I Go Wild for This French Perfume Brand—These Are the 3 I Spritz on Repeat

I wholeheartedly realize that even when I'm completely ecstatic about a certain perfume brand or particular scent, that doesn't necessarily mean everyone is. (Fragrance is a very, very personal thing, after all!) But… 

During my time as a beauty editor and self-proclaimed perfume savant (it's a passion—what can I say), there have been particular brands, fragrance families, and bottles that I, and pretty much everyone I know and love, go absolutely wild for. My fellow beauty editor Courtney Higgs and I have a separate running chat solely dedicated to our current scent obsessions, and to this day, I've never recommended a perfume to a loved one that hasn't become an object of obsession in their life. Additionally, some brands and cult-classic perfumes are so iconic, beloved, and studded with best-selling bottles that it's impossible not to make the overarching conjecture that they're practically return-proof and bona fide compliment getters. Parisian fragrance house Diptyque is one such brand. 

From the carefully articulated melding of notes cozied into each bottle to the artistic packaging, there's a lot to love about Diptyque, and it's, by far, one of the most adored perfume brands of all time. Quite honestly, I've never sniffed a Diptyque perfume that didn't strike my fancy—each bursts with character and unexpected perfection—but there are three perfumes in particular that have earned a permanent spot on my dresser. Oh, and it's not just me. This trio is consistently found within the brand's best sellers list, and they also earn top ranks at popular retailers like Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus… You get the idea! So without further ado, I'm sharing my personal favorite Diptyque perfumes of all time along with eight more honorable mentions in the best-of-the-best category. Keep scrolling! 

My top picks:

#1: Do Son Eau de Toilette

Fragrance family: floral

Key notes: tuberose, orange blossom, jasmine, marine accord

Do Son is such a classic scent, and almost every single fragrance-loving human I know (whether they're in the beauty biz or not) owns a bottle. It's floral and fresh, but not preciously so. If you ask me, nothing is worse than a perfume that's so flowery it becomes stuffy, and this best-selling perfume from Diptyque is the antithesis of that. It's the perfect balance of cool and delicate. It's the Diptyque favorite I recommend above all others. 

#2: Philosykos Eau de Toilette

Fragrance family: woody

Key notes: fig leaves, fig tree sap, fig tree wood, black pepper

Philosykos is definitely one of the most instantly recognizable perfumes—not just within the Diptyque family but also on the market in general. Each and every spritz is truly transportive (something I love in a fragrance), and owning your own bottle is the next best thing to booking an actual trip to the Greecian mountains. Philosykos is a true ode to the fig tree, but somehow, it's not overbearing thanks to how the brand has balanced the tribute. You get a crisp greenness from the fig leaves, a smooth creaminess from the fruit itself, and that inherent earthiness from the white wood.

#3: Tam Dao Eau de Toilette

Fragrance family: woody

Key notes: sandalwood, cedar, cypress, myrtle

Tam Dao is one of Diptyque's reigning best sellers, but I will say it's a wild card in that you will definitely really like it or you definitely really won't. Like Philosykos, it's classified as "woody," but where Philosykos has a subtle undercurrent of juicy fruitiness, Tam Dao is a modern take on a classic warm and woody perfume. It's heavy on the sandalwood and cedar, so if that's not your vibe, you've been forewarned. That said, I'm not typically a huge fan of woody scents, but this one has slowly but surely completely won me over. 

More honorable mentions:

#4: Eau de Minthé Eau de Parfum

Fragrance family: fougère (aka "fern"!)

Key notes: patchouli, géranium, menthe, oxyde de rose

If I hadn't been so set on just choosing three personal Diptyque favorites, this relatively new addition (it's been around for a few years now) would definitley be in my top selects. I'm pretty sure I scrunched up my nose when I first received it. How could a minty fragrance possibly work? Alas, leave it to Diptyque to create something that not only works but that is also completely brilliant and unique. The blend of notes is inspired by Greek myth, which makes it feel all the more dreamy as you wear it. 

#5: Eau Rose Eau de Toilette

Fragrance family: floral

Key notes: damask rose, centifolia rose, litchi, ambroxan

Rose lovers, this one is for you. Fluttery, exquisite, and artfully inspired by the diverse group of scents a rose takes on in its lifetime, it's the quintessential ensemble for anyone who loves a beautiful twist on an old classic.

#6: Eau Moheli Eau de Toilette

Fragrance family: floral

Key notes: ylang-ylang, pink peppercorn, ginger, vetiver

Ylang-ylang is a dark horse in so many beloved perfumes, so it's no surprise it leads the charge in this best-selling fragrance from Diptyque. It's floral but has a complex aftertaste thanks to subtle hits of spice and green woodiness.

#7: Eau Duelle Eau de Toilette

Fragrance family: oriental

Key notes: vanilla, pink peppercorn, cypriol, calamus

Admittedly, I have yet to smell this perfume from Diptyque, but the reviews and ratings across the internet are too good to ignore. (Considering how much I adore vanilla scents, I know this is a must-try for me!) Inspired by travel and serving as a tribute to vanilla, the star ingredient is anchored by duskier nuances from smoky cypriol, spicy pink peppercorn, and dewy calamus. So no, this isn't your teeny-boppery, cotton-candy vanilla, friends.

#8: Othoniel Rosa Eau de Toilette

Fragrance family: floral

Key notes: pink peppercorn, roses, vetiver

This is a brand-new addition to Diptyque's perfume lineup, and it's already become so popular that it's currently sold out. However, definitely keep this one on your radar if you're someone who has a soft spot for rose but craves something with a little more vim and vigor. (The pink peppercorn here gives this debut some zip.)

#9: L'Ombre dans L'Eau Eau de Toilette

Fragrance family: floral

Key notes: rose, black currant buds, petitgrain, black currant leaves

In addition to the above power plays, part of what makes this perfume so magical are the strategic additions of bergamot, mandarin, and musk. It's a little bit floral, a little bit fruit, and slightly heady, but in a really whimsical way. If you stepped out into a faraway land or fairytale, this is what I imagine it would smell like!

#10: Eau des Sens Eau de Toilette

Fragrance family: floral

Key notes: orange blossom, angelica root, patchouli, juniper berry

"A composition that creates confusion. It caresses the skin and makes your mouth water like an indulgent treat, awakening you with its freshness." Intriguing, no? If the brand's rich description of this best-selling perfume isn't enough to spur your interest, perhaps the decadent mixture of orange blossom, angelica root, patchouli, and juniper berry will. 

#11: Oud Palao Eau de Parfum

Fragrance family: oriental

Key notes: oud, rose, vanilla, incense

I really avoid describing any kind of beauty product as "sexy," but I just really can't help it here because this perfume's intoxicating blend of rose, oud, vanilla, and incense is (sorry) undeniably sexy. So tread with caution. That's all I'm saying!

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