Hi Posse. Here’s another perfume house I’m just learning about now. Der Duft are an interesting crew. They have 6 scents created in collaboration with different perfumers. Act has been created with Prin Lomros. You’ll know the name from Prin, Peissana, Pryn Parfum and Strangers Parfumerie. Prin has also worked on a number of the Zoologist perfumes.
From director Anselm Skogstad on the Der Duft site: “I created a perfume house with a brand name that conveys a simple message to anyone interested in scents. There is no need for further explanations or complex stories. Calling my brand ‘Der Duft’ (The Scent) is to the point. The intention is that each perfume, each scent creates its own story and association for the person wearing it.”
Act by Der Duft 2021
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Bitter Orange, Ambergris, Tobacco, Cypress, Lime, Musk, Carambola (Star Fruit), Moss, Lavender, Vetiver
The philosophy that we all get a chance to wear the fragrance without a story attached is new. I like it. Suddenly I’m not trying to fit the fragrance into a vision provided by a marketing team and creative director. It doesn’t need to make me feel sexy, thoughtful, male or female, melancholy, energised or whatever claptrap they offer up with pictures of one of the world’s iconic actors or starvation sick models on a motorbike. So in this vein i’m going to refrain from telling you anything but what I smell.
Opening is citrus but I also smell that amazing Thai Penang curry. Maybe it’s the lime and star fruit but nowhere accounts for that spicy/creamy hit I’m getting. Super weird. Beautiful. Could the vetiver be giving a lemongrass vibe? Woods arrive, they are sharp and green, very lightly salted. So many nuances and I’m loving it.
About 30 minutes in there is a very industrial undertow. Like a salt water swimming pool. Very cool addition. The first hour of Act could easily fit into the mid Christopher Chong years at Amouage. Then the fragrance pumps itself out, slowly fading for the next hour or so till it’s a soft melange of the major players, a whiff available only up close.
Unisex, longevity good and projection moderate after the first 20 minutes. I’m really glad Act was my first sniff of the Der Duft line. It has whetted my appetite for more.
Something else about the brand, 50ml is 120 euros. It’s not cheap but it is affordable by modern niche standards. Also Der Duft site has a 5 x 2ml sample set for 20 euros.
You can see by the picture above that I grabbed my decant from Surrender To Chance.
Does it sound like a winner for you?