Sunday, August 23, 2015

Review: L'Artisan Parfumeur Dzing!

"A true L’Artisan Parfumeur icon. This shockingly unique fragrance, created by Olivia Giacobetti, Dzing! is a magical evocation of a circus of dreams and imagination. Everything is soft hued and slow moving, sights and sounds rolling by in the Big Top. Everything is there, the scent of saddle leather as pretty girls on horses canter by, sawdust, the rosin on the acrobats’ hands as they arc through the air, black panther fur, fire-eaters and gasoline, the vintage canvas overhead, the caramel scent of candyfloss and toffee apples. The circus as conceived by L’Artisan Parfumeur, comforting but contrasted with the occasional roar tearing through the night."


leather, ginger, tonka bean, musk, white woods, caramel, saffron, toffee, candy apple, & cotton candy

I find a strange pleasure in the weird, creeptastic stylings of a vintage circus, however, I'm in total opposition of circus attendance. That fact aside, Dzing! does capture the essence of a circus (or carnival) pretty damn spectacularly. The description from L'Artisan themselves is accurate. This is absolutely one of the most interesting and delightful fragrances in my collection. I enjoy leather in small doses, and Dzing! hits the spot. With each spray, my nose and wrist seem to gain a stronger magnetic connection. Do you think I'd get strange glances if my arm looks like a permanent extension of my face? Ah well.

With the snap of a leathery whip, Dzing! begins its performance strong and confident. As the leather whip pulls back, this juice becomes very redolent of a petting zoo. It has the same oddly sweet manure aroma that you'd find in a barn. Never fear. It's charming, I swear. However, I did grow up in an itty bitty country town, where the air was permanently laced with the scent of cow dung from the spring to early fall. Nostalgia aside, I feel that this poo component is one that provides just enough stank, never too much. Before you start wondering why you'd spray farm animal excrements on your skin, it evolves.

Soon, the leather softens, while simultaneously taking on a bright and sparkling aspect, the fecal quality dulls, and suddenly Dzing! takes a turn for the sweet. It is as delightful as a brightly colored merry-go-round. Dzing! is a circus performer in a leather-laden getup that has been permanently infiltrated by the sweet smells of carnival goodies; caramel-dipped apples, funnel cake, cotton candy. The grooves of their boots are packed with elephant defecation. Their skin manages to retain a quiet and clean musk.

I find that Dzing! is not a brilliant choice for hot and muggy weather, which seems to coax out the manure aroma in an unpleasant way. Stick to cool weather wear and this circus act won't let you down. If you're craving some fantasically freakish circus lunacy in another way, check out The Last Circus.

Dzing! EDT retails for $145 for a 100ml bottle (can be found cheaper), the nose behind this fragrance is Olivia Giacobetti

Longevity: 3/5
Projection: 2/5

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