Eau de Toilette

by L'Artisan Parfumeur

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An incredibly powerful and evocative fragrance composed for l'Artisan Parfumeur by Bertrand Duchaufour. A perfumer who has the passion for travels and who already created Timbuktu inspired by Africa. This time, he drew inspiration from a journey in Bhutan, a little Kingdom located in Eastern Himalayas, between India and China. He composed Dzongkha, a mysterious fragrance inspired by the smell of the stones and incense of the Buddhist temples (the Dzongks), with notes of tanned leather, smoked tea and the evocation of fire places - around which life is organized since the climate is very hard in this region. A fragrance also evocative of the smell of refined flowers that grows in this extraordinarily preserved nature.

A bewildering fragrance, an invitation to spirituality and an inside journey. Its enveloping trail is unexpected, simultaneously intimate and present. This fragrance speaks to both women and men and tells a unique story on each skin: that of Dzongkha, the language of Bhutan. In the top note of Dzongkha, the freshness of peonies and the pink flavor of lychees vibrate with cardamom. The heart of the fragrance is accompanied by chai notes (spicy tea with milk) that soften the strength of wood where vetiver stands out in the fumes of incense. This intensity is accentuated by cypriol (Indian papyrus) and leather notes. Iris with its powdery bottom note symbolizes both the stony aspect and the softness of the fragrance.

