Dzing! by L'Artisan Parfumeur
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Dzing! is a perfume by L'Artisan Parfumeur for women and men and was released in 1999. The scent is leathery-animal. It is being marketed by Puig.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLeather, Ginger, Saffron
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris, Caramel, Jonquil
Base Notes Base NotesCedar, Tonkin musk, Costus, Castoreum



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Helpful Review    6
Saltomortale of a clown: beautiful?
Circus arena backstage, in a hurry the saddles and horse droppings of the previous number are carried away. There stands the clown in his chequered costume, eagerly awaiting his appearance. The curtain's blown. The artist climbs the rope ladder to the trapeze, under him instead of net a sea of flowers. Yellow daffodils - sulphur yellow, cadmium yellow, mustard yellow, yolk yellow, canary yellow, hornet yellow - as far as the eye can see, iris is not visible, not even yellow. He jumps, floats down on the scent of blossoms, performing the greatest capers. Land gently and disappear behind the curtain to thunderous applause.

The stage workers are standing around, puffing their gitanes and gauloises, the ashtray is already overflowing. Behind them the new scenery, all in yellow, brown and grey, the colour still moist. The clown costume exudes the scent of narcissus, now strangely withered.

It pushes the clown out into the open: Let's get out there, get some fresh air, under those trees. But what does he smell: dead flowers, cold glowing stalks, damp glue colours hanging in the robe. Ventilate quickly. But after hours still the same smell, biting. Get the costume in the laundry!

Conclusion: I could have liked the trapeze act, but the opening act and the after play are not for me. On the program card was "Ingwer & Safran", they probably stayed in the caravan, I didn't even see them on the stage curtain. Some animals should also take part, they certainly scared the stage workers away with their smoke. What remains: wilting flowers and smoldering cigarettes with an airy somersault tree - no, I won't visit this circus again, even if I admire the clown for his courage.

Surely other noses smell different here and let themselves be entertained in the circus Dzing! splendidly. Nefertiti doesn't like circus and daffodils only in nature, so instead she goes to the Botanical Garden.

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Vanilla-horse apple fragrance
I was curious about this somewhat controversial scent. At the first spray: actually a note reminiscent of fresh horse droppings, which also smell musky-sweet and of fermented hay. When this note is gone, I have some caramel vanilla note left over, with some animal background. I find Dzing quite wearable even in the heat, at least if you wait at least half an hour before leaving the house....

96 Reviews
Circus (af)fair
Opening: a dark citrus unlike any other fresh or bright citrus.

Middle: Distinctly dirty leather hide with a mellow sweetness. This is where the animals come in. Perhaps they have been nipping at the cotton candy on their way into the pavilion.

Drydown: the animals have arrived and done their business, if you know what I mean, after waiting for their cue. The business is surprisingly sweet and musky due to the cotton candy ingested earlier.

Skin-scent hours: an incredibly comforting and cozy aroma envelops the crowd post-circus. They are happy and warm, trailing the scent of the animals, tent ropes and gooey treats they enjoyed. Their leather boots stomp wood chips on their way home.

This perfume really intensified my love for L'Artisan, a brand I previously and for years discounted because of the low sillage and lasting power of their wares. I've been missing their creative concoctions. Dzing lasts a long time on me, which is weird, since most perfumes disappear on my skin very quickly. With a name like that, and such a back story, Dzing makes me realize that there is more to perfumery than rose and oud. My tastes have been revitalized and for under $100, my wallet has been relieved.

516 Reviews
Helpful Review    4
Weightless leather
Dzing is a peculiar sort of weightless and really discreet animalic-leathery scent, with a sweet and thin texture which manages to smell minimalistic yet dense and dark. More than minimalistic, it’s actually “cozy”, like a Medieval miniature book: it’s all there, just small and thin. There is this leather micro-accord encrusted into a clean, dry and sharp floral-sweet frame, tamed down but warm enough, with fine woods on the base and a floral powder all over. Sort of an antique smell in a futuristic lyophilized capsule. Plus, it has something vaguely moldy-earthy which makes it even more fascinating, but also honestly a bit boring after a while, providing a feel of static and linear heaviness which won’t really go away for hours – close to skin, but heavy the same. Anyway, surely a fascinating work for sure, really well crafted and well balanced, evocative and permeated by a sort of nostalgic and melancholic gloominess well blended with its hyper modern texture – quite ahead of its time for sure. As other reviewers stated online, after some hours the very drydown is fairly (actually, much) similar to Dior’s Fahrenheit, just a bit drier. A couple of other defects for me: the linearity and the extreme closeness of projection, which makes it basically more than a skin scent – something you have to “look for” on your skin, otherwise you’ll forget you’re wearing it. I get the “discretion” and the composition cleanness, but... (however the persistence is everlasting).


