Posts Tagged ‘DSH Perfumes website’

First: Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  ❤    I, for one, can’t believe that the Holiday season is here, but I say that in every post just about.  I guess I still have no handle on how to perceive time.  Fast or slow.  All I know is that it feels like yesterday that I posted about Happy New Year, 2012, and another new year is almost here again.  One thing that IS different when compared to last year is that I have a new NEW, functioning (yay!) website and I think it’s even better than ever!  It’s very interactive, with facebook likes, reviews and even a button to email a scent idea to a friend should you find the perfect suggestion for the ones you love… or want to make sure that they know what’s perfect for your wish list.  Please do check it out.  I sure had some fun “liking” things when I first saw those buttons.  🙂

What’s even more to like?  The return of a beloved and longed for beauty: Mata Hari Perfume.  This perfume was and still is talked about with reverence and adulation; like a long lost lover who has never been forgotten.  It was originally released as a very limited edition, as I used materials in the formulation that were vintage and many from my personal “stash”.  I hadn’t exactly expected that I would be receiving calls and emails asking for samples, drops even, of this precious liquid for years after the edition was sold out.  So, I made it a personal mission to re-source new materials that would match as closely as possible the oils that I had used in the original.  And I am happy to report that after about a year+, I have found what I need and made a new batch with the new materials and it came out just as beautiful as ever.  Hallelujah!  I still love it and she holds all of her seductive charms.

Now, Mata Hari is back and with plans to have her be a permanent addition to our offerings; glorious flacon and all.  I have missed her.  I hope that Mata Hari is a welcome sight (and smell) for those who have wanted more and those who have only heard the legend of this beautiful creation.  Happy Holidays indeed.

image credit: Mata Hari Image found here

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Ok.. the opportunity to get the word out here on my blog about my ongoing series called ‘sense’ at BMoCA (Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art) has come and I am seizing it!  I started this work in January and one thing or another always came up to interrupt me when attempting to write and post about it.  Not this time.  *TONIGHT at 8 pm I will again be doing a ‘sense’ presentation*, working with and interpreting another artist’s show; this time it’s called W3FI (pronounced WEE-FY) and it’s part of an installation called the Biodome project.  The W3FI installation speaks to the interconnectedness we all now experience as we interact on the internet.  The internet in its more mature stages is now a place that what you say and do have consequences and we all have a responsibility to do right in this new global community.  The concept of ‘persona’ is an underlying element of the project and this is where I will be coming into the mix and talking about how scent has always been used to communicate persona and how we do and can consciously use it in the modern world.  It’s going to be exciting.  And I am excited to be talking about this *BEFORE* the actual event, even if it is tonight.  So, if any of you are going to be in Boulder tonight, please come to BMoCA and experience scent in a new way and in relation to the W3FI / Biodome Project.

Now, this also brings me to another great pleasure, which is to start publishing posts I write months ago when I did my first sense talk and then my second.  These were more direct ‘multi-sensory’ art interpretations, so less conceptual and intellectual, of visual art into aroma.  Below is a 2/3 finished piece but it will have to stand as it is, since it’s been too long since the event for me to finish that line of thought.  I hope you will bear with me and still find it an interesting read.  I dated some of the passages so you would be aware of what was written in January, 2011 , April, 2011 and my little tidbits added now.  Enjoy~


sense at BMoCA 1:

{4:2011} If I was really on top of everything in my world I would probably have written posts about my events at BMoCA (Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art) *before* they happened…but as life is easily running wild around us and time seems to be no different, I’m instead reporting about these magical evenings instead of promoting them ahead of time. And, since there’s so much juiciness to the ‘sense’ events, I’m making two posts. I’m looking forward to a potential third this summer. There’s been talk of it but we’ll have to see.

Kiki by Stephen Batura, 2010

{1:2011} : “Experience Stephen Batura’s work in a whole new way – through your sense of smell. Renowned perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s scent interpretations of Batura’s paintings bring a whole new dimension to the exhibition while exploring the realm of scent as art.” (excerpt from BMoCA Calendar)

Although it was a cold and dark evening in January, about a dozen intrepid art enthusiasts made it to BMoCA to hear me talk about creating aroma as art (in it’s conception; construction and use to express ‘the muse’ that can show up as a painting, sculpture, music, movement / dance or as a scent). It was wonderful to describe the construction of scent as architectural (the base is the foundation, the middle notes or heart as the rooms and walls that create the space to move within and the topnotes as the roof, or the part of the structure that moves upward, touches the sky and finishes the shape) and to speak to the correlation and associations of aroma to color, shape, line, juxtaposition and texture.

Being synesthetic, to sense these artistic criteria in scent comes easily to me and I am always intrigued to find out how many others have the same sensibility (or not). It’s also incredible to introduce these very new concepts to people when referencing art as many have never conceived of aroma design as on par with or similar in anyway with painting and sculpture in particular.

