Tam Dao (2012)Eau de Parfum

Tam Dao (Eau de Parfum) by Diptyque
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Tam Dao (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Diptyque for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is woody-spicy. It is being marketed by Manzanita Capital.

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Perfumer

Daniel Molière

Fragrance Notes

Mysore sandalwood, Cedar, Cypress, Coriander

Ratings

Scent

7.6 (159 Ratings)

Longevity

7.1 (132 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (134 Ratings)

Bottle

7.9 (126 Ratings)
Submitted by TheDrake, last update on 28.02.2020.

Interesting Facts

Tam Đảo ("Three Islands") is a summer resort in Vietnam.
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Syndala

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Syndala
Hopeful start
Tam Dao starts off pleasantly spicy fresh and green, I smell a note similar to mint here and can imagine that cypress smells like this in perfume. Very natural and mediterranean, I think to myself, this works great as a light evening scent in summer holidays or if you want to remember an evening from your last holiday. Unfortunately Tam Dao gets woody very fast in the drydown. Unfortunately, because I perceive a bitterly stabbing sweetness (sweet from the sandalwood, but what makes the note so pungent, I don't know), the fresh green disappears from the beginning. Now what blows over from my wrist only looks flat, is also very weak in charisma, even compared to other Diptyque EdPs. The rest smells like a higher quality men's shower gel and also has the corresponding durability and sillage.

The fact is, I don't know the name of any fragrances that have this Mediterranean-fresh spicy aura that Tam Dao wears at the beginning and I really like it. It is the only kind of scent that I find pleasant when it is worn by a person every day and is already flowing off their skin. This is fine, even if all the person's belongings (and anything in their possession even temporarily) are impregnated with it. But unfortunately Tam Dao takes another turn and breaks my illusion of having finally identified such a fragrance. Too bad!
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Mantus

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Very helpful Review    7
Inner peace
At first you can notice a fresh - ethereal note, which brings a nice light citric - woody, earthy touch and is due to the myrtle.

At the same time a very soft balsamic, discreetly bitter - earthy fragrant note melts with the myrtle, which has something "liberating" with it and comes from the cypress.

These two notes are enveloped by a clear, discreetly soapy - pure note, which exudes a fine, bright, slightly transparent floral hint and I guess the Taif rose here.

This constellation is perceptible on my skin for 20 minutes before the heart note unfolds.

Now a strong dark and distinctive spicy note can be perceived, which has a very discreet creamy touch and comes from the sandalwood.

The sandalwood is accompanied by an intense, engaging woody note of cedar wood, which also has something soft about it and creates inner peace.

The heart note is perceptible on my skin for 3 hours before the base asserts itself.

The base becomes very densely woody thanks to the rosewood wood and receives from the white musk a beautiful clear, discreetly sweet aspect.

The spices and the amber I could unfortunately not perceive, but I can imagine very well that these two notes were used for completion.

Tam Dao is a pleasant companion in the spring, autumn and winter months for the gentleman aged 30 and over who is looking for a spicy, creamy and woody fragrance that will calm you down.

In total, the fragrance lasts 6 hours on my skin.

In the first 30 minutes, the Sillage is designed so that one is clearly perceived at one arm's length and then swings for 2 hours to a very perceptible half arm's length, before it is reduced in quiet steps to the end of the fragrance.
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Pretty disappointingly ok.
Review based on a 2015 EDP version.

Nothing bad per se, but nothing new or creative either. Nothing wow about this at all. And, on my skin, absolutely no sandalwood. Nothing even remotely creamy. This is all about super dry cedar (definitely high on iso e super), incense, black pepper and a very powdery-amber. Traces of cypress and something resembling hay (very dry,dusty and grassy).

To me, this feels like a rather futile attempt to recreate the magic of Gucci Pour Homme I. The overall vibe is quite similar to me (I haven't tried Gucci Rush). In fact, just to be sure I just sprayed GpHI on my other hand for a side-by-side. Very similar accords. Just that Tam Dao doesn't go anywhere new with the concept. CdG did it with 2Man. DSquared2 has Potion which is quite an interesting take on the same concept. Tam Dao seems like it tried but gave up halfway. It smells decent, esp. if you haven't tried GPH1 or 2Man or Potion. But at this price one would expect something much more than this. And to add to these woes, this EDP is awfully short lived. I barely got 2 hours this morning - I re-sprayed again when I tried the GpH1, just to get the notes again. 2 Hours is pretty sad. Even Hermes colognes stay much longer than that.

But then again I don't know how much of this has to do with reformulation of the juice. I'm glad I only got the 10ml mini. I'll keep trying this to see if I'm missing something.

6/10

Statements

Itchynose 13 months ago
A woody cornucopia for hardcore wood lovers: Cypress, sandalwood, cedar, rosewood and some pencil shavings for the dry down.+1
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KingPin 14 months ago
A bit overhyped imo, it’s a bit like Gucci by Gucci. Not bad, but nothing very special either. Cedar and some spice.
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