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Favorite Things: Diptyque Philosykos Solid Perfume

February 08, 2016

As product designers, Design Concepts staff are always looking at the things that surround them with an eye for the exceptional.

Every other week, one of our designers, engineers or researchers will share a favorite thing with you and explain why it tickles their inner product geek.

Some things will be fresh, shiny and new, the latest and greatest blip from the streets of San Francisco. Others will be steeped in tradition and lore: classic, divine and delightful. There are many components that contribute to the gestalt of an experience. When evaluating products and experiences, we often start by understanding the underlying Social, Economic and Technology (SET) factors that are in play.

About Eva: I’m a collector of favorite things. I collect things that solve for the problems they were designed to answer. This does not necessarily mean that they are the most beautifully designed, manifest the best aesthetic or are even the most ergonomic solution. But many times, it’s the human touch that creates an emotional connection that transforms a design solution from the “best design” to a “favorite thing” and, better yet, a “favorite experience.”

Favorite thing: Diptyque Philosykos Solid Perfume

What it is: A fine fragrance that’s packaged in a solid form for easy travel.

Why it matters: Humans have a biological need for scent. Our olfactory bulb is hard-wired to the areas of the brain that help process emotion and memory. This powerful link to memory is one of the primary reasons why we use fragranced products. Our fragrance choices ­help define how we are perceived on social, professional and personal levels.

Just the art of removing the compact from its suede pouch reminds me of the perfume's precious nature.

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