I currently wear My Indian Childhood by D S & Durga. It's a pretty full on patchouli scent, which is strange as that was a smell I really didn't like in my childhood. Maybe it's the earth mother coming out in me now! I discovered this brand about three years ago whilst in NZ at a stockist of mine: Simon James Design at The Department Store. I bought my husband DS & Durga's Freetrapper a while ago and it's been his signature ever since. The description itself is enough to make you want to invest in it:
"Beaver trappers were the cowboys of early America. Renegade mountaineers of the Jacksonian era who cut trails through the wild in search of beaver pelts – prized by hatters, doctors, & perfumers. Dark cedar, snake root, synthetic beaver castor, & wild bergamot".
The company is based in NYC and all the scents are created in-house blending oils, resins and plant extracts. They smell like they were handmade with such care and love, and I love the uniqueness of their smell and story. Saying that, I have just seen that My Indian Childhood has been discontinued, which is quite alarming! But anything D S & Durga create is so special it makes me excited to experiment with another new scent.
Another favourite perfumer of mine is Frederic Malle. My husband bought me Vetiver Extraordinaire many years ago, which is actually a masculine scent. It's very woody, which I love. I'm not really one to wear light, fruity scents. I always gravitate to more intense perfumes. Frederic Malle is an extraordinary french man who makes some of the best perfumes in the world. He once worked for very well known brands making their scents but found the experience too restricting.
About: Brenda is a mother, wife and creative. She designs inspired bags and fashion accessories for her label Benah, which are sold locally and throughout Japan, USA and New Zealand.