Thanks to all of you for participating last week in the Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Q&A post, she was thrilled with the feedback. In the meantime we´re in our annual House of Ill (I´ve had sick kids home since last Tuesday) so here´s a quickie on my new DSH favorite comfort scents, which are certainly getting the workout right now. (“Skin” scents mean they wear extremely close to the skin on me with minimum sillage.) Notes courtesy of DSH website.
Lumiere (Holiday 2007) – Bergamot, Cardamom Absolute, Cinnamon Leaf, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Almond Milk (accord), Hazelnut, Rhum, Sweet Cream, Amber, Australian Sandalwood, Coffee Absolute, Oppopanax, Peru Balsam. A soft, seamlessly blended fragrance that on my skin is milky spiced coffee without being sweet or gourmand – the balsam and sandalwood keep it comfort rather than foody. A skin scent on me.
Special Formula X-treme (oil essence, there´s also a regular SFX) – another skin scent, this is DSH´s blend she uses to gauge your skin chemistry. Enough customers liked the test fragrance itself that she sells it on its own. Perfect on its own when you want a light, musky skin scent for layering to unsweeten something or give it a little more body.
Sensual Spice – Again, an extremely simple scent – notes are honey, nutmeg, vanilla, and that´s just what it smells like, although I´d have guessed a little clean musk at the base.
Toast – “an ambery oriental that is warm, delicious and fun.” Cinnamon bark, amber, moss, vanilla. It must be the moss because the fun here involves the interesting base that keeps the fragrance from being cloying. I´d have named this one Sensual Spice by the way – there´s something sexy about it.
Lush Honey – Bitter Almond, Muguet, Violet, Hazelnut, Honey, Honey Beeswax,, Ambergris, French Vanilla, Heliotrope, Musk, Tonka Bean. This should probably come with a warning label. It is intensely sweet the way honey is sweet, and fairly heady, and on the wrong day it´s a little Play-Doh on me (hey there, heliotrope!) On the right day it´s like burying my face in some sort of dessert featuring nuts, phyllo and honey, without the caloric damage. Delicious. If all that sounds horrifying let me recommend instead…
Sweet Honey – Honey, French beeswax, musk. A lighter, less cloying, charming honeyed musk that is a great skin scent.
Previous DSH favorites of mine in regular rotation: Sienna, Mahjoun, Fete Nouvelle (an interesting almond/hay skin scent that is what I wanted L´Artisan Jour de Fete to be as opposed to the Play-Doh horror it actually is). Of all I´ve listed, Mahjoun is probably the heaviest. Blond Suede is a great sweet leather. Finally, no post on DSH should fail to mention Cimabue, possibly her best known fragrance that is big and bold, and I know several of you mentioned DSH Piment et Chocolat and Tamarind/Paprika as favorites.
Finally, having read about Serge Lutens’ new scent on Grain de Musc, I think I want to try it!
image: Avalon Spa, Portland OR, howstuffworks.com