D.S. & Durga Mississippi Medicine

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

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165,00 €

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  • Top notes: red cedar, aldehydes, frankincense distillate
  • Heart notes: cypress root, black pine, cascarilla bark
  • Base notes: incense, spanish cade, birch tar
  • Made in USA

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.

  • 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