Indus by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz for DSH Perfumes 2012

His there Posse. Hope this finds you all happy and well. If you are only one or neither then fingers crossed reading about fragrance will give you a lift. I wanted to talk about one of my favourite DSH Perfumes today. It’s called Indus and I have an oil roller ball that glides on effortlessly and gives really fabulous sillage.

Indus by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz for DSH Perfumes 2012

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves
Heart: Black tea, ginger, honey, beeswax, jasmine
Base: Amber, patchouli, musk, tolu balsam, vanilla, milk

Black pepper, cloves, honey and vanilla are what greet me as I apply Indus. It’s a warming, comforting scent that is cosy and yet full of adventure. When I am in India there are a couple of things Varun (my beautiful ex-partner) does when I’m feeling homesick, lonely or culture shock. Depending on the season he will bring me mangoes or mandarins. If neither of these are at hand then he will get the staff to bring me Chai. What is Chai? It’s a tea brewed on the stove with regular black tea leaves, added to that are a mixture of herbs & spices, sugar and milk. Unbelievably delicious and calming. Indus takes me back to Varun’s home in an instant.

The heart is honeyed and sweet tea, milky and I’m surprised there is no mention of almonds because I distinctly smell them. Dry down is a softly dry spiced vanilla that lasts till next morning.

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Should you wish to smell like a sensual, spicy little minx then Indus is the fragrance for you. While I spend much of my time wearing it lost in daydreams of my time in India there are plenty of other parallels drawable wishing its fragrant folds. Baking, Tree of Life stores, hippies, childhood warm milk drinks, oriental dreams, movies and architecture all spring to mind while I’m wearing Indus.

Further reading: Australian Perfume Junkies
DSH Perfumes has a great selection of fragrance and body care starting at $6

Do you have a fragrance that takes you to a particular place in your mind?
Portia xxx

  • Fer Donato says:

    It looks yummy, I will test and came back to tell you girls

  • Lisa D says:

    Sounds yummy; I do love milk notes in perfume. Hey, sweetness, I have yet to see an email with that damaged photo of your folks – don’t forget to have Jin send it my way for restoration!

    • Portia says:

      Hey LisaD,
      If milk notes are your thing then Indus will definitely go on smoothly.
      Yes, you’re not forgotten. Sorry. Because the picture is stuck to the glass it is tearing when I try to remove it. Freaking me out
      Portia xx

      • Lisa D says:

        Don’t try to remove it from the glass – just scan the glass and photo together….

  • lisaindenver says:

    Hey Portia! Another Indus fan here. I love it on its own, but also layered with DSH’s Au Lait for an even creamier chai latte effect. Highly recommended! Always happy to see Dawn’s fragrances reviewed and loved. She is my favorite nose, and I love driving up the road to visit her studio!

    • Portia says:

      Hi there lisaindenver,
      How freaking lucky are you? Next time you see Dawn please give her a big smoochy huff from me.
      MORE milky, that would be something.
      Portia xx

  • Jessica says:

    Portia this sounds delicious! I am such a big fan of warm, milky comfort fragrances. I’m definitely going to try and get my hands on a sample of this! Thanks for sharing one of your favorites with us!

    • Portia says:

      Hi Jessica,
      Delicious is the perfect adjective. Indus really is.
      one of the things I real;y love about the frag fraternity is how we all share our stories and our loves.
      Portia xxx

  • Sun Mi says:

    This sounds wonderful! I have recently been enamored with milky notes in my perfumes, so this particularly looks interesting. Thanks for highlighting this!

    • Portia says:

      Hiya Sun Mi,
      I bet you smell yum in milky notes. Have you tried Costume Nationsl 21? or Sushi Imperiale by Bois 1920?
      Portia xx

      • Sun Mi says:

        In fact, I haven’t even heard of those! Onto my list they go. I’ve also been really into rice notes – so I wonder if Sushi Imperiale might hit both?!?

  • HeidiC says:

    Indus sounds like something I would love to eat, but not necessarily wear. The Rendezvous you mention in the comments, however, sounds like something I would love to wear when I want to be devoured!

    • Portia says:

      HA! Heidi, you could be right.
      Rendezvous is both repellant and alluring, depending on how much you spray. It’s ferocious.
      Portia xxx

  • Marion says:

    Oh yes.,Tuberose Criminelle. I literally fell back on the bed with shock when I first sniffed my sample, from the old Perfumed Court……it was straight back to the old Sydney Showground where the State Athletics were held. I travelled with the North Coast contingent, with my brand new spikes. Many of the city athletes were rubbing down with that salicylate thing, deep heat with the amazing wintergreen smell. I was INSTANTLY powerfully brain shockingly taken right back to sitting down at the sprint track, trying to decide whether I’d run in my spikes or barefoot, with the lime markings that stung your winter chapped legs, and the professionally coached city kids wafting their athletic rub. This was a truly amazing thing. I remember the shock of transportation by Criminy more than I remember the events of gaaah, the best part of fifty (!) years ago!

    • Portia says:

      WOW! You were athletics for state. So impressive.
      That same smell was often around the dance world too. Ligament? Is that what it’s called?
      Portia xx

  • Tara says:

    I need to contact DSH about putting in a sample order. They sound so evocative and well done.

    I love how your mind works, Portia. Scent triggers so many varied associations for you that your posts are always a treat to read.

    • Portia says:

      I think you and DSH Perfumes will be a hit. They are not all perfect for me but I’m yet to find one that I loathe.
      There is a huge selection so you’ve plenty to choose from.
      My current faves are Indus, Cinnabar, Giverny In Bloom and if you want a full on skanky surprise Rendezvous is breathtaking.
      Portia xx