Prospero by Stephen Batura, 2010

So, for the talk I started with the basics: top, middle and base notes. As we smelled our way through the selected raw materials that I brought to illustrate the concepts: Virginia cedarwood as texturally soft but dusty, sheer but dense and color wise, a wash of alizarin crimson; oakmoss absolute 5% dilute has an earthy, velvety texture with a black-ish – green hue (well, green oakmoss does…brown oakmoss is another story); bergamot has a zesty, sparkling and “popping” texture like sparklers are in fireworks with a cool, light bluish green wash of color and a pale yellow undertone; black pepper has a thin, black linear quality and a subtle texture as anything peppery will, but it is smoother than you might expect; and Siam benzoin has a lovely rusty-golden ‘hue’ with a lush velvety texture that can be a bit sticky when undiluted but just like pure silk velvet when diluted to about 10%.

{7:2011}   Sadly, I stopped here and I am not exactly sure how to finish this post properly now that it is 6 months later…   I will say that samples of these art project perfumes will be available on the new site as soon as that gets finished, too.  But that is a whole other project.

{1:2011}  The good news is that immediately after this first sense evening, I was invited back to work with the museum again to interpret and create ‘aroma sculptures’ for Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s work. * see sense at bmoca 2 (coming up next).


image credits: bmoca link for info on the w3fi installation here 

bmoca link to the batura show – for propsero here

denver post link – for kiki here


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Spring has finally sprung! And I for one am thrilled. Not much has REALLY changed but something just clicks for me when its officially Spring. (The early onset of Daylight Savings Time doesn’t hurt the effect either). The thyme has become green again, new parsley is already up and the momma clary sage has babies sprouting in my garden. Plus, I’ve even seen buds on the apple tree and lilac bushes in my yard. I’m filled with inspiration and growing energy to take on all that I’ve planned for this year: sweet.

vert pour madame extract presentation
Which brings me to the very first launch of the new year: Vert pour Madame. I have actually been considering and even sketching this perfume for almost two years but in the past few month or so everything has come together just the way I wanted it. I have noticed the influences of the 1980’s in fashion and certainly the resurgence of interest in the classic (galbanum based) green chypre of the past few years and thought that it would be fun to examine, deconstruct and be influenced by the past to create something of my own but with some homages; some quotations. So, of course I looked at one of the quintessential green Chypre perfumes of the era, Chanel no.19, with its lovely use of galbanum juxtapose a classic rose / jasmine heart and leather in the drydown as well as a much more modern construction, Jil Sander 79 (very lily of the valley / galbanum/fresh citrus/ cedar), which I felt when I smelled it was a total throw back and reference to Jil Sander’s roots in the late ’70’s when she started releasing perfumes. Both have the elegance and sophistication (and womanliness?) that I associate with the green floral chypre genre. Ultimately, after sniffing around and thinking, I found myself at the doorstep of a revered classic among perfumistas: Deneuve. This long discontinued perfume was one of my best selling ‘reconstructions’ until some of the drydown notes I was using became unavailable and I had to discontinue my own version, too. It seemed a natural… to create my own retro style chypre with an echo of Deneuve. Perfect.

The fact that ‘Vert” is redolent of early Spring florals, a cool freshness in the topnote and a richly resinous woody base made it just right to coincide with the Vernal Equinox. One of the pivotal notes (but not necessarily an emphasis note) is hyacinth which, although synonymous with Spring, needs to be handled with care. It’s a wonderfully intense and complex sappy, honeyed green floral scent but if used unwisely can lead to headaches and people screaming while running from the room. I think it’s glorious but it’s not for the timid. I find it adds to the ‘powerhouse’ nature required to pay homage to an ’80’s quality scent but needs to be tempered. In comes a beautiful classic accord: delicate lily of the valley, softening white peach and warming orris fused with the king and queen of perfumery, rose and jasmine. I’m already fascinated at this point. Then comes the Sandalwood which harkens in all of those lovely dry woods, resins and moss. Oh, and there’s some animalics (musk and civet) in the mix as well. All I can say is that I’m so glad I waited until all the facets fused to create a perfume design that I find seamless. I’m happy it’s Spring and I have a new love in my life. (And she’s delicious).

