A Certain “I Don’t Know What”

Perfumer David Seth Moltz likes to tell stories through perfume. Narratives that progresses as the base, middle and top notes unfolds. “Perfume is armchair travel”, according to D.S. & Durga.

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Perfumer David Seth Moltz likes to tell stories through perfume. Narratives that progresses as the base, middle and top notes unfolds. “Perfume is armchair travel”, according to D.S. & Durga.

Niche perfume house D.S. & Durga was founded in 2009 by David and his wife, designer Kavi Moltz. David is “the nose” creating the scents, and Kavi designs all the packaging, graphics and communication. With their beautiful bottles and enticing names, their perfumes have gained a large following.

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Kavi Moltz (Durga) and David Seth Moltz (D.S).

Perfume is armchair travel.

D.S. & Durga

In the words of D.S & Durga:
Mississippi Medicine is based on the rituals of the proto-Mississippian death cult of the 1200s. Native birch tar, viola, white spruce grounded in incense and cypress root.
Cowboy Grass tell the story of the Wild West. American sagebrush, flowering white thyme, and prairie switchgrass from the wild western territories. Perfect for robbing banks on horseback.
Burning Barbershop; a fire broke out in the Curling Bros. barbershop in Westlake, N.Y. in 1891. All the shaving tonics with their spearmint, lime, vanilla and lavender burned. A charred bottle was found half-full. It smelled like this.

I Don’t Know What is a wonderful tool for anyone who wants to play around with perfume. Of course it can be worn as a modern wonderfully transparent aroma, but it can also be layered over anything. A fragrance enhancer with transparent radiance that gives any perfume a certain, as the French say, “I don’t know what.”
Amber Teutonic; Mahler’s hut, perched high above the valley of Alpine fir, horn echoes in the primeval forest. A Nibelungian hoard of precious emerald ambers.
Coriander is cool. Sparkling leaf, cubeb, green pepper and cracked Ukrainian coriander seed. Cool spices and Black Sea breeze – like the hills above Odessa.

The beautiful website of D.S. & Durga offers tons of inspiring imagery, well-written, thought-provoking stories behind all the perfumes as well as a Spotify playlist for each one to further enhance the experience, dsanddurga.com.

Jim Kweskin´s version of Buffalo Skinners is featured in the Cowboy Grass playlist. Get it on vinyl.

There’s this feeling that you can walk around, wearing the world.

David Moltz
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D.S. & Durga´s store on Mulberry Street in Manhattan opened earlier this year.