Hi there Posse. Dawn Spencer Hurwitz samples arrived this week. I’ve been having the loveliest time trying them and there are a couple I adore, a few I like and one that really doesn’t like my skin at all and attacked my nose with great gusto. The completely joyous adventure of trying new perfumes is never lost on me. Some days I have to pinch myself. Taj Garden immediately stood out for me because of the name. My review is for the oil from a roller ball.
Taj Garden by DSH Perfumes
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz
Taj Garden’s opening is herbal, like gardeners hedging greenery nearby. Lightly floral, like peonies and hyacinths as the sun just hits them and starts to warm the day. Taj Garden is a green floral, delicate and calming. It has the spirit of warm water without feeling particularly wet and sunshine seems to be captured perfectly, that feeling of it hitting the back of your neck on a cool morning.
Soft resinous incense drifts languidly on the air through dappled shade. I can smell how Dawn is trying to recreate a water filled garden. Not really like the Taj Garden because there aren’t any real shaded sitting spots there. Taj Garden reminds me of the Deeg Palace Gardens near Bharatpur in Rajasthan even more. They were built in 1772 and have an incredible mixture of garden fountains, ancient trees, formally laid grass spaces and a wildness feeling as if nature is only being restrained from taking back over by a hairs breath. As a result this very pretty fragrance now shows me aspects of that wildness only just tamed.
Taj Garden is a beautiful, soft green floral. If you like CHANEL No 19 or Jacomo Silences but are looking for something a bit different then try it.
The Taj Mahal
On a side note: I’ve been to the Taj Mahal twice and it is one of the only places in the world that exceeded expectations a second time. In fact the second time I was there in 2012 with my BFF Kath. As we walked through the gates just before dawn I was overcome. I had to sit down and have a little happily overwhelmed emotional cry. Between my first visit and second they had turned the surrounding area into a western tourist Disney ride. Now there’s shops, barriers, police, guards, food stalls, guides and a million beggars. Before, you used to walk up to the surrounding walls ticket office, pay and wander in.
The Taj was also in a terrible state back then. It was dirty, unkempt, all the jewels had been picked out of the wall to about 8 feet. Further, nobody seemed to care for the edifice of love. Now it has been renovated to a shining newness that is astounding.
Have you been to India? Seen the Taj Gardens?