D.S. & Durga Launch Tomb of the Eagles

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Brooklyn-based perfume house D.S. & Durga does not mess around when it comes to curating rare scents. David and Kavi Moltz—he’s the D.S., she’s the Durga—launched the line making scents for friends, but the project has since expanded to a full-blown olfactory enterprise. The husband-and-wife duo use literature, history, and remote-as-hell locales to grab mystical notes and turn them into a niche fragrance.

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North Sea Air

Take the HYLNDS collection from a few years back, for example. Rooted in Northern European history and mythology, the capsule collection of scents drew on everything from Celtic and Nordic heritage to truly unconventional notes—smelted iron, for one—to craft a series of “otherworldly aromas.”

The names of the ensuing colognes—Bitter Rose, Broken Spear; Isle Ryder; and Pale Grey Mountain, Small Black Lake—read like poem titles. This stuff is meant to take you places, even if the journey is only in your mind.

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The latest fragrance from the brand—called “Tomb of the Eagles”—is no less mystical. The scent (which is currently available in candle form), is composed of notes the brand discovered in one of the most remote places known to man: Orkney, Scotland. It’s made up of 70 mostly uninhabited islands. Its main attractions? Neolithic monuments.

And the journey for this one was a literal—and long—one. After getting on a plane, then a boat, and then into a car, that’s where David landed to find the raw creative material for his newest concoction.

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The fragrance notes come directly from the uninterrupted land and harbor-front homes. The fresh, green scent uses clover and cold sea top notes; sea pinks and sweet cicely notes at the heart of things; and island moss, bones, and grass for a base. (Bones? Yep. Bones.)

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Each of the notes are so setting-specific, it’s almost like you’re sitting on a rock near that same sea. Now only if your apartment felt more like a quaint Orkney waterfront home…

Oh, well. For now, we’ll just have to settle for this in-depth look at the land and ocean that became the inspiration for Tomb of the Eagles.



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