As a child, Yves Coueslant, one of diptyque’s founders, spent his summers at the seaside in the pagoda that his father had had built in Do Son, in the Along Bay. Far from the humid heat of the large port in Haiphong, the air was cooler. The sea breeze carried with it the heady and slightly spicy scent of tuberoses that his mother so loved. Do Son has both the delicateness and persistence of a memory from a childhood in Indochina.
This perfume oil is a miracle of sensations. It is transparent but transforms into a soft, foamy emulsion upon contact with water. Depending on the fragrance, new scented tones are revealed, alternately accentuating the sensuality and the freshness of the composition. Concentrated in apricot seed oil, it offers well-being and softness. The perfume oil is a true three-in-one product that cleanses, softens and intensely scents all at the same time.
The diptyque story began in Paris at 34 boulevard Saint-Germain with, at its heart, three friends driven by the same creative passion. Christiane Gautrot was an interior designer, Desmond Knox-Leet, a painter, and Yves Coueslant, a theater director and set designer. The first two collaborated designing fabrics and wallpaper for Liberty and Sanderson. They were joined by the third in 1961 and opened a shop to display their designs. Yves became the administrator and consultant; Desmond and Christiane were the artistic soul. Bit by bit, with finely honed taste, the trio transformed the site into a one-of-a-kind setting, a kind of stylish bazaar where one found surprising articles unmatched in Paris, mined and conveyed home by the trio over the course of their travels.