D.S. & Durga’s New Candle Smells Just Like New York City

Kavi Moltz.
Photo-Illustration: by The Cut; Photos: Courtesy of D.S. & Durga

Scientific research verify that, of all of the senses, scent affords the most effective recall. In “Scent Memories,” the Cut asks folks concerning the scents they affiliate with completely different instances of their lives.

Next up is Kavi Moltz, co-founder of Brooklyn-based fragrance home D.S. & Durga, and the “Durga” to husband David Moltz’s D.S. The cult-favorite perfume model just lately collaborated with designer Phillip Lim and Tiffany & Co. inventive director Ruba Abu-Nimah to create “New York. Tougher than ever,” a limited-edition candle that pays homage to the resiliency of the town that by no means sleeps. Lighting one will fill your area with New York City notes of cedar, linden tree, honeysuckle, pavement, leather-based, and apple, in fact, whereas supporting the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest company devoted to LGBTQIA+ homeless youth, the place 25 % of all proceeds might be donated. The Cut caught up with Moltz to speak incense, smelly cheese, and a moisturizer that lives as much as the hype.

My first scent reminiscence is: My Indian home. A whole lot of completely different cultures have a sure scent of their kitchen, and I might simply know an Indian home if I walked into it. Every Indian home has a factor known as a masala dabba, which interprets to “spice field,” and the scent … you’ll be able to’t comprise it within the field. It takes over the entire home, and it outlined my home and for years. It was sort of embarrassing, as a result of it didn’t scent like the home of my faculty associates, however now I like it. It’s this very comforting scent that outlined my home rising up, and now once I stroll into it, I’m like, Yeah, that’s the Indian-house scent.

Happiness smells like: Tea. We have actually, actually good tea each morning, as a result of David, my husband and the perfumer of D.S. & Durga, is an skilled tea-maker. He orders from all these completely different shops all around the world. Bags of tea are sort of banned and forbidden in our home, however I’ve a secret personal stash for when he’s away as a result of I don’t know what to do with all of the free leaf. Tea jogs my memory of our mornings, that are actually superior and a giant deal in our home. Everyone wakes up actually early, it’s very bustling, and all of us sit down, and we’ve got tea and dialog whereas the children are having breakfast. It’s my pleased place. I like a very robust Assam, one thing actually darkish and malty.

Love smells like: Warm pores and skin, since you solely get shut sufficient to scent the pores and skin of individuals you like.

Heartbreak or loss smells like: Vacant, and like a void, like a naked, concrete room, or an empty room that’s simply been freshly painted.

Friendship smells like: Buttered popcorn, which smells so comforting and alerts that you simply’re gonna do one thing enjoyable.

Success smells like: A superbly baked cake. That scent once you take it out, and it’s completely golden-brown.

Regret smells like: Slightly burned cake; once you over bake it by like, a minute. It’s just a bit burnt, but it surely’s ruined, and all you’ll be able to suppose is I ought to’ve taken it out earlier. Regret additionally smells like puke and alcohol, positively.

The worst scent is: I can’t consider something that I might not prefer to scent proper now. I haven’t correctly smelled something in over a 12 months, and I’m guessing its COVID associated. On the road the opposite day, my children have been like, “Ugh, it smells like rubbish. It’s summer time in New York.” And I used to be like, “I wish to scent that! I’ll take something proper now. I’ll scent the puke, the alcohol, the road trash, the useless rats. I might scent any of it. There’s no there’s no dangerous scent to me proper now.”

My excellent trip smells like: The Caribbean, so salt water, sizzling sands, sunblock; all of the seaside smells and all of the ocean smells mixed.

My house smells like: Tibetan incense, usually. David will get actually overwhelmed with scent as a result of he’s making all of it day, so he doesn’t like several candles burning in our home. He solely likes this Tibetan incense, and he’s very specific about it, in order that’s sort of what I’ve come to affiliate with our house now. We’re at the moment promoting a few of it in our retailer. My house has sort of all the time smelled like incense, although. Growing up, my mother would mild Indian incense each morning, doing prayers. I like it; it’s heat and comforting, and it has this good, ritualistic really feel to it, like you might be setting a tone fairly than simply having it within the background. It permeates every thing and actually does set a temper.

The very first thing I scent within the morning: My youngsters leaping on me. They’re younger sufficient that they nonetheless scent superior, they scent recent and scrumptious. I do know youngsters are coming quickly and it received’t all the time be that means, so I’m having fun with the scent of younger prepubescent youngsters whereas I can.

The final thing I scent earlier than I am going to mattress: Weleda Skin Food. I put it on my palms proper earlier than mattress, and the scent of Skin Food is so good. It’s robust sufficient that I can nonetheless scent it. I really like a pleasant spa, natural scent.

A scent or scent I really like that others normally don’t: Blue cheese. I just like the scent of smelly cheese, as a result of it’s an indication that you simply’re gonna eat one thing good and share it with somebody — or that you simply’re in all probability at a picnic or a elaborate get together. That’s a great instance of how scent can conjure up all these different issues; it’s not simply concerning the scent itself however what it’s connected to. I don’t know that I really just like the scent of smelly cheese, greater than I like what it means. It’s not one thing I eat usually, so it doesn’t scent typical; it smells like a special day. I’m not simply sitting over-the-counter shoving smelly cheese in my mouth on a Tuesday afternoon, you understand?

I scent like: Durga, the fragrance, which David made for me. I really like tuberose and I put on it quite a bit, it’s my favourite scent. I in all probability placed on greater than I ought to, particularly now that I don’t know what I’m doing, however regardless, I are inclined to put on quite a bit. I similar to to be a bit drenched in fragrance.

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