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DSH HOLIDAY SALE and CYBER MONDAY SPECIAL

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM
DSH Perfumes & The Essense Studio

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM Dawn, Mary, Amber, Edwin, and Xander at DSH / the Essense Studio!

This is our favorite newsletter of the year since it gives us the opportunity to wish everyone a fabulous Holiday Season & a wonderful NEW Year! Plus, it let’s us say thank you for making 2014 another creative and fragrant year for DSH by giving you, our beloved customers, a little gift of *20% off from now through 1/5/15 with sale code: cheer14.

** CYBER MONDAY SPECIAL:

YEAH!  It’s cybermonday and we’d like to offer a special :Get 4 free extra samples when you order today!   Just let us know what your requests are in the comments box during checkout.

We Love you & Happy Holidays!!

Introducing the Peace, Love, and Perfume (PLP) Project Perfumes!

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DSH PERFUMES for The PLP Project

The PLP Project, conceived and imagined by “GoodSmella’, Carlos J. Powell to commemorate the third anniversary of his beloved fragrance group, Peace Love and Perfume.  The PLP Project is an invitational compilation of unique fragrances created by artisan and indie perfumers based on this simple brief:  “Peace: a meditative incense fragrance;  Love: a sexy animalic fragrance; and Perfume: a traditional cologne with a twist on the concept.”

“I have to say that I love working with open-ended concepts,” says Dawn Spencer Hurwitz.  “It allows an artist to conjure the meaning behind the ideas and to form unique fragrance designs based on their own interpretation of the brief.”

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DSH Peace is my meditative incense design that bridges East and West, incorporating notions of what “incense” means from a Japanese, Arabic, and a Monastic / Western perspective.  Peace also allowed me to use some rather unusual materials in the construction such as Bakul attar, Choya Ral, and Laotian Oud.  Of course, at the heart there is the traditional Frankincense and Myrrh resin accord layered with rich Rose de Mai and Orris.  For the top note I looked eastward to the aromatic Champaca Leaf.  The result is like something familiar, warm, and comforting mixed with a sense of wonder at what you are actually smelling.

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For DSH Love I let my imagination go to a time and place when animalic perfumes reigned supreme: the early to mid-20th Century.  Of course, I included all four of the traditional animal notes: musk, civet, ambergris, and castoreum with added elements of botanical “animalics”, ambrette co2 and labdanum with a large dose of a rather new material, hyracium tincture (aka African Stone).  The heart is filled with indolic juhi jasmine, orange flower absolute, and gardenia balanced by a slightly sharp and spicy white pepper and aldehyde top note.  The result is a lush, provocative, and thoroughly sexy perfume.

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Lastly, DSH Perfume is a rather unorthodox pairing of grapefruit, rhubarb, and cognac accented by a luscious tropical fruit accord with green notes of basil and pittosporum to create the “fresh cologne” aspect .  A vibrant jasmine heart dries down to a surprisingly creamy ambrette, guaiacwood, and vetiver finish.  This is definitely a modern twist on the ‘eau de cologne’ design concept.

We’re releasing 50 Limited Edition Extrait flacons (5 ml Antique presentations) of Peace and Love (retail price: $105); Perfume will also be released as a Limited Edition of 50, 10 ml spray flacons in Cologne Absolue strength (retail price: $48).

This is really exciting and we hope that you will love these new designs along with many of our upcoming Holiday releases!  Stay tuned…  oxo

ps: DSH Perfumes is on Instragram!  See these and lots of other behind the scenes images, too!  Follow us : dsh_artscent

September 11: Seve de Pin launches and Happy Birthday DSH SALE!

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Happy Birthday to Dawn!  To celebrate we’re having an impromptu SALE (Today through Midnight on Sunday, 9/14) at our site!  We’ll be launching Seve de Pin later today, so you can check that out as well as our new Cannabis Culture collection, or just about anything else at our site with 15% off.  :)   Celebrate DSH : sale coupon code is: birthday14  (*FYI: Scent of Hope is the only thing excluded from the sale).

We’ll be posting more about Seve de Pin later tonight, so stay tuned to that as well!  Here are links to two great reviews of Seve de Pin, even before the official launch, to check out:

at CaFleureBon: http://www.cafleurebon.com/new-perfume-review-dsh-perfumes-seve-de-pin-dawn-spencer-hurwitzs-glowing-pine-sap-draw/

at the Colognoisseur: http://www.colognoisseur.com/new-perfume-review-dsh-perfumes-seve-de-pin-extrait-sappy-sticky-bliss/

at Fragrantica: http://www.fragrantica.com/news/Scented-Snippets-New-Fragrance-Review-DSH-S%C3%A8ve-de-Pin-The-Forest-Speaks-5709.html

 

Introducing the Cannabis Culture Collection

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We’ve been working on some really fun designs at the studio this summer and it’s time to launch them.

