Coriander by D.S. & Durga

coriander ds&durgaNotes: Russian coriander, pepper, juniper needle, geranium, clove stem, clary sage, musk, magnolia, and mace.

D.S. & Durga’s Coriander is not a new release (it’s from 2008) but it’s been one of my recent favorites. Italian Citrus and Coriander are my first forays into the world of D.S. & Durga. I expected to find Italian Citrus more wearable and, while I do like that one, Coriander became my surprise favorite. I’ve also burned through a couple of Diptyque’s Coriander candles so perhaps it’s becoming one of my favorite scents in general. D.S. & Durga’s take on Coriander is subtle, but also really appealing to wear.

The number one most striking thing about Coriander is that this is an aromatic spicy fragrance, but it’s remarkably fresh and green. The composition opens with coriander and pepper right off the bat, but the spice isn’t overpowering. This isn’t the kind of pepper to induce a sneezing attack. The aromatic spice effect here is gentle, as is the fresh green aspect. I feel like a citrus note like bergamot could have easily been added to the opening to make things a little more sharp or dramatic, but this fragrance isn’t about the drama.

I wasn’t quite sure about the juniper needle note. I suppose it adds more of that fresh green note since, rather than the juniper berry, the needle is the evergreen-like leaf of the juniper tree. Combined with the geranium and the pepper, Coriander remains a cool and green-tinged fragrance for the first couple of hours of wear time. We’ve been having beautiful sunny weather here over the past week, and these first stages of Coriander have been absolutely perfect to wear.

The composition develops to be just a touch more warm-toned as it heads to the dry down. Sometimes my skin has problems with musk (as with my previous write-up!) but not here. The musk here is like a soft cushion, and the rest of the notes settle down into it. Coriander is a gentle fragrance, but the dry down in particular feels relaxing. The aromatic aspect disappears, and the magnolia comes in to add a touch of creaminess to the base. Everything here is done with the lightest of touches, so this is not an overpowering musky creamy dry down. Coriander still retains a freshness even in the final stages.

I’ll be interested to see how this dry down wears in summer weather. I don’t envision it becoming too cloying, but it might be a little heavier. I’ve liked wearing Coriander so far but, because of its lightness, this is one scent that has the potential to be even better in the amplified heat. Oddly enough, it looks like samples of Coriander are currently out of stock on Luckyscent. I’ll definitely be using up the sample that I have, while keeping an eye out for more because Coriander is quickly becoming a must-have in my sunny weather perfume rotation.


D.S. & Durga fragrances are available from Luckyscent, which is where I got my sample.

The image and info on notes are both from Luckyscent.

2 thoughts on “Coriander by D.S. & Durga

  1. This is one of the brands, about which I know, I even smelled a couple of their perfumes at some random stores, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever tried any of them on my skin.

    Surprisingly, Coriander sounds rather interesting – like something that I might like. So, I’ll try to get to it once I see the brand at a store next time.

    1. I’m rather late to discovering D.S. & Durga, but better late than never, I guess! Coriander surprised me – it really is an interesting scent. I hope you get the chance to try it sometime.

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