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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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.