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1538 Rheims – Ultra-niche perfume - May 5, 2010 New Fragrance Listing

SOLD OUT -  1538 Rheims is no longer available from our Decant Store.

A couple of times a year, I have this experience – I find a new fragrance line and go “whoa, baby!” – which was what happened when I found the D.S. & Durga perfume collection for Anthropologie.

D.S., a musician, & Durga, an architect, are two young persons living in Brooklyn, N.Y., whose artisanal perfume company evolved from a holiday gift project which found them making after-shaves and toners from natural tinctures for their friends.  The scents were a hit, so they began making perfumes, which they make in small batches, some from oils they distill themselves, and also from high-quality ingredients they source from around the world. In their own words, they “ strive to make original concoctions far from the mass-produced fragrances ubiquitous in modern times”. Visit their website

Anthropologie stores have a similar mission , appealing to those who seek unusual, non-mainstream clothes and items for their homes, so the collaboration with D.S. & Durga for the four fragrances is a match made in heaven. If you like complex, rich, long-lasting  fragrances, these are for you – and me, obviously. I couldn’t make up my mind which I liked the best, so I bought all four!!

The one I wear the most is 1538 Rheims. An eau de parfum, this has a wonderful herbal smell, which opens with notes of ginger-lily, and rooty iris – slightly green and earthy.  Then the volume is turned up on the earthiness as the patchouli heart emerges – but this is no “hippy-dippy” sweet patchouli! This is dry, exotic, all grown up, and when the musk mixes in, it becomes a wonderful soft , slightly boozy, scent which hangs around all day, close to the skin. (A small thing, but I always feel like I’ve got my money’s worth when a perfume lasts all day!)

D.S. & Durga’s 1538 Rheims is definitely not a “mass-produced”  modern fragrance. It’s not cheap, but it’s the real deal.  Hand-made, unique, and ultra-niche. Love it!



1538 Rheims is no longer available from our Decant Store.