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    Default Re: Dzongkha, Dzing! or Timbuktu?

    Timbuktu

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    I owned Dzongkha but gave it away, I found it too girly. I don't like Dzing, so I vote Timbuktu.
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    I have a bottle of Timbuktu coming tomorrow and I am very excited!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Dry and dusty? Far off places? Please please wait to make a purchase until you can try Amouage's Opus VI. It's all sun baked earth and dried bay leaves, slightly medicinal sandalwood. There is a unique floral element, which is present through most of the heart but remains in the background, that lends it an elegant factor that is missing in Timbuktu, L'Air, Let Me Play the Lion, and other such dry dry fragrances.

    It calls to mind a mix of arabic deserts and an image like this of the Parthenon:


    Also, the late dry down smells distinctly of books and dry paper as a slight vanilla note joins the very dry but never scratchy woods. Throughout there is a slight background of amber, but it's misleading to think of the scent as an amber prominent scent, imo!
    Sounds awesome. I'll definitely sample that before I make a purchase. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    You're disgracing your name : /

    I know I know I know.......

    Buysblindsometimesoccasionallysamplesitdependsonhi smoodandbudget just doesn't have the same ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buysblind View Post
    i know i know i know.......

    Buysblindsometimesoccasionallysamplesitdependsonhi smoodandbudget just doesn't have the same ring.
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    Soooo...

    I got the samples in today and I have Dzongkha on one arm at the moment and Timbuktu on the other. Of course I'll give each their own wearing at some point but I like to do this when I first sample.


    Timbuktu: Reminds me of an old, sweaty leather shoe for the first half hour. A shoe that someone just took their foot out of after walking a while without socks. Really, it could be my skin, but I get a sour, vinegary, bitter kind of body odor note that isn't too pleasant. I'm assuming the sour is the mango and the body odor is the mango combined with the cardamom. And that's really the dominant smell in the opening. As it dries down it becomes nicer. A green vetiver, that papyrus note, and a kind of soapy incense kick in. It retains a hint of the sour b.o. from the opening but it's faint.

    I'm not thrilled by this. But I'll give it a full wearing and see how it holds up throughout the day.

    BTW, sniffing this one repeatedly has given me a huge headache.


    Dzongkha Much more pleasant. I like it quite a bit. Surprisingly, I get a lot of leather, iris and peony. A floral leather with a bit of a sweet quality to it (could be lychee fruit). In the background there's some spice and vetiver, but it's soft. I don't get any of the overwhelming spice and pepper so many reviews mention. But as the fragrance develops the spices become more apparent. I think it's much smoother and easier to wear than Timbuktu.

    This one's good. I'll think about it and wear it again. Though it does not match what I am looking for at the moment.


    Tomorrow, I go Dzing! and get to see what's that's all about.


    EDIT: Hmmm. I was sitting here racking my brain TRYING to figure out what the heart of Timbuktu reminds me of....it smells exactly like something I've been wearing recently, when it came to me---and I'm shocked--A*MEN PURE SHOT! While Timbuktu is more pronounced overall, the heart is very similar to that of Pure Shot (which lasts for about half an hour). I've described Pure Shot as soapy with a hint of b.o. and, as it turns out, I just made the same assessment for Timbuktu. But really, very similar. Weird.

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    Tried Dzongkha two days ago and I quite like it but damn that stuff is potent on my skin. I can still smell it on my wrist even after a couple of showers and spraying another fragrance (Tea for Two) over it yesterday. The drydown is very peppery and lasts a long time, I thought it was gone by now cause I could hardly smell it but the warm weather today has totally revigorated it. Amazing since there's no trace left of the Tea for Two I wore yesterday but Dzongkha is still there! Unless the drydown of Tea for Two has lots of pepper and that's what I'm smelling but I doubt that...

    By the way, Tea for Two is a lovely fragrance, I like it a lot. Too bad they discontinued it...
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    OF those you listed, I would say Timbuktu. Have you tried SL Ambre Sultan? I find that similarish to LADDM
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    Finally tried Dzongkha. Anyone else get some serious similarities to Amouage Dia Man? They share iris, leather, cardamom, incense, peony, and maybe a few other notes (too lazy to look them up as I dislike both of them!)

    I don't get the appeal of Dzongkha at all. It's an ok smell, but not a real perfume, imo. Well, ok, it is a perfume, despite it's almost total lack of evolution, but I don't get why anyone would want to smell of it all day. Powdery and sweet but spicy and floral, it is, along with Dia, a textbook example of what happens when you fail to truly integrate the contrasting elements of a composition. Blah.

    Opus VI or Let Me Play the Lion are much closer to what you describe in your original post. I can't believe I didn't mention Let Me Play the Lion before. You definitely need to check it out! WAY closer to L'Air, while still being totally unique, than any of the three in your title.

