I went through many a green perfume in the past weeks and I found a lot to like, a couple I hate and a select few where it is love.
I have to end green week for now, because the week is over, whether I am done or not :), but be sure to see many more “Greens”on Olfactoria´s Travels over the next months. I found a genre I really like, so there will be a lot more to talk about.
Despite the weather outside, today´s perfumes make me want to pretend it is summer already, ah, I feel a great mood coming on, right there :)
DSH Perfumes is a line that impresses me over and over again.
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz was so kind and sent a slew of samples with my last order (of the gorgeous Mata Hari, check out my review here) and on my quest for green, green, green, I struck Gold or better Green, in my DSH sample stash.
Celadon and Viridian are both part of the Chroma Collection, an inspired idea, where the perfumer attempted to “translate” colors of the artists palette into olfactory gems. As a highly synesthetic person, who assigns every smell to a color, that is totally up my alley of course.
Celadon is described as a velvet green. It is a wonderfully soft, plush, warm green scent that feels enveloping and almost like a caress. When I close my eyes I see the green velvet fabric right before me. It reminds me of Puredistance Antonia, which is the highest praise I can think of. ;) The intensely fresh green opening, is followed by a warmed heart due to the addition of hay. The duet of green and warm continues in the drydown where vanilla like warmth and violet leaf´s cool darkness combine to provide the perfect softness and plushness of Celadon. It is a quiet scent, without a lot of sillage, but I can smell it on myself when I move, its staying power is about four hours on me.
Official notes include: Clover Leaf, Cucumber, Lime Peel, Green Grass, Liatrix, Orris Root, Balsam Fir, Hay absolute, Narcissus Absolute, Tonka Bean, Violet Leaf Absolute
Viridian is a bracing, almost bitter (I love that!) bright green, that embodies pretty accurately what I think a green perfume should smell like. It is fresh and crisp, like freshly cut grass in the beginning, angelica, a wisp of citrus and galbanum are blended into one perfect accord that is broadcasting “green” loudly and clearly. But soon it gains dimension and depth as the vetiver and oak moss make themselves felt. The drydown is gloriously dark green, moss and earth and a forest-y damp stay on for hours.
Notes include angelica, artemisia, bergamot, celery seed, aloe, chrysanthemum, galbanum, orris root, Australian sandalwood, Brazilian vetiver, green oakmoss, lovage, myrrh gum, patchouli and violet leaf.
Both are lovely perfumes, that once again convince me, that taking a closer look into artisanal perfumery is a good decision and a good place to put my money.
The absolute artistic freedom, the palpable passion for the subject and the artists own impetus to use only the best ingredients available, work in unison to make artisanal perfumes, and in this case DSH Perfumes, into the master pieces I count myself lucky to experience.
The only problem is, I want them all ;)
Picture source: Bathing Suit photographed by Tom Palumba via myvintagevogue.com, DSHperfumes.com, artsupplies-cornwall.co.uk, some rights reserved thank you!