Diptyque‘s Philosykos needs no introduction to those of you who have a smidgen of interest in the world of perfume. It holds the unofficial title of “best fig perfume” on fragrance forums and is held to be the gold standard in its genre. It opens with green, leafy notes that complement the creamy coconut that unfolds throughout the entire development of the fragrance. There is no tartness here, no hint of biting citrus, just smooth, relaxing fruit bathed in milk. It’s extremely photorealistic, too. Way back when I hadn’t been into perfume, I used to go jogging along a trail in MacRitchie reservoir in Singapore. Running through the ‘forest’, I would catch whiffs of an amazing smell that refreshed me and kept me going.
Day 2 (Part III) – A Whirlwind Tour of Perfume Boutiques
We left Jovoy with contented smiles on our faces – well, more than just contented smiles: Monsieur D left with a bottle of Parfum d’Empire’s Ambre Russe and plenty of samples. I’d managed to muster up some inkling of restraint and left without buying anything… yet (that’s a story for Day 4). We had planned to meet up with Bianca, a friend that Monsieur D had made on the train from the airport, at 3.30pm, but there was still some time to kill, and so we decided to walk around the area. Just diagonally across the street from Jovoy was a Jean Patou boutique, where we discovered the recently launched Collection Héritage series comprising Chaldée, Eau de Patou and Patou Pour Homme. I have yet to smell the original scents, so I can’t comment on how they’ve been reformulated, and I can’t remember much of what I smelt either, save for the fact that they were quite smooth and elegant, never venturing into offensive territory. The sales assistant was helpful enough, and possibly rather hopeful that we would be making a purchase as well, given that she was quite persistent about the quality of the fragrances. I suppose it was because we were holding so many shopping bags! Continue reading →