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HYLNDS is a new collection of three fragrances from indie perfumersDS & Durga— Bitter Rose, Broken Spear; Isle Ryder; and Pale Grey Mountain, Black Lake.

HYLNDS invokes those places on our planet where the otherworld seems nigh. It is set in the mythical border regions of early Northern European cultures – Norse, Orcadian, Scotti, Celtic, Pict, Manx, & Angle. Through very real materials – rare plant extracts, precious balsams, and other choice ingredients – we are able to access haunting memories of a faded era.

Bitter Rose, Broken Spear~ “From Ulster fort to Argyll’s holy top, Red Branch nights, proud chiefs in wool, faded dyes – rowan berry, bitter rose, hunt in wood-of-wonders, melancholy thistle, for feasts, water-of-life, Caeawg’s amber wreath, smelted iron, wine-in-horn, now broken spear and empty hills.” With embers, wild mountain thyme, cubeb, bitter rose, thistle, nutmeg, smelted iron, amber and larch.

Isle Ryder~ “To the Blessed Isles, past the Manx seaman’s myst and thundering valour, past Balor’s blackened bulrush, the Summer Raider in ashwood shyp, his northern woods, saps, cones, honeyed mead, wax, golden gorse, meadowsweet, to inner loch, of inner isle, always ryding west.” With poplar bud, fir cones, meadowsweet, golden gorse, jasmine, norway spruce, mead, woodruff and bulrush straws.

Pale Grey Mountain, Black Lake~ “Up pale grey mountain, through silver fog, bracken, bramble, dry heather shrub, past gravestone pile from forgotten time, facing west in whipping wind, the small black lake keeps witch’s ring, where the doomed king looked out to sea, Fenian blood in turf, the chilling quiet, the cry of hounds.” With fog-on-stone, water pepper, lichen, heather shrub, beechwood, bramble flower, marsh violet, coastal air, chilled water and purslane.

The DS & Durga HYLNDS fragrances are $180 each for 50 ml Eau de Parfum.