Debaser

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Inspired by music he was exposed to at an island summer camp, perfumer David Moltz bottled the sound of the Pixies song, Debaser, playing in the summer heat. This iconic indie perfume is a satisfying blend of fresh green leaves, creamy fig, moss notes and white musk — perfect for a summer picnic or laze in the grass. In the words of the perfumer himself:

"Music is essential to life. I was born in a house of blues—dad’s from Chicago. At 9 I went to camp on an island. Cool older punk kids showed me the Misfits and the Pixies. (One of those kids was actually comedian Rob Delaney).

That summer was ruled by Doolittle. The provocative lyrics. The cackle of Frank Black. I absorbed it in the summer heat.

August humidity. Young romance. Debaser is hot, humid, sexy. Green stems, deep purple fig, soft blond woods, a wet white ethereal musk, and the coumarin-vanillic note of tonka bean." — DS

Perfumer
David Seth Moltz

Notes
bergamot, green leaf, pear stem, fig, coconut milk, iris, blond woods, tonka bean, moss

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Customer Reviews

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Meghan Haskell
pixie dust

(I'm a novice fragranatic)
top seller for a reason. this is a fig who's still attached to the tree. a coconut, nestled in moss and blond wood, is trying to coax the stubborn fig off the tree, pleading for it to join the tonka & iris for dinner. the fig finally gives in but a leaf falls with it. they shrug it off and dance the night away. the pear stem never made it.

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Micah
Very complex

If you're going to try this, please for the love of scents make sure you let it dry down before you judge it. It has a very intense earth, dirt, and grass smell initially. My nose refused to continue inhaling for a moment, it almost seemed a bit chemical, possibly just because of intensity.. No matter how many times I've tried it, I've always been repulsed right off the bat, but when I come back to it, I am drawn to the smell. What's left behind is so pleasant, creamy, a little sun tan lotiony maybe? The image I see from this beauty is a sparkly bronze once it dries down. I could never justify a full bottle of this, but it is highly complex and interesting. I can see how some would love it.

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Jacq
Memorable/Nostalgic

Very reminiscent of Un Jardin sur le Toit from Hermes. Any floral notes of Debaser are gently swaddled in clean/fresh/green notes. I didn't really get the wood notes, but the moss is fresh & dewy. The crispness of bergamont/fig/pear stem still come through on the drydown. Nothing about Debaser was obnoxious or cloying. Perfect for a first date, nothing objectionable.

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JT
PERFECTION

Wasn’t expecting much, heard a lot about it, but none of the notes are anything I go for typically, in the past coconut feels too synthetic and loud, fig is nice but not something I target. I have never been so shocked at how much I love a scent, there are some beautiful green notes that cut through soft, creamy coconut milk, the juicy fig notes round out the body to completion. Don’t hesitate, buy this, or at the very least sample, everyone should smell this. I cannot stop smelling myself, not loud in terms of projection, but strong at the core, I easily can still smell this on my skin 6+ hours later. Absolutely beautiful fragrance.

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JT

Wasn’t expecting much, heard a lot about it, but none of the notes are anything I go for typically, in the past coconut feels too synthetic and loud, fig is nice but not something I target. I have never been so shocked at how much I love a scent, there are some beautiful green notes that cut through soft, creamy coconut milk, the juicy fig notes round out the body to completion. Don’t hesitate, buy this, or at the very least sample, everyone should smell this. I cannot stop smelling myself, not loud in terms of projection, but strong at the core, I easily can still smell this on my skin 6+ hours later. Absolutely beautiful fragrance.

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