Have and love all three in your title. My preference is for Dzongkha. Can't go wrong with that IMO.
Thread: Dzongkha, Dzing! or Timbuktu?
Looking for another fragrance along the lines of L'Air Du Desert Marocain--dry, dusty, and a little strange. Something that evokes sun-baked climates in far-off places, exotic spices, and musty libraries with esoteric texts. You know...that kind of thing.
I sort of have it narrowed down to the 3 mentioned in the title of this thread, but any other recommendations are welcome as well. At the moment, I'm leaning toward Dzongkha, but I'm curious to hear your opinions.
Have and love all three in your title. My preference is for Dzongkha. Can't go wrong with that IMO.
Far-off places and exotic spices prompts me to recommend Comme des Garçons Jaisalmer, which ushered me back into my fragrance obsession. It's a beautiful spiced incense. From among your choices, though, I'd also go with Dzongkha, particularly since you're looking for dusty and a little strange. (Timbuktu is beautiful but not particularly strange. It's very similar to CdG Kyoto, by the way -- both by Duchaufour.)
I actually reviewed Dzongkha today here.
I'm not a massive fan, but if you like it then go for it. It's the fragrance that most accurately fits your description. But I don't find it exotic or spicy, theyre two words I wouldn't use at all.
onethinline's mention of Jaisalmer is a great choice!
Have you tried Tauer's other offering: Eau D'Epices?
Last edited by forfreddie; 18th March 2012 at 06:42 PM.
Dzing for me
Dzing! > Timbuktu > Dzongkha
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Although Dzing! is one of my current favorites, I don't think it meets what you are seeking in a fragrance. Of the three.....I would choose Dzongkha for you. I have not tried Timbuktu.
But please, try out Dzing! when you can. Great scent. But somewhat polarizing.
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@onethinline...I'll definitely look into Jaisalmer. It's funny, I've looked into the CDG incense series before and that's the one that I can't remember ever hearing about, but it sounds like what I'm looking for.
@forfreddie....Great review, and great blog. I look forward to following it. Dzongkha seems to very much fit what I'm looking for. But I'll have to put it up against Jaisalmer now as well.
@surfacing...Dzing! sounds very weird, I have to check it out now.
...you should try them all...!
Dzongkha and Jaisalmer are completely different.
Dzongkha is a wonderfully unique fragrance, but as hedonist says above, they are 3 completely different scents you have chosen.
If I'm honest, the wonderful opening of Dzing! doesn't persist enough and the drydown is a hay/vanilla which is extremely quiet.
There are MUCH better leathers out there, and considering Dzing! is available only in a 100ml bottle, the novelty of the opening shortly wears off (Dzing! was my first niche purchase)
If you are blindbuying a bottle, look into every other option, whilst these 3 are good choices, there are other GREAT choices out there. But then again, this is my mentality as I have a small collection, if yours is much more substantial then don't let me influence you at all any of them would be a great contribution.
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lot of L'Artisan experts here. what do you think about Piment Brulent..just be brutally honest..this one gets lot of bashing
I also like Dzing! the best of the three suggested, and find it to last well and be very original (barely a leather to my nose), then Timbuktu, and never liked Dzongkha (which I found simply astringent and irritating). None of them ideally evoke the dry, dusty, aged character of LAdDM though. Definitely try before buy. Piment Brulant smells on my skin like I've been rubbed in green peppers, not very appealing, although it took on a spicy character when my ex wore it that probably makes it worth a sniff for some people. If you're looking for a L'Artisan fragrance, consider Safran Troublant.
Timbuktu > Dzing! > >>>> > Dzongkha
Have them all 3. Dont like Dzongkha very much.
Timbuktu and Dzing! amazing !
Dzongka is probably the one that best satisfies your requirements. Though I prefer the other two; Timbuktu is less resiny incensy. Dzing! is not in the style at all - it's a wonderful animalic leather.
dzing is really good but if you cant afford it, get bvlgari black..pretty good substitute
Balsamo della Mecca from La Via del Profumo (www.profumo.it) might be a good one to check out. I haven't tried his new Sharif yet but that one might also fit the bill.
The three l'Artisans are all good, but none of them are along the same lines as L'Air or evoke the image you mention. Maybe the dryness of Timbuktu but there is no amber / oriental thing going on. Dzongkha has more of a damp, chilly iris thing happening - miles away from a desert vibe. Dzing is the friendliest of the three - not austere at all.
Last edited by mr. reasonable; 21st March 2012 at 04:52 PM.
These 3 are all very different.
For me, Timbuktu is the most wearable, if a bit 'dressy/formal' smelling.
Dzing! is the most interesting/unusual, but harder to wear (maybe even 'Not Safe For Work')
Dzongkha is interesting and nice, but goes 'off' quickly on my skin and takes on an unpleasant 'sour/sticky' aspect, like leftover Chinese food.
Dzongkha is often compared to L'Air du Desert Marocain (not sure why--the similarity is conceptual at best), but Marocain is far better and easier to wear.
All that said, if I were going to recommend a trio of L'Artisans to someone wanting the 'best of the house', I'd say Timbuktu, Dzing!, and Aedes de Venustas EdP (this being made by L'Artisan exclusively for aedes.com) Aedes doesn't get mentioned much because it's not in L'Artisan's general catalog, but it is easily one of their best. Aedes is the absolute best sweet incense I know of. Top notes of coffee and rose (both very subtle), great longevity and sillage, very wearable. It's a bit like Amouage's Jubilation XXV (both composed by Bertrand Duchaufour), but without the foody curry spices (which I personally can't stand in any perfume) Also: comes in the prettiest bottle of any L'Artisan fragrance.
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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All three are good....but for what you are looking for, perhaps Dzongkha would be the best choice.
For other dry, exotic, evocative scent close to LDDM, you should check out Copper Skies by Kerosene. It's like cousins to LDDM and Ambre Sultan.
I'm recommending that one since I think it is similar but less heavy in the base (more transparent) than the L'Air and has a wonderful sour vetiver note that puts it in front of Dzongkha for me (the latter almost has a "wet paint" or wet stone note in the dry down, much cooler).
So, if you want something more transparent, yet still energetic, Timbuktu.
Dry, ethereal, woody and cool, Dzongkha
Warm, sweet, animalic and cuddly, Dzing!
I've got Dzing! and Timbuktu; I love Dzongkha but have put off purchasing it for a while.
I reaaaaally wanted to do a blind buy of Dzongkha just for the thrill of it, but after reading all of your responses I went ahead and ordered samples of all 3. The opinions here were just too split up and it seems that all 3 are definitely worth checking out.
So, the samples are on their way! I'll be sure to update this post after they arrive
Dzing! is by far the best of these three, imo.
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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!
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!
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.
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...
Last edited by Daze; 27th March 2012 at 12:27 PM.
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.
( 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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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?!
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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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.
Timbuktu is an excellent fragrance. The other 2 suck imo.
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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.
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).
"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)."