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HYLNDS - Bitter Rose, Broken Spear (2013)
by D.S. & Durga


HYLNDS - Bitter Rose, Broken Spear information

Year of Launch2013
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 13 votes)

People and companies

HouseD.S. & Durga
PerfumerDavid Moltz

About HYLNDS - Bitter Rose, Broken Spear

HYLNDS - Bitter Rose, Broken Spear is a shared / unisex perfume by D.S. & Durga. The scent was launched in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer David Moltz

HYLNDS - Bitter Rose, Broken Spear fragrance notes

Reviews of HYLNDS - Bitter Rose, Broken Spear

I'm happy to return to sampling the D.S. & Durga niche brand and begin the Hylnds collection, and Bitter Rose, Broken Spear is definitely among the more appealing offerings from this quintet of fragrances based on notes breakdowns.

It's a burnt woody rose, reminiscent in its woody resinousness of Bowmakers, which is mainly based off an acerbic woody resin itself. Here, rose is added to the mix, so it's not only burnt, lacquered woody but also smoldered flowers. It's another level of complexity from Bowmakers on the one hand, and on the other, a simple deviation or change in direction from Bowmakers.

To its name, I wouldn't say that the element of rose is actually bitter, or that the smoky, woody, or resinous angles the fragrance lend bitterness of their own. Rather, any brightness from the floral side is supplanted by the darker elements, and while rose is a main player, it's nonetheless under a cloud of darkness.

Performance is quite good, with much projection coming from a light application on the wrists of a 1ml sample vial, and longevity suggestively high given the limited diminution of the fragrance over some hours.

Despite it feeling slightly redundant with Bowmakers, this might be something I still pine for, even at $180 for a 50ml. My collection is replete with rose, but this is certainly a different use of rose from anything I own.

8 out of 10
22nd May, 2017 (last edited: 24th November, 2017)
opens with smoke, metal, pepper, rose, soap; then sweet amber opens up, with spicy mouthwatering tones (yes!); then peaty/Scotch; sweet ?galbanum curls in at end of its evolution; lingering rose sweetness in AM when I wake, but still tempered with a slash of peppery icy metal to keep it from ever cloying
30th August, 2014

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