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. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Daniel Molière

Fragrance Notes

Mysore sandalwoodMysore sandalwood CedarCedar CypressCypress CorianderCoriander

Ratings

Scent

7.7257 Ratings

Longevity

7.1218 Ratings

Sillage

6.5221 Ratings

Bottle

8.1198 Ratings

Value for money

6.643 Ratings
Submitted by TheDrake, last update on 15.05.2022.

Interesting Facts

Tam Đảo ("Three Islands") is a summer resort in Vietnam.
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7
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7
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7
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Smellavision

177 Reviews
Smellavision
Smellavision
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"Tam Dao", mostly known as a Vietnamese summer resort is actually somehow a fitting name...
Unlike the EdT, which focuses mostly on the cedar and has some resemblance to CdGs Wonderwood, the EdP opens with a little lime and ginger and dries down to a rich and creamy sandalwood with only hints of cedar, a little bit of coconut and amber. The sandalwood is clearly of the Mysore kind and comes out very lovely. Overall the scent is smooth, natural and realistic but also rather linear and does not evolve too much over time. Projection and longevity are not overly impressive and it usually lasts between 3 to 4 hours on me before becoming a skin scent, so by all means be liberal with the sprayer.

Peaceful, calm and relaxing - an excellent perfume that could use a little more "oomph" if you're looking to impress others - if you're in it just to please yourself, you should be fine
10
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6
Longevity
7
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8
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7
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Zakaria80

8 Reviews
Zakaria80
Zakaria80
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The Pencil Forgives..
I like using a pencil since I was a little kid.. The pen also does the same job, but you can not correct what you have already written without making a smudge first and writing it again..

The pencil forgives.. it can walk on its toes.. it can transition from pale to bold depending on how much you are going to press it against the paper.. it can be silent like a ninja or ferociously loud..

A playful pencil that can draw black teeth on perfectly sterile posters or French moustaches on mythically expensive paintings.. just because it is fun to do..

A pencil next to a blank A4 paper on a beautiful thick wooden table and a glass of buttery milk..

I am 41 years old and I still use a pencil..

One of the most beautiful scents I have ever experienced..

10/10

Ps A small piece of advice.. spray it on clothes rather on skin.. it lasts for days.
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Lbss92

1 Review
Lbss92
Lbss92
Helpful Review    4  
Sauna vibes
Boy if this is good. Now you need to really like the scent of a piece of spruce wood. It starts with a very high dose of Iso E super or something similar on a bed of javenol, its not so creamy but almost spicy (i guess thats the coriander but isoesuper is also quite peppery lets face it) With this I am not saying it smells synthetic but it reminds me of those molecules. I absolutely love it! It smells of a wooden chalet, the inside of a steaming hot sauna, woodchippings. Drydown is the best because i finally get the lime which adds this quirkiness, the olfactive accident I guess. Vanilla is there to reinforce sandalwood and add some depth. I am not sure what amberwood smells like but anytime i see it listed theres some sharpness and incredible longevity added to the fragrance ( I am thinking to L'homme a la rose MFK). Going to comparisons there was a moment (having tam dao in one hand and gypsy water in the other) in the beginning of the drydown which they almost smelled identical but opening and drydown are in completely opposite directions. Tam Dao is a fulfilling 360 degrees woody experience (actual dry bark guys) whereas gypsy water goes citrusy and and somehow sweet. If you are searching for something like Gypsy water
i suggest Tulsivivah! from Miller et Berteaux which is a super happy and comforting sandalwood with oranges and lemon, that fragrance really needs more attention and love because its great! 10 out of 10 Diptyque again, never a disappointment

in fact the accident is mirtle, which makes sense it enhances the smell of sandalwood. Last thing I promise, i dont get the name. Or I mean this could have to do with what we associate with smells, because of what i said I would think this as a very western oriented fragrance and instead it is made thinking to asian forests. Just great how we come to things from completely opposite angles of perspective
6.5
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7
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6
Sillage
7
Bottle
Barbalix

27 Reviews
Barbalix
Barbalix
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Why, oh why...
When I got my first sample of Tam Dao EDT I was amazed with the scent itself, it was such a natural calming and relaxing experience for me I never ever had before. I immediately knew that I found the scent for my "meditative" hours. The only thing I did not like was the performance. Not that much the longevity, but the really poor projection. Then I saw that they made a stronger, the EDP version and after reading some reviews I was hoping that this will be a more sparkling and even deeper reflection of the original. Finally I got a sample a few days ago from this. What a disappointment. The scent totally changed. Changed? No, it did not, as for my nose this is a totally different fragrance, not even similar with the EDT version.

I really do not know what have the creator(s) done, but for me this is one of the most synthetic rubber smelling fragrance ever. The EDP is such a calming scent, just makes me happy and smiling while I am wearing it, but hell this one is out of this world. I can feel more cedar than Sandal.

I feel really happy that I could grab a sample and test this, I almost purchased a full bottle without testing it. I know that this was not the best review or the one someone would like to read, but I had to honest, at the end of the day it is all about our reputation...

Scent: 5/10
Scent for the price tag: 4/10
Sillage: 4.5/10
Longevity: 5/10
Occasion: Night/Special
Gender: Unisex leaning a bit on the masculine side
Age: 25+
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Syndala
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Syndala
Syndala
Helpful Review    4  
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!
7.5
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6
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6
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6
Bottle
Mantus
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Mantus
Mantus
Very helpful Review    10  
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.
RhythmnHues

21 Reviews
RhythmnHues
RhythmnHues
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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

MaszmazsMaszmazs 2 years ago
9
Scent
9
Longevity
8
Sillage
9
Bottle
A real meditative scent, already with mystical notes, warm and cool at the same time, dry and creamy ....
BarbalixBarbalix 2 years ago
6.5
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
For my personal taste it is too synthetic, nowhere close to its older brother, which is a more natural scent even if it has a shorter life.
ItchynoseItchynose 3 years ago
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8
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6
Sillage
8
Bottle
A woody cornucopia for hardcore wood lovers: Cypress, sandalwood, cedar, rosewood and some pencil shavings for the dry down.
KingPinKingPin 3 years ago
5.5
Scent
6
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
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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