Volutes (2012) Eau de Toilette

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

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesDry fruits, Pink pepper, Black pepper, Saffron
Heart Notes Heart NotesBeeswax, Hay, Honey, Iris, Immortelle
Base Notes Base NotesMyrrh, Styrax, Opoponax, Benzoin

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Scent

7.6 (149 Ratings)

Longevity

6.8 (99 Ratings)

Sillage

5.9 (98 Ratings)

Bottle

7.5 (98 Ratings)
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WRoth

153 Reviews
WRoth
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Volutes EdT
Opens with iris, honey, dried fruit and a sheer tobacco/hay/immortelle note. The fragrance is smooth and creamy with a pleasant subtle sweetness. Alas, the iris top note is not very strong, which is why I'd say the EdT is more aromatic-gourmand than iris-centric. As the notes bloom on my skin the fragrance becomes woodsier with a pinch of incense, honey and iris to liven things up. Volutes EdT dries down quickly into a generic woodsy-herbal blend and then nothingness.
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Sorceress

211 Reviews
Sorceress
Sorceress
Very helpful Review    9
Meets You Head On And Doesn't Back Down
Diptyque Volutes does smell very natural. Almost too natural in our world of sweet gourmands and synthetics. It's a surprise scent that I did not expect. And It's not for everyone's discerning nose, but it's an interesting perfume.
My first impression of the first phase was of peppered hay in a barn. (As if there is such a commodity.) And then pipe tobacco quickly came into the mix. Volutes met me head-on, looked me in the eye and didn't back down. It continued with a pleasing composition of vanilla and woods. But that doesn't completely describe its complexity. Immortelle and honey further complicate this fragrance all together with what I've mentioned immediately vying for attention.
I've been wearing it through two seasons now to try and pin it down, but Volutes just seems to be difficult. Just when I think it's clean and sweet, a barrage of notes swirl around me making me think it's mysterious. I truly can't compare this to another. Add in it's earthiness with hints of saffron spice and heavy on its resin influence with its four, yes, count 'em, four base notes of benzoin, styrax, myrhh, and opoponax and this is a powerful fragrance.
So where does Volutes take me when I'm wearing it? To a bazaar filled with wonderful, wondrous smells from heavy spices that are sold in open barrels under tents in the hot summer sun, where you can smell the aromas of Mediterranean food cooking nearby. Or I'm in a barn, laying in the hay. It transports me away from home, that's for certain. And that's its allure. It doesn't change me, it just takes me someplace else for a few hours. Simple bottle with a plain white label. Dry down is a softer, spicier version of the main attack. Better suited for spring and summer wear when the weather is warmer. What a fascinating unisex perfume!
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Mujo

48 Reviews
Mujo
Mujo
Greatly helpful Review    10
Masterpiece material
Ah Volutes..... I haven't been that excited about a scent in a long long time. Volutes is absolutely mind blowing. I could run a bath tub full of this beauty, bath in it and consider myself in heaven.

I have tried the EDT and the EDP version and both have more in common than there are differences. That said, there are differences though.

The EDT version opens with a slightly sweet and powdery note. After a few minutes the light tobacco note joins the opening, together and a nice (noticable) leathery note. Volutes EDT feels dry, slightly sweet, spicey and soft.

The EDP opens with a somewhat stronger sweet and powdery note. After that I feel that the EDP is rounder, thicker, warmer and slightly sweeter. Also it has a more prominent tobacco note (cherry pipe tobacco to be exact). The leather note is less prominent here.

I love both the EDT and the EDP and I had a really hard time to figure out which one I preferred. I prefer the opening of the EDT because it is somewhat fresher. If a man had to choose I'd recommend the EDT, because overal it is slightly more masculin. For me, I prefer the EDP, because of it's fullness and I love the warm cherry tobacco note in it. The EDP feels more feminine.

As for longevity I think they are both equally good. Both about 4 to 6 hours on me, maybe the EDP is slightly more longlasting. As for the sillage I think the EDT outshines the EDP. Projection power in the EDT is heavy and in the EDP moderate.

I love both versions from start to dry down, which is in both cases sweet vanilla-like benzoin/ opoponax (somewhat sweeter and more resinous in the EDP concentration and somewhat dryer in the EDT concentration) and I consider them both masterpiece material. I would be happy owning both and personally only slightly preferring the EDP version.
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Greysolon

88 Reviews
Greysolon
Greysolon
Greatly helpful Review    10
A choir of notes and accords
Two things come to mind when I wear Volutes. First, how it is an incredibly choir-like fragrance.

Yes, I mean choir-like as in singing.

If you’ve ever sung in a choir you know much time a chorus spends trying to achieve a perfectly blended sound. It’s a delicate balancing act of being able to hear all of the individual parts while, at the same time, all the parts remain equal so no one voice group dominates the overall texture. Getting that perfect blend of balance and clear counterpoint is one of the most difficult aspects of choral singing and is the hallmark of a great choir.

Fabrice Pellegrin, the nose behind Volutes, masterfully performs this bit of choral artistry in a fragrance. Even though the chorus of notes from Volutes is blended, it’s easy to pick out the counterpoint of individual essences. As I sit here typing away I have no problem smelling amber, hay, honey, iris, myrrh, tobacco and suede. Yet no one note or accord dominates. This balanced approach to Volutes keeps it from becoming indistinguishably homogenized and blasé. There is constant interest in smelling how individual notes have their place within the overall harmony of the scent.

The second thing that comes to mind when wearing Volutes is how many traits it shares with Diptyque’s signature fragrance, 34 Boulevard Saint Germain. 34 BSG is also a blended fragrance with a kaleidoscope of individual notes. Not only does Volutes and 34 BSG share Diptyque's familiar base of warm spices it also has a similar cashmere, cloud-like sillage without being overwhelming. To achieve this balance without becoming thick and murky showcases Pellegrin's artistry.
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