Siberian Snow 2008

Siberian Snow by D.S. & Durga
Bottle Design Kavi Moltz
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Siberian Snow is a popular perfume by D.S. & Durga for women and was released in 2008. The scent is resinous-spicy. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesSpearmint, Labdanum, Frankincense
Heart Notes Heart NotesStyrax, Jasmine sambac, Patchouli
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Civet, Opoponax

Ratings

Scent

8.1 (78 Ratings)

Longevity

7.0 (65 Ratings)

Sillage

5.6 (65 Ratings)

Bottle

6.9 (55 Ratings)
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6.5
Scent
8
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
Meggi
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Meggi
Meggi
Top Review    33  
For little Bengal tigers?
The Russian winter with its long, cold nights is an excellent reason to get drunk. And in summer, there are others. But it was winter. Besides, a troop of young people on a trip to Russia needs no reason to pour plenty of the cheap local distillate flora on the lamp.

My buddy and I had wisely learned even the Russian capital letters. After all, it's not much use for you - fueled by the snow-covered city at night - to know that you live in "Prospekt Tschaikowskogo" if you can't read the sign, even though you're probably standing right in front of it. And to sink outside is not a good idea when temperatures are clearly in double digits below zero.

Snow in Russia. I cannot serve with Siberia in this respect, but snow is part of my available memories in the Russian metropolis (Moscow), in the middle city (Tver; by our standards a big city) and in the countryside. Alone: I can't associate any of this with the scent.

Even the opening is creamy-sweetish-scenic on the one hand, sourish-bitter-rough on the other. The freshness of mint is at best a hint or a hint, but the fragrance is rather surrounded by an ethereal touch of conifer. In addition there is band-aid-smoke and with it the fellow seems to me at first to take a similar way as some other Americans, I think concretely of 'Wazo' from the house Monsillage or Sonomas 'Incense Pure'.

But then: Jasmine. Primarily the sensual, heavy direction, which nonetheless cultivates an undeniable hint of a deeper stink, which does not become as pointedly pointed as elsewhere, but rumbles underground. The combination of jasmine and frankincense, by the way, has a zero-command oriental effect. Here it remains more rustic, more down to earth
What then takes place "down there" between jasmine and civet could become the object of offensively excited whispers from the neighbours, if an unpleasant diffuse mugginess were not involved too soon. After some thought, I attribute it to early wood in combination with the rest of the strict jasmine part. It smells mouldy. And the progress of the project also puzzles me. After half an hour, stuffy amber comes to my mind, as intentionally kept dull. What's the point of that? Again, a grouchy jasmine may be involved.

Only a certain labdanum-animalik after two hours could be conceptually sorted over three corners. Her character is not far away from the dirty performances in Oud Ispahan or Cuir Garamante. Only without the rose and leather. And a lot quieter. Hm... When it finally thaws after nine months of permafrost in Siberia, maybe the remains of the local tigers will come out as a vintage stink ?

At noon the mind games end. Now the wood is in front and lets the scent fade away, so to speak. Siberian Snow' is no longer able to detach itself from this rail. And since the front part already appeared to me to be quite mixed, the only thing left to me is the following...

...conclusion: one of the weaker Durgas. Still neat, at least not unexciting, of course. But compared to his siblings I know he falls off. Strangely indecisive and at times downright musty. Pity
I thank Jumi for the rehearsal.
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8
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
Augusto
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Augusto
Top Review    11  
Tonic snowflakes on the tongue
AugustA is equally enthusiastic about an extraordinary woody-smoky top note; fire next to glittering water. Frosty bushes in the sun. It's cold. A shining shot of citric makes the first minutes shine, almost metallic. Like lemony myrrh, smoked. Juniper. Tonic, bizarre. Snowflakes on the tongue.
Moist paper adds its own unique smell. I'll write it down: Harsh and soft at the same time.
On the length it becomes a bit brittle on me, then after four to five hours of warmth, woody security. Citric-sweet resin, the sparkle goes out in the flame.
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8
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
6
Bottle
DonJuanDeCat
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Very helpful Review    11  
I would love to let my ass freeze off :D
Yeah, yeah, I know, cold as shit weather's not everybody's cup of tea, I think most people don't really like it. It is really annoying and annoying to be thickly dressed outside on icy days and still freeze a little when the snot in your nose freezes over :D

But somehow I've always been tempted to see some really cold places. Whether Antarctica, Greenland or somewhere in ice-cold Russia, the main thing is to see how people live in the freezing cold. Of course I wouldn't want to go on a longer-term holiday in such places, because the sea and the sun would attract me much more (well, I LOVE the sea, aaaaah that's sooo beautiful :)), but as a weekend trip or a short holiday of a few days I could imagine such an ice-cold sightseeing to have experienced something "different".