*persephone image found at: http://studioconti.com/ram.html

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I think I can see now why I started this blog in the Summertime: by then I have placed the bricks on the path of the year clearly before me and I am filling it all in as best as I can. But the late Winter and Spring are usually so filled with the figuring out the framework and starting new projects that there is little time left over. {I truly don’t know how Andy (Tauer) does it… his dedication to his blogging project is formidable}. But as Spring comes into bloom there is much going on and creation is all around me; as well as the letting go of things. With the slow and methodical work of *EDITING*, which has never been my strong suit when it comes to my own work, I am finally poised to move ahead with the actual design and building of the new site. This means that we’re letting go of A LOT of older designs and products to make room for the new. **AD: This means that we will start our SPRING CLEANING SALE on March 20, the first official day of Spring. It’s going to be MASSIVE!
And along with the first blooms we will, tah dah!, be launching our first new perfumes for 2011.

robin nest from 2008. please come again: my house is your house

Hurrah Spring!! welcome welcome welcome! 🙂

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earth observatory sunrise image
Looking at the blog for the first time in weeks (!) I can’t believe I’ve been away for so long. January 17 seems like last year already. Needless to say this year has jumped off to an intense start with lots of special projects and the mammoth undertaking of re-vamping our website (YAY!) and finally beginning construction on the room which will house our petite Perfume Museum (which will finally open this year). Yes: that’s a tall order. And as a part of preparing the new website, I’ve been on an extended *editing* of our offerings…making room for new products and perfumes because you know, Spring is right around the corner and with it comes the year’s first new launches. (AD*: Be expecting a big SPRING CLEANING SALE later this month starting on the 20th as we’re cleaning house at the Studio and the site!). There will be more about the new launches in upcoming posts.

I don’t know how everyone feels about the very earliest months of the year but I find that I need an extra dose of fortitude to get through them. Not only to do the work I’ve set out to do and recover from the insanity we call “the Holidays”, but to contend with the extended cold and dark. Now I finally feel like Persephone herself, coming up from the long passage underground: awakening again. I’m ready for the sun and for blossoming; within and without.

emil nolde poppies watercolor

I’m wishing everyone a lovely weekend~~~filled with beauty and new life.

*photo credits: nasa observatory and Emil Nolde’s Red Poppies

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Malevich: White on White (oil on canvas, 1918)

It’s snowing today in Boulder. Beautiful, fine showers of powder blankets my yard and trees…it’s just so lovely. It makes me really feel January. There’s something just so pure and fresh about January; especially when it snows.
The silence of a snow day is also something that speaks to me. And when it falls on a Sunday…bliss. I’ve needed this day. A day to stay home and putter around…get a few things done but be forced to chill (as it were) and rest. As you can tell, frosty Sundays inspire me to look out the window and wax poetic. It is stunning and when the sun comes back out it will be sparkling, too.

So, it’s a brand new year and about to be a brand new week in it and I, too am looking at the world with freshness and a little apprehension; excitement and anxiety. I have already filled up much of these first two months with projects continuing from last year but just like staring at the ‘blank white page’ in my studio, I am compelled to consider what I would like this year to be. What do I want? And while I love that I can make these kinds of choices in my life and work, there’s still some questioning that goes along with it that can be a bit scary.

First we’ll start with a *big clearing out at the studio to make the room we need to fill in the year. We also need to start the physical changes and minor construction to begin building out our Perfume Museum at the Essense Studio. (Yes, it’s happening THIS year. We’ve been cataloging the perfumes & aroma samples for the past year or so and now, we’re ready to start work on the last room in the studio to make the dream of our Museum a reality. YES!). The other really big project we have planned is to re-vamp our sadly aging website. Getting that going has also taken more than a years preparation as well, if you can believe it…just in finding a suitable web team. But the website is a subject for another post or posts, I’m sure. And, you can bet that I will be posting more throughout the year about the Museum as it begins and comes together. It will be an exciting adventure to share the process of bringing the Museum to fruition. We’ll all see how it goes…let’s hope we build great things and create masterpieces!

For now we’ll have our clearing out and taking stock while making tiny marks in the snow and in our lives…it will ultimately be fun to see what the end result will look like. (AD*) To get this all rolling we’re having a January Clearance / New Year Sale. If you go to the SPECIALS page at the site, you will find perfumes and formats that we are clearing that are discounted and on top of that you can take 15% off anything at the site using code: NEWYEAR11 during check out (until the end of January 24, 2011). This is a chance to get some of your favorite fragrances at the best possible price. I guess that’s a great way to start the year off right!

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December Holiday Eau de Parfum

This is just a little quickie… to say I have finally, officially launched  DECEMBER at the site as well as the HOLIDAY Collection boxes and Sampler Sets.  Although I didn’t manage to get my newsletter out to everyone mentioning the *Thank You / Holiday Sale* before CYBER MONDAY, I am happy to say that I have updated the site before the stroke of twelve. (I guess I can’t have everything…)  Hurray, Hurray!!  It’s the HOLIDAYS! (Can you tell I love Yuletide?)

Sending happy MONDAY vibes to everyone!  Let’s have an awesome week.

*AD* ps: in case you are new to the blog: our sale code is Holiday10  ~ enjoy!

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Tonight it is just a little photo after spending the day uploading the new mystery of musk project perfumes to the website.  How exciting to unveil them!  I hope you will love all four versions:

1- musk eau natural-accord

2- musk of the mosque

3- musk eau natural

4- ESME : a chypre musk

Finally, it’s time for sleep!  Ah, glorious Sunday.

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