L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Dzing! (1999)

L'Artisan Parfuemur Dzing! 100ml, EDT
© Victor Wong

Circus Animals?

Luca Turin gave Dzing! a 5 star review and the way he described it was quite entertaining: “…Dzing! is a masterpiece. Dzing! smells of paper, and you can spend a good while trying to figure out whether it is packing cardboard, kraft wrapping paper, envelopes while you lick the glue, old books, or something else.”

I dunno, I can’t smell of any cardboard, but brand new plastic slippers made in China. It’s a strange scent, and it takes a while to realize what’s going on. I sprayed it on the back of my hand, and every few minutes I had to sniff at it, an indication that it’s an interesting scent. I feel like it’s Bvlgari Black without the floral, and Serge Luten’s Diam Blonde without the apricot.

Katie Puckrik has a short and sweet review on Youtube.

L’artisan Parfumeur’s Timbuktu (2004)

L'Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu, 100ml, EDT
© Victor Wong

A year ago I bought a bunch of L’artisan Parfumeur samples from Luckyscent.com. I paid special attention to Timbuktu, for Luca Turin praised it like it’s heaven-scent (pun intended). But you know how tiny those LuckyScent.com samples are and how soft L’artisan scents are? I thought Timbuktu was simply ok.

Today the full bottle has arrived, and I am showering myself with many sprays, I hope I can fully appreciate this scent.

Here are some excerpts from Luca’s review on Timbuktu:

[Timbuktu is probably the first true masterpiece of what, by analogy with nouvelle cuisine, I would call nouvelle parfumerie.]

[…almost infrared shimmer of woody freshness.]

[Timbuktu is the only modern fragrance that replicates, albeit by a completely different route, the bracing, euphoric freshness first bottled in 1888 by Paul Parquet as the defunct but immortal Fougere Royale.]