For the perfume house and its perfumers, the world has always been an inexhaustible island of treasures to discover and smell. A landscape, the detail of a capital, a dewy flower… everything is a source of inspiration from the moment that the image or scent becomes lastingly imprinted in the memory. And the perfumes born of these emotions transport us to an elsewhere that owes as much to real memory as dreams.
With Volutes we travel…within a journey
The journey that Yves Coueslant, one of the three founders, used to make as a child on the transatlantic liners that connected Marseilles to Saigon. These long crossings that he experienced, with the perception of childhood and his taste for the fabulous, made such a strong impression on him that they have impregnated the walls of the perfume house. They are there; they are known, recounted, imagined, time and again, and ultimately fashioned into an olfactory account. Everything blends together in this narrative: a whirl of sounds, colours, scents, people and landscapes. There is the infinite sea and sky, first of all, and those ports of call with enchanting names, Port Said, the Suez Canal, Djibouti, Colombo, Singapore…. cities and coasts that smell of adventure and spices, where you disembark dressed in white to play explorers in legendary far-off places. There is, too, the tarry mystery of the holds and the hull, and the labyrinth of waxed passageways and
wood-panelled salons. Above all, there is life on board, with its rituals and beautiful female passengers, whose sophistication is heightened by the journey. A magic lantern depicting a series of unforgettable images of elegance and freedom, in which people dance, flirt and smoke in a hubbub of music, voices and the noise of machines and from which the heady aromas of cigarettes and precious fragrances arise in concentric waves. The dominating elements that make this mish-mash of impressions a smooth and golden memory are an intimately linked shape and scent: the volute and tobacco. Smoking fumes from the liner's chimneys. Foamy wakes. Flights of silk and chiffon. Wafts of expensive perfumes. Everything uncoils and evaporates on the boat. But the most beautiful spiral shape, which concentrates the soul of the journey with its movement and fragrances, is the smoke from the Egyptian cigarettes that were “carried” as a fashion accessory at the time.
This dream tobacco infuses through Volutes from start to finish
An incredibly chic, mild and honeyed tobacco that envelops without losing anything of its bearing and keeps a beautiful ruggedness beneath its velvety suppleness. To develop all of its aromas, diptyque and its partner Fabrice Pellegrin, a lover of fine ingredients, have paired an absolute, intense and bold tobacco with an Amsterdamer note, with accents of wax, honey and dried fruit. This blend has resulted in this incomparable “period” tobacco fragrance, which you can imagine with the smoke from the Khediv's cigarettes and can almost smell on seeing their box illustrated with a sphinx, palm trees and fezzes. However, there is no facile Orientalism or listlessness in these Volutes. They rise up straight, with full-bodied top notes of fresh spices. Pink pepper, Madagascan pepper and saffron allow them to lightly establish their velvety presence and play rather coy. Their long blond spiral is deployed at the heart over warm, dry hay and the smooth layer of a beautiful golden honey. Iris is also present, elaborated in its skin facet, and brings the comfort and suppleness of very fine suede to these enveloping wisps. We find ourselves on the deck surrounded by these aromas in which cigarette smoke and fine perfumery intermingle. Yet, the story takes place on a boat, and immortelle, first of all, and then myrrh alongside the tobacco give black, slightly bituminous notes that remind us that the hull is also one of the charms of the journey and that the intense pleasure of a cigarette, however mild it may be, comes from that imperceptible bitterness that we would be disappointed not to inhale. Nothing to alarm elegant gentlemen and ladies who find, on the contrary, that this subtly dosed, sombre little side adds a great deal to the composition's sophistication and hold. Volutes is not just a very beautiful tobacco. It has body and personality. A kaleidoscope in which all the facets – fruity, floral, aromatic and spicy – have been worked to release its richness and accentuate the base. Storax, opopanax, benzoin… the balms and gums that it combines are extracted using a brand new process that respects their olfactory power and faithfulness. They do not merely offer this tobacco their generous warmth: they give it an unexpected balance and depth and deliciously extend its refined sillage.
Volutes - A story that takes us to far-off places
A story told by a perfumer/traveller, with exceptional raw materials and a cultivated signature… this is the perfume house's hallmark. diptyque embodies the encounters and emotions that we breathe at the heart of the fragrances to which they have given rise. Another characteristic is their unisex nature. Volutes, like all diptyque eaux de toilette, is worn with the same pleasure… port or starboard. One can just as well imagine it wafting from an oatmeal linen suit as from a chiffon dress. But – and this is a real first – it is now also available as an eau de parfum, for those who dream of even more distant travels and disconcerting horizons. Right from the outset, iris lands them on the extreme shores of seduction with the elegant charms of its floral facet. Make no mistake… the sophistication does not cancel out the danger, as we are reminded in the notes that follow: a pink and black pepper, cinnamon and saffron heart electrifies the warm air that Volutes exudes and gives it a beautiful stormy energy. The base is no more restful: its smooth enveloping quality remains, but storax affirms its leathery facet and the glorious insolence of those who hide a penchant for all kinds of liberties behind impeccable manners.
With the bottle too, the story takes a new turn
The eau de toilette follows a transparent direction. A clearly defined cap, and pure, geometric forms with just enough roundness to prevent elegance from turning into stiffness, and it immediately establishes its sleek look and comfortable hold in the hand. The house codes are no less respected, with the label and its illustration, which can be read inside and out, for the indispensable dream. The inaugural eau de parfum bottle is naturally cast in the purest house style. The forms remain but the colours are reversed in a beautiful positive/negative stylistic exercise. Whereas the eau de toilette draws on transparency and black printed on white for its box and label, the Eau de parfum is held within black glass and sports a black pack and label, crossed with white lines. Irrespective of the background – black or white – against which it is drawn, the little scene that illustrates the magic of this journey can be viewed equally well from either side. It depicts the rising breath of the sea and the wind, the drifting clouds and plumes from the chimneys, the wafting tobacco-scented vapours of smoke, and the very shape of dreams emerging from their intertwined spirals.
Available at the diptyque store at The Dubai Mall
50 ml eau de toilette – AED 340
100 ml eau de toilette – AED 450
75 ml eau de parfum – AED 525