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Helpful Review    4
Impressionist Circus
I was here reflecting while wearing Dzing that there are, generally, two types of perfumery masterpieces. The first of them creates a shape that becomes very popular and ends generating many imitations and variations around its theme. The other type, in which Dzing fits, enters exotic lands where few are brave to go.The most interesting int Dzing is that it ally its exoticism to an extremely confortable and wearable aroma.This is one of Olivia Giacobetti masterpieces, a creative fragrance inspired on circus.However, this is not a literal circus aroma, but an impressionist circus exercise from the artist.There is some techinical features from the impressionist movent that you can fit in this creation: the capture of the aroma contours, the portrait of an environment, at least partly, of the nature (mainly due the suggestion, by using muysks, of the animals smell), the dissolution of the aromas. This is a circus harmony, the capture of environment mixture of the abstract olfactive space, of vanillic and caramel nuances from the candys, the leather smell of the canvas, the smell of the animals, the woody aroma of the structures, the sweet and buttery aroma of the popcorn bags.That all of this is present on a cozy scent and not at all scary is amazing. Yet after many years that i have smelled Dzing for the first time, its smell still amazes me, and how much i missed it lead me to repurchase it after having sold it in the past due its performance closer to skin (that today i fiz applying more of it). I feel that the current perfumery need more works like Dzing, able to leave you to places you haven't been and make you see certain environments from another perspective.
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Wearing this scent I am a 1950s librarian in a specialist collection of rare natural history books. I walk amongst waxed wooden shelves where clouds of vanillic lignin exhale from the pages of leather bound volumes. There’s a hint of ancient adhesives, and glosses from the glorious illustrated plates. This stuff reeks of knowledge. With such marvelous scent commingling I feel comfortable, sexy, in control. Best worn with a vintage suit and catseye glasses, and with a readiness to “shhhhh”, but somehow no one has yet had the temerity to speak above a whisper.

Whip crackingly good.

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cozy leather
This smells like something that definitely came out of L'Artisan, or perhaps Diptyque if they ever did something with alot of leather. To me it's a clean, slightly spicy leather. I don't get any circus connotations or musk. It comes across more like a car interior than a stable. If you like leather, this is one to try at least before buying. For me, I prefer my leathers a touch more cozy than clean, like Cuir Mauresque by Serge Lutens or Cuir de Russie from Chanel. Like other reviewers have remarked, this is more like a skin scent to enjoy and lasting power could be better but I have accepted that on me L'Artisans are fleeting enjoyments that need to be resprayed during the day. I wouldn't call this weird, it is enjoyable for those who crave leathery scents. However, it does not drive me to a frenzy for a full bottle like the two above did.
EDIT: I eat my words. I think I suffered from nose fatigue which is why I stopped smelling the scent after a few hours. I wore the same pair of pjs the next night and Dzing came out and hugged me again. So it does last. I'm contemplating not washing my pjs...ever.

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Very helpful Review    10
I've been thinking about how we consider perfumery not just an art but an art form.  Many would agree that perfumery is an art, in that it involves creativity and beauty. But fewer would consider it more broadly an art form, having recognizable trends and aesthetic criteria. We haven’t been taught to view perfumery as a form that fosters critical thinking.

A confusing point is that terms such as genre, school, trend and movement tend to be used interchangeably when discussing the categorization of perfume. It's worth making some distinctions for the sake of understanding perfumery as a specific art form.  

Trends are easy to identify and discuss. Trends are simply grouped occurrences identified after the fact. Even trends that we speak of in the present exist as patterns that have already occured before we identify them. The trend of the fruity floral, the trend of ethylmaltol use, the trend in the 1920s-1930s of referring to balsamic, resinous perfumes as "oriental".

We refer to schools loosely as either 1) using a specific style, or 2) broadly making a distinction between traditional and non-traditional approaches. As an example of the former, Jean Claude Ellena belongs to the minimalist school of perfumery. In the latter, Patricia de Nicolai, belonging to a familial and aesthetic lineage, works within the classical school of perfumery.

In perfumery, genre describes compositional forms.  Chypre, fougère, eau de cologne. These are forms that are defined by their components, and are more like chemical families than artistic genres in this respect.  