The regions of Siberia sometimes sound quite interesting to return to the name of the fragrance and thus to the fragrance itself. And snow? Oh come, who doesn't like snow as long as the landscapes are beautifully painted white and everything looks beautiful at Christmas?
Yes yes, now all the people who hate winter are coming and will surely complain about ice scratches on the car and muddy roads,... naaa and? Also I scratched ice, what the hell, the few minutes of ass freeze in the morning at five or six o'clock and so on, ... at least one becomes at least also really awake, he he he ... :DD

The fragrance:
The smell begins really ice-cold, so that one freezes to the ice column!
No, of course not, but it starts cool and refreshing with a great combination of fresh mint and smoky incense. The cool sensation disappears quickly, because the fragrance gets warmer quickly because of the resinous notes (incense and styrax), but the mint can still be smelled for some time.
In addition, the fragrance quickly becomes earthy. The patchouli works in just a few minutes. The sweetness of jasmine and the earthy patchouli combined remind us remotely of Guerlain's L'Instant pour Homme EDT.
This remains so for a while until the fragrance becomes even warmer at the base, firstly because the mint gradually fades away and the fragrance loses its fresh note, and secondly because Opoponax is another resinous smoked note. I have to admit that I find it difficult to distinguish between all these incense, and I don't think I'm really good at that either. For me, it just smells more resinous and smoked, and this becomes more and more intense in the course of the fragrance. It goes well with a light sweetness that goes well with the rest. I often have problems with the animal note, i.e. Zibet, but on the other hand I smell this note a little, because I cannot classify what I am smelling with the other fragrances here. I think I'll soon get the hang of animal notes! Hopefully... :D
Anyway, in this fragrance the main notes later are the incense with a slight sweetness and the earthy patchouli.

The Sillage and the shelf life:
The fragrance begins well radiant, but still the Sillage is only mediocre, because it quickly loses some of its strength. This means that it can still be smelled well at close range for a short while, but further away it becomes more difficult.
However, the shelf life is already better, so that you can enjoy the fragrance for eight or nine hours on your skin, perhaps more, but it becomes quite weak in the late hours.

The bottle:
The bottle is rectangular and filled with a light yellow scented liquid. There is no label because the name and the elaborately designed logo are printed on the front. Looks nice, but I still think it's a little too simple.

Oh, yes, Siberia. Somewhere on the road must be exciting. Even the coldest city Oimjakon in Russia interests me, where it is often 50 degrees minus, waaah! :D
Whether I would dare to visit such a city is another question. We make the normal temperature city dwellers soft and moan already at 10 degrees cold :D
But: It's said that you consume more calories in cold places... well, if that's no reason to come with :D
But on the other hand... maybe it's just too hot for me again, so that I fantasize about cool or cold places again :DD

Anyway, this fragrance hasn't become ice-cold (apart from a short fresh beginning), but rather warm with nice, resinous smoked notes. This makes it for me an autumn scent that can be used as a daily companion (unfortunately it is too weak to go out...). But I think you can still use it well in spring.

So if you like incense, you should have a look at this fragrance here
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Scent
Viburnam

18 Reviews
Viburnam
Viburnam
   0  
Paradox
How does a scent smell both clean and smoky? Siberian Snow accomplishes this feat -- I found it pleasant, fresh and light. I can only guess that David Seth Moltz was trying to capture a far north retreat with a cozy fire and freshly fallen snow, while enjoying a cup of lovely mint tea. Mission accomplished, if so.
2
Scent
5
Longevity
2.5
Sillage
PBullFriend

301 Reviews
PBullFriend
PBullFriend
Helpful Review    2  
the Countess has no clothes
Not living on the East Coast of the US, I didn't get to try any of the DS & Durga scents for several years after I first heard about them. This did a lot to build up my anticipation. By the time I had access to them through the sample programs of Surrender to Chance and Twisted Lily, I realized that the anticipation had been the best part. This is one of those indie lines that I consider to be roughly equivalent to ordering a bunch of essential oils and playing with them myself. (The one exception is Royal Purpure, a limited edition which is lovely, foresty, and beyond my level of talent to create. I bought it blind at an Anthropologie closeout and was very happy with my purchase.)

Siberian Snow is listed on their website as "Rare, narcotic jasmine, crisp mint, Oriental amber, sandalwood & powdery incense. Worn by Countess Anna Vladoska at her legendary balls." I studied Russian literature. Why had I never heard of the Countess? I Googled "Anna Vladoska," and got 103 hits in various languages, all of which refer to DS&D's advertising copy. I guess the Countess never existed.

And that's a good thing, I guess, because I can't imagine wearing this smell to any ball, ever. I don't attend all that many fancy dress events, but, when I have, I've never encountered a woman who smelled like pine trees and mildew. I get occasional whiffs of amber, dirt, and something slightly greenish. After an hour or so, it settles into pinewood essential oil, which would be fine, except that: 1) I can buy pinewood essential oil in the health food store for less than $10; 2) the sillage is about 3", so we're talking extremely diluted essential oil; and 3) who wears pine essential oil to a ball?

My best recommendation for DS&D as a brand is that the principals should continue to write their enticing ad copy, but hire one of the many talented professional noses available (they live in New York, after all) to create their perfumes. Trying 7 scents out of 55 and finding one to be worth wearing is a pretty poor average, to my nose, especially considering that these cost $145 US for 50 ml.
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