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    ( Sorry to zombify this thread but I was doing some research into Dzing when i stumbled upon this thread)

    So... Which did you buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Three top notches from L'Artisan. Personally I prefer Dzing but I guess it fits only the library part of your bill...
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    Quote Originally Posted by EncreNous View Post
    ( Sorry to zombify this thread but I was doing some research into Dzing when i stumbled upon this thread)

    So... Which did you buy?

    No, it's cool that you brought this up because I had completely forgotten about it.

    Anyway...I didn't buy anything at first. Then, about 2 months ago, I saw Dzongkha at a price I couldn't pass up (something like $45 shipped for a 50ml bottle), so I went for it.

    Now, I own Dzongkha, and really enjoy it. But I go very light with it, maybe one or two sprays. It's one of the most unique scents I own, and I notice that people notice it immediately (but they never expect it to be me!).

    I would love to get a bottle of Dzing! at some point too--I'm constantly scanning ebay for it.


    As for Timbuktu, I think I assessed it poorly. I would like to sample it again, this time maybe for a week or so, because I hear such great things about it and my experience was so different.

    Anyway, I'm glad you resurrected this thread. It's full of many, many great, helpful answers and detailed explanations of the 3 frags and I think it's good for other people who might be interested in these to see it.


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    Default Re: Dzongkha, Dzing! or Timbuktu?

    Glad to see you managed to get one of the three you were wondering about, and Dzongkha is definitely unusual. I should revisit it in the same way you want to review Timbuktu. Sadly, I noticed recently that Dzing is no longer available on the L'Artisan website...shades of Turin?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    No, it's cool that you brought this up because I had completely forgotten about it.

    Anyway...I didn't buy anything at first. Then, about 2 months ago, I saw Dzongkha at a price I couldn't pass up (something like $45 shipped for a 50ml bottle), so I went for it.

    Now, I own Dzongkha, and really enjoy it. But I go very light with it, maybe one or two sprays. It's one of the most unique scents I own, and I notice that people notice it immediately (but they never expect it to be me!).

    I would love to get a bottle of Dzing! at some point too--I'm constantly scanning ebay for it.


    As for Timbuktu, I think I assessed it poorly. I would like to sample it again, this time maybe for a week or so, because I hear such great things about it and my experience was so different.

    Anyway, I'm glad you resurrected this thread. It's full of many, many great, helpful answers and detailed explanations of the 3 frags and I think it's good for other people who might be interested in these to see it.

    Ha! I thought you'd go for Dzing. Gotta retry my sample of Dzonghka now!

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    Default Re: Dzongkha, Dzing! or Timbuktu?

    I have a decant of Dzonghka and this was always just enough for me, it's such a freaky bizarre scent for me. That sour, tart, salty iris smell...I really have to be in the mood for it. I found it smells wonderful if I'm hot and a tiny bit sweaty (like post-gym locker room time). I've never worn it in the cold of winter, so perhaps I'm missing some other facet of the scent, but I really do enjoy it in the hot weather here. It is, IMO, a nice representation of Betrand Duchaufour doing what he does well.

    Nonetheless, I think the other two are amazing also...I just happened to have given more skin time to the Dzonghka.
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    Default Re: Dzongkha, Dzing! or Timbuktu?

    Dzonghka is too vegetal on my skin, not a fan. Timbuktu on the other hand is great, but for some reason longetivity and projection for these two are very poor for me. I think though I would go for Duchaufour's other L'Artisan creation Mechant Loup, didn't particularly like it at first but now I certainly do. A very interesting take on spices, it's kind of fresh and uplifting.

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    Timbuktu is an excellent fragrance. The other 2 suck imo.
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    Default Re: Dzongkha, Dzing! or Timbuktu?

    Dzongkha!

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    If you're looking for something in the line of L'Air Du Desert Marocain (which I love), I would not recommend Dzing!. For me Dzing! was very, very sweet and not much more. I know others get a lot more from it, but it was too cloying for me and I didn't find it had any elements remotely close to Marocain.

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    Default Re: Dzongkha, Dzing! or Timbuktu?

    Dzongkha is most similar in overall effect to L'Air du Desert Marocain, although there is no substitute for the original. Given the choice, I would grab Dzongkha over L'Air du Desert Marocain, if only because of my dislike for the sickly sweet drydown of the Tauer fragrance. It should be noted that Dzongkha has a prominent "celery" note that many find off-putting, so that may be something to consider. All that being said, of the three L'Artisan fragrances you mentioned, Dzing! is my absolute favorite and, conceptually, miles ahead of Dzongkha. Timbuktu is just plain beautiful and fits the bill for "dry, dusty, and a little strange" better than any of the other three. All three are solid choices though (I own all of them).

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    Default Re: Dzongkha, Dzing! or Timbuktu?

    "Timbuktu is just plain beautiful and fits the bill for "dry, dusty, and a little strange" better than any of the other three. All three are solid choices though (I own all of them)."

    Same here.

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