Bowmakers 2012 Eau de Parfum

Bowmakers (Eau de Parfum) by D.S. & Durga
Bottle Design Kavi Moltz
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Bowmakers (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by D.S. & Durga for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is woody-resinous. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesViolin varnish MahoganyMahogany Air accordAir accord
Heart Notes Heart NotesColophonyColophony Maple woodMaple wood CypressCypress
Base Notes Base NotesTree resinTree resin CedarCedar MossMoss

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Scent

8.1214 Ratings

Longevity

8.0168 Ratings

Sillage

7.1172 Ratings

Bottle

7.8139 Ratings

Value for money

6.420 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 12.04.2022.
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Schallhoerer
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Schallhoerer
Helpful Review    12  
Arc of tension from woods and resins
The Bowmakers is a snapshot for wood affine scent friends. Here it resins and creaks at every second. The sawdust flies around our ears. Varnishes are applied and leave noses on the wood. And hasn't someone forgotten the soldering iron in the wood here?

The scent starts me a wonderfully authentic mixture of fresh sawdust and all kinds of glazes. I had before the first testing the concern that these varnishes or glazes could go in a pungent or even biting direction. For me, however, they radiate an immensely comforting and soothing aura in combination with the clearly perceptible cypress. Anyone who has ever been in a woodworking shop and witnessed the construction of a wooden instrument will immediately recognize this smell in the air. While I don't know anything about violin or bow making, I do know what it smells like to a luthier who builds guitars himself. And it's exactly this kind of snapshot that the Bowmakers is able to reflect in a truly three-dimensional way. The wood shavings that fall to the floor, the fine dust that trickles out of the saw and the varnish in all its viscous beauty. I know rosin from my own use in playing the guitar. If you "abuse" a violin bow and play the guitar strings with it, the most beautiful distorted tones come out. This rosin chord of different resins is wonderfully staged here, realistic and comprehensible. Nothing seems synthetic or artificial. The individual notes intertwine wonderfully and result in a composition of resins and woods. In the opening, Bowmakers reminds me of Richard Lüscher Britos' 46°N 08°E for a brief moment, but then quickly goes in a different direction. As it progresses, I smell something that reminds me of the smell of a soldering iron in wood. As if one would burn his initials into the wood or solder.

The Perfomance is then with me a double-edged sword. While wearing my sample I was not satisfied with the durability. I could perceive the fragrance often already after 1-2 hours barely and a radiance was as good as non-existent. In the meantime, however, but a bottle has moved in here with me and this performs but significantly better on my skin. 6-7 hours, the scent is thereby perceptible while he radiates the first hour quite strong and then withdraws and becomes much more intimate.

The bottle is minimalist, slightly retro in appearance and with a decent weight. The sprayer of my copy is unfortunately not very good. Since only a rather short and small spray comes out. At the price I expect there simply more or a better sprayer.

The Bowmakers has me contrary to my first assumption very quickly under its spell. This mixture of essential aromas of the varnishes and glazes paired with the dry sawdust and woodwork results in the sum of a wonderfully authentic fragrance experience for fans of wood and resins


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8.5
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Chizza
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Chizza
Top Review    21  
Olfactory instruction of a bow making
Bowmakers is by name alone a fragrance I really like, because first of all I like creative names and not just something like "Leather" (Forgive me, AdP) or something like that. Secondly - you may hardly believe it - but I like to do things like fishing, horseback riding or archery, mostly on holiday of course. In this respect I had sympathy from the beginning. Now I know both versions of Bowmakers, I find the older version slightly better, but I also have to admit that the new bottle has already started the maturing process and the wood is getting darker and more oily and gradually gets the characteristic lacquer note. In this respect I take a relaxed view and won't compare both versions in the further course of time, as the differences are marginal, although I would rate the older version (still) half a point higher.
Of course the violin varnish stands out at the beginning and only here the difference between the two versions is relatively clear to me. While on the one hand the perfume takes on the scent of a violin varnished some time ago, the reformulation shows us rather a freshly varnished violin. The mahogany reminds us of old furniture from our parents' house, for example; I think everyone can imagine something like that. Very noble but also with a mature character.
With a smooth transition Bowmakers travels back in time. Where just a moment ago the olfactory focus was on the finished product, we are now in a carpentry workshop and initially manufacture the final product. It smells of shavings, stains and varnish as well as a melange of a variety of woods. One can easily sense a hint of incense, which comes from maple. More dominant, however, is the cypress which, with its limey character, provides that little bit of freshness which catapulted us into the production process.
A sentence about the component colophony, here probably meant is violin resin: this consists classically of various coniferous woods and that's how Bowmakers smells. As much as I appreciate the cypress, the question of whether it is used sensibly here always resonates for me because I find the result good but it would have its charm to perceive these woods without cypress.
Maybe you don't have to wait that long, because at least in the older version the cypress retreats quickly or is displaced. In the newer version it offers more resistance and never quite goes.
It gets exciting in the base, because the cedar fights its way forward; the later one does not hurry the first violin (I had to install it) but the second one does. Actually more outstanding in the old version, if you know that it is included. Slightly cool and herbaceous moss rounds off the scent and appears more herbaceous the younger the scent is. Personally I appreciate a less herbaceous attitude but it is empirically clear that this point is only a matter of time. Like probably the cypress and the prelude.
Regarding durability and sillage, the newer version is stronger, although both are good. The newer one smells more intensive, longer lasting strong and stays in the room for hours even when sprayed, as my little daughter impressively demonstrated to me. Since then, the most important fragrances in my collection are also slightly higher but this is only mentioned as a small anecdote in passing.
Bowmakers is - if we use the older fragrances from D.S. & Durga - my favourite. Undisputed. Burning Barbershop is also nice, the rest is solid to good, but doesn't reach me as much as these two. This is simply because of the symbiosis of varnish and resin. In general I like darker wood scents like Norne but also Arso better than rather light variants. In this respect it's astonishing where we finally have the lime cypress here but it harmonizes extraordinarily here in the main.
In so far as my purchase recommendation for its implementation I can recommend a natural cosmetics supplier from Germany. There is not much to be found in the prices of the individual suppliers, unless you buy this fragrance with a bit of luck in rare offers. I stayed with my natural cosmetics retailer who added several samples including a 12ml bottle. Plus a handwritten and perfumed letter, I appreciate that.
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Silverfire

