D.S. & Durga White Peacock Lily

A lone peacock floats over cream lilies, oleander, and a sea of alabaster violet. Orchestral pads of harps and horns drone. Pale blue fog hangs in the far woodlands.

unisex | full bodied | floral | vanilla

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165,00 €

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  • Top notes: oleander, cabreuva rouge, grapefruit pith
  • Heart notes: white lily cream, egyptian jasmine, alabaster violet
  • Base notes: liquid ambrette seed, vanilla, fog
  • Made in USA

Charles Tomlin Griffes is an American composer of classic music. He comes from a period when music was flourishing in the U.S. A good deal of great early20th century American music owes its language to French (and Russians working in Paris) music of the time - especially Ravel and Debussy. Though the term is much debated, this music is often described as impressionistic. Whatever it is called, it was the freshest sound of the new century. Large orchestras of odd percussion, soft sweeping strings, and harps transported the listener into dreamlike worlds where chromatic melodies hunted around the colorful corners of the tunes.

The French music being made by Frenchmen was undoubtedly French - artistic, charismatic, self aware, tongue-in-cheek - with a deep interest in mystery. Americans took this music - or this language of impressionistic tone painting - and applied to something distinct in America: tremendously vast landscapes. It is liquid music that moves and flows in grand harmonies describing the feats of the American West, the open plains, and the towering peaks. Griffes' most  famous piece is a lush musical journey through the most iconic landscape of all, the Grand Canyon.

The piece that inspired this perfume is called "The White Peacock" by Fiona Macleod - the Scottish woman famous throughout the highlands for her dreamy works - and set to music by Griffes. It is one of the few tone poems based on an actual poem. The music, scored for a small orchestra, takes direction from the words. Mercurial magical harps, winding strings, quirky brass horns, and the comical buzz of clarinets describe the beautifully soft language: "cliffs of basalt, fonds of cactus, where the bulbul singeth, cream-white poppies." In Griffes music, the listener can hear the cream-white poppies, the sweeping seas of flowers, and most important, the silent noble glide of the bird that floats above the fields of flowers.

For the scent, D.S. first worked with the scent of lily. It is quite a basic accord that find in everything scented, from laundry detergent, all the way up to perfume.

D.S. & Durga was founded in 2009 by autodidactic perfumer David Seth Moltz and architect Kavi Moltz. They believe in pefume's ability to conjure unseen worlds. The power of scent is equal to that of sight and sound. Artistry is their first priority.

All that they love in music, art, nature, and design is told aromatically.The scents are fragments of half-remembered myths and imaginary landscapes that invite one to explore.

All of their creative comes from within.  They are passionate about translating musical and literary spaces into scent.  This distinct process involves creating accords of lifelike objects, places, characters and weaving them into rich narratives.  The sniffer reading the description should be clearly able to sense the ideas within the perfume.

  • Niche perfume label from New York
  • Translates musical and literary spaces into scents
  • Perfumes created in-house using pre-indutrial methods
  • Only the best raw ingredients used
  • Available in small quantities
  • 50ml
  • Eau de parfum