Tam Dao 2003 Eau de Toilette

Tam Dao (Eau de Toilette) by Diptyque
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Tam Dao (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Diptyque for women and men and was released in 2003. The scent is woody-spicy. It is being marketed by Manzanita Capital. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Daniel Molière

Fragrance Notes

Mysore sandalwoodMysore sandalwood CedarCedar CypressCypress MyrtleMyrtle

Ratings

Scent

7.4354 Ratings

Longevity

6.5269 Ratings

Sillage

5.9261 Ratings

Bottle

7.6253 Ratings

Value for money

6.047 Ratings
Submitted by DirkDS, last update on 21.05.2022.
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7.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
7
Bottle
6
Pricing
Kurai

182 Reviews
Kurai
Kurai
   2  
Functional woods
Nose err.. note picking can be fun, but in the end it is just a guessing game. In the completely irrelevant yet never-ending "Cedar vs Sandal" discussion, I find myself somewhere in the middle. A little bit of both, I suppose.

Obviously, this is a straightforward, almost simplistic all-woods perfume. There is hardly any change in scent from beginning to end, only the intensity varies a bit. Not an olfactory rollercoaster ride, just a functional scent to get you through the day in a laidback mellow mood. Basically, Tam Dao does exactly what I need for a day at the office. And it does it more successfully than any other scent in my "office rotation". A definite keeper.
7
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
6
Bottle
6
Pricing
LorenzoYann

22 Reviews
LorenzoYann
LorenzoYann
   1  
Daily, mellow woody fragrance
Tam Dao is about a cedarwood note lasting for the whole fragrance, it has an undertone of myrtle which gives it brightness without any camphorous side. The type of cedarwood note resembles virginian cedarwood (pencil sharpening waste) and has a green facet of cypress too. I think the sandalwood is actually minimal and for me the drydown is powdery although rounded too. In some ways it dries down similarly to how Jasmagonda 23.1 by PG does.
5.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
10
Bottle
7
Pricing
Loopmer
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Loopmer
   1  
Memories of the 90s
Diptyque....I do love the look of this manufacturer. The designs, the
Internet presence, the Instagram account are absolutely aesthetic and meet my taste 101%. However, there is one problem for me and that is unfortunately the fragrances! I have ordered so many samples and absolutely every one reminds me of scents from the 80/90s, which I found in my parents bathroom cabinet as a child. Also, many scents seem floral and feminine. Not so with Tam Dao, at least that's what I thought for a while. I tested it a few weeks ago in a branch, of a luxury goods supplier. "Nice fragrance" I thought to myself and so I ordered a sample.

Full of anticipation, I sprayed the fragrance on me tonight. The prelude is like the first test: sandalwood, dry and masculine. This dust-dry fragrance is absolutely what for me. Simple, yet very present. Unfortunately, however, Tam Dao developed today in a direction that again seems somehow feminine to me. The wood moved a bit into the background and a creamy sweetness mixed in. I absolutely did not notice this in my first test. Maybe it's because of the temperatures, which were around 20 degrees again tonight. Has a vanilla feel to it. The mixture of soft wood and sweetness doesn't smell bad, but it just doesn't suit a strong man like me. The scent is almost feminine on my skin and remained unchanged after this change. Maybe it's just the beautiful designs that have influence on my expectation.

After 6 hours, the scent was unfortunately still perceptible, so I was glad to finally lie in the bath and wash it off.

I will definitely try the sample again times, maybe I like it in colder temperatures again as good as the first test.

I leave now times the fingers of Diptyque fragrances and look then but rather the beautiful designs
8.5
Scent
Stulle
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Stulle
Top Review    46  
Time Travel
In the late eighties, ceramic scent lamps were very fashionable. At the bottom you put a tea light in, at the top you put some water in a bowl to evaporate and then you added a few drops of scented oil. I actually only remember ylang-ylang, which created a numbingly heavy but insanely fascinating and erotic atmosphere.

Now I've smelled TAM DAO for the first time, and it has flung me back to that era unabated - sandalwood was, of course, the most popular scent for those little lights! May contemporaries correct me, but I think 90% of all young ladies had one of these in their chambers. No visit to the adored/adored creatures without a tea light flickering and occasionally, in the heat of, er, discussion, completely forgetting to light a new one after it went out.

