Saturday, February 19, 2011
Tam Dao by Diptyque
What amuses me about this particular "type" of scent is that I end up comparing them to a huge bottle of Zara Sandalo that I have......and they either equal it or fall short. Keep in mind that Zara Sandalo is extremely economical while Tam Dao costs more than $1.50 per ml.
To be fair however, Tam Dao is a nice woody. Diptyque's site lists Ambergris, Cypress, Rosewood and Sandalwood as its notes, yet I do get a prominent musk that's not listed. It is this musk note that is the deal killer for me. This additional note is far too reminiscent of inferior masculines I have worn that seems to be included simply to augment and be frugal at the same time. It's an association I can't seem to shake and stops me from shelling out the money needed to meet its price point. I really can do as good ( or better even) for much less money on similar offerings.
In essence, Tam Dao is good, yet not bottle worthy because of the price and what's out there for less. I recommend a sample wear so you can decide for yourself. As for me, I have no choice but to give it a big, fat neutral rating.