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Our Founders

The diptyque story began in Paris at 34 boulevard Saint-Germain with, at its heart, three friends driven by the same creative passion. Christiane Gautrot was an interior designer, Desmond Knox-Leet, a painter, and Yves Coueslant, a theater director and set designer. The first two collaborated designing fabrics and wallpaper for Liberty and Sanderson. They were joined by the third in 1961 and opened a shop to display their designs. Yves became the administrator and consultant; Desmond and Christiane were the artistic soul. Bit by bit, with finely honed taste, the trio transformed the site into a one-of-a-kind setting, a kind of stylish bazaar where one found surprising articles unmatched in Paris, mined and conveyed home by the trio over the course of their travels.

Our First Store

In 1961, three friends named Desmond Knox-Leet, Christiane Gautrot, and Yves Coueslant, all from the world of fine arts and décor, decided to open a store in Paris, on 34 boulevard Saint-Germain, where they displayed and sold their own plain and print soft furnishings. They also gave their customers the opportunity to discover the biggest names in traditional English perfumes, then little known in France.

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The Iconic Oval

The oval labels echo the shape of an 18th-century medallion, a pattern found on the Prétorien fabric designed by Desmond Knox-Leet in 1963: The broad oval pattern suggests the shields of ancient Rome. It is an emblematic shape, perpetually reinvented and found on all products made by diptyque. The oval is the signature shape of the eaux de toilette bottles and the white porcelain candleholders of the 34 boulevard saint germain line, as well as the scented ovals and solid perfumes. While the dancing letters are a signature of the ovals in the home collection, the back labels of the Eaux de Toilette and Eaux de Parfum shows an illustration of each scent.

The oval label is found on the eaux de toilette bottles and candles.

Explore 34

In 2011, to celebrate and embody fifty years of creativity, diptyque set itself a new avant-garde challenge. It was a daring experiment: To be “odor thieves,” just like in the unforgettable novel by Patrick Süskind, and capture the scent of the flagship store at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 5e. Capture that complex olfactory symphony and bottle it, so as to give everyone the chance to experience a small portion of this place and its history. Thus was born a unique fragrance, one for both body and home. And one name for this signature scent rang true as the obvious choice: 34 boulevard saint germain.

Home Fragrance

The olfactory range of the Home pays tribute to nature, through carefully chosen raw materials. By choosing through a large palette of propositions one can create a unique, intimate and perpetually evolving universe throughout the seasons.


In 1968, diptyque composed its first eau de toilette, L’Eau, inspired by a 16th-century potpourri recipe and the scent of pomanders. New creations followed: eaux de parfums, roll-ons, and a rare vinaigre de toilette. For 40 years, diptyque has been developing a sophisticated collection of personal fragrances giving it a clear, distinctive signature. Over the course of the House’s history, an unusual olfactory landscape has been formed. Guided by a fragrance legacy as broad as it is deep, diptyque continues to pursue olfactory creation unmatched in the palette of classical perfumery, blending scents to be worn by man or woman.

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“Memories are the soul’s perfume” wrote George Sand. The raw materials used to create diptyque products are noble, rare, and precious. Finding the perfect balance is a slow, painstaking process. diptyque does not shy away from challenges or compromise: the olfactory experience is all that matters.


In order to unleash the perfect effect, each candle is a blend of first-class waxes specifically amalgamated and assessed when hot and cold by wax experts. Every scent is blended to reach the right melting temperature. Candles contain 8 to 9 mineral waxes, and on occasion a few plant-based waxes to enhance them.


Advocating luxury craftsmanship, diptyque’s containers are unique and elegant, demonstrating the art of handmade and designed in the most appropriate place.

The diptyque Garden

diptyque has gone back centuries to find these forgotten meanings for twelve flowers and discovering the magic and the extraordinary story behind each fragrance. With a catalogue of twelve flowers, our collection will fill your soul with poetry and your house with enchantment. A musical score of tender, joyous, passionate or nostalgic feelings, each flower takes us into its narrative imagination.

Gift Ceremony

Our unique gift wrapping is a diptyque signature. It entails the combined use of three different colored sheets of tissue paper, which, through a clever composition of folds, signs and identifies all our products. Each scent has its own dedicated color code.