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!