• A bottle of "d.s" eau de parfum by d.s. & durga, 50 ml.
  • Bottle of "d.s." eau de parfum, 50 ml size next to its packaging.

D.S.

Perfume

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A pure vision of India—Kashmiri saffron, frangipani, gardenia, yellow lotus attar, and damask rose with fine Sri Lankan sandalwood and vetiver.

Our gold label line employs copious amounts of the rarest, finest perfume materials. It is limited to small, hand-made batches, driven by the scarcity of rare natural ingredients.

Top Notes

  • frangipani
  • gardenia
  • saffron

Heart Notes

  • yellow lotus
  • rose absolute
  • agarwood

Base Notes

  • sandalwood
  • vetiver
  • musc ambrette

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A colorful, hand-painted jaguar figurine captured in a poised stance.

A visit to a traditional perfume shop in India is a step back in time.

You are invited to sit while a salesperson brings them out one after the other, swiping oils onto your skin right from the glass stopper. More often than not, they are crammed into busy markets of crowded cities. The contrast is a reminder that beauty is all around us and can be found anywhere.

Traditional Indian perfume making should be considered a whole genre. Unique methods of extraction and indigenous plants are its hallmarks. Flowers, ambers, sandalwood, Himalayan herbs, southern spices—the diversity of plant life in India is staggering. To name a few of the most fragrant—tuberose, saffron, frangipani, kewda, ylang, gardenia, rose, cardamom, deodar, khus, mogra, motia.


The oils can come from small farms that have been growing, gathering, and distilling plants for a long time.

Cottage industries for jasmine and other oils have spawned entire villages. Attars are of particular interest to me. An attar is made by co-distilling one or more plants with sandalwood in giant alembics. It is like making a blended perfume during extraction—rather than mixing separate oils together after they are extracted.

Something alchemical happens when all the plants—gathered from hills and jungles—are all set to cook together. Attars smell like perfumes from a different age. Formulations are passed down for generations and many are unique to certain regions.

For “D.S.” I wanted to create the impression of an attar by cooking together accords of yellow lotus, gardenia (which I made from a plant I own), rose, jasmine, saffron, and vetiver all grounded in pure real deal Holyfield Sandalwood oil from Sri Lanka (one of the finest in the world as Mysore has been overharvested).

D.S. has the choicest materials and can only be produced in small batches.-D.S.

Ingredients

Alcohol Denat., Fragrance (Parfum), Water (Aqua), Limonene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, Linalool

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