Hand Made Cologne? Yes Please!

There are a lot of scents out there to choose from so how does one choose a cologne? Being as indecisive as I am can really make this decision difficult. The difference between the major perfume designers and this company that I am spotlighting is that D.S. & Durga is made by hand, by 2 people! This alone makes me fall in love with the product. From the packaging to, of course, the smell, they prove that four hands are capable of a whole lot. Produced in small batches of hand-numbered bottles, the newish brand brings fragrance back to its origins, combining flowers, herbs, spices, oils, and plant extracts in a method that dates back to the pre-industrial cottage industries of North America.

One of my favorites, Boston Ivy, uses green moss, clover, and ivy, producing a smell that’s reminiscent of the Boston Harbor. Another, called Burning Barbershop (spearmint, lime, vanilla, and lavender), replicates the smell of a half-full charred bottle of shaving tonic that was found after a fire broke out at the Curling Bros. barbershop in Westlake, New York in 1891. Now, that’s specificity in action. It’s also pretty awesome (the fragrance, not the fire). Ladies have their choice, too: The artwork for Siberian Snow alone makes it an appealing purchase. Members of both sexes can choose from nine different colognes, each for $94.

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