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Introducing the Cannabis Culture collection.  Inspired by the landmark 2014 decision to legalize cannabis in Colorado, this four fragrance collection speaks to and of the cannabis (sub)culture that has been developing and thriving since the Jazz Age.  What was once a secret society is now open to the public.

Rocky Mountain High is a woody conifer fragrance with a ‘green smoke’ and an animalic skunk note in the drydown.

I Love You, Mary Jane is a flirtatious and fruity cannabis with all of it’s sticky-sweetness showing bright and beautiful.

Agrestic is a lovely fougere that conjures a sweeping hayfield countryside and the rural locales where many a plant is grown.

The Green House takes you right to the greenest seedlings and the hot house flowers growing side by side.  Humidity and the scent of dirt are wafting in the scented air.

Enjoy!

DSH Perfumes SCENT OF HOPE Launches!

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This is exciting news indeed!  The much followed and awaited Scent of Hope is finally out and available on our site and at our shop, The Essense Studio in Boulder! :)

If you have longed to smell the fabled Iris Gris de Fath, you can rest easy as the Scent of Hope is a very true rendering (with modern materials) of this Vintage classic.  If you love Iris perfumes and you love Vintage, this is a must try.  And if you didn’t know, DSH will be donating 30% of the sales to Sense of Security, a Denver-based breast cancer organization that helps those undergoing treatment with their medical and living expenses.  It’s a great pleasure to give back to the community and to treat our fragrance community with a chance to smell (and smell of) a legend.  Enjoy!

SHOP CLOSED JUNE 28, 2014

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BIG APOLOGIES to anyone who stops by the ESSENSE STUDIO  / DSH Perfumes this SAT, June 28, as we will be closed for the day.  Dawn will be in Wellfleet  celebrating her 20th Wedding Anniversary.  We hope that this closure won’t inconvenience anyone who wanted to make a special trip and hope that we’ll see you again soon!

Spring 2014 : : the first three of four new perfumes

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There are always new designs that I am working on.  I never seem to feel completely satisfied and ready to put my materials down for any extended length of time.  I realize that I have way, way more designs available on my website than any reasonable person should have from a business standpoint but it seems that the artist gets her way just about all of the time where that is concerned.  I just can’t help myself. { So be it }.

So, here’s a sneak peak at some upcoming Spring delights.  These lovely flowers are among the first sensations of Springtime, once the snows have truly gone for another year.  They are the harbingers.  And I feel they are some of the most beloved of the Spring florals.

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Peony is as classic a Spring scent as there is.  I have been creating and selling a relatively simple, straight forward peony perfume for my clients in Japan for the past 5 years or so.  It’s a very important flower to both the Japanese and Chinese as a symbol of health and prosperity and this “simplicity” is really quite approachable.  Plus,  I love fresh peonies when they blossom in my garden.  Their elegant presence speaks of utter beauty and femininity.

So, for this new Peony design I wanted to do more than just create the flower.  I wanted to give the wearer a sense of experience.  Peony starts at dawn with the dew still on the bud that hasn’t yet opened.  The deep green leaves of the plant and a bit of grass are present.  Then the peony opens and releases it’s delicate yet definite aroma and we experience the fullness of a fresh blossom.  As the perfume dries down it is dusk, and the peony has turned a bit more rose-like as the sun sets and a shadow covers the blossom as night falls.

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White Lilac .   This *IS* one of the quintessential Spring aromas although not everyone has experienced white lilacs as opposed to the traditional light purple of even dark purple lilacs.  White lilacs tend to take on a more ethereal, dewy quality and even exhibit a subtle, sweet fruitiness in the first wafts.

A few years ago I started growing roses and lilacs specifically for research into the live plant scents as well as for their glorious aesthetics.  I have to admit that the white lilacs and the Persians are two of my most anticipated blooms.  I can never get enough of them and get just a little sad when they start to recede (even though that means Summer’s right around the corner here in Boulder).   To make a perfume based on these delicate flowers makes me really happy…I could get lost in this luscious but light, sweet lilac haze for sure.

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Oranges.  Yes, it’s oranges.  Kind of the odd man out in terms of ‘getting into Spring flowers’ but there it is.  And these are fresh AND spiced.  No, it’s not a pomander (which is so Autumnal and looking toward the Holidays).  This is a new kind of Fire Opal.  It’s ORANGE; a bit fiery still but fresh, juicy and most of all lively.  Not that the older version wasn’t lovely and yes, lively, but I have wanted Fire Opal to be something more.  I guess I want to watch it blossom again.