Dzongkha  Notes

Lichee, Cardamom, Peony, Iris, Tea Leaves, Incense

Dzongkha Sizes Available
100ml $130
.7 ml
.7 ml Sample $4
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Here's what other people are saying about Dzongkha...
The fragrance you choose when you don't want to smell like you're wearing a fragrance, yet you absolutely must carry a scent with you. Superb. Different. As my business partner describes it: "Very unlike anything else."
By   - Art Dealer from Black Mountain, NC on 7/25/2016
Of all my scents, this one is perfection. It's strong but delicate, powerful yet gentle, you get the idea, right? There is a softness in this I've never experienced in any fragrance and it's unique in that dry, distant, airy way. There's no word to compare this scent with that an opposite does not equally apply. This is my Holy Grail scent after trying hundreds This is the one I never want to be without.
By   - Tailor from Alexandria, VA on 3/17/2014
To my little crazy nose, this smells like Homage Attar without the Rose Taifi of course. I will say that this is a poor mans Homage Attar but that's ok because I'm poor...and I'm a man lol (sorry). Dzongkha is a beautiful fragrance which is definitely worth sampling.
By   - Musician from Pensacola on 4/4/2013
I love my fragrances, like many here. Fragrance fanatic, if you like. L'Artisan Dzongkha is my default scent. This is where I turn for comfort, when I can't decide what to wear or what I want to smell like. One of my Holy Grail scents. I noticed that the Lucky Scent gauge has this slightly on the masculine side. I don't normally go for masculine in any of my scents, I do find it to be quite feminine.
By  on 1/29/2013
Sometimes I love this because I get mostly iris, old wet rock, and incense. Othertimes I can't stand it because I pick up a strong whiskey note! Once I wore it to a party and a friend asked me if I'd been on a weekend bender. Ack!!! Beware the whiskey note.
By   - RN from Miami on 1/8/2013
It's hard to find a leather I love. I love the note but to find it done to my liking is quite another matter. The leather is done to perfection here. It's near perfect in every other aspect as well. I'm not overly fond of the herbaceous note at the beginning but it seems as if it's a necessary part of this concoction so I'm not complaining, either. The herbal note never goes away but it transforms into something more soft and somehow a "necessary" component to the formulation. Unique enough that a test drive is recommended but it is definitely full-bottle worthy. Quite beautiful. Quite beautiful, indeed.
By   - retired theme park manager from Tennessee on 3/15/2012
The overall effect is a “hospital smell.” This is the cold/metallic/disinfectant facet of iris along with overtones of woods, smoke, soap, spices, leather, and flowers. [4 out of 5 stars]
By  on 5/14/2011
Yes, at first, it smells like vinegar and hairspray. But starts to smell really different and exotic, in a good way. Somehow lemon-y (very lightly), incensey, woody, tea-ish and Asian. Definitely unique.
By   - Homemaker from Seattle on 11/6/2010
Does anyone get Celery with this? Don't care at all for this!
By  on 10/20/2010
The first three minutes of this fragrance smelled violently of black pepper and paper - but completely sterile. After this very strange start, Dzongkha quickly dried down to a natural smelling iris - not powdery or floral, but of roots and dirt. It is the smell of that sticks in your nose when you're planting your spring bulbs. Mix that earthy, dirty, vaguely chalky freshness of soil with a hint of lingering spice in the background, like the leftover bits of stark clove from Tauer's L'air du Desert Marocain. This is a beautifully made fragrance, but don't get me wrong here: while it smells of spring roots and bits of spice, it is austere, adult and not the least bit smiling.
By   - Legal Assistant from Louisville, KY on 3/1/2010
Tonight, I am comparing Dzongkha to Aoud Queen Roses. They have nothing in common except each contains a "dirty" version of iris (Dzongkha) or rose (AQR). I like dirty. At mid notes, Dzongkha is beautiful with its dark carnation and paper undertones. The rose in Aoud Queen Roses is exquisite; bright and dark at the same time. Aoud Queen Roses wins by a hair, simply because it's more chypre than oriental.
By   - Admin from SLC on 2/2/2010
I smell khus! ...a nice, papery, dry khus mixed with incense. Maybe that's the tea I'm smelling? Either way, it's beautiful. As it dries I smell the spice notes a bit more...along with something sweet. Lychee? Lovley! This would make a great everyday scent :)
By   - Photographer from Massachusetts on 1/23/2010
I came to LuckyScent because I was starting a new job in a mostly-male environment, and wanted to get away from my more usual sexy jasmines and get a perfume that had a certain strength and elegance to it (l'eau de "rich old man," if you will). I was originally looking for something woodsy, cedar-based perhaps, and on a whim tacked on a sample of Dzongkha to a long list of samples of things like CdG Kyoto, Cedre, etc., on the basis of a previous reviewer's comparison to a cold November wind. When I first applied Dzongkha, I had no idea it would become my favorite of the bunch - my first reaction was a variation on a neutral-to-bad "hunh." It was too far outside of my prior scent experiences. And yet, I couldn't stop sniffing it. This fragrance evolves, but there is an ever-present core, something I can only describe as an open center to the fragrance, that all of the other notes swirl around, like standing in the calm center of a leaf-bearing dust-devil in late fall. A cold, dry, empty space that allows you to appreciate the rest. Although very complex, this is not a crowded scent, if that makes any sense. And on me, the fragrance lasts forever. I love walking into meetings while wearing it; it makes me feel strong and serene all at once. I just bought my first bottle - this is "the one" for me. Oh, and for those of you, like me, who cringe and think of blue-haired ladies when you see "iris" show up as a note in a fragrance - somehow the iris here gets transmuted into a dry smoky stoniness; this does not come across as a floral fragrance at all. (The peony didn't register on me at all - or it's just so well-integrated I couldn't pick it out as a distinct note).
By   - programmer from Chicago on 2/1/2009
Now, I agree with most; the top notes didn't rub me the right way. With a cross between citronella and mint gum, I was terrified. But that faded in seconds. Now I'm sitting here with a swirl of cardamom and iris on my wrists that I adore. If I try hard enough, I can smell the milk and tea that keep a sweet balance and I can note the cedar and vetyver that play up the cardamom on my skin. The lychee and peony never really came onto my skin, but that's fine. I plan to buy the 100 ml bottle as soon as my sample runs out.
By   - from Houston, TX on 6/5/2008
Hairspray. No subtleties here. Stinks.
By   - from Washington, DC on 1/1/2008
One of L'Artisan's best. Vetiver is dominant. I thought I got ylang in the topnote but I'm sure luckyscent is right and lychee is there - a famous lychee base probably. Also some rose?
By  on 11/8/2007
I would have given this the full complement of stars if it lasted longer. On me this fragrance is gone quickly, but nice when it's there. I smell stone, incense, paper and , very slightly, tea. I agree with the person who said it smells like Citta di Kyoto, it's amazingly similar.
By   - from Cincinnati on 8/17/2007
This reminded me very much of Jaisalmer: A sharp, strong and fairly true burning incense smell. While I love incense, these are too cold and sharp on my skin. There was nothing to soften this, none of the floral came through, just hard, woody incense. If that's your thing, this is your scent.
By   - from chesapeake on 8/8/2007
Smells like leather and tabacco. I thought it was horrible, but if you like those smells, you will love this scent.
By   - Globe Trotter from Indianapolis on 7/7/2007
too much sweetness. yuck!
By   - lighting designer on 5/18/2007
A dry, austere fragrance that seems to add willpower and resolve to my aura. Dzonka is all about roasted tea and dry iris with a subtle floral drifting and uplifting through the oldworld stone and leather. The lychee and peony opening notes keep it from being too smoky - almost civilized. Dzonka could be a cousin to Zagorske from CdG, both have an old world feel that is sort of medicinal. Complicated but good.
By   - Artist  from Oklahoma City on 2/25/2007
it smells like new leather on me. Would go with leather pants or skirt. Very nice fragrance.
By   - from Ithaca, NY on 12/28/2006
this is a haunting fragrance and for those women who truly want something very different to be remembered by! this is what i love about lucky scent. you will never get something that smells like mall fragrance! I cannot wear overly sweet, citrus or floral. I love deep rich unusual scents this one is so unique you must try it!!! i never even wanted the sample and i am SO glad i ordered it.
By   - talent agent from st pete on 11/17/2006
This smelled horrible on me! I truely have never smelled a perfume so awful as this one. It smells like stale, nasty tequila. I really wanted to give this one a chance, as I know the drydown could be completely different, but alas, I had to wash it off after only 5 minutes. It just reminded me too much of bad hangovers in college.
By  on 10/22/2006
L'Artisan fragrances bring out a real dichotomy of duality in me. I either love them or hate them. Mandarine Tout Simplement I loved, but it vanished from my skin in seconds. Ananas Fizz is a wonderful scent for an hour. Saffran Troublant is a horrible scent for a day. (Just my opinion, I know it has many fans.) Four d'Absinthe starts out as a strong, fabulous smell, and within an hour it settles into a smell of unwashed armpits. So I wasn't sure where Dzongkha would fall. It fell into my heart. At first it was stony and dry, like a wind brisking along a November mountain ridge. Then the incense wafted up, as if I were approaching a monastery on the ridge. Then a wisp of dry iris. The chai and cardamom, which I had hoped to find, was gone, if it was ever there. It smells almost sacred, the smell you would wear on a spiritual journey. Not for everyone, but a wonderful scent for explorers.
By   - Artist from Alexandria, VA on 10/17/2006
This fragrance smells almost exactly like the wonderful Citta di Kyoto by Santa Maria Novella. The difference, however, is a integral one and makes Dzongkha vastly inferior. Citta di Kyoto has a base of incense woods that comes on strong but it also contains Iris and Lotus which give the scent lift and broaden its scope. While Iris is listed in its formula, Dzongkha seems to be devoid of any floral complexity that would have made it a nice, if completely unoriginal, offering.
By   - Bon Vivant from Manhattan on 10/17/2006
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