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
See reviews of the Diptyque L'Art du Soin body care line, Softening Hand Wash & Velvet Hand Lotion, Eau des Sens soap.
Home fragrance reviews include Essence of John Galliano, Lilas, Pomander, Feuille de Lavande, Coing, Roses, Figuier, Pois de Senteur, Benjoin candle, Oud candle.
Recent fragrance releases
Recent releases include:
2005: Do Son
2006: Eau de Lierre
2008: L'Eau de L'Eau, L'Eau des Hesperides, L'Eau de Neroli
2009: L'Eau de Tarocco
2010: Vetyverio, Eau Duelle
2011: 34 Boulevard Saint Germain, Les Invités de Trente-Quatre
2013:, L’Eau du Trente-Quatre, Eau Moheli
2014: Geranium Odorata & Eau de Lavande, Essences Insensées
2015: Eau Plurielle, Florabellio, Oud Palao, Essences Insensées 2015, Eau Mage, Ôponé & Benjoin Bohème
2016: Rosaviola, Eau des Sens, Essences Insensées 2016, Kimonanthe
2017: Eau Dominotée
2018: Tempo, Fleur de Peau
2019: Eau de Minthé, Essences Insensées 2019
Where to buy
Diptyque currently has freestanding boutiques in New York City and San Francisco, plus two in Southern California.
The fragrances can also be found at Aedes, Beautyhabit, Four Seasons, and selected Barneys, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom stores.
Overseas, try Senteurs d'Ailleurs in Brussels or First in Fragrance in Germany.
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.