The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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New Release: Durga by D.S. & Durga

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.


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New Release: D.S. & Durga Debaser

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


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D.S. & Durga Siberian Snow

SiberianSnowWHAT I SMELL:  Siberian Snow opens with a deep and rooty mint that’s earthy, rich and organic.  Overall the opening is full bodied, with a tinge of what can be described as body odor with a bit of mustiness.  But I love that bit of funk because it makes Siberian Snow real and rather primal and sexy.  There’s also a very sheer incense that layers the bottom of the fragrance.  It’s quite light, but it makes the composition seem much more mysterious.  After around the 10 minute mark, Siberian Snow lightens and in weaves an ever so slight soapiness along with a sweetened patchouli.  The whole composition seems wrapped in moisture, the kind that leaves a light wetness on the ground when there’s a fog overhead.  After some more time, the patchouli takes center stage, but it’s earthy and sharp and seems to be entwined with the forest floor.  Soon enough the opoponax comes to life with an almost sugared coating that’s more sticky than sweet.  As the fragrance further develops, it becomes greener, sharper and the projection grows.  But as the projection grows, the fragrance completely dries out making this in the end, a warm, woody, dry and powdery big patchouli earthy fragrance.

Notes from the D.S. & Durga website:

Top notes:  wintergreen mint, cistus labdanum, incense

Heart notes:  styrax, jasmine sambac, patchouli

Base notes:  amber, civet, opoponax

red-riding-hoodWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Red Riding Hood going to visit grandma’s house, through the foggy and wet forest only to find grandma’s house nice and dry.  Grandma looks so snuggly in her bed…

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE SIBERIAN SNOW:  earthy, bold, dark

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SIBERIAN SNOW: Scent Hive, Sabbath of Senses

BOTTOM LINE:  Siberian Snow was one of the 5 finalists for the 2012 FIFI Indie Award.  It ultimately did not gain the top spot, but that tells you how good it is.  This is marketed as a woman’s fragrance, but I have to say that this is incredibly masculine and could easily be worn by men.  I also think that it’s suited better for the fall and winter.  Although I didn’t get snow from this… I have to admit that I enjoyed taking the walk through the forest, Grandma’s big teeth and all.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral Green
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $98 for 30ml EdP

Sample courtesy of Indigo Perfumery.