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Notorious Oud

Notorious Oud

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About the Fragrance

From DS & Durga: Sublime Indonesian oud with a worldwide perspective. Formulated in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn with North African papyrus, Afghani saffron, and Bulgarian rose. Oud is the most notorious ingredient in perfume. Everyone seems to have an opinion about it. Real oud oil is the most expensive perfume ingredient on the planet. Rare logs from the jungles of South East Asia are guarded by the government–theft penalized by death! Whole logs of Aquilaria that have been infected with the black resin can sell for millions. Oud is the stuff of fables—now endangered from overharvesting.

Aromatically, oud is among the most varied and complex oils on the planet. Depending on location, age, and method of extraction oud can display countless shimmering effects that appear at once woody, spicy, floral, smoky, rooty, musky, fine, fecal, and animalic. The hunt for rare ouds to be prized and worn directly on the skin is a little different than the making oud perfumes.

Oud perfume, like most modern perfumes, seek to take inspiration from studies of oils that could never be mass produced (for regulatory, environmental, artistic and economic considerations). The magic of the perfumer’s touch is his or her ability to reconstruct specific aromas with other materials.

Notorious Oud is me sitting in Brooklyn, thinking about a rare Indonesian Oud that I procured.

Thinking what would make its essence sing and grow from a single oil into a transcendent perfume. I took fine materials from all over the world–Bulgarian Rose, French Lavender, Egyptian Papyrus, and Afghani saffron—and built a support structure around this wonderfully complex oud accord. Oud that wears easy and beautiful.
-D.S.

TOP NOTES

saffron
camphor
white galbanum

HEART NOTES

indonesian oud
bulgar rose
lavender absolute

BASE NOTES

civet
cetalox
papyrus
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About the Brand

Established in 2007, DS & Durga crafts unique and evocative fragrances inspired by art, music, literature, and historical events. Their perfumes capture the essence of specific moments or landscapes, transporting wearers to different times and places. With a focus on craftsmanship and storytelling, DS & Durga's scents often feature unconventional notes and combinations, creating a sensory experience that is both distinctive and memorable.

In addition to fragrances, the brand offers a range of complementary products such as candles, body care items, and home fragrances. DS & Durga has gained a dedicated following among fragrance enthusiasts who appreciate their artisanal approach and commitment to creativity.

Clean Beauty

From D.S. & DURGA:

Our products are 100% vegan, never tested on animals (other than the humans that work here!), and are paraben/phthalate free. You can find the ingredient panel for each product on our website on the product page. We use both natural and synthetic materials in all of our products and adhere to the latest safety and environmental regulations of the International Fragrance Research Association (IFRA). Naturals vs synthetics in perfumes is often misunderstood. Many of the strictest regulations in perfume come from natural materials! Naturals can also pose sustainability problems. Rest assured, we source our juice from the most ethical companies in the world who are at the forefront of material fragrance safety.