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Tempo (2018)
by Diptyque

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Tempo information

Year of Launch2018
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 17 votes)

People and companies

HouseDiptyque
PerfumerOlivier Prescheux
SupplierGivaudan
Parent CompanyManzanita

About Tempo

Tempo is a shared / unisex perfume by Diptyque. The scent was launched in 2018 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Olivier Prescheux

Reviews of Tempo

Tempo comes across to me like a Creed Bois du Portugal (1987) for hippies, and I mean that as a compliment. Yes, I know Bois du Portugal doesn't contain patchouli, but that's the point. This is a classic gentleman's parfum built up by Olivier Prescheaux from patchouli in the same way Pierre Bourdon and Olivier Creed built up Bois du Portugal from sandalwood and ambergris. Bergamot heads them both, but where one goes strait into lavender and fougère tones, the other takes a playful meandering way through some classic barbershop notes and clever swap-outs to achieve the same smooth, heady, mature end point. Put another way, Bois du Portugal is the very top-end option for the guy who loves the rich, sweet, powdery barbershop fougères a la Guerlain Héritage (1992) or Tiffany for Men (1989), but Tempo is the version that same guy would pick after retirement when he lets his hair grow out, replacing those Armani shoes with a pair of Gucci sandals on the beach. Tempo is also a good option for fans of the original Givenchy Gentleman (1974), or even Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men (1984), but wishing the civet or benzoin growl (respectively) was swapped out for something more genteel in nature. Tempo is worn to art and music festivals by the same man who wears any of the others to the office, as it's not "raw patchouli" enough to capture images of The Grateful Dead or Bob Marley posters illuminated by black light, but has the wild side there, tucked under all the blending.

Tempo opens up with bergamot and violet leaf. There smells to be a bit of petitgrain here too but it's not listed, which regardless of a ghost note or not, is the biggest link back to the 70's/80's gentlemanly vibe. This very loud opening is also on par with the aforementioned Creed scent, so go easy on the trigger. The middle of clary sage and mate adds another familiar masculine depth, with the latter adding a hay-like dryness which controls the patchouli base from getting too pungent when it shows up after a few minutes on skin. Pink pepper is the only really modern element here, and it's probably just used to add a bit of piquant brightness to once again keep what is a three-patchouli blend from really taking the scent into head shop territory. Pogostemon Cablin, Pogostemon Heyneanus, and Pogostemon Hortensis are all in the base with a bit of oakmoss, finishing this up in a surprisingly mature and stately manner. The differences between each patchouli type are frankly lost on me, and they're blended here anyway so I'd never be able to tell them apart, but I can say this has none of the "incense" or "marijuana chaser spray" qualities typically associated with the smell, but it's also because there's essentially a fougère accord sitting on top of it. Longevity is nuclear, and so can sillage be if not careful. I'd say you can take this to the office, because it's not readily apparent as a patchouli fragrance, but just to be safe, maybe only wear it on casual fridays when you want to inject a bit of irreverence into an otherwise classy scent trail.

Tempo's logo is perhaps best of all, as the font type used on the bottle could easily be on a 60's acid rock or 70's progressive rock album cover. I also get images of old Hammer House movie posters too, or even font types used in various Scooby Doo iterations over the years. The whole package just reeks of nostalgia, within the context of Diptyque's oval bottle and label designs, and it's just great. This stuff may be a bit pricey to some, as $125-$180 is a pretty stiff order for a parfum-strength hybrid between a gentleman's fougère and a hippie de toilette, but you won't at all feel out of place wearing this to a high-end shopping district, nor a Coachella festival, so there's that. All of the stuff from this style just seems to stem back to Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur (1972) and Givenchy Gentleman anyway, so you could just buy those and layer them together if you really wanted to go cheap, as you'd still end up not even near half the price of Tempo, but that isn't the point of this review. Stuff like this reminds me that niche can still be a lot of fun, and not everything has to be a museum piece in a bottle with a long explanation about royal warrants, perfumer accolades, and rare sourced ingredients. People who hone in on those things are really just trying to abate some social anxiety or insecurity they have anyway, and they pay dearly for it, trust me. If you want to have fun with your fine fragrance, and have the cash to burn, pick this up. You won't regret it.
27th August, 2018 (last edited: 28th August, 2018)
Starts with (my favorite) juicy bergamot. The pink pepper is a nice touch. The violet leaf and mate are tender. The sage is light, not too herbal-ish or bitter. All these notes settle into a cool, musty cloud, until patchouli kicks in. The patch is sweet and amber-like. Tempo overall becomes a powdery scent on my skin. Not overly femme, just right. A refreshing fragrance for the summertime.
18th July, 2018
I say another winner from Diptyque. Once the assault of AC Bergamot settles.
At first it seems just another de-clawed Patchouli. As I dig deeper I realize that the angle of lighting is Con-tempo-rary. Violet Leaf and Baie Rose dance above creating an accord quite elegant. Clary Sage is a nice surprise and draws at my Masculine senses. The Mate adds the Hay to the mix. Even whispers of the Camphour are light and airy, offering a pretty picture. Oh! They don't forget the touch of dry soil to complete the scene.
Very close to the arid Fragrance du Bois Sahraa Oud.
I have a feeling I'll be spritzing this often and like the Oud Palao,recognizing I need another bottle.
Totally wearable.
18th May, 2018 (last edited: 29th August, 2018)
Tempo is foremost a patchouli fragrance on my skin, albeit an exceptionally gentle one at that. Upon spraying, the spicy, medicinal and woody aspects of patchouli are there, but they feel so soft and tender that I start to imagine a baby patchouli if there ever was one. The creamy and gently powdered cacao nuance also makes an appearance, which further stretches the innocent feeling of this patchouli.

Although I love patchouli in general, I very often gravitate towards those more earthy, darker, bitter chocolate type of interpretations of this fantastically complex note. And when the patchouli is stripped clean and appears bright in mood, I tend to find them too sweet for my taste. Thanks to the overall gentleness of Tempo, I didn't find its sweetness unbearable to me, but not far though.

Thankfully, the sage and maté soon come to rescue, subduing the fruity sweetness of pink pepper with their herbal and slightly bitter aroma. Tempo then remains this occasionally medicinal and woody-cacao, but mostly herbal patchouli skin scent until the end. Although the fragrance is not dense, it projects moderately. The longevity is around 8 hours on me.

I personally don't care much about Tempo because of my own preferences regarding patchouli in perfumery. However, being one of the most mild patchouli fragrances that I smelt, Tempo might be a quite friendly start point to further explore patchouli, or an unobtrusive patchouli for daily routine thanks to it retaining the quiet elegance of modern Diptyque fragrances.
06th March, 2018

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