Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


A resinous, woody fragrance with gourmand elements.  The unusual notes of fig leaf, pomegranate, saffron, and Arabian rose meld with coffee, chocolate, and smoky bakhoor oudh incense.  This is French elegance meets the deeply spiritual and earthy aromas of Arabia.


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Although I have never been to Arabia, I find it fascinating…and inspiring.   The vastness of the desert… the ancient world mixing with the ultra modern… and the deep spirituality that seems inherent in the land itself.   With Arabesque, a companion to Habibi, I wanted to speak to all of these aspects as well as the legendary hospitality for beloved guests, and the graciousness of the home.  So, for this fragrance, there is the cross cultural mingling of bakhoor oudh incense mixed with trails of elegant French perfumery; fruits and flowers; coffee, spices and sweets.  The result is a deeply sensuous, rich oriental perfume with elements that on paper might seem cacophonous, but in reality sing a harmonious symphony of delights.

* EdP / VdP sample vials are 1/2 filled; Perfume / Extrait  / Voile Parfum mini roller vials are full.




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2 reviews for Arabesque

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Over the past ten years or so, oud has gone through the bell curve – first unknown and strange, then the “in” fragrance note, and now fading from view. But the essence of oud is timeless, and does not come and go with fashions.

    With Arabesque, DSH has created an oud perfume that has rocketed to the top of my “oud favorites” list (including straight oud oils). With a core of oud wrapped in saffron, coffee, and chocolate, this addictive fragrance has the quality of true old world perfumery …some intangible essence that is impossible to pin down. Whether this is by accident or design (likely the latter), Arabesque is that rare modern oud that makes no compromises whatsoever.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    One thought that occurred to me today regarding the current trends in perfumery refers to the absence of subtlety when interpreting the trends of the moment. A gourmand perfume tends to be sugary, an animalic to be intense and often “dirty”, an agarwood perfume tends to have a set of nuances that allow us to identify it as such. In Arabesque, Dawn ends up resorting to the abstraction of the French classics to use such themes in her composition and the result ends up standing out precisely for daring to be subtle in the combination of the accords that compose it.

    There is the intention here of honoring the spiritual aspect of the ancestral perfumery, the Arab hospitality, and the comfort of home, and I would add to this themes of the perfume a certain sensual nuance that seems to go through the composition in a secondary way: it is as if the perfume appealed to the sexual / animal instincts and at the same time to the spiritual aspects of the human being. Using it, I feel this tender, warm feeling and an air of tranquility that for me is rare when it comes to animalic compositions.

    I believe that this effect is precisely because of the intention of the artist as a perfumer to achieve an harmony, a cultural cross with French perfumery, creating a dance of subtlety of elements. The fragrance opens with a roasted, dry touch of coffee, which is then followed by a bitter gourmand aroma of cocoa. Curiously, the two merge with animalic and incense nuances as if they were one entity, in a way that one moment you are feeling the coffee and in another you notice a mix that refers to musk, civet, castoreum, oud and incense, a animalic dance that seems to hug the skin with a glove texture. The fruity and floral aspect seems to follow immediately, as if the creation alternated between carnal moments and tender and warm ones. In its last moments the creation seems to be based on a woody and incense scent that mixes the oud with other woods to create a woody abstraction.

    At first I felt a little frustrated because the coffee did not last longer on the skin, given my passion for the note, however using Arabesque I realized that the objective here is not to give prominence to any note, but to abstractly capture the inspiration in the Arab perfumery. And that the perfume does with mastery.

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