Dusita is a line that I loved immediately. Not everything was my favorite, but I really thought I had written about them in the past, and come to find out, I don’t think I have or I only did it in passing. Time to rectify that.
I recently got samples of everything except the most recent Dusita Cavatina (jasmine, bergamot, tuberose, lily of the valley, tea rose, ylang, ambrette, siam, sandalwood and vanilla), and have spent the last week just rolling around with them – for lack of a better term. There is something about the entirety of them that adds up to something more. It was such a pleasure to revisit them all and experience again how beautiful they are.
From the filthy-beautiful Oudh Infini (Laotian oud, rose de mai, orange blossom, benzoin, sandalwood, vanilla, musk, civet) to the heartbreakingly beautiful Melodie de L’Amour that literally makes me gasp when I put it on (Gardenia, tuberose, honey, peach, broom, lily of the valley, jasmine, cedar, musk) to the fruity floral La Douceur de Siam making you rethink fruity florals place in the perfume pantheon (May rose, Frangipani, Champaca flower, Clove, Ylang ylang, Violet leaf, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Amber). Fleur de Lalita (rose de mai, magnolia, jasmine, white lily, galbanum, ylang ylang, ambrette, vanilla, sandalwood, tonka bean and ambergris) salted white floral, how could she know that would work? but it does! Ethereal Issara (Pine, sage, coumarin, bourbon vetiver, tobacco, musk, amber, oakmoss, woods), firmly rooted on the ground, no matter how wispy she seems. The ones I had smelled before but had not sniffed in a while were like sinking into a plush perfumed down comforter and watching Pride and Prejudice for the 95th time. Beautiful, kind of smutty, innocent, ethereal, earthy, homey. I’m not sure why I would ever need to wear anything else but one of these.
Then I got to play in a couple in the line I had not smelled before – Dusita Erawan (herbal notes, petitgrain, lily-of-the-valley, Haitian vetiver, hay, clary sage, liatris (deertongue), cedar, oakmoss, vanilla) is this earthy, practical thing full of nuts and hay. I wasn’t expecting that at all, and it charmed me.
Splendiris is an iris optimist. There is no rooty smoldering orris muttering going on here. It’s infused with sun and violets and carrot seed and is so cheerful – but not that annoying cheerful that makes you want to strangle it. The sort of cheerful that makes you hope all the beautiful you smell is really how the world is or can be.
The more I kept spraying them on, I realized the Dusitas all together are my outdoor summer life – the rich gardenias I’ve finally gotten to bloom, the hot, damp earthy banana tree that bursts with life, sun-kissed skin and suntan lotion, the tomato vines, cucumbers, watermelons and cantaloupes in the veggie garden that are overflowing and vining into everything, the oak nuts, elderberry blooms, some vaguely unidentified decaying things I never want to look too close at.
Every one of them is just beautiful and so wearable on their own, but together they are pretty fabulous. I didn’t have the Cavatina, but wait until I do, adding that one to my little smell buffet!
Winners of the Slumberhouse three-sample set – Gina, who had to email me her comment because our stupid spam filter randomly eats things. Just click the Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an email with your address, remind me what you won. I will give you a quick reply “Got it!” email so you know it didn’t wind up in my spam filter and get the sample out to you. Congrats, I hope you love it!
Will do as drawing for a complete set of the Dusitas! You want to win this, they are special. Just drop a comment about anything. Are you fully in summer now (or winter for those on the opposite side of the world)? Making summer plans, already had them? Have a perfume house that seems to check all the boxes for you?