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L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzing! EDT Fragrance Review

L'Artisan Parfumeur Dzing! EDT Review

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?

Leila Hyams

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. Samples are also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONFax 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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*Sample purchased by me. Product pic from Fragrantica. Leila Hyams pic from www.fanpix.net. Post contains an affiliate link. Thanks!

9 thoughts on “L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzing! EDT Fragrance Review

  1. On me it’s vanilla and cotton candy and something slightly leathery. No funky animal smell at all. I do like it because it’s not too sweet. I don’t smell toner. I probably will though now that you’ve said it.

  2. I LOVE Dzing!. I can smell a bit of the fecal at the start and it does smell like a circus of just a bit. But I think you hit it on the head when you said it reminds you of books and libraries and leather club chairs. This is the part that stays with me the longest. I read somewhere that as books decay they produce an odor that has a vanilla component in it. I have Black in my collection also. Dzing! has on me a more honeyed vanilla, but Black is a bit of a smokey vanilla. And I love that ‘burnt rubber’ component. I’m not a season type of perfume wearer, but Black has always struck me as a ‘seasonless’ scent and I reach for Dzing! more in the winter.

    Both are love or hate scents. Black lasts longer on me me than Dzing! and really is a steal. Dzing! lasts longer than any other L’Artisan for me. I like the line but they just don’t seem to last.

    1. I’m a huge fan of Black and agree with you. Black is more “smokey vanilla” and more seasonless. Hubs wears Black and Dzing but he reaches more for Black (he likes the rubber in it).

      I find it odd that Dzing! is marketed as an EDT when it seems to wear like an EDP. Many of the other EDT by them seem to be more like a cologne!

      – As far as vanilla/books, I’ve read that too…now need to find the article.

    1. I think you should try it just for the historical reasons 😉 It was launched in ’99 and I assume it was “weird”. It also shows how much L’Artisan has changed their direction over the years.

  3. Dziiiiing! I finally bought myself a bottle, when I realized that it was in that category of perfumes that I’m never driven to buy, and then when they’re gone, I can’t imagine how I could have been so stupid as to refrain.

    To me, it’s vinyl/leather, followed by a vaguely edible sticky resin. I get the not-quite-clean animal in the background on some wearings and not on others. It’s not weird enough, but I would miss it if it were gone forever.
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    1. I have so many on my list like that. They’ve been on the to-buy list but then I don’t. And don’t get me started on the ones that get discontinued!

      I totally see the appeal of this one and that is is weird-ish and wearable. I’m totally missing on the animal which makes me worry that I go around smelling like a barnyard frequently and don’t know it.

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