Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
Diptyque was founded in 1961 by three friends, Desmond Knox-Leet, Christiane Gautrot and Yves Coueslant, who received training from Ecole des Beaux Arts. Yves Coueslant’s connection with Vietnam produced Diptyque’s sandalwood based fragrance, Tam Dao. Do Son, named after a resort on the coast of Vietnam, southeast of Hai Phong City, is another Vietnam inspired creation, to be released in October of 2005.
Do Son is an airy tuberose that is reminiscent in character of L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillons. Delicate green note is weaved through hot tuberose, thus lightening the effect and creating a fragrance that is more a delicate tuberose mist than a heady veil.
Sweet orange blossom with its crisp and gentle touch rounds out the edgy elements of tuberose. Iris unfolds in the heart of the composition amplifying the association of the fragrance with spring flowers and green sticky stems poking through the earth.
Misty and delicate, Do Son is a fragrance to be sprayed, rather than dabbed. Like some other Diptyque florals, notably Ofresia, it is verging on evanescent, however just when I think that I cannot smell anything, a wave of warm sweetness rises up again. The effect is feather light, with the composition clinging to the body like a transparent chiffon scarf. Although I have to admit that Do Son is a rather linear composition, it has an immediate uplifting effect on me. For those who tend to avoid tuberose, this will be a pleasant surprise, because Do Son’s tuberose is rendered as delicate and light, two words are hardly applicable to most tuberose focused fragrances.
As for the relationship between tuberose and Vietnam, it is a flower that is used frequently during religious ceremonies. Moreover, it grows well in the cooler months, when most other plants are scarce. If there is a specific connection with Do Son resort, I would love to know.
Diptyque Do Son advertisement (thanks to Cedric).