I received a very lovely surprise birthday gift recently from my sweet Instagram family… these ladies have the most exquisite tastes, and know me better than I know myself sometimes! So timely, because I’ve been on a fragrance bent lately, and they gifted me with not just any everyday scent… but this precious bottle of Diptyque Do Son Eau de Parfum!
Do Son is inspired by Yves Coueslant’s (one of the founders of Diptyque) childhood in Vietnam, a little seaside town where his father had built a pagoda where he could go to enjoy the sea breeze. Tuberose predominates in this fragrance, recalling Yves Coueslant’s mother’s favorite flower. It is a happy coincidence that Tuberose is my prevailing scent of choice, a heady white bouquet with a unique creamy musk, that makes me feel fresh and sensual at the same time.
Diptyque first released Do Son as an Eau de Toilette in 2005, and that is a perfectly pretty floral scent in all honesty. When I first took a whiff of it, I was enthralled, like anybody would with a glass of champagne. But it fizzes out soon after. The EDT starts out crisp and light, but wears down within minutes into a rather bland, everyday, sweet floral. There was nothing to hold my interest.
Do Son Eau de Parfum, on the other hand, starts out with a kick. The way the tannins in matured red wine often do. But once you let it breathe for a few minutes, the scent warms up, and complexities start to emerge. There is an earthiness, a dash of spiciness, and some clean musk in the mix that makes Do Son EDP a whole lot more interesting.
What I loved about Do Son is that it is amazing to wear on its own, and yet layers beautifully with some of my other recent bottles… e.g. Jo Malone Silk Blossom, and Dior Addict Eau Sensualle. Diptyque Do Son Eau de Parfum stays fairly close to the skin without being too intrusive… just wafts by whenever it is warmed up. In terms of sillage, it fares better than Chanel Gardenia, though not by very much. It lasts approximately 6 hours on me, so a refreshing spritz is needed for the evening.