Nard, or spikenard, a lesser-known essential oil than lavender, bergamot or jasmine, is best known from its biblical reference as the fragrant oil Mary Magdalen used to anoint Jesus’s feet.
Mr. Moltz, a founder of the fragrance label D.S. & Durga, imagined it would smell very valerian-esque, like patchouli mixed with feet.
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“I’m a collector of every fragrant thing I’ve ever been able to get my hands on,” Mr. Moltz said of the rare and less commercial ingredients he has picked up over the years.
Celia Pardo, 26, a preschool teacher in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn and a model, said that Eating Ferns I Pass the Years in Peace was grounding.
Jackson Carignan, 27, a band manager, compared the scent to a fresh salad.
“I’m the most attracted to the more vegetative fragrances,” he said.
For Mr. Moltz, this is a chance to “let his freak flag fly” and experiment with fragrance not commercial enough to sell under the D.S. & Durga label, which he started with his wife, Kavi Moltz, in 2008.
“I see fragrance as an art form and want to be shocked by it,” said David Yuste, 49, an educator from Madrid. He bought Jesus’ Feet without even smelling it first. “With such a background story and name, I did feel I had to get it,” he said.
Mr. Yuste is not religious but seeks fragrance that is unusual and thought provoking, he said.
“I plan to immerse myself in it, to worship it as a piece of olfactive art itself and to keep it exposed as a reminder of a less ordinary passing of time,” he added.
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