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April 20 2014

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The 411: D.S. & Durga

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David and Kavi, the duo behind the utterly lovely small-batch fragrance brand D.S. & Durga are a pair in life and art—and art is truly the best way to describe their thoughtful unisex scents. Created with only the finest raw materials, each eau in the petite collection has its own story to tell, like the bright, gritty Boston Ivy, which is inspired by David’s memories of his hometown (and ours) in the early ’80s, and Bowmakers, the unusual woodsy amber that seems to mimic the varnished scent of violin bow resin (we played for 13 years so we are all too familiar). After setting aside paths in music and architecture, respectively, the Brooklyn-based couple turned their personal fragrance fascinations first into a hobby, cooking up tinctures for eager friends, and finally into a business. Here, the perfuming pair (well, Kavi speaks for both of them) shares their own beauty black books.

The Fave Fragrance: Personal Best
“We are always testing out new things that David brings home from the lab. David loves to wear Sir if we are out on the town and free from testing anything. I am in love with a scent that will be the fourth one in the new line and won’t be out until winter 2013—it’s a rich tuberose, honeysuckle, orrisroot blend.”
Available at www.dsandsurga.com.

The Hair Oil Index: Amla and Rodin
“I’ve been using coconut oil in my hair since I was young. In India, everyone massages warmed oil into their hair. [Now] I use Amla hair oil from India, but David hates the bad-’80s-Bombay scent. He likes to use Linda Rodin’s hair oil mixed with any old gel.”
Dabur Amla Hair Oil, available at www.amazon.com; Rodin Luxury Hair Oil, available at www.barneys.com.

The Lip Saver: Vaseline Rosy Lips
“David was recently stuck in Belfast for two dreary days while on a research trip for our next line. He got this kind of gross and gloppy lip balm in Boots called Rosy Lips by Vaseline; he loves it.”
Available at www.us.boots.com.

The Best Bloom for the Body: Wild Rose
“I use Weleda Wild Rose Cream and Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing Cream, too. I love rose-scented anything! It all started with loving my grandmother’s perfume, Joy by Jean Patou, when I was young. It stayed with me.”
Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Natural Day Cream, available at www.usa.weleda.com; Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream, available at www.sephora.com.

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