To be honest, I wanted to review DS & Durga White Peacock Lily1 even before I smelled it because I could, finally, use a white peacock to illustrate a post. Apropos of nothing, I have come to regard white peacocks as my 'spirit animal'...and have warned friends that after I croak to pay attention if a loud-mouthed white peacock crosses their path — or blocks it (could be dear ole me; you've been warned).
White Peacock Lily is one of a trio of releases DS & Durga launched in 2016. The other two perfumes were Rose Atlantic (a tepid, fast-wilting rose that recalls a bathtub more than the mighty Atlantic) and Radio Bombay (a pleasant sandalwood perfume that reminds me of the tiny bottles of sandalwood oil a friend always brings me back from her trips to Delhi). White Peacock Lily stood out in this trio because of its bright/bold character, and I'm always drawn to floral perfumes come January and February here in the Pacific Northwest.
White Peacock Lily has listed notes of oleander, cabreuva wood, grapefruit pith, white lily cream, jasmine, violet, ambrette seed, vanilla and "fog." White Peacock Lily's opening presents pollen-rich (a touch of powdery bitterness), intensely scented flowers, like the dense/citrus-y aroma of May Chang flowers (Litsea cubeba) that I miss smelling since I moved from Los Angeles. White Peacock Lily also provides a green and spicy background for the blossoms, a note that is probably the "grapefuit pith" but is reminiscent of tender, fragrant tomato vines. White Peacock Lily gives me a pleasant jolt that diverts my attention from gray-skied, cold, damp winter in Seattle. As White Peacock Lily develops, I detect soft (but not soapy or talcy) jasmine blossoms mixing with residual grapefruit rind aromas. Though this is a floral perfume, big time, I think guys should give it a try...the 'tomato vine'/grapefruit tang offsets the flowers, which are gutsy, not delicate.
For those who find White Peacock Lily fun but who shudder at DS & Durga's surge in pricing, I can heartily recommend Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom (29 ml perfume spray, $22). Malibu Lemon Blossom replaces White Peacock Lily's grapefruit with hearty lemon but keeps the beautiful May Chang flower scent. Best of all: Malibu Lemon Blossom's quality is on a par with White Peacock Lily. Such is the world of perfume!
DS & Durga White Peacock Lily Eau de Parfum is available in 50 ml ($175) and 100 ml ($260).
Note: top image of white peacock [altered] via Wikimedia Commons.
1. "A lone peacock floats over cream lilies, oleander, and a sea of alabaster violet. Orchestral pads of harps and horns drone. Pale blue fog hangs in the far woodlands." DS & Durga PR.