L'Artisan Parfumeur (2006)

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Dzongkha by L'Artisan Parfumeur

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Dzongkha is a rapturous fragrance, inspired by the remote Buddhist mountain kingdom of Bhutan in the eastern Himalayas. After the critical success of Timbuktu, Bertrand Duchaufour once again turned his perfumery skills on faraway lands to focus on the combination of nature and spirituality found in Bhutan. Rich with aromatic influences: temple stones and incense, the sweet aroma of spiced chai tea, the heat of warm leather around fires, the heart of any temple or home in snowbound lands. Vetiver and green papyrus float through soft smoke with touches of peony, lychee and delicate iris. Dzongkha tells a special story on every skin: that of Dzongkha itself, the spiritual language of Bhutan.

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Autumn in the mountains, a relaxation and rejuvenation retreat. Deep breathing. Cool, crisp weather. Spindly fingers of chilly breeze nip and pluck at the skin, reminding one of the prudence of donning a thick, cozy sweater. Leaves and needles turn brilliant, rich colors: deep bronze, fiery crimson, khaki, spicy umber, sienna, azalea, brick, tangerine, turmeric, and fatigue green. Trees languorously stretch and shed excess baggage. The remnants snapping and crunching beneath foot warming soles.
Curls of scent teasing the nose. A turid brook weeping into the banks of dirt. Dense peaks of black, spiced tea brewing over a campfire peppered with smoky wood, burning the seasons last vestiges of greenery, and decaying plant matter.

Dzongkha is warmth and comfort with vibrancy and spicy incense. Although it's pretty synthetic smelling (leather and iris), it gives the truer scent of cardamom.

This another that I'd take as an ambient spray, and though some may like it year-round, I feel it lends itself to cooler weather.

Note: I've had it on for about three hours now, it's evolved significantly. Iris, iris, and more iris with powdery pleather and cardamom. And soap. My thumbs up has changed to a neutral, iris is not my favorite scent.

I'm not normally one for Iris scents, they don't fit well with my skin chemistry. This is an exception, the leather accord slays some of the misbehaviors of the Iris.

On my skin, it's definitely leather (suede to my nose) and Iris heavy, and it's a beautiful match. Sweet and floral lychee as well as peony come into focus, lightly, every now and then. An Eastern Incense smokily floats in the background, with hints of spiced chai - nuances of cardamom. Papyrus and vetiver, sharp and grassy escort you to the dregs of this fragrance.

Duchaufour is one of my, if not my favorite perfumer.

This is a perfume that I had to wear more than ten times spaced out over more than a year, to finally understand its appeal. More than notes or accords, I was never sure how it smells and whether it is diffusive and tenacious enough. Dzongkha has an array of notes that hint at interesting combinations on paper, and finally it is indeed more than the sum of its parts.

Dzongkha starts off with a spiced floral accord, subtly fruit; cardamom is dialed back. The composition smoothly evolves into its mid phases which is iris with a hint of tea (note that cardamom is still there), and then the base is mostly iris and incense with hints of a leathery accord with a touch of cypriol. The star is definitely the iris and incense, conjuring up a colour of a dark greyish pink, haunting and alluring in equal parts. Dzongkha is perhaps what a spiced, darkened, slightly butch version of Iris de Nuit would smell like. I think what really works here is the fact that Dzongkha is not aggressive, in-your-face, but elegant and spaced out.

I have come to realise that Dzongkha is quite versatile, with more adequate sillage and duration. It's beguiling and elusive, and one of the better examples of a contemporary twist on the classic French perfumes. This is a rare case where investing time in a perfume is truly worth it, and the dry-down is exquisite, and absolutely worthy of the memory space.


Exquisite sour green; Diorella enters the heart of darkness.


Oh no, this one is a warm pile of rotting food waste. Notably of celery and sour milk. What luck that most of Dzongkha suddenly departs my skin an hour in!

I used to love CdG Leaves: Calamus, also by Bertrand Duchaufour, which I find similar to this.
Calamus had an indescribable young elegance flirting with weird. Dzongkha falls over the edge into garbagy.

No! Just no! It smells like a drunk man puked all over your clothes ( pungent puke smell mixed with processed alcohol).

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