White Peacock Lily (2016)

White Peacock Lily by D.S. & Durga
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White Peacock Lily is a popular perfume by D.S. & Durga for women and men and was released in 2016. The scent is floral-sweet. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesOleander, Cabreúva, Grapefruit
Heart Notes Heart NotesWhite lily, Egyptian jasmine, Violet
Base Notes Base NotesAmbrette seed, Vanilla, Mist note

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Scent

7.5 (17 Ratings)

Longevity

7.8 (13 Ratings)

Sillage

7.1 (14 Ratings)

Bottle

6.8 (17 Ratings)
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"One of the Most Beautiful"
I learned about this fragrance in an article entitled "Why the Prettiest Scents Contain the Ugliest Things." http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/11/david-moltz-perfumer-interview-gross-things-in-perfume.html.

In it, D.S. & Durga perfumer David Moltz referred to White Peacock Lily as "one of the most beautiful scents of all time." I did a double take. How could he risk the reputation of well-regarded D.S. & Durga by saying such a thing, especially about a scent he made himself? Then my heart skipped a beat. I felt the all-too-familiar, gotta have it, blind buy-a-coming thrill. What if it really is one of the most beautiful scents of all time? Lamenting, briefly, the power of mere lovely words, I put the fragrance firmly on my wish list, rather than in a online cart somewhere, determined to calm down and not be bamboozled. Next day, briefly, hubby and I had words of a slightly less lovely kind. Shortly I learned my wish list had been perused and the fragrance was on its way. [To no avail I've pointed out the indignity of offering or accepting emotional bribes, er apologies.] The perfume came last night. I am not sending it back. It is too beautiful.

What's in the top? Grapefruit, Red Mahogany, a scent I know. When we married and, four months later, I marshaled courage and moved into his house 1200 miles away, hubby bought out a wood store of its supply of red mahogany to make bookshelves for the office I needed, fashion oriental screens for the tall windows with his own hands. Red Mahogany for me is the smell of love. Poisonous oleander is a top note, too, its rosy sweetness tamed by the other two. Not to be outdone, a genuine note of lily pairs with indolic jasmine and bright violet to take and possess center stage for a long time. No rush. They want to give you time to see how beautiful they are. Only gradually do spicy/musky ambrette, vanilla and something akin to fog exert themselves. Hours later, they are what you smell, supported by the florals. Unfortunately, there is a definite period when lily alone predominates--about thirty to forty minutes in. It's a less lovely stage than the others, lending a vegetal air. Just wait for it to subside and you'll be rewarded with the haunting beauty that still clung to my hand when I woke this morning.

I don't know if White Peacock Lily is one of the most beautiful scents of all time. Maybe. It's certainly one of the most unusual, distinguished, and fascinating scents I've ever smelled.

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