I had a chance to sample a few new fragrances from DSH Perfumes…
Cuir et Champignon – a bunch of you have tried this one. Dawn says: Cuir et Champignon embodies all the soft and inviting qualities of white button mushrooms, then leads you to a more hidden place where the darker mushrooms grow and on to rich rawhide and dusty leather. It’s, unsurprisingly, an earthy, mushroom-y leather with a hint of tobacco. It’s got that smutty barnyard aspect (hello, civet and castoreum!) that many of you absolutely love in leather – the earthy direction rather than the smoky/sharp birchtar. Soft, simple, maybe not the safest choice for work, unless you actually work in a barnyard. I think it’s incredibly sexy, and not in a white button-mushroom way. Consider yourself skanked. Notes are: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Galbanum, Neroli, Wild Chamomile, Cepes (mushroom absolute), Clove Bud, Gardenia, Honey, Orris, Sandalwood, Tuberose Absolute, Castoreum, Civet, Guiacwood, Hiba Cedarwood, Indonesian Vetiver, Leather, Peru Balsam, Tobacco Absolute.
Mata Hari – this is her Outlaw Perfume, made with restricted IFRA ingredients; I very much wanted to try this. The warning attached to it is hilarious– patch test! Use with caution! Potential irritant! Danger danger Will Robinson! Guess what? My arm didn’t drop off. It’s a nod to zaftig scents from classical perfumery of the early 20th century, a fruity chypre with leather and peach accents, all botanical. It takes a few minutes to set up on my skin, after which it’s a powerhouse – the sort of thing that deserves either a night out on the town or some marabou slippers in the boudoir.
Winter White – One of our “skin scents” that adds a natural, “not-too-perfumey” fragrance to the skin. Notes are: Raspberry, Sandalwood, White Rose Accord, Heliotrope, Musk, White Chocolate. A classic DSH comfort scent that wears more lightly than you’d guess from that list of notes – so, so pretty, it really is a skin scent, a bit like Barbara Bui, very soft and lightly powdery.
Also: her holiday sale’s been extended to the 18th – the code HOLIDAY10 at checkout should get you 20% off.
Dawn sent me one of her new Winter White perfume solids to give away (she did solids of some of her most popular scents like Cimabue and Cafe Noir). I’ll include it, Mata Hari, and some other DSH samples in the draw, leave a comment saying if you want it and I’ll pick somebody (US only this time please, I have a prepaid box for it.) UPDATE: drawing is closed, winner is Jennifer, I emailed you.
image and samples: DSH Perfumes