Created by : Bertrand Duchaufour
Date : 2006
Genre : Woody iris
Concentration : eau de toilette
When I test a fragrance I always wear it twice but in this case, I made an exception. One day was enough. It’s not that Dzongkha is bad, it’s just that it’s not for me.
I suppose Dzongkha was considered a breakthrough when it came out… an iris for men with a woody facet but that’s about it. There isn’t much else to say other than it smells synthetic to me because the woody-iris accord didn’t evolve much and almost 24 hours later I could still smell it on my skin… and that was even after a hot shower at the end of the day! I said in an earlier review of La Traversée du Bosphore that Bertrand Duchaufour was the King of Cold. The same goes for Dzongkha. It’s downright chilly.
The iris in this one is a rooty, vegetable iris. If you like Serge Lutens’ Iris Silver Mist, you know what I’m talking about. But be careful, Dzongkha is overlaid with a wood veneer so my reference should be taken with a grain of salt. The notes are tightly packed and as my friend FiveoaksBouquet would say “there are no spaces between the notes”. In addition, this one is two-dimensional. It’s missing a third dimension… some door to let one in! It reminds me of Van Gogh’s doorless church at Auvers with opaque windows that leaves the viewer outside!
So let me finish this post with the fact that I’m not a fan of woods… so if you like woody scents, try this one out. As for me… get me out of here! Next week I’m reviewing something green to help me forget this cold, dark winter!
You’re out of the woods (!)
You’re out of the dark
You’re out of the night
Step into the sun, step into the light
Keep straight ahead
For the most glorious place
On the face of the Earth or the sky
Hold onto your breath
Hold onto your heart
Hold onto your hope
March up to the gate and bid it open
Top image : Church at Auvers (1890) by Vincent Van Gogh
Bottom image : Optimistic Voices from The Wizard of Oz (1939)