Chandler Burr, a fragrance critic and Curator of the Department of Olfactory Art at the Museum of Arts and Design is a proponent of viewing  perfumery by artistic movement, ie. romaticism, surrealism, etc.. His work goes a long way toward placing perfumery in the mind of the public as an art form, but there is an inherent incongruity in placing the nomenclature of sensory form (the visual or the written) on another (the olfactory). Still, historical movements such as modernism or post-modernism affect many forms of creative thinking and can be used to advance arguments and discussion. Perhaps there are movements in the history of perfumery inherent specifically to the olfactory that will be recognized in the future.

Schools and movements often have credos, manifestos, statements of intent or the like. It is arguable that there is little distinction between such statements in the past and current marketing and PR, but aside from a few cheeky derivations such as Etat Libre d’Orange’s “Le parfum est mort. Vive le parfum!” (Perfume is dead. Long live perfume!) perfumery doesn’t stake a conceptual claim and then illuminate it.

So, Dzing. I tend to dislike narrative in art, and even more in the explanation of daily life. It seems so pat, so tedious. Narrative is often touted as a way of making sense out of confusion, but I find it more often seeks to create an expectation that the participant will fulfill, incorrectly or not, in order to have the safety of a conclusion rather than an ambiguity or a question. Dzing appeals to me for the fact that it presents the circus by systematically breaking down an image to its constituent parts, then rearranging a few of them as clues that suggest a scenario. There is an association between the olfactory elements of Dzing and the circus. Dzing smacks of a sweet treat to eat. There’s the hint of straw and sawdust covering the ground, the implication of being confined within a tented space with other people and even animals. Dzing doesn’t beat you over the head with its message like a Spielberg film. It leads you to a suggestion. I doubt that without being told about the circus imagery many would sniff Dzing and say, “Circus!” But as a well designed piece of art, whether you take the circus image and run with it or simply appreciate the perfume more abstractly, it conveys aesthetic intention. To suggest with a perfume an experience that is ridiculous if not surreal in the first place is a brilliant concept and I applaud the perfumer Olivia Giacobetti for pulling it off so effectively.

Niche perfumery seems to me to have moved away from the creative and the conceptual toward the merely luxurious. Dzing reminds that I first came to niche as a way to find quality and innovation that was lacking in the larger commercial market. I don’t look to niche to comfort me with beauty that may or may not be provided any longer by Caron, Chanel or Guerlain. Almost 15 years after its release, Dzing is still the unbeaten the high-water mark of niche as a statement of defiance to the restraints of commercial perfumery. Who needs a countertop full of plush pieces of oud perfume finery that cost north of $300? I don’t.

La niche est morte. Vive la niche!

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Dzing is like Slipping on a Skintight Leather Catsuit
The Leather note of Dzing give off a Fluid and Supple
wetness like Second Skin, I detect a good amound of
Civet which is missing in the note Pyramid Giving it
a Dirty Animalistic Edge,

As Dzing Dries Patches of Musk comes Steeping though
the Crevises of Wild Ox Assaulting your senses into
Primal and Unhibited Territory Pure and Unadulterated,
Incense seems to be Overshadowed or
Upstaged by the Leather Note, but Supports it's self
by being a Mysterious and Esoteric Underpining of Dzing!
Rarely Fragrances Conjors me to a sense of Metal
Masturbation Dzing happens to be the only one,

I Whoud describe Dzing! As a Monk with Sexual
Distractions His Represed Fantasy of an Image of a
Woman in a Skintight
Black Leather Cat Suit Her
Her throne is a Glossy Black Leather Sofa

as she reclines
he can hear the Crinkle of the Leather
as he get aroused as he Slowly Carresses her thighs and she
slowly leans over gentily kisses him Then he's awoken
To Reallity!

Dzing Is Sprituality and Sex

247 Reviews
Very helpful Review    3
Dzing! just didn't do it for me. I found it to be a very light, unisex scent of nothingness. A circus? No way. It smells like my office.

Books & papers. A residue of carpet glue. Warm plastic from computers & office appliances. Fresh paint down the hall. Someone's wretched casserole warmed in the microwave in the lunchroom. The paper shredder, always running and always too full, with its metal teeth not quite aligned.

I don't get the dzing concept ... or the price point.

Dzing!?!?!?!? No, more like, WT*?


Lillibet 21 months ago
Grassy-animalic hay notes mixed with popcorny/candy aromas & spices, particularly ginger. Love it! There is nothing else like it.+2
Hajuvana 4 years ago
Vanilla fudge at the taxidermist+1

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