Hylnds - Pale Grey Mountain, Small Black Lake (2013)

Hylnds - Pale Grey Mountain, Small Black Lake by D.S. & Durga
Bottle Design Kavi Moltz
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Hylnds - Pale Grey Mountain, Small Black Lake is a popular perfume by D.S. & Durga for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is woody-green. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesHumid stone, Water pepper, Lichen
Heart Notes Heart NotesHeather, Beech wood, Berry blossom, Marsh violet
Base Notes Base NotesSea breeze, Aquatic notes, Purslane



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Helpful Review    6  
Go camping or run away in panic!
Hey hey you fans of scented water! :)
It's evening, so it's time for me to comment again. Today is about "Pale Grey Mountain, Small Black Lake" by DS & Durga.
By the name of this fragrance I see paintings before me. To be more precise, landscape paintings. On which, of course, I see what the name already suggests: grey mountains (in the distance) and a dark lake. Dark because it is either night or because the underground of the lake is dark. That's not for sure. Anyway, I just have a beautiful landscape in front of my eyes, amidst great nature, ideally with a small wooden hut, whose roof was populated by birds and squirrels :D

A place where you could like to go hiking, or better still camp for a few days, just to get some rest from annoying perfumes, um... of course I meant in front of other annoying people. You perfumas and perfumos are annoying. No. He he he :D
But camping like this can do you good to recharge your batteries. Unless, of course, you're afraid of every noise in the forest and every crawling insect,... in which case such a camping trip wouldn't be worth it, because immediately after arriving in the forest it would become a survival camp for the person concerned, where you would return totally finished after the (hopefully survived) trip to nature :D

Anyway, I can imagine such places olfactorically quite exactly and hope that the scent smells just like the picture in my head, but I will experience that right away!

The fragrance:
The scent actually smells of nature. I smell herbs and even rocks and general green notes as if I were in the (clean) fresh air. I also smell a rather resinous pine note, which I also find very suitable, because in such a mountainous area with a lake you can certainly find pines or other conifers. In the background it also smells a bit minty, but this can only be the resinous note that seems so to me, because it is strong and radiates well and fresh, I don't know.
A little later, light earthy notes are added, reminiscent of vetiver. I cannot perceive the sea breeze mentioned in the fragrance pyramid, but aquatic notes, at least light, are already present. Nevertheless the fragrance is mostly woody and resinous-green and smells really great.

The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is still fairly strong at the beginning, but then quickly sinks to a normal level and is best to smell from close up. Could have been a little stronger.
The shelf life is also only moderate, so that the fragrance gradually disappears after about six hours.

The bottle:
The rectangular bottle has a label on the front with the Hylnds lettering slightly highlighted to indicate that this is one of D.S. & Durga's Hylnds fragrances, of which there are some. The black lid is black and quite large. The bottle isn't that special, but it's okay.

Soo. Camping. Somehow this came to mind when I sniffed out the scent. I must admit that I've never really been camping (but I've spent a few days in the forest to take part in a role-playing game where you have to survive a zombie apocalypse... don't laugh, it was fun, and you learn a few things, for example that it can be ICE COLD in the forest at night in May! :D), but it's certainly a lot of fun to camp out somewhere for a few days. Probably this is also the only alternative for some friends to get them to do some things, especially on holiday, because most of them don't like the lake and the sea! Yes, you've read correctly! While especially in summer many people like to go to the sea or at least to the lake, these guys don't feel like it!!! So if I want to do something with them, it has to be camping... but woe is there is no lake nearby where I could jump in, argh!

"Aaah, I can't swim," I hear some say when I suggest the sea again.
"I don't like wearing shorts," I hear screaming from others,... and when we actually go to the beach, these people even put on BEACH jeans!!!
See what weird people I deal with? Do you feel sorry for me now? At least a little bit? D

Be that as it may, I think that this fragrance here gives over the described landscapes very well and has thus become a great, woody fragrance with earthy and green as well as of course woody notes. It may seem a bit autumnal, but I think it's an all-rounder, so you could use it all year round, being more of an everyday scent or a leisure scent, not for the evening or going out. And despite his unisex, he seems a little masculine to me, by the way.

Yes, I would definitely try the scent here! And that's it again. Have a nice Saturday night, everybody! See you next time :)
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A Song of the Wilds
Pale Grey Mountain, Small Black Lake is a song of the wilds. It smells of pepper, moss, woods, stryax, and something camphorous (lichen?). As the scent develops, it proceeds along the trail it promised, enveloping you in the outdoors, without allowing stryax to dominate. Towards the end, notes of citrus appear, giving it a softer finish; the only disappointment is its seven-hour longevity. This is not the smell of the explorer, but of the wildlands itself, and so it does not appeal to genders, but rather to those of kindred souls. Purchase-worthy.
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Itchynose 12 months ago
Woody, peppery and camphorous, with a turpentine vibe that becomes smoother on the drydown. A patch of herbs in full bloom.

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