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Dzongkha (2006)
by L'Artisan Parfumeur


Dzongkha information

Year of Launch2006
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 465 votes)

People and companies

HouseL'Artisan Parfumeur
PerfumerBertrand Duchaufour
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group
Parent Company at launchFox Paine & Company > Cradle Holdings

About Dzongkha

L'Artisan say:

Dzongkha is a rapturous fragrance, inspired by the remote Buddhist mountain kingdom of Bhutan in the eastern Himalayas. After the critical success of Timbuktu, Bertrand Duchaufour once again turned his perfumery skills on faraway lands to focus on the combination of nature and spirituality found in Bhutan. Rich with aromatic influences: temple stones and incense, the sweet aroma of spiced chai tea, the heat of warm leather around fires, the heart of any temple or home in snowbound lands. Vetiver and green papyrus float through soft smoke with touches of peony, lychee and delicate iris. Dzongkha tells a special story on every skin: that of Dzongkha itself, the spiritual language of Bhutan.

Dzongkha fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Dzongkha

Oh no, this one is a warm pile of rotting food waste. Notably of celery and sour milk. What luck that most of Dzongkha suddenly departs my skin an hour in!

I used to love CdG Leaves: Calamus, also by Bertrand Duchaufour, which I find similar to this.
Calamus had an indescribable young elegance flirting with weird. Dzongkha falls over the edge into garbagy.
01st January, 2019
No! Just no! It smells like a drunk man puked all over your clothes ( pungent puke smell mixed with processed alcohol).
13th November, 2018
Begins with cardamom and spice, for me. The tea, incense, and leather become oddly woody with an animalic accord. All this quickly passes in which the iris dominates on my skin. It is all iris from there on out. The middle notes could have lasted a bit more. I was enjoying the "skank". I DO enjoy my powdery irises so definitely a thumbs up, for that.
17th June, 2018
Woody, paper-like, floral sweetness in the beginning. The florals come off a bit like bug spray mixed with some of the other notes. Stays woody into the drydown and becomes greener. Finally you’re left with leather and incense which gives it a mature feel. The whole thing is actually pretty mature and formal from beginning to end. Not heavy at all so feels like a nice warm weather scent.

Projection is below average and it doesn’t last but maybe 4 hours on me.
21st May, 2018
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United States
I would not at first label this as an "Iris" fragrance. The Iris is clearly part of the orchestra, but in the beginning it is playing harmony, supporting the melody of vetiver and the fifths of incense like a viola supporting the counterpoint melodies of the violin and cello. The piece itself evokes the crunch of late autumn leaves dried by the sun, or yellowed pages crumbling as they are turned. It is a dry, crisp scent, full of age and mystery. It is the smell of a very old forest or the scent of a rectory inside a stone church.

The Iris supports, binds, and provides the nuance. At first it is the face powder Iris of the makeup kit found below the stage after years of neglect. Later, it is the doughy Iris of a loved one's embrace.

It lasts about four hours before disappearing into the skin.
26th August, 2017
Dzongkha opens as a somber leather fragrance with vetiver. The heart, after a couple hours, is greener, like the smell of the bitter juice from breaking open fresh plant stems. It continues to develop and smell better: six hours in, it's a nice, dark, warm, powdery skin scent.
12th July, 2017

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