Tomorrow is Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s birthday, the incredibly talented perfumer from Boulder, Colorado, is one of the most prolific perfumers today. In addition she is an incredibly nice and generous person and I feel honored to know her.
Let me celebrate he birthday by showcasing a little selection of her work – three “soliflores”.
Happy Birthday, Dawn!
Un Soir d’Eté Provencal: Includes notes of Bergamot, Bitter Orange, French Lavender, Lemon, Lime Peel, Rosewood, Centifolia Rose Absolute, Egyptian Rose Geranium, Grandiflorum Jasmine, Orris, spike (lavandin), Amber, Bay Laurel, Oppopanax, Patchouli, Peru Balsam, Tonka Bean and Vanilla Absolute.
Un Soir is a lavender perfume, my favorite among lavenders. I tend to find the note too harsh or masculine to wear, although I love it for scenting linens or rooms. Un Soir is a lavender I like to wear as a perfume, because the staring note, while still being prominent, is bedded so beautifully in a radiant bouquet of rose and jasmine, accented by sparkling citrus top notes and propped up on a solid and smooth base of amber, patchouli and balsamic notes, is perfectly showcased. Un Soir is fresh, uplifting and calming at the same time. The lavender is treated in such a way that I feel like walking through a lavender field in the Provence, as its name suggests, rather than feeling like a human sachet or a Laura Ashley curtain.
Eau de Fleurs d’Oranger de Roi Louis XV: Includes notes of bitter Orange, Lemon, Italian Neroli, Orange Flower Absolute from France, Orange Flower Water, Ambergris and Petitgrain.
It is not very hard, to get me to love an orange blossom perfume, since I am a fan of the note’s golden aura, bearing instant happiness, but always trailing a shadow as well. This 100% natural perfume concentrates on that dualistic aspect of orange flowers, and gives it a salty twist with ambergris. If it’s been good enough for the French court…
American Beauty: Includes notes of bergamot, Cassis Bud, Palma Rosa, Rosewood, Bulgarian Rose Absolute, Bulgarian Rose Otto, Centifolia Rose Absolute, Egyptian Rose Geranium, Moroccan Rose Absolute, Orris, Ciste Absolute, East Indian Patchouli, Mysore Sandalwood and Peru Balsam.
A rose, is a rose, is a rose. American Beauty is a very fruity rose. Cassis on top, rose as rose can in the heart, patchouli -sandalwood as a base. No need to explain further…
Lautrec: Notes include bergamot, Cognac, Davana, Passionfruit, Sweet Absinthe, Cassie Absolute, Moroccan Rose Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute from Spain, Orris, Sambac Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Australian Sandalwood, Benzoin, Caramel, Civet, Indian Patchouli, Labdanum, Moss and Tolu Balsam.
Lautrec is a gourmand with a fruity chypre twist. When I wear it, the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge starts up in my head and the multitude of color and sound, the Baz Luhrman movie unleashed upon us, is perfectly distilled in this tiny bottle. It is Montparnasse circa 1880, only not quite that crazy. I love it!
I could go on and on, the gems in DSH’s portfolio are numerous.
Please chime in with your DSH experiences, I’m sure Dawn will be happy about our little birthday present!