DS & Durga Pistachio

I am waiting impatiently for my neighbours’ mock orange to start blooming. I get so much vicarious pleasure from the smell. I have a secret plan the next time they are away on holiday to sneak into their garden and prune the poor tree. Their garden is a mess and I’m sure they wouldn’t notice if the tree had a better shape…

My brown fig tree has doubled in size since late winter. It’s only three feet tall at this point but I am cautiously optimistic. In this area you see quite a log of fig trees (weird microclimate) and when mature they fruit enthusiastically.

I haven’t paid much attention to DS & Durga since March wrote about them here and I think both Patty and I wrote about Radio Bombay but I can’t find the posts to link. None of those early ones worked on me even though I loved a lot of the ideas. Neither did Radio Bombay, even though I wanted it to – as far as I recall. And then I basically stopped listening. There are so many things out there.

I do get DS & Durga emails and I kept seeing the name Pistachio pop up.

I don’t eat pistachios much (I’m more almonds, pecans, Brazil nuts). They were my father’s nuts – when they still came dry roasted and salted in red dyed shells (before we knew about the nasties in dyes). He ate them compulsively, his favourite ice cream flavour was (wait for it) pistachio, he loved halva (see here).

The last time a Durga email about Pistachio came in my brain finally did a whoop and I went off and ordered a sample (with some other things of course).

Have to say: rather pleased with myself.

Per the Durga website: “Our cult classic Studio Juice has joined the line full-time”.  So, I guess this hung around and got sniffed and sprayed but no one seriously thought about releasing it till they did – in 2022.

Fragrantica labels it aromatic green but I get an unusual gourmand.

Notes list includes pistachio, cardamom, more pistachio, roasted almond, even more pistachio, patchouli and vanilla crème. I didn’t write this, they did.

It opens on me as nut paste – chopped nuts with their oil – with cardamom sweetness. Not to be used in hummus but wonderful on skin.

This is definitely sweet but not in an over-the-top gourmand chewy way. It’s got enough weird to keep you guessing – what’s in there beyond the notes offered?

As it warms up we’re into the smokier, less sweet territory of the roasted almond. I still get that oily nut butter aspect but amped down a bit and there’s something almost leathery.

The drydown is nuts, rooty patchouli and a bit of vanilla sweetness. It’s a skin scent without being cute or comforting or any of those other words that I find a bit irritating. It has very good longevity.

In the US, where the house is based, you can find 10, 50 and 100ml sizes (the travel size doesn’t appear to be available here).

I find this oddly compelling. It really is a gourmand meant for people who don’t like gourmands. It’s a bit different and strangely addictive– and since I started testing it I find myself reaching for the vial in the morning.

Anyone tried this? Into nuts? Which ones? Like other Durgas?

Pics: Pexels and mine

  • Neva says:

    I don’t associate any smell with pistacchios, just the nice green color. I think pistacchio ice cream is all artificial flavors but I love it!
    From DS & Durga I only have Rose Atlantic which is a nice salty rose with little staying power. I carry the bottle with me and apply every hour. Their popular fig scent Debaser is too milky for my taste during the first hours and I don’t want to wait so long for the nice drydown.

  • Christine says:

    All of the DS & Durgas (that I’ve tried) including this one, have something in the base that doesn’t work on my skin.

    I liked the opening on this one, but then …scrubber.

    Womp womp.

    • cinnamon says:

      The opening on this is good. I wonder what in the base is off for you. It’s been so long since I sampled others in this line — curious now.

  • March says:

    I did a quickie on this one awhile back — I love pistachios and would have liked it to smell more pistachio-like to me, but somehow it didn’t quite work.

    • cinnamon says:

      Do you like halva and pistachio ice cream? Oh, and what about baklava? I’m not sure what a ‘heavier’ pistachio perfume would mean — ie, what to put in the soup that would support that smell.

  • Dina C. says:

    I’m a person that enjoys eating nuts. Not sure about wearing a nutty scent. Early in our marriage, my husband told my boss when asked that pistachio was my favorite ice cream flavor. She had an ice cream cake made for my bday with it. I had never tasted pistachio ice cream in my life!! Hahaha

  • Portia says:

    LOVE D S & Durga but am yet to purchase a bottle Cinnamon. I’m not quite sure why but they never make it to checkout.
    Portia xx

    • cinnamon says:

      From the ones I’ve smelled, I think they are ‘almost’ perfume — ie, some smell really good but don’t quite us swoon. Which is maybe why a bottle has never made it to checkout for you. I really like this but I don’t feel the need for it.

  • Maya says:

    Hazelnuts, black walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, macadamia….I better stop listing them. I love them all. DS & Durga, not so much. A friend gave me a mesh bag with 12+ samples of DS & Durga a few years ago. None impressed me and they only lasted on my skin for under 25 minutes, most less. That is a total deal breaker.

    • cinnamon says:

      That’s really not long. Even if one of them was love you’d use up a bottle in a few months spraying over and over. Love macadamia but they are so pricey here.

  • Tom says:

    I’m not big on nuts in general and dislike pistachio in particular (my dad loved them too) so not sure this would be a love for me. But I adored Aomassai from PG so who knows?

    • cinnamon says:

      Interesting. I think many people find pistachios the ‘easiest’ nut. I do think this is worth a sample. It’s interesting enough.

  • alityke says:

    Ahh philadelphus in full bloom is a glorious thing. We had a beauty, a good 8 or 9 feet tall & it hid the neighbour’s bins. During the plague years DH decided it needed major chop. It hasn’t bloomed since! The rambling rose didn’t respond well either when the huge crabapple was taken down.
    As to pistachios I can neither smell nor taste them. I’m bemused by their popularity in perfumery

    • cinnamon says:

      Agree the smell of mock orange is outstanding. I guess DH’s tree surgery shocked the poor thing? I have a beautiful red climbing rose which is only around a decade old but it is simply getting less and less happy as each years goes around. I feed it etc but nope. So anosmia. Do you have that with other nuts?

      • alityke says:

        I find cashews to be delicious but unless well toasted they don’t have much of a smell. I don’t dislike pistachios to eat, the texture is fine, I can’t taste them very much.
        The only nut I actively dislike is macadamia. They’re known as candle nuts for a reason, they’re like eating candle wax in texture. They are super high in fat & calories. Even worse they’re massively toxic to dogs & I’m very, very clumsy!
        In fragrance I do love a well done almond, from the blossom of Floris Madonna of the Almonds, all the way to the sweet marzipan of Dior Hypnotic Poison EdT.
        I haven’t found any other nuts in perfume to be pleasing.
        Do you have any other nutty loves?