fashionunited.co.uk
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Basenotes
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Now Smell This: Directory

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