Oh, the power of suggestion! It’s both a beautiful and dangerous thing in the world of marketing. Before I could get my hands on L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzing!, I was filled with stories of how this smelled just like a circus (I mean the label looks circus-y, so that has to be true!) with sweet treats and hay. Others told me is was an animalic funk fest that brought to mind music festivals out in farmland. Oh, the power of a note list and a tiger on a bottle! Years after its launch, I got my hands on Dzing! but I didn’t know it was Dzing! (yes, I have to included the exclamation point). I didn’t get a circus. I didn’t get animal funk or sweaty alt-country drummers, I got something completely different.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzing! opens as printer paper, fax machines and tonka beans. It’s like Bvlgari Black and CdG EDP – industrial vanilla. It’s an office with a cotton candy machine. These artificial notes meld into something more “natural” smelling. The heart is tons of sweet coumarin with evergreens. Dzing! starts to feel antique, not like a vintage perfume but reminds me of an antique shop or an old library. Traces of worn leather, dry pine and tons of tonka with some mustiness. It dries down to a sweet, warm musk with vanilla tobacco. And tonka. I swear all I get is coumarin throughout the wear of this.
One thing that I’ve found out over the years is that Dzing! is one that you love or you hate. Could it be that power of suggestion?
Notes listed include leather, ginger, tonka bean, musk, white woods, caramel, saffron, toffee, candy apple and popcorn (I think this note list is made up). Launched 1999. PERFUMER – Olivia Giacobetti
Give Dzing! a try if you like sweeter fragrances or if you want something that reminds you of books/paper. Or perfumes like Serge Lutens Un Fille en Aigulles, Bvlgari Black, Steidl Paper Passion and/or L’Artisan Parfumeur Vanille Absolument. Dzing! is unisex.
Projection and longevity are above average for an EDT. This wears more like an EDP concentration on my skin.
The 3.4 oz EDT of Dzing! retails for $145 at Beautyhabit.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Fax machine vanilla, old books and tons of tonka bean. Not a circus in my mind. Not a barnyard. It’s just a weird toner-tainted vanilla/tonka.
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