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Summer Naturals :: New all botanical designs

It’s no surprise that when Summer rolls around my mind and body head straight out to the garden… to dig in the dirt and commune with nature, but also to find inspiration.  I love the herbs, the glorious flowers, the tomatoes… the entire concert of fragrances and feelings that wash over me.

So, for this late summer season of releases I had a series of naturals in mind.  It’s been a little while since I’ve had occasion to give in to my urge to work in the all -natural palette and as I started working in a few different directions, a number of designs all came together at once… to make up what is now being released for you right now.


Les Fruits Defendus  – part 1

Let’s start here, since I have been working on this concept and some of these perfume designs the longest.   For some time I’ve had it swimming around in my psyche to design around the idea of “forbidden fruits” as I take a lot of inspiration from dreams and perceptions I have about the ancients.  I wonder about their world, the myths and philosophies that come to us from earlier times, and how can experience it in our time and place.  Touching the forbidden is always alluring as well; fascinating and wonderfully naughty.  I like this.

As I began to research what exactly is meant by forbidden fruits I was surprised and delighted to find out that there are many fruits on the list for various reasons.  This sparked my interest even more, and what I thought would be just a handful of designs will now be presented in 3 parts; each with 3 fragrances.

I present to you part 1:   Figue Interdite, Bakul Medjool, and Eau Cerise.  ( click on the links to learn about each perfume ).  Bon Apetit!






Summer Cologne

You all may have guessed how much I adore the cologne / eau fraiche style of perfume… especially for summer.  I never tire of the citrus / leafy green / neroli  dynamic but I have to say that I’m also always searching for something new… some new way to approach it, new materials, new inspirations.  For Summer Cologne I must give credit where credit is due and thank YOU, my dear clients for speaking up and asking for a fresh, green tomato / all botanical *cologne.  In creating this for you I got to have so much fun!  As well as frolic in my garden, testing and experimenting with my tomato plants.  To, me this truly is the epitome of “Summer in a Bottle”.   (*  It’s in the “cologne style” but the concentration of Summer Cologne is much more saturated than is traditional; it’s eau de parfum strength).



Lis Oriental


People often ask me is I am inspired to make a perfume just from a material that comes across my horizon and most often the answer is no.  While I truly love all of my materials and I find some so intrinsically beautiful that I practically swoon, I don’t usually smell and material and start thinking of the fragrance I would like to design around it.  My mind doesn’t usually work this way.   Lis Oriental is the exception.

Many of you may know that there is no essential oil / absolute / co2 extraction for lily; neither muguet (lily of the valley) nor larger lily types.  Lily perfumes are always constructed and usually made synthetic molecules.  Until now.  There is a French company creating wonderful isolated molecules and unique extractions of botanical materials and it is one such extraction that started my inspiration to create an all-botanical Lily fragrance.  But it wasn’t just this material, called Lisylang, which stole my heart.  Almost simultaneously to encountering Lisylang, I came across a medicinal essential oil whose colloquial  name is ‘Gingerlily’.  It does smell ginger-y but a lot less lily-like than the name would imply.  I was intrigued.  Then I came across a palm essential oil from Madagascar which also piqued my interest.  On its own it’s a little strange… but I could see that it had an interesting humid facet and also had a ‘pithy’, fibrous green quality that might enhance an exotic perfume that might be in danger of getting too sweet or over powering.

I decided to go for a truly tropical, exotic “Eastern Lily”, all botanical perfume.  I don’t think it’s been done before; if it has, I don’t know about it.  Plus, I love a challenge.  🙂

What came is Lis Oriental, a mix of sensory impressions from the stargazer, casablanca, and madonna lilies.  It’s spicy, humid, lush, and rich with, for me, a wonderful pop of green in the topnote which keep this perfume from getting out of control.  It’s filled with unusual naturals that I rarely get to employ in a perfume.  I hope that you’ll love it as I do! <3





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Hello, Hello again :: Paper•White and Musc Eau Natural

Say hello to something really new: the scent of a ‘paper’ flower.  Paper• White.  It’s actually a bit of a play on words as the colloquial name of narcissus papyraceus is paper white… but this narcissus fragrance is so much more.  Designed around actual paper narcissus flowers (created for DSH by the amazing paper artist *Susie Baird) and dried ‘paper’ flower sculptures created by Dawn, the scent truly smells of bright, fresh, Springtime narcissus flowers and paper.
It’s delicate and yet has strength; angelic beauty and a devilish side.  And although it’s launch comes right along with Mother’s Day, it’s amazing on men’s skin.

We’re also delighted to present the first review of Paper•White (even before its official launch! 🙂  Thank you CaFleureBon!  <3

Another rarity is back for a limited time only :: Musc Eau Natural

We’ve made a new batch of the much requested and highly sought after Musc Eau Natural, specifically for Dawn’s recent talk given at the Experimental Scent Summit, London, founded by the Institute of Art and Olfaction.   This is a super exciting moment for anyone who loves an all botanical musk fragrance and something really unique.  There’s really no other perfume quite like it (even among DSH’s extensive collection of designs!).  There’s a limited amount so do get it while you can!   (You can check out Dawn’s DSH Notebook Blog posts to learn all about the original project that inspired the creation of this rare and gorgeous fragrance).

Be sure to sign up for the DSH Perfumes Newsletter to get the scoop on all that’s new at the studio, sales, and contests!

*You can follow the work of paper artist Susie Baird on her Instagram account.



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DSH Perfumes :: Best of 2017

We are deeply honored to announce DSH Perfumes was among many reviewers and online magazines’ Best of 2017 Lists, and that Dawn was named “Most Passionate Perfumer of 2017” by

Enormous thank yous to:
Henrique Perilla of Perfumes do Dio for his choice of Onycha and Dark Moon;

Mark Behnke of Colognoisseur for his choice of Gekkou Hanami as his no.5 perfume of the year, and for making DSH Perfumes a runner-up for Brand of the Year among so many amazing brands;

Bernardo Borsé for choosing Habibi as his no.4 Artisan Perfume of the Year;

Samantha Scriven of I Scent You A Day for choosing French Lily among her Top Ten for 2017;

Erin of Now Smell This for her shout out for Tsukimi among her favorite indie works for 2017;

Elisa of Bois de Jasmine for choosing both Foxy and Habibi among her top perfumes for 2017;

Megan of Megan in Saint Maxime for choosing Foxy among her favorite perfumes of 2017;

and there is no way to miss thanking Michelyn Camen, Robert Hermann, Gail Gross, and Ida Meister of CaFleurebon for the honor of their choices of Il Marinaio da Capri, Habibi, and Foxy to be among their Top Ten perfumes of the Year.


To have DSH Perfumes considered among the Best of 2017, when there are so many new, and wonderful perfumes created each year, is more than amazing…  It means the world to us.  Thank you! ox


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

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.


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 : 

Or check out  the Interweave Dance Theatre (Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop) website :

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

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Mirabella Eau de Parfum is now available! 12.23.11

After many requests and some minor pleading… ( I am so happy that Mirabella is so well received!)  we’ve decided to release some limited edition 10 ml Eau de Parfum sprays of Mirabella!  These 10 ml vials are lovely, sleek sprays with gold accent caps and labels and they’re just perfect to carry this gloriously rich and sexy scent with you everywhere this winter.  You can find our Mirabella EdP sprays already listed among our other Mirabella offerings.

Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year to you all!