WHAT I SMELL: Oh how I love an opening that’s creamy, heady, full of smooth as silk orris butter and orange blossom and that’s big, big, big and incredibly intoxicating. Phew…it’s like diving into a tub filled with the most narcotic of jasmine, ylang, ylang and tuberose blossoms. With all of this going on, there’s a green melon note that lurks below the florals and a dried and distinctive chrysanthemum note that smells like pencil shavings. The perfume is pure heaven in that it’s exotic, beautiful, dreamy and incredibly rapturous. It’s also full of life…big life. The perfume continues to green as it wears, but the hypnotic florals seems to glide on, albeit a bit quieter. In the end, the beautiful florals thankfully don’t make way for a nondescript wood or musk. Instead, the perfume retains this lush green fruity floral persona that at times feels like bouquet of the flowers and at other times it has a strangely curious fruity gourmand feel that makes you want to lick the goodness off of your skin. Durga has clearly cast its spell on me.
From the D.S. & Durga website:
Palatial doses of the finest floral absolutes –
tuberose, orris butter, orange blossom, sambac jasmine,
chrysanthemum, and ylang. Unimaginably narcotic.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A jubilant floral explosion.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE DURGA: bountiful, voluminous, concentrated
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DURGA: None to be found.
BOTTOM LINE: I believe by now it’s clearly obvious that I love this perfume. And why not, it holds everything that I love, heady white florals, orris butter, and the most intoxicating tuberose. Some may question the price, but to me, this limited edition of floral heaven is worth every penny!
- Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Floral Green
- Nose: David Moltz
- Classification: Feminine
- Expense: $350 for 50 ml eau de parfum – limited edition
* Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary. Opinion my own.
April 3, 2017 at 9:19 am
Oh wow, this sounds really gorgeous. I will rein myself in and not shriek about any particular note in the composition that is abhorrent to me. Will. Not. In fact, this might be the one that will convert me. Hope springs eternal! Thanks for another spectacular review.
April 3, 2017 at 5:47 pm
My dear, I know how much you hate the T word…but even though it’s here, it’s fused with the other florals so I wouldn’t say it’s T centric!
April 3, 2017 at 10:27 am
I will definitely be trying this one. I’m a big white floral lover for sure. Can’t wait to sample!! Thanks for this wonderful review! I have not tried any perfumes from this brand and it seems to be time to remedy that.
April 3, 2017 at 5:48 pm
Ricky, the brand seems to be picking up some steam. In the past they seemed to be small and local, but I am getting a bigger vibe from their new look at more interesting releases. This perfume is a real stunner for sure…the best that I have tried from them thus far.
April 3, 2017 at 11:30 am
What a funny coincidence as my SotD is White Peacock Lily from this house.
Your description got me at buttery orris and orange blossom, but narcotic jasmine and tuberose tame my temptation.
I’ll give it a try if I can
April 3, 2017 at 5:51 pm
I love that name, White Peacock Lily. Lily is a flower than can be really overpowering in perfume. Is it bold here or more subtle?
April 4, 2017 at 4:05 am
This one is clean and subtle
April 3, 2017 at 8:44 pm
Yes, yes, yes, and then I saw the price. Ouch. That was a big ol’ slap of reality. I don’t even want to sample for fear of loving it.
April 4, 2017 at 11:19 am
Yes…I completely understand. I am milking my small sample very carefully 🙂
April 3, 2017 at 10:45 pm
I just tried this one and really like it! I thought the melon would put me off, but I find it so compelling and the whole thing just feels so juicy. But the $$$ 🙁 I’ll content myself with my sample for now. Wish they’d do a travel size!!
April 4, 2017 at 11:20 am
I wish all perfumers would do 7ml sample sizes. My perfumed wardrobe would then be twice as extensive…I don’t mind even paying a small premium for the smaller size.
April 3, 2017 at 10:54 pm
I was already curious about this one and now it’s a must try!
April 4, 2017 at 11:20 am
I would love to hear your thoughts once you do 🙂
April 4, 2017 at 12:18 pm
Beautiful review, beautiful illustration!
Somehow having in the brand’s line-up one special/limited edition that is more expensive doesn’t offend me: I assume it is something special. I just wish they “bragged” more about the quality of ingredients they used for it – not that I cannot draw that picture myself in my mind but I would love to be persuaded by the brand 🙂
April 4, 2017 at 2:23 pm
Thanks for the kind words my dear. I don’t need anything more in the ingredients than using the absolutes…that works for me. I do think that with perfumistas…”limited edition” sometimes makes people go wild as they don’t want to miss out. But I’ve also seen limited editions become part of the regular stable if they sell really well.