Aptly named fragrance from D.S.& Durga. Opening is pure burnt candy and wood, IMO. It's pretty heavy on the burnt notes and I almost washed it off before giving it a chance to calm down. The smoke scent carries on, but it's thankfully more subtle and even has a sweet under note to it with hints of mint, lavender and vanilla carried in the background. It's stays wearable for about 2 hours and then fades rapidly to nothing in the final hour.
The smoke is something you have to like and I didn't find it that compelling. Frankly, too unusual for me. I like D.S. & Durga, but Burning Barbershop isn't to my tastes.
The opening of Burning Barbershop is indeed quite challenging. Itís not exactly smoky like a wood smoke, it has a very sharp burnt chemicals/plastic kind of smell, I think itís the combination of mint and pine that gives it this sharpness. This stage certainly isnít pleasant. But after an hour or so this sharpness completely takes a back seat. Itís still smoky, but more lavender and vanilla are present making the scent somewhat wearable. Unfortunately, the scent becomes too subtle at this point and continues to diminish after the first few hours. By the 3rd hour itís a skin scent, but what lingers actually smells very pleasant Ė a lot more barbershop and less smoke. I like the uniqueness of this fragrance, but wish it had the projection and longevity of Boston Ivy. But I can understand why they had to tone this one down a little as I just canít see this project like a beast, it would just suffocate everyone and wouldnít do well in public. Itís one of the most challenging scents Iíve come across in a while. I really have to be in the mood to wear this.
01st December, 2014 (last edited: 02nd December, 2014)
After the initial 30 minutes, Burning Barbershop is a pleasure to wear. And if you like things on the more bizarre, challenging side, I suppose the first 30 minutes could be a pleasure as well.
I was a little worried when I first put this on. The opening is intense--smoky, mesquite-like wood that resembles barbecue meat, accompanied by the same mint I encountered in Breath of God, which reminds me of a tin of Wintergreen Skoal chewing tobacco. I find this combination nauseating. Luckily, everything mellows out after 20 minutes or so. The mint takes a back seat to a slightly powdery and very comforting vanilla-lavender accord, and the mesquite-like, barbecued quality of the smoke gives way to something much more palatable, along the lines of smoldering firewood or smoke from a chimney. The fragrance softens up as a whole and becomes enjoyable and easy on the nose. From here on in, it's great--an original twist on a classic accord that avoids the realm of novelty by toning things down to the right levels and in turn making it completely wearable. The smoke casts an assured haze but doesn't intrude. The vanilla and lavender sit below the smoke, never becoming too obvious or dominant in their roles. And every once in a while a little mint pops up, this time much more in tune with the barbershop than the chewing tobacco of the initial 20 minutes.
A bit of an oddball, but the combination actually feels quite natural and I don't own anything else like it. If Bois d'Ascese and Caron Pour Un Homme had a lovechild, he might be called "Burning Barbershop." Projection is good and so is the longevity. This one's not for everybody, but fans of more experimental outfits and and anyone that likes the idea of a little lavender with their smoke should certainly check it out.
Thumbs up and 3.5 stars out of 5 for this offering from D.S. and Durga.
This is a very masculine scent and I limit it to day time use when I'm going to be running errands or working outside for part of the day. When first applied there's a very smoky scent and upon dry-down the smoke gentle s but remains the main attraction while below it lurks a faint memory of soap, barber talc and bay rum. It doesn't work for me at night nor in the office if I'm working at a desk for most of the day. Unlike the other reviewer, I find it lasts throughout the day
And I've never found anyone else who wears it -- not because it's unpleasant but because D.S. & Durga is less well known and not widely retailed (yet).
This is an interesting fragrance at the least, though I can't tell if I'd actually want to wear it anywhere. I'm glad I ordered the sample because it's been fun to smell it and try to place the notes.
The top notes are definitely something minty and something burnt. Right away I placed the burnt odor as Lapsang Souchang tea which is a blended black smoky tea that is dried over pine fires.
As this all dries down it mellows out pretty quickly and becomes something more wearable. On my skin it leaves a slight burnt tea, vanilla sandalwood sort of smell (maybe patchouli). The website says lavender but I can't pick it out nor any other floral notes.
The only major downside is that, on my skin, it has no longevity and wears very close.