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Autumnal Equinox :: September Newsletter 2017

Happy Autumn Equinox {weekend} !

It’s hard to believe that Fall is here already and that we’ll be heading into the cooler, longer nights of the season.  But always with these outer changes comes the inner shifts as well, and of course, new fragrances to get cozy and festive in.  We’re thrilled to share all that’s been happening here at the studio; with new designs, aromatherapies to give you calm, joy, and even some clearing, as well as some special items that have returned in our new series.  (And even a special offer, so do read on).

The newest in the Japan :: Moonlight series: 
{Moon Gazing}

Getting ready for sweater weather ?
Or just looking for something wonderfully cozy…  Tsukimi is that fabulous new scent.  It’s luminous… and glows from within with buttery woods, subtle spices, and a dry dusting of fig, and peach skin.

It’s really a new kind of gourmand with lovely food inspired notes, even fruits, that feels so satisfying and yet isn’t sweet like so many in the ‘foodie’ range.  The creamy woods are captivating and so delicately warming.  For me, it’s just the perfect Autumn scent that’s diffusive like moonlight and filled with the grateful energy of the harvest.


Introducing: the Retrograde Files

It’s really exciting to announce that we’ve created a new series called the Retrograde Files.  It’s not exactly new, as the name implies.  It’s a “looking back”, design wise, and seeing where the inspiration leads in delving into our own archives….so that we can re-imagine and re-work older scents that, for various reasons, had to be discontinued.  This practice started as an exercise, but has blossomed to become it’s own collection of sorts.

During the late summer months, a few perfumes called out to us and we’re happy to re-introduce them to you.

Fleurs du Soleil: Inspired by the intense heat of August and the increased interest in our most popular tropical florals, Gardenia and Tuberose, we immediately thought of Fleurs du Soleil.  It is a tropical, floral rainshower brimming with seductive lushness.  With notes of Hawaiian white ginger, pikake, gardenia, tuberose, and island lilies, this just might be every Hawaiian Lei gathered together in bottle.  Originally launched in 1998, we had lost our source for white ginger in 2003, so it was discontinued.  It’s back and more sultry than ever with some awesome new materials.

Aquamarine:  is a modern, aquatic musk scent that’s fresh, lightly citric, and very softly floral.  The ozone / marine, and ‘soapy’ elements are kept in check by soft woods to reveal a very easy-going and wearable unisex design.  This design was originally launched as “Turquoise Waters” way back in our Boston days…c.1994 (!)  It’s really fun to go back to these shimmering currents.

Un Robe de Zibeline:  As September rolled around and we looked to the cooler months in the Northern Hemisphere,  it seemed perfectly right to pull out our (metaphoric and scented)  ‘Sable Coat’… all luxurious and furry soft.  The changes we’ve made have been to re-imagine this design all the more animalic and vintage.  It’s now a true ‘Retro Nouveau’ with a super sexy spice oriental amber in the drydown.  Back in 2004, when the gourmand trend was in full swing, the original design leaned a bit more vanillic and spice oriented.  It’s certainly graduated to a whole new level of sophistication with this re-vision.

We encourage you to check out these beauties as well as the new “archives” listings where you can see other single note musk oils and soliflore scents that can be special ordered through the studio (either by email or by phone).

New Aromatherapy oils:
The Rescue Kit oils
Calm and Awake

Originally co-created in 2011 with our partners in Japan, Undulate Labs, in response to the Tsunami Crisis.  We hoped to create relief: for the emotional and physical body as well as to raise funds to help with the rebuilding.

Now, in this climate of uncertainty and fatigue, we felt that the ‘rescue kit’ botanicals would be a great offering to help in our own daily lives.

Awake encourages feeling uplifted, energized, and present in the moment.  It’s bright and invigorating scent is focusses on the essences of grapefruit, mint, may chang, lemon grass, ginger, sandalwood, and bergamot.

Calm encourages feeling relaxed, quieted, and centered.  The mellow and mildly herbal aroma is beautifuly relaxing from essences of sweet orange, chamomile, lavender, clary sage, benzoin, sandalwood, frankincense, and a soft touch of patchouli for a bit of extra grounding.  (And who doesn’t need that?)

There’s also a set of the two listed as the “Rescue Kit”.  It’s an amazing resource to have in your bag for travel, at the ready at your desk, and really, for any time.


Oh Yeah!
Smudge Nebula

It’s really kinda cool for us to be able to share some of the wonderful and creative designs that we have been making for the Japanese market over the past few years…. And Smudge Nebula is another of them (as are the Rescue Kit Aromatherapy oils).

Crossing space and many miles, an idea was co-created that would speak to both worlds: the dry dust of the Southwest US and the lush humidity of Japan with the purpose of combining the spiritual and aesthetic atmosphere of both to make a specialized ‘energy clearing’ spritz.
Use our Smudge Nebula for clearing rooms, blessings spaces, gems, pets, and people with one journey through the mist.

* Smudge Nebula contains natural fragrance, rosewater, sea salt, and spring water.


That’s all the news for now… but there’s still some incredible new work coming before the year’s end as well as our annual HOLIDAY / THANK YOU SALE, and some new show information for the ArtScent Museum
so keep an eye out for a couple more newsletters in 2017.

With love, and fragrant hugs~
Dawn & the DSH Team