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Radio Bombay

Radio Bombay

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About the Fragrance

From DS & Durga: 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 distillates. I am interested in hypothetical scent. Not everything has a strong or readily perceivable aroma, but objects can suggest a fragrance. Light bulbs glow. Electricity courses through their metal filaments. They melt the dust on their surface emitting wisps of heat. The tubes in amplifiers have a certain aroma. When my ‘69 Fender Deluxe gets heated-up (after rip-roaring monster shredding), the back of the amp produces a hot dusty metallic grease perfume—the scent of backstage in a humid venue.

So what if there was a tube amplifier in an old radio made of sandalwood? Then the interaction of the heat would open up the pores of the wood, singing its smooth elegant fragrance - puffs of musky cedar, peach, coconut, lactones, milk.

Real sandalwood essence is perfection. I often wear it neat. It smells of India, effigies, purity, focus. Unfortunately, it has been overharvested, so perfumers don’t use the oil from Mysore anymore.

Radio Bombay is a deconstruction of the Mysore santal rebuilt from all the aspects written above. I imagine the radio sitting in a small hot shop in Bandra —the “Brooklyn” of Bombay (sorry). The heat deconstructs the oils in the wood. Ragas and Geeta Dutt tunes jangle out of its tiny speaker in the busy city.
-D.S.

TOP NOTES

radiant wood
copper
cedar

HEART NOTES

sandalwood
radiant iris
boronia

BASE NOTES

balsam fir absolute
coconut musc
ambergris
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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.

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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.