The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

New Release: D.S. & Durga Debaser

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DSD_DEBASER_BOTTLE_grandeWHAT I SMELL:  Debaser opens with a luscious pear that is all too quickly replaced with a very milky and creamy fig over a crisp green note.  The bergamot gives it a semi sparkling radiance, but that too moves quickly to the side to make way for a woody note that seems to strip the green out of the fragrance only to have it replaced with a drier more hefty wood.  Thankfully, the fig does a nice job to help maintain the fragrance from airing completely out .  There’s a real comfort here in that as big as the perfume is (trust me it radiates), there is nothing here that goes over the top nor does the fig and coconut become suffocating.  After around 15 minutes, the tonka comes to the forefront and there is a rather incensed and smoky edge that helps to continue drying out the perfume.  There’s also a bit of a petroleum aspect that seems to reveal itself which adds this unexpected but welcomed dimension which takes Debaser from really nice to really sexy.   In the end you’re left with a really lovely mossy and woody concoction that is nicely accentuated with a lightly sugared fig.  Just note however that a little goes a long way.   I can’t wait to test this in the heat of the summer as it will likely bloom and really project from the heat making it all that more sexy!

Notes from the D.S. & Durga website:

Top notes:  bergamot, green leaf, pear stem

Heart notes:  fig, coconut milk, iris

Base notes:  blond woods, tonka bean, moss

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: What I believe the dashing Mutiny on the Bounty Fletcher Christian would smell like. Any of the movie versions will do.  Who’s your pick?  Clark Gable, Marlon Brando or Mel Gibson?

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE DEBASER:  beefy, sexy, bold

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DEBASER:  Colognoisseur

BOTTOM LINE: Debaser is based on the Pixie’s song of the same name inspired by the Luis Buneul and Salvador Dali surrealist film, Un Chien Andalou.  To me this obscure and artful inspired perfume bypassed surreal and went to outright sexy to me.  Hmmmm, surreal sexiness…have I just tapped into something?

For a video interpretation of the inspiration, click here.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Aromatic Fruity
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $145 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum

Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique & Apothecary

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

11 thoughts on “New Release: D.S. & Durga Debaser

  1. Me wants to sample… despite fig which I usually can’t stand except a few compositions

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  2. Sounds good – even though for whatever reason this brand doesn’t appeal to me. I think their perfumes are too expensive for what they are. I realize it’s not objective but while I might pay full price ($135-$140) for 50 ml of Serge Lutens perfume I doubt I’ll do it for D.S. & Durga’s perfumes. But I will give it a try if I come across it.

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  3. I’d really like to try this one. I love me some fig. And moderated coconut. But mostly fig. Thanks for the review!

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  4. Surreal sexiness? That’s certainly worth a try! There is something surreal about your images of the various Fletcher Christians as well. Mel Gibson certainly studied Clarke Gable, both equally dashing… but I always found Marlon Brando too disturbing to be sexy.

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