The reworked Fire Opal is a fresher take; spiced and still tea – laced but with a whiff of warm earth and a noticeable green edge that the first version of Fire Opal didn’t have.  Strangely, it’s the whiff of warm earth that makes it all the more Spring to me. And the fresh juicy-ness mixed with green leaves.  It makes me feel elated and ready for adventure the same way that Springtime does.

** PS: We’re celebrating Spring with a SPRING SALE at the site .  Use coupon code bloom14 for 15% off through April 8.

image credit: I found the spring bike image here; peony image found here; white lilac image here; oranges image here

11.23.13 :: HO HO HO! the DSH Holiday SALE 2013 is on!

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We can’t even believe that it’s that time of year again… Where did the time go ??? Well, nevertheless, the Holidays are upon us and we thought that we’d make sure that everyone knows about that our annual Thank you/ HOLIDAY SALE has begun.  Use code :frosty13 and receive 20% off site wide from now through December 15.  You can use the code as many times as you wish as our way of saying Thank You to our wonderful clients!

** If you are not on our mailing list for our e-newsletter, please feel free to sign up.  We don’t send out a ton of these but you will hear about new launches, events at the essense studio and especially SALES!Happy Holidays! <3

11.4.13 Announcing the Passport to Paris Collection for DAM

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Introducing : the Passport to Paris Collection by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz for Denver Art Museum

Experience Belle Epoque Paris and the 19th Century French countryside through the senses of sight and smell.  Inspired by images in DAM’s “Passport to Paris exhibit as well as perfumery innovations and trends of the late 19th Century, DSH has created three aroma art perfumes that breathe new life into a by-gone era.  Each fragrant design embodies a modern twist on perfume aesthetics of the period: an aldehydic-gourmand, the violet floral and a love child of the orientalist movement and the fad of fougere.

“I am in love with the later part of 19th Century France, in both the visual arts and in the world of perfumery”, says Dawn Spencer Hurwitz.  “It was truly exciting to express these images in fragrant form as well as to give the perfumes a more modern cachet so that they would appeal to our 21st century sensibilities while giving the wearer a feel for the past”.

Amouse Bouche is a succulent strawberry gourmand perfume layered within an aldehydic floriental design. Synthetic aldehydes were being developed and used during the late 19th century as they added a note of modernity but also folly to the “new” perfume style. Inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec’s “The Dunce’s Cap”, ca. 1888-90, Amouse Bouche is a warm, delightful, filled with fun scent that begins with the strawberry aldehyde, takes you through a classical floral heart to finish with rich wood and buttery brioche.

Vers la Violette takes one of the most important perfumes of the late 19th Century, violets (mainly worn by women), and fashions it into a more modern, 21st century gender-bending design that utilizes the molecule ionone.  Drawing inspiration from Hippolyte Petitjean’s “Village”, 1893, Vers La Violette starts with a fresh green opening and dries down into a subtle sueded leather, all the while it is clearly violet.

Passport a` Paris is my fragrant ode to two perfume greats of Paris, Jicky and Fougere Royale, circa 1885. Inspired by Claude Monet’s “The Beach at Trouville”, this universal perfume could be worn by both men and women on their holiday as well as about town.  Passport a` Paris utilizes aroma molecules vanillin and coumarin. considered quite modern at the time.  Hints of eau de cologne mix with the vanilla and hay notes to end in a rich animalic drydown.

The Passport to Paris collection will be available in a discovery set (3 ml mini sprayers of each scent), 10 ml Eau de Parfum spray, 5 ml presentation perfume and 15 ml presentation perfume.

7.29.13 :: “WANT” and “Catch and Release” :: new releases in Art Projects

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The Art Projects section is one that I have been wanting to fill out for quite some time.  After all, I do get such great opportunities to work with artists of all kinds interpreting their fine arts in fragrant form.  This past weekend, the “In the Realm of the Senses” Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop performances took place and we presented a multi-sensory experience for the audience in the form of fragrant cards to smell during two of the pieces: Catch and Release, by Mark Haines and WANT by Wade Madsen.

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These two unique designs are now available for sale for anyone who was not present to experience modern dance in a bottle. In the Art Projects section of our site.

* For more info about the performances and the aroma art designs, check out Dawn’s other blog : http://dshnotebook.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/aroma-art-projects-in-the-realm-of-the-senses/ 

Or check out  the Interweave Dance Theatre (Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop) website : http://www.interweavedancetheatre.org/

ps: There will be more offerings added soon to the Art Projects… I have a number of projects that you haven’t even smelled yet. :)

photo credit: Wendy Turner