Dzongkha is the new release by L’Artisan Parfumeur that’s supposed to be officially out in the U.S. some time in September. I’ve been anticipating it with much impatience, and after reading Marina’s review, became even more antsy as to whether it’ll really live up to its name and my expectations. Well, how should I say it. It didn’t necessarily leave me indifferent. Neither did it put me anywhere close to the state of ecstasy I was in over Cuir Amethyste, for instance (I’m beginning to think nothing will truly measure up to it this season). Overall, I must say I expected more character and more spirit, if you will, especially considering the fact it was inspired by the temples in Bhutan.
For a brief note analysis, it starts out slightly similar to Bois Farine, another fragrance by L’Artisan Parfumeur, with a powdery sweet lychee and cardamom accord. This is also the stage where I get some iris but not enough to call it an iris scent. Then it falls into a light incense stage, with just a hint of leather. It’s also said to feature an Indian papyrus note (which I haven’t smelled in real life), and I do get some sort of an old paper accord. For some reason, I imagined Dzongkha to be dense and heavy on spices and woods. It’s neither. In fact, it’s rather translucent and seems to also posses a wet quality, like wet flowers, wet leaves. Marina called it introspective, and I agree. However, everything you’ve read so far only lasts for about 10 minutes. After that, it takes on a soapy quality and starts smelling like vetiver and celery (and reminds me a lot of Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company), and that’s exactly where it leaves me slightly underwhelmed. Nevertheless, Dzongkha seems to fall into the category of those scents that grow on you, so I’m not ready to give up yet, and do think I’d actually wear it from time to time.
Dzongkha samples are now available at Aus Liebe Zum Duft.
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25 comments August 23rd, 2006