It is also entirely within the realm of possibility that a not inconsiderable number of our younger perfumos were conceived to this very scent. Perhaps the sandalwood children could just get this almost incidental information out of their parents for me without any obligation...

But not everything was so romantic at the time. I had a colleague with whom I started an apprenticeship at the same time after graduating from high school. Sympathy at first sight, and M. was a funny, but at the same time also in itself resting person, with which one did not come at all into the proximity of an argument. Night-long discussions about God and the world, as they are just standard at this age.

Since just at the transition to the nineties the triumphant advance of the personal computer began and M. was not quite unfortunate from home, he had of course such a box in the apartment (wow, he had his own apartment, while all friends of the same age still had to live with parents!). So we spent many days and nights with the then brand new game MONKEY ISLAND! With the obsessive potential we both had, weeks went by before we had played through the game (there were no tutorials to be found online yet). And in the background, non-stop, the eternally simmering fragrance lamp with - sandalwood oil!

As life is then, we parted ways. I had my plans, and M. dümpeln so a bit in a "decent" job. Life purpose was not, but good money, and so he could then every weekend a little too much drinking over the villages and through the (small) cities and let it rip. Occasionally and with growing frequency then also on weekdays and in the morning.
At some point they stopped seeing each other, but I heard much later that he had been out too much with strange people. More, much more alcohol and plenty of drugs; his psyche only took it all to a certain point, and at some point he couldn't take it anymore. And then he didn't want to.

*

They say that someone still exists as long as a person thinks about them. That's what I'm doing, and I'm putting an imaginary stone on your grave, which I never saw, dear M.

*

TAM DAO is just that deep and warm sandalwood smell that reminds me of the intense time of that friendship, of growing up, of existential questions, of doubting and guessing, of unbridled curiosity, of an uncertain, exciting future, and also of another very long and very intense love story.
The perfume has a light, cypress and woody tone and remains relatively unsweet on me. Nothing distracting, everything fits and makes sense, to me it seems structured and transparent. Just as when you look back into the past, you can suddenly see clearly the path you have walked until today.

I did not even know until now that I can like sandalwood so well and have also experienced no fragrance of this orientation so emotional and moving. Wat nu? 10 points for the time travel, 8.5 points already for the fragrance - a bottling must be here to trace this fascination even further.

To the old times!
23 Replies
8.5
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
9
Bottle
7
Pricing
INDIGOSPHINX

48 Reviews
INDIGOSPHINX
INDIGOSPHINX
   2  
Simplicity
The major downside to this is that you may get tired of it after a few wearings due to lack of complexity of notes.
However, if you are like me and enjoy sandalwood, you are truly in for a treat.

This immediately puts your brain into a serene mode.

On days where you don't want to wear anything, wear this.

A bonus would be, if you are Asian like me, you would feel even better in it LOL
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7
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6
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6
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8
Bottle
Taurus1967

3 Reviews
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Taurus1967
Very helpful Review    11  
A lot of fuss about dust-dry sandalwood
Tam Dao reminds me of "Upper Ten" by Lubin right from the first snort. To be fair, it should be the other way around, because the latter came on the market 12 years later. So I'm honestly saying that Tam Dao definitely passed by my nose for 17 years, but I've heard the name more often than not
For all those who do not know one or the other fragrance: Tam Dao is a really very dust-dry sandalwood creation with a good pinch of myrtle and some cedar. It comes extremely woody and spicy, and you think you'll notice some amber, musk and a few drops of rose oil later on.

This would be relatively similar to the Upper Ten, except that the Upper Ten seems a bit creamier and has a good pinch of cinnamon, so that the association with cola is relatively close.

Correspondingly, the upper ten is ahead of me personally, even if this is currently reflected somewhat differently in the overall perfume ratio of 7.5 to 7.3.

Surely a sultry hot day is not the best condition to test the rather autumnal Tam Dao, but my imagination and experience are sufficient to know that it has this nerve potential with me, although it is made of high quality and additionally brings a fine spicy-sweet smoky note into play.
Probably the most people will love this the most, but the whole thing around it is a bit too exhausting for me.

