It’s the Holiday Season and while I do not have Six Geese a-laying and I ain’t giving you mah fiiiiive golden rings I DO have a stunning little Holiday present for one lucky Posse reader.
First, though, lemmetellyou how this came to be. So. Awhile back I was fiddle-dee-deeing around, trying to get this package out of the mailbox. Got it out and vi-ola! Inside was a gorgeous little box, tied with a gorgeous aqua ribbon. Dawn Spencer Hurwitz of DSH Perfumes had sent me a lovely box of samples! That’s my disclosure, right there, okay? But the ‘gifting’ of those samples is irrelevant to this review; I don’t need to shill here – when Dawn sets to composing a scent…….. she does it beautifully!
I decided to take a Day-per-Scent, sort of a riff on the 12 Days of Christmas – but it took longer than that because her creations demand that you spend some time with them – it’s a rough job, I know. But somebody’s got to do it! 😉 Plus, I kept going back to Une Robe de Zibeline. Sue me.
If you go on Dawn’s lovely site you will immediately be drawn into her evocative prose. And I am nothing if not captivated by evocative prose. So I decided to go Blank – instead of reading about each scent beforehand I tested first, read second. The funny part is, fully 2/3 of the words that came to mind as I sniffed showed up in the descriptions!
There are 12 scents (actually, there were 13 but I nearly drained one) and it would take forever to tell you about each and every one of them so instead I’m going to tell you about the ones that WOWed me, both the ones I loved and the ones that weren’t for me. And yes – I can be wowed by a scent that is Not For Me. So can you – think of all the times a scent you wouldn’t Love to wear has stayed on your olfactory radar. Just cuz you don’t like it for you don’t mean it ain’t good, right? Right.
Let’s get started:
Become the Shaman. This one blew me away. I would never wear it as a ‘pretty’ scent but Dawn’s copy is exactly how I felt when I first sniffed this. “In an uncertain world we seek a place of safety, comfort, and peace. In troubling times we seek out protection” I hadn’t read that so was surprised to find that the minute I rolled it onto my skin I was transported back to when I was 7yrs old (my brother was 5) – we used to get up at o’dark-thirty and turn the TV on (omg how much drama we were in for if we got caught). Back in the late 50s there were 4 channels, maybe 5? And they went off-air after..midnight, maybe? And during the off-hours there would be this test pattern
– so we would get our Cheerios (another misdemeanor but hey – in for a penny, right?) and sit in our footie pajamas in front of the TV like zombies, waiting for the test pattern to go off and the day’s programming (aka cartoons) to begin. There was something about that weird, crepuscular time, with the slight whine of the test pattern and the utter stillness in the house and the world around us. Somehow, we just felt so…safe. I get a faint hint of licorice and I wonder if that’s what triggered the ‘safe’ – licorice = Good ‘n Plenty to me and Good ‘n Plenty = the nice bits of childhood (remember Choo-Choo Charlie?). This is an earthy, comfortable scent – not a ‘perfume’ – more of an aura.
Foxy. Omg. I laughed out loud because the very first word that came to mind was ‘boozy’ and the next thought was ‘omg. March would LOVE this’ because she loves Idole so much – and if you look at Dawn’s notes legend she has a link that says …well, you know 😉 – it really is ‘boozy’, with a nice hint of vanilla and animalics. Not ‘me’ but it’s really well done!
Une Robe de Zibeline (Sable Coat) – there are about 3 drops left therein and I would apologize but I ain’t a-gonna because O.M.G. And yes. All that. It is a sable coat wrapped around a gorgeous woman who is wearing a violet/aldehyde perfume – she’s just come in from a freezing cold night and, in the warmth of the room, you can smell the subtle shift of scent from her coat (I know it’s not PC but omg, there is nothing more elegant than the smell of cold furs as they are regaining warmth) – it’s an Aldehyde so y’all know I love it – I’m sure there will be a FB in my near future. I hope to be worthy of it.
Habibi. I would’ve drained this one as well but that would just be mean. Whoever wins this draw needs to experience this glorious scent. Orange blossom and honey. Habibi is Arabic for ‘Beloved’ and it is an apt description of this radiant perfume.
Fleurs de Soleil. This is one of the happiest scents I’ve come across in a long while! I was confused when I saw the name, thinking she’d taken sunflower (girasol) and created a literal translation…getting the notes completely wrong. Hah. Abject apologies, Dawn – what I thought, olfactorally, is precisely what you intended: a lush bouquet of tropical flowers – flowers of the sun. Just thinking about how this smells makes me smile!
So. This lovely box of samples. It’s going to a new home! One of you lucky Posseites will win this box o’ fabulous. Drop me a line – tell me a Holiday story (pick a holiday – doesn’t have to be Christmas). The Girl will poke a pawnail and choose a lucky winner!
And do go visit DSH Perfume’s gorgeous site www.dshperfumes.com – there are stunning olfactory beauties therein. I am eager to try L’etole de Vison (The Mink Stole).
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz is an olfactory force to be reckoned with – and I plan to reckon with a whole lot of her perfumes!