Diptyque Tam Dao EDT Perfume Review

Diptyque Tam Dao

When people ask me about sandalwood perfumes, the first one that I recommend is Tam Dao. Is it the best? Depends on who you ask. But, I do feel it’s a great example of sandalwood and it’s one I recommend to novice and expert sniffers.

Tam Dao opens as dry and woody. The cedar in this is a little dirty verging on body odor. There is an acrid dryness of evergreens. I admit that the opening is odd and off putting to some. The scent gets “easier” with wear. It becomes soft and warm. The sandalwood becomes more present and honestly, steals the show. You’re left with a warm, cozy sandalwood that is creamy but not sweet.

Tam Dao is a comfort fragrance. It’s soft, warm, woodsy. I find myself wanting to wear it in the fall/winter.

Yvonne de Carlo

Notes listed include Goa sandalwood, rosewood, cypress and ambergris.

Give Tam Dao a try if you are looking for a sandalwood perfume. Or if you like perfumes like 10 Corso Como, Sonoma Scent Studio Sienna Musk, and/or Serge Lutens Santal de Mysore. Tam Dao is unisex but some may think of it as being more masculine since it is void of florals. If you are looking to add a “wood” fragrance to your collection, add Tam Dao.

Tam Dao has average projection. And I guess average projection for an EDT. I’m disappointed by how it only wears on me for about 4 hours. I expected, even though it’s labeled EDT, that it would last longer with those notes.

Tam Dao comes in 2 sizes ranging from $88-$120 at Nordstrom and Beautyhabit.

Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Quintessential “wood” perfume. Like I said, I recommend this perfume to anyone that says,  “I want a sandalwood perfume.”

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 *Disclaimer – Sample provided with a perfume purchase. Product pic from Beautyhabit. Yvonne de Carlo pic from www.fanpix.net. Post contains affiliate links. Thanks!

8 thoughts on “Diptyque Tam Dao EDT Perfume Review

  1. I increasingly think that there must be one or more notes common to Diptyque fragrances that I can’t smell, or smell wrong. People seem to find Philosykos a little sour and challenging; I find it candy-sweet. In Tam Dao I can’t smell the sandalwood. At all.

    But I just wanted to chime in to tell you that your review makes me really wish that I could smell the thing. :)

    • I think I have this same issue with a few HdP perfumes. I seem to get only “half” of them. This is when reading lots of reviews becomes helpful. I can live vicariously ;)

  2. I tried this hoping it would be like a stronger variation of 10 Corso Como but it was actually much lighter on me. It is a beautiful sandalwood scent though. It doesn’t last at all on me though so I don’t think I’d get a bottle of it.

    • It is really light and like I said, doesn’t last on me. But, they do label it as an EDT. I found it weird that they have launched EDPs in certain scents and didn’t include Tam Dao. I think and EDP in this would be great.

  3. Sandalwood is one of my favourite notes, so the minute I tried Tam Dao I knew I had to have it! It’s a very nice sandalwood fragrance but I wish it was more dense and not as fleeting. I agree that an EDP concentration would be great.

    • I would love to see them do an EDP with this.
      I guess there could be a benefit to its sheerness :) There aren’t many sandalwood dominant perfumes I’d wear in the summer, too dense. I could see wearing this in warmer climates.

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