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Silverfire
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A Composition in Three Movements
To enjoy this scent, you must apply liberally. At least, that's the view from over here with my sample.

I don't have the experience of playing violin or being around violins, so the connections others have I don't (band person here, not orchestra, or professional musician -- sorry).

Bowmakers opens with an acrid campfire aroma, like burning cypress or magnolia, perhaps. I'm trying to identify the kind of branch that I've burned that has this particular aroma, but I'm pretty sure it's not pine. (I live in the county, so I can make fires. Don't judge.) The projection is large for the first thirty. It gradually fades in strength for the next three hours, and hits a nice boozy, aldehyde moment at about eight hours. The final movement is a smoky incense. Curiously, when it's done, it's done suddenly. You can immediately detect its absence.

The final verdict? Props to DS & Durga once again for making something out-of-the-ordinary. It lasts long enough. The concept makes more sense now, in the context of violins, rather than my initial context, which was hunting bows. I'm just not a big fan of the smoky incense, and so the last movement was a bit of a let-down.

It's a pass for me, but it's well worth trying. DS & Durga is one of the best fragrance studios out there.
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Greenfaerie

85 Reviews
Greenfaerie
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Woody perfection
Bowmakers smells like a concert of strings deep in the forest. You can smell the tree resins, the bark, the broken pine needles, and the shiny violins. I get huge sillage and longevity from just one good spray to the wrists. I made this my signature because I can not get enough of it.
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PBullFriend

306 Reviews
PBullFriend
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Helpful Review    4  
a very tiny violin
I used to play the violin when I was a child, so I certainly recognize the smell of a violin's varnish, along with the smell of the chalky rosin one applies to its bow. But my two wearings of Bowmakers didn't give me any recognizable amount of these scents.

This one is mostly about pine resin, which is nice. It's not, though, something for which I would pay $145 for a 50 ml bottle. Again, D.S. & Durga writes gorgeous ad copy: "Amongst the transcendental woods of the 1800s, craftsmen from the Massachusetts Bay Colony built violins & bows in the tiny towns of the Pioneer Valley. The shops were riddled with old growth mahogany, burled maple shavings, amber pine rosin, aged walnut & their unique secret varnishes." Again, I wish they would spend more time on creating a memorable scent.

Lest anyone think that only department store fragrances use nonsensical notes, by the way, DS&D brings you the "outdoors accord." Really? I have lived in and visited more than a few places, and I notice that the "outdoors" can smell significantly different according to which place I am in. Seriously - to which "outdoors" are they referring?
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Statements

TombbbTombbb 1 year ago
8
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Opening is sharp, off-putting, the weakest part of the scent. Then it descends into peculiar woods, cypress mostly. Mixed, but rewarding.
BoBoChampBoBoChamp 2 years ago
7.5
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8
Longevity
7
Sillage
Initially challenging spicy-smoky synthetic... a gently fresh, yet dusty dry-woody Fall fragrance, balanced by a solid earthy-resinous base.
ItchynoseItchynose 3 years ago
7
Scent
Opens like harsh turpentine or varnish, hitting nostrils hard, but dries down into nostalgic "vintage family suitcase in the attic" smell.
VerbenaVerbena 6 years ago
9
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9
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7
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8
Bottle
Carpenter’s workshop. Wood shelves, oil-coating, varnish and sawdust. Genuine fragrance, warm, grounded, down-to-earth, and honest. Simply great!

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