Therefore: interestingly made material for sandalwood species, but I would not overrate it.
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MisterShaver
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MisterShaver
Top Review    19  
What's that smell?
... asks the nice waitress at the Resturant. I had Tam Dao in my pocket as a sample when I bought it and had it on completely unsuspectingly. It has provided that evening for long conversations.
Now I can see it is slightly woody, it has something creamy and maybe that's why the association with vanilla comes along. The rose is rather in the background, but amber and musk are also perceptible. And all in a nice order. But what remains from the beginning is with me the creaminess.
The thought of a forest clearing is somehow there, but the image of dark woods is also present. All times it is a fragrance that fits very well into a dignified bar with fine gin. A jazz band plays light evening music and a light breeze blows through the open balcony doors, smelling of fresh rain on dry forest ground. Just such a lukewarm autumn evening when summer is still so long in October. In the room you can hear the gentle rustling of the dresses from the ladies, a cigar is lit, some ice cubes clink in the glass, other scents make their way through the room from time to time or pass with their straps ....
Perfect! Perfect! And I feel safe and cozy enveloped by my Tam Dao scent. Sit back, enjoy. Slowly the sun is setting behind the horizon as a glowing red ball ... That's all it takes.
1 Reply
8
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7
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8
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7
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Pepdal

228 Reviews
Pepdal
Pepdal
Helpful Review    1  
Tam Dao edt
My review is for Diptyque's Tam Dao ead de toilette from my vintage square bottle. For fans of woody scents this may be one that needs to be sampled...


6
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7.5
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Ineverwas

45 Reviews
Ineverwas
Ineverwas
Helpful Review    5  
Serenity Now
Review for the EDT in round bottle.

Well, to be honest, I was a bit worried that there will be too much cedar and not enough sandalwood in the EDT version. But I can happily confirm that it's not the case! Tam Dao EDT is a beautiful sandalwood-centric perfume that's completely unisex.

It reminds me so much of the sandalwood fan my mother used to have, it's almost the same smell, only the real wood was a bit sweeter and muted, while Tam Dao has quite an airy, spacious and solemn feel to it. Like a Buddhist meditation to find inner peace. Which is interesting because I do feel calmer and more meditative than usual when I wear this scent, so the suggestion works.

The sandalwood is not milky or creamy, in fact it feels a bit raw and dry, as if freshly cut - but I do not get the dusty, wood shavings impression from it either which is what allows me to enjoy it completely. Behind the sandalwood, cypress and rosewood are great in their supporting roles, maintaining the exclusive woodiness and adding complexity and interplay. The cedar is also there among the crowd, but not a contender for the dominant note. It adds a touch of masculinity and keeps everything dry and airy.

Overall, a true woody perfume and a wonderful way to relax and think more profoundly about the meaning of life. :)

Sillage and longevity are moderate. A reapplication might be needed after 6 hours.
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5
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7.5
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10
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MasterLi

375 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
Very helpful Review    5  
Dry wood, cedar wood, sandalwood... and even polished wood!
Much has been said about the sandalwood element here. Whilst I do detect the sandalwood vibe I must admit it is faint. I do notice the other woods here being more prominent, such as the cedar wood etc... Overall it probably shouldn't be looked at as an iconic sandalwood fragrance. Definitely a prominent woody scent but not exclusively a sandalwood one. Overall it's warm, very pleasant and the dry-down happens to be very nice. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to go anywhere else apart from smelling like high quality, freshly polished wood. In that way it's quite a linear fragrance. However worth a try, just not the masterpiece others claim it to be. But it is elegant and refined, definitely. If wood is your thing, you will enjoy, but it's not in any way ground-breaking in my opinion.
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Statements

PedroCabralPedroCabral 2 months ago
7.5
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
This sandalwood is wonderful! Too bad the performance is poor...
SyddemizardSyddemizard 3 months ago
6
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
Only Wood..a lot of wood
GreMuserGreMuser 5 months ago
5.5
Scent
4
Longevity
4
Sillage
8
Bottle
Very light and inoffensive sandalwood, very weak in performances, not worth the price.

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