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Tam Dao - Eau de Toilette

Eau de Toilette

by Diptyque

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In discussing Holy Grail fragrances with sandalwood lovers, Tam Dao is a name that comes up again and again. While not solely sandalwood, this blend of woods and ambergris features a gorgeous, dry sandalwood note that has earned it a devoted following. The opening is primarily cypress, very green and sharp, with a vaguely industrial feel. Then the blend of exotic incense-like sandalwood and softer, sweeter rosewood begins to develop slowly. The sandalwood becomes luxurious and creamy, with additional richness from the ambergris. Luminous and tranquil, with a meditative quality – Tam Dao smells a like a precious carved object. Even at its creamiest, it still has that authentic, dry bite of freshly-hewn wood and that transparent quality that is the hallmark of so many Diptyque scents. A must try for sandalwood lovers.
Tam Dao - Eau de Toilette Notes
Goa sandalwood, rosewood, cypress, ambergris
Daniel Moliere2003France
Tam Dao - Eau de Toilette - 50ml
  $90 50ml
Tam Dao - 100ml
  $125 100ml

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very beautiful and warm but not sweet. combines well with other scents too - I spray L'ombre Fauve or Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur over it when I'm in a sexy mood, and WOW!
By Anonymous - Lawyer from San Diego on 6/22/2012
Tam Dao is quintessential sandalwood. It starts off fresh and a little soapy, a little spicy and cedary, but soon mellows into a rich, warm, complex sandalwood. It is sweet enough to be sandalwood, but not vanilla or amber. The awesomest thing about this scent is that the woodsy undertones remain quite consistent. They start off a little sharp, but then compliment the buttery creamy sandalwood. I almost bought this, but found that the woodsy aspect turned a bit smokey on my skin. It smelled divine, but a little too butch for what I was after. Although this is an androgynous scent, I'd say it is on the more masculine side because the woodsy aspect remains so consistent.
By nick - from los angles on 6/8/2012
creamy wood, sandalwood like mysore or venatu, not the dry sandalwoods that are less desirable more available sort. This is creamy and rich and obviously mixed with some labdanum and musk, maybe even ambergris. Very nice but wears close to the skin and lasts maybe 3 to 4 hours on my skin
By Vincent - therapist from NY on 6/2/2012
Lovely, light, simple and smokey.
By Monica - from San Francisco on 8/26/2011
I love sandalwood! I have smelt real sandalwood but could never find one that was just right, this one is! It does have a musk scent also but that is a plus for me as I think the two go hand in hand. Tam Dao is perfect IMHO.
By Jett on 7/12/2010
it is a yummy scent...but far more musk than sandalwood to anyone who has actually smelt real sandalwood. It's a delightful, sexy, sweet musky wood, very comforting to wear. (But definitely not sandalwood!)
By Ambrosia - perfumer from Sydney on 1/29/2010
its beautiful but strange. an almost dusty scent, a bit like incense. you can really smell the sandalwood but its so much more complicated than that. lasts quite well but dries down a lot so you end up with a skin-but-more scent.
By eleni on 1/8/2010
lovely sandalwood scent...definitely a must for sandalwood lovers!
By Anonymous - from lincoln on 8/28/2009
This is a really lovely scent. My only complaint is that it has no staying power. If you don't mind reapplying several times during the day, I think you'll love it.
By Nancy - Teacher from Canada on 8/15/2009
I read the review of this scent in the seminal "Perfumes - the Guide", and the review was done by Tania Sanchez. She was not complimentary, saying that, while a beautiful smell, it was not a beautiful perfume. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! This has a beautiful sandalwood note, and I believe its strength is its beauty. Based on Ms. Sanchez' review, I had purchased the rather expensive "Bois de Iles", from Chanel, which she described as a sandalwood. First, that scent is barely there, and one has to hunt hard for the sandalwood note. When I tried Tam Dao at the Scent Bar, my immediate thought was, "That's it!" Now, I layer the two scents, the Tam Dao first, and then a light spray of the Bois de Iles. A beautiful and mutually beneficial combination, the Tam Dao giving a spine to the scent, and the Bois de Iles giving the scent a bit of refinement. This is a beautiful scent all on its own, and I think it is indeed a must for sandalwood lovers.
By katylied - Attorney from Los Angeles, CA on 7/22/2009
Sun-warmed wood, soft and smooth to the touch. Precious carved object indeed. Where have you been all my life? You are my new best friend.
By t. - from Seattle on 7/21/2009
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