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Joe Brummell #48: Diptyque ‘Volutes’

Fragrance houses don’t come much more grandiose than Diptyque, steeped in rich history, Diptyque has been around for well over half a century now. Founded in Paris in 1961, three artisans, united by their love of creativity and design, opened a shop at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain. Their idea was to exhibit and sell their avant-garde textiles, home wares and items collected from their travels around the world. Soon the trio launched coloured candles, crafted out of scented wax in shades to match the fabrics they sell. 7 years later, in 1968 public demand sees the launch of fragrances, inspired by the candles and worn by the elite customers. The rest, is history.

Fast-forward to 2012 and Diptyque are just about to launch a new fragrance that will be a valuable addition to their fragrance library. That fragrance is called Volutes and it has been inspired by the journey that Yves Coueslant, one of the three Diptyque founders, took as a child on transatlantic liners that travelled from Marseilles to Saigon. The journey is remembered as a sequence of experiences and smells which have been combined to create the notes of Volutes. Plumes of smoke from the chimneys of the liner, the expensive perfumes of other passengers and foaming waves of sea water have all been magically captured in a bottle.

It’s a rich and delicate unisex scent, perfect for the transition from summer to autumn. Honeyed tobacco, with waxy accents and elements of dried fruit, give way to top notes of pink pepper, Madagascan pepper and saffron. Middle notes of Iris add a masculine edge to the fragrance, almost conjuring the smell of suede, which in turn compliments the oriental flower notes. Immortelle and myrrh transform the tobacco notes into a bituminous assault on the senses, warm, exotic and chic.

Diptyque’s Volutes is available from the 1st of October.

- Warren Beckett

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