Diptyque was established in 1961 by three friends: painter Desmond Knox-Leet, set designer Yves Coueslant, and Christiane Gautrot, who worked in an architecture firm. Their original plan was to design and market cotton print fabrics, but scented candles, introduced in 1963 as something of a sideline, turned out to be more popular than the fabrics. There are currently over 50 scents in the candle collection.
In 1968 Diptyque launched their first personal fragrance, L'Eau. Later fragrances include L'Autre (1973), L'Eau Trois (1975), L'Ombre dans L'Eau (1983), Eau Lente (1986), Olene (1988), Virgilio (1990), Philosykos (1996), Ofrésia (1999), Oyedo (2000), Opôné (2001) and Tam Dao (2003).
Diptyque was acquired by Manzanita Capital in 2005.
Home fragrance and scented body care reviews
Recent fragrance releases
Recent releases include:
2005: Do Son
2006: Eau de Lierre
2009: L'Eau de Tarocco
2017: Eau Dominotée
Where to buy
Diptyque currently has freestanding boutiques in New York City and San Francisco, plus two in Southern California.
See all articles on Now Smell This tagged Diptyque.
See a review of Diptyque (book) by Elisabeth de Feydeau.
Watch a short film from Diptyque for the Beauty & Beast / La Belle & La Bête candle duo.