Based on the rituals of the proto-Mississippian death cult of the 1200s. Native birch tar, viola and white spruce grounded in incense and cypress root.
masculine | medium bodied | wood | smoke
Mississippi Medicine is based on what little is know about the rituals of a fast growing death cult that emerged in the southern part of the US in the 1200s. Called the South Eastern Ceremonial complex, it is more of a period within the Mississippian culture (the mound builders) when a specific system of religion quickly emerged. Other names for it where The Buzzard Cult and simply The Southern Death Cult (badass).
The cedar tree was sacred to them, representing an axis mundi (a gateway between upped and lower worlds). Nothing gets D.S. going more than the concept that seemingly mundane places - a cave, a space under a bush, a tiny lake, are gateways to the other world. Ancient peoples understanding of the world integrated landscape, flora, and fauna into their whole being.
MM is rich in cedar. Dry red Virginia cedar. Healthy doses of incense help marry the wood to the pine. Incense has been used in rituals since the dawn of time, which means we connect it to religious feeling in the depth of our bones.
The hearth of MM is filled with an accord of wild viola that could have grown by the mounds in Mississippi. Birch tar adds a primal smoke. It smells mysterious and ancient.
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.
The desert airs of Marfa, cosmic axis of West Texas. Creosote shrubs and sumac primed with Chihuahuan mesa woods - mesquite, oak, and pinyon pine. unisex | medium bodied | floral | green | ether | fresh
Vio-Volta is a forward thinking fragrance that smells like nothing else. Using two novel molecules, it radiates an electric pulse with shades of metal, violet, black currant, and wisteria.D.S. says "the smell of purple. Electric vegetal fluorescent violet." unisex | medium bodied | floral | fruit | green | ether | fresh
Sparkling leaf, cubeb, green pepper, & cracked Ukranian coriander seed. Cool spices & Mediterranean seabreeze - like the hills above Odessafeminine | light bodied | spice | green | fresh | ether
A bracing cologne of coastal Italian citrus rinds - chinotto, blood orange, cold-pressed lemon and green mandarin with ambrette seed & clean musk.feminine | masculine | medium bodied | citrus | fresh | musk
Spritzers aboard the famous Salt Spray Rose. Sinatra's summer wind, dunegrass in the distance, rosehip, the white lighthouse.unisex | light bodied | ether | fresh | floral | green | musk
The wild shrill of Black Francis coming through the radio in the August heat. Ripe fig, iris, coconut milk, tonka and dry blond woods. unisex | medium bodied | fresh | fruit | green
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
Transistor radio hewn of sandalwood radiates ragas in the Bandra heat. Hot copper tubes warm the soft wood releasing blooms of musk, cream, peach, ambrette, coco, cedar distillatesunisex | medium bodied | ether | fruit | wood
American sagebush, flowering white thyme, & prairie switchgrass from the wild western territories. Pefect for robbing banks on horseback.masculine | full bodied | herbs | wood
Beaver trappers were the cowboys of early America. Renegade mountaineers of the Jacksonian era who cut trails through the wild in search of beaver pelts - prized by hatters, doctors & perfumers. Dark cedar, snake root, synthetic beaver castor & wild bergamot.masculine | medium bodied | animalic | amber | leather | wood
Amongst the transcendental woods of the 1800s, craftsmen from the Massachusetts Bay Colony built violins & bows in the tiny town of the Pioneer Valley. The shops were riddled with old growth mahogany, buried maple shavings, amber pine rosin, aged walnut & their unique secret varnishes.unisex | medium bodied | leather | wood | ether
A fire broke out in the Curling Bros. barbershop in Westlake, N.Y. in 1891. All the shaving tonics with their spearmint, lime, vanilla & lavender burned. A charred bottle was found half-full. It smelled like this.masculine | full bodied | fougere | smoke | vanilla