Spotlight on: DSH Perfumes

Evening! Or maybe you’re reading this at some other time of day, in which case ‘Hi!’

I’m ridiculously tired and I’ve used a lot of energy today to do random research (and also a very exciting job interview) so I’m going to give my brain a break and just post a list that I have on my computer- and maybe you’ll enjoy it. (I think you will, especially if you’re a perfume person).

Have you ever asked yourself, “If I had to pick only one perfume house to wear for the rest of my life, which house would I pick?”
If you’re like me, you’ve definitely asked yourself this. If you’re not like me, you probably haven’t and you may also be thing “Perfume? Why is this a big deal?”
To answer: Because I love perfume and I would die.

Or maybe I would just wear Dawn’s fragrances for the rest of my long and happy life.  Dawn Spencer Hurwitz is the mastermind behind DSH Perfumes, a company that has so many so beautiful fragrances of so varied types.

I own one so far, the gorgeous Mahjoun:
“Based on a Moroccan delicacy of exotic spices, flower buds, desert fruits, sensuous honey and precious woods, Mahjoun is filled with the life of the bazaar by day and the depth of a Marrakesh night.”
Yes, it is that good. (Can I also say I love the ad copy at DSH? It’s evocative but not over-the-top, and pretty damn truthful, at least in this instance. Mahjoun is all about honeyed dates and spices and amber. It’s a recognizable perfume mini-genre, but this is the best of the best, and I’ve tried a bunch of them.

And the toasty Gingembre is on my wishlist. (It’s described as “a perfectly rich and decadent gourmand ginger spice perfume.” Again, I agree).  Candied ginger, fresh ginger, zingy and spicy and cozy warm in winter.

And I want to try:

  • Foxy: fur, booze, and amber!
  • 1,000 Lilies: So many LILIES!
  • Au Lait: A milky “your skin but better”-type scent
  • Gekkou Hanami: I just talked about this yesterday. Feeling like picnicking under the cherry blossoms. Join me. 😉
  • Dark Moon: A chocolate chypre? With red wine? Sounds like my Mom 😉
  • Onycha: Is it ambery? Or oceanic? Or animalic? And would I like it? As someone whose stomach tends to turn at briny scents, maybe I should count myself out here- but it sounds so fascinating.
  • Musc al Madina: I love the words used to describe Musc al Madina- so promising- “luscious”, “earthy”, “dark”, “dense”, “rich”, “sultry”. Oooohhh yeah baby.
  • Indus: The notes and description say chai, but I’ve read about this one as a beeswax-honey-vanilla-spice-milk thing. Which I guess is chai. I have a weakness for honey in fragrance.
  • La Belle Saison: LILAC. Lilac always and forever.
  • La Danse des Bleus et des Violettes: Lilacs, plus violets and iris and some other floralcy. Plus it’s inspired by Monet’s garden, Giverny. It’s always been a great tragedy to me that Monet passed away before I could marry him for his garden.
  • Reveries de Paris: Sound like it has a vintage feel with fruit and flowers and generous underpinnings of civet and hyrax. Where has this been all my life?
  • Route d’Iris: Sounds like a lovely powdery iris-violet. I almost hope it could replace Apres l’Ondee for me, which has been reformulated pretty severely.
  • Wild Honeysuckle: I love honeysuckle flowers, both for their look and their scent.
  • Peony: Peony, rose, and the grass of the garden. Sounds like something to fill your lungs with.
  • Chinchilla: “Dreamily soft, sensuously cozy, and yet so chic; only the finest would do.  Our vintage-inspired Chinchilla is as sexy as the name implies, and imbues the wearer with the scent of warm skin, fur, and a cozy honey-musk animalic.    Go ahead…wrap yourself up in Chinchilla.”
    I just want to smell like I’m being overrun by fuzzy animals, to be honest.

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