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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

FRAGments: an underground perfume happening JUNE 22 2013

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Ok, we’re SUPER excited for next weeks underground artisan / indie perfume event in LA : FRAGments! Although DSH won’t get to be there in person this time, we’re sending our newly launched Iridum as well as a new, first to be sniffed in the US perfume, Matsu! :) If you’re going to be in LA on Saturday, June 22, you gotta go!
https://www.facebook.com/fragmentsperfumeevents?fref=ts

It’s not a strict rule, but organizer and founder of FRAGments mentioned that there’s a Summer Soltice theme, so here’s the line up of perfumes we’ve curated to show:

* Pretty & Pink  ( a wonderful fruity floral rose with a fabulous Bulgarian rose and violet heart with a kind of ’80′s retro musk in the drydown) – girly

* Tubereuse  (Our classic soliflore par excellence and one of the most popular perfumes we create.  It’s heady and sexy and a very true tropical Tuberose) – womanly

* Mata Hari  (One of our most sought after and most luxurious designs… that’s also 100% botanical.  A vintage style fruity floral chypre that is nothing if not luscious) – femme fatale

* Iridum  (a new launch based on an ancient Egyptian design concept of Iris / Orris.  It’s another true luxe perfume with some surprising twists in the orris to woody to incense dynamic)  – unisex and great for men

* Matsu (this a BRAND new perfume that will be launched on the site directly after the first smelling at FRAGments.  This is a leafy green woody scent with a dominant bergamot note.  We haven’t produced anything like this for collection and it is sure to be a hit) – unisex

Discovery kits will be available at the event.

5.18.13 :springfling SALE extended

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Ok, we’ve just been having so much fun with our Spring sale that we wanted to add a few days on to it!  We’ve extended our sale for one more week, so if you’ve been thinking about something special now is the time to jump!  Happy Spring to everyone~~~ DSH Team

coupon code during checkout is: springfling  – 15% off until May 27, 2013

3.31.13 :: reviews + rewards

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There’s something pretty new (and pretty great) now at the site: the review option. This new addition is super exciting as it not only helps people get opinions and a better understanding of the perfumes and related products, it’s a great thing for you, our customer and potential reviewers.  Here’s how it works:

1- when you write a review and submit it, we will send you a coupon worth 10% off of your next purchase.

2- after you have written 5 reviews, you will become a member of our DSH LOVE club, which entitles you to a 10% off code to use on all orders and we will enter you into our monthly drawing for ‘top reviewers’ to win full size oils and perfumes, body care and sampler sets.

3- the more reviews you write, the more chances you have to win. :)

We’re so psyched to share the love and thank you in advance for your time and effort to write reviews for us!

3.27.13 :: new kingdom remix & new launches for secrets of egypt collection

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We’re so excited to announce the first new launches of 2013 at DSH Perfumes: modern remixes of “Antiu”, “Keni” and “Megaleion” as well as a new design, an incensey, woody Orris perfume, Iridum.

Now, to accompany four of the original 2010 launches (“old kingdom”), based on ancient Egyptian formulae researched for Denver Art Museum’s King Tut exhibit, these “new kingdom” designs include reworked emphasis notes and include new modern materials to give these perfumes and even cleaner, clearer vision.

 

2.22.13 :: Contact Email Issue Resolved!

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It’s come to our attention that our site email had been messed up and holding contact emails from the past few weeks without our knowing it. SO… please accept our sincere apology if you sent an email with a question or issue and it hasn’t been answered. We’re going through everything with a fine tooth comb and rest assured, we will respond to you! We love our peeps!!! ♥

2.1.13: DSH Valentine’s Day SALE is on!

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Love is in the air at DSH!  In the midst of the winter chill, we’re staying cozy and warm with the delicious kisses of our favorite softly spicy and gourmand scents– so perfect to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  St. Valentine, Piment et Chocolat, Vanille Botanique and our fab Les Rouges Collection Box top our fave picks and to make things even sweeter we’re giving 15% off site wide through 2.18.13. Just use coupon code: sweetheart13 for you or your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.