Hey, friends! I was walking around downtown, passed a shop I must have strolled by dozens of times at this point, and – lo and behold – through the open doorway I saw a fragrance display. It turned out to be D.S. & Durga, so … here we are!
I like their scents in general, they’re interesting, although they seem more targeted at fashionable hipsters who want something “different,” and at their price point, you’d need some disposable income … I’ve reviewed a few before, here are some additional thoughts. I’m always happy to run across fragrance in Santa Fe; this is not a fragrance-forward town (in fact a lot of venues ask you not to wear any), which is fair enough, and/but my little perfumista heart sometimes longs for more scent on passersby, even if it’s too much cologne choking me in an elevator.
El Cosmico – “The desert airs of Marfa, cosmic axis of West Texas. Creosote shrubs and sumac primed with Chihuahuan mesa woods–mesquite, oak, and pinyon pine.” I was really expecting to like this, and hoped it would be something like the New Mexico-esque The Faraway from L’Aventura. Sadly, there’s an odd metallic note on the top, at least to my nose, that lasts awhile and I don’t care for at all. Maybe this is more like an Area 51 / Roswell alien situation? A bit of space-dust and UFO note? The SA described it as “more in your face” and I concur. As always, your mileage may vary.
Radio Bombay – I’ve smelled this one before, and it makes me think of takeout curry while standing next to a radiator. A milky curry note and something warm … I don’t know that I want to wear it, it’d probably annoy me eventually, but it’s not boring! Falls into that category of “great smell but maybe not great personal scent?” On the other hand I like all sorts of oddball things, so who am I to judge; you do you, nobody else is going to. Notes: radiant wood, copper, cedar, sandalwood, radiant iris, boronia, balsam fir absolute, coconut musc, ambergris.
Coriander – “Cool spices & Black Sea breeze—like the hills above Odessa.” This was the SA’s favorite and gosh is it nice, and very wearable. I read a bunch of online reviews and people are all over the place on this one, with some folks swearing it smells exactly like coriander oil (I wouldn’t know) and others complaining it smells nothing like the listed notes. I had two immediate thoughts: 1) this is a wonderful, easy-to-wear unisex scent, and 2) I can’t think of a single fragrance it reminds me of, which is tough to achieve for something that smells so … accessible, if that makes sense. I found it spicy, vegetal and floral simultaneously. I dunno, folks, I want a travel bottle of this for fall, it was great. Notes: coriander, pepper, juniper needle, geranium, clove stem, clary sage, musk, magnolia, mace.
Have you tried this line, and do you like any of them? Browsing the website there are quite a few at this point.
I think these are generally listed at $190 for 50ml, $280 for 100ml, and $75 for a travel (don’t see a size on that). Photos are mine.