The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Philosykos by Diptyque


philosykosWHAT I SMELL:  Philosykos opens with one second of sparkling ozone followed by this inviting coconut and fig.  It’s green and feels earthy and rooty like vines that are meeting the ground and attaching themselves to the earth below.  There’s a creaminess that helps to create what feels like a lush carpet of wood and green and mildly ripening fruit.  For some reason I was expecting this to be sweet, but it’s far from that.  Instead, the perfume is subdued and pulsates within the heart of the jungle with a comforting earthiness.  After around 15 minutes the fragrance warms with a sugared spiced cedar and a light soapiness adding more comfort and security to an already comforting perfume.  Be forewarned however that a little goes a long way with Philosykos.  If you get heavy-handed with your application, this could be way too overpowering.

From the Diptyque website:

In the heat of a Greek summer, “to get to the sea,” recalls Yves, “you had to walk through a natural orchard of wild fig trees.” Returning from Paris, Desmond brought back a few leaves of these trees in a little box. Years later, the leaves had lost none of their fragrance. Philosykos, which in Greek means “friend of the fig tree,” is an ode to the entire tree: the green, pungent freshness of the leaves, the wood warmed in the sun, the milky flavor of the fruit.

Notes from Fragrantica;

Top notes are fig leaf and fig; middle notes are coconut and green notes; base notes are cedar, woody notes and fig tree.

Red Monkeys and FigWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: What in my mind, Borneo smells like.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT PHILOSYKOS: Olfactoria’s Travels, The Scentualist, The Smelly Vagabond

BOTTOM LINE: Philosykos is the perfect perfume for those sunny spring and summer days when you don’t want to fuss and muss with your wardrobe or your perfume.  It’s a comfortable, carefree and easy to wear perfume that makes me wish I could walk outside barefoot and lie in a hammock in the backyard.  If only it wasn’t 30 degrees outside!!!                                          

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Woody Aromatic
  • Nose:  Olivia Giacobetti
  • Classification:  Unisex
  • Expense:  $90 for 50ml EdT from the Diptyque website

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

17 thoughts on “Philosykos by Diptyque

  1. I agree this is a lovely scent. The rollerball version was actually my first informed perfume buy side getting more seriously into perfumes. (my first actual buy was a blind buy of San Francisco Rose). At first I didn’t like it, but then I realized I was silly. 🙂


  2. I was also surprised by how wearable this was. For me, this one is an outdoor scent, perfect for strolls and trekking. At first, I was a bit worried about the fig note….because fig trees smell like, you know, cat pee. 😉


  3. Hi there. I agree wholeheartedly with you and the others above. It’s an easy to wear scent and smells pretty good. It’s definitely one of Diptyque’s best perfumes and I’m sure that if I wore it now it might help me imagine what summer is like. Wishful thinking!


    • It’s funny, overall Diptyque as a brand just doesn’t call out to me. Maybe it’s because I think of them as more of a home fragrance line (candles, etc.) and less as a personal fragrance company. It just happened that when I went into a store a while back there was a new Diptyque counter and the sales associate passed this to me stating that is one that most people love. Maybe I need to explore more in the line. Any other favorites?


      • I know what you mean about the candle associations. Well I like Volutes, which is a tobacco, honey and iris perfume. Also Tam Dao which is quite heavy on the woods. I think the old one had real sandalwood in it (or so they say) but it doesn’t these days. It’s quite a good unisex perfume though. One of the few my other half likes! I’m not sure if you’re a tuberose fan, but Do Son seems to me like a good place to start in that category. But fully aware that tuberose is pretty much a love or hate!


        • Someone else has told me that Do Son is fantastic. I like tuberose if it’s not too mentholated or overpowering and thick. I need to check it out for sure. I’m not sure about Volutes though, it sounds like it might be a bit heavy. I’ll check it out though…thanks for passing on your insights!

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  4. I do like this and you have reminded me of how it can present as coconut – which is fine by me. I auditioned a load of fig scents for my friend once, but the one she fell in love with was Premier Figuier…


    • I still have yet to try Premier Figuier…because until I tried this, fig has never been a note that intrigues me. As for the coconut…I’m so tired of the cold that I would gladly run coconut juice all over me if that mean that it would feel more like summer!


  5. Hello Houndie! Philosykos EDT was one of my first niche blind buy purchases since I fell in the rabbit hole. I haven’t worn it in a while but will be sure to do so at the first sign of spring. I like it, but perhaps not at the 4 bones level. Have you tried the EDP? I haven’t and should remedy that! Other Diptyques I love include Volutes EDT, Volutes EDP and Eau Duelle EDT


    • Hajusuuri – I have not tried the EdP…is it pretty much the same, maybe with a bit of a smoother finish? As for the others, Volutes sounds like it might be a bit too sweet for me. But then again I didn’t think I would like the fig in this, so I better give it a try since you are the 3rd person to recommend it.


  6. Philosykos was one of those perfumes ravings about which I read long before I tried it. It seemed everybody thought it was a perfect fig scent. When I tried it I thought it was nice but I like both Jo Malone Wild Fig & Cassis and L’Artisan Premier Figuier Extrême much more.

    Oh, and I second hajusuuri on all recommendations.

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