Filching a birthday present

As all of you who read Birgit’s blog Olfactoria’s Travels know, she did mini reviews yesterday of DSH perfumes in honour of Dawn’s birthday today.
I think it is a lovely idea so I thought I’d give my thoughts on the latest trio I tried of Dawn’s creations.
And a very happy birthday Dawn! 🙂

Minuit
Top notes: Cassis Bud, Hazelnut, Silver Fir

Middle notes: Carnation, Centifolia Rose Absolute, Jasmine, Tuberose Absolute
Base notes: Brown Oakmoss, Olibanum (Frankincense), Oude (Agarwood)

I’d swear there was some patchouli in this as it starts sweet, lightly earthy-rooty so it instantly reminded me of patchouli. Also, I just realized, that the earthy-rooty thing might not sound appealing in terms of perfume but to me, it always smells great. I was already starting to get worried I might be imagining things as I smelled carnation (and I tested Vitriol d’Oiellet morning before) but carnation is in there. And I can smell the wonderful oakmoss base. And to imagine I used to think I didn’t like oakmoss (that’s until you smell the real deal).
Basically, to me it smells darkishly woody and lightly floral, and then it gets more rosy-woody until woodsy notes are all I can smell and it makes me feel calm and relaxed and while I’m not watching, the woods give way to florals and I’m floating on a cloud.
 
 
Oude Arabique
Top notes: Mastic

Middle notes: Oude (Agarwood), Tamil Nadu Sandalwood

Base notes: Australian Sandalwood, Buddahwood, Himalayan Cedar, Tolu Balsam

Of this trio, Oude is my favourite but it doesn’t smell really oudish to me. It starts sweetly, floral-sandalwoody and then I get this wonderfull creaminess that is very reminiscent of Love Coco but there is no coconut or ylang-ylang in this. The best I could come up with was that mastic and sandalwood were playing tricks on me because later I could smell sandalwood more clearly.
As I follow my nose and notes are there to point the way most of the time, I ended up with something floral in the base (again). 🙂 Not that I mind.
 
 
L’Eau d’Iris
Top notes: Bergamot, Florentine Iris Flower, Violet

Middle notes: Neroli, Orris Root
Base notes: Benzoin, Musk, Sandalwood

I really thought this wasn’t my kind of perfume until the initial iris bitterness was mellowed  by violet. And if I read that somewhere else, I wouldn’t have been interested as I’m not really a violet fan, but lately it seems to be getting under my skin.
The initial iris smells very strict and uncompromising to me until it gets mellowed by the violet and then later musc (reminding me a bit of MdO Musc where the pair works wonderfully). I really tried smelling the bergamot but it’s more of a backdrop to the iris’s center stage.
Does that happen to anyone else? I mean, I can’t smell a note but I know it’s there because of the way the most obvious note smells like.
So, iris loses its strength slowly and while making way for violet, in the end it makes it into sandalwoody muskiness. Extremely lovely. Especially when considering where it started from.

Notes and pics by: http://www.dshperfumes.com/

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8 thoughts on “Filching a birthday present

  1. jolav.blog September 11, 2011 at 21:44 Reply

    Those sound beautiful, Ines –

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  2. Asali September 11, 2011 at 23:15 Reply

    I think the iris one sounds great, Ines. And yes, I know exactly what you mean about knowing that a certain note is there because of the way it influences other more dominant notes, and pulls the whole fragrance in a certain direction. Thanks for the beautiful reviews.

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  3. Ines September 12, 2011 at 09:51 Reply

    Thank you Jolanta, they are beautiful. :)Btw, I've tried commenting on your blog several times but blogger no longer allows me to comment with my google account and you don't have Name/URL option allowed on your blog.

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  4. Ines September 12, 2011 at 09:52 Reply

    Thank you Asali. :)Ok then, the Iris one is coming your way (eventually though – I'm a bit slow in doing anything these days). 🙂

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  5. olfactoriastravels.com September 12, 2011 at 11:20 Reply

    Oh, these sound good! I didn't know these three, there is such a wealth to choose from at DSH, isn't there?

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  6. Ines September 12, 2011 at 13:06 Reply

    Olfactoria, oh yes! I'm always at a loss what to try when I'm on her site. :)And the best thing is, you can't go wrong.

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  7. olenska September 12, 2011 at 18:53 Reply

    I'm very interested in Minuit from your description– silver fir is a lovely note, not often found in a fragrance. Thanks for this, Miss Ines!

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  8. Ines September 12, 2011 at 21:16 Reply

    Hi Olenska, knowing from your blog how you lean, I think Minuit would be able to warm its way into your heart. 🙂

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