Do Son was released by Diptyque this year, and is their first new fragrance for women since 2003's Jardin Clos. Like Tam Dao, it was inspired by the childhood memories of Yves Coueslant, one of Diptyque's founders, who...
...grew up in Haiphong, a vast harbour in northern Indochina where his father, a lawyer in love with China, was established. His mother, hardly bearing the heat and damp monsoon weather, used to rest for hours in the fresh and quiet half-light of her sitting room. She loved the bitter sweet fragrance of tuberoses and the great department store in town where she used to buy whatever was fashionable from Paris. (via Diptyque website)
The fragrance notes are tuberose, orange tree leaves, rose, benzoin, iris, and white musk.
Do Son opens sharp and sweet, and perhaps a little heady, but settles rapidly into something surprisingly light and dewy for a tuberose-based perfume. There is a distinct touch of green, and the rose and iris diffuse the intensity of the tuberose without calling attention to themselves.
The result is rather like tuberose petals submerged in water. It is more fresh than sultry, and probably more suited to spring than fall. It wouldn't knock out you out on a hot summer day, and you could easily wear it to the office. I have no idea who composed Do Son, but the combination of weightless transparency and watery coolness gives it the feel of an Olivia Giacobetti scent. Whoever made it, it is a lovely fragrance, and I am putting it on my shopping list for next spring.
An aside: has anyone else noticed how many light, spring-like perfumes are being released this fall? Perhaps the whole idea of seasonal fragrance is out of fashion.
Diptyque Do Son is an Eau de Toilette, and the lasting power is average at best. It is available in 50 and 100 ml bottles; for stores, see the listing for Diptyque under Perfume Houses.
Tomorrow: Kenzo Flower Oriental