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Just a quick note to wish everyone a lovely, Merry Christmas (if that’s what you celebrate) and a deliciously starry sky to everyone as a blessing to all.

starry night no.11 (mixed media on canvas, 2007)


Thank you for making this a warm and cozy day to celebrate love and togetherness. Wishing everyone JOY~
oxoxo, Dawn

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I can’t believe it is September already.  Where did the time go???  I feel as though I just got back from Wellfleet and it’s already well into E.’s school year (he’s a 2L at Colorado Law) and Autumn is closing in fast.  I better bust-a-move is all I can say…  I am sorry that I have been so remiss in terms of my blogging project but now that we’re all getting back to school / work, I hope to regain my momentum.  Here’s hoping!

Last Friday I was at the Denver Art Museum for their last “Untitled” event of 2010 and we got to promote the amazing sights, sounds and smells of KING TUT at  “UnTUTled”.  ( cute, huh? )  I was previewing my upcoming talk about the aromas of ancient Egypt as well as explaining the first 6 perfumes in the “Secrets of Egypt” collection.

DSH at DAM, UnTUTled

One of the new and soon to be released designs is a perfume called “Sampsuchinon” named after the Crocodile God of the Nile and the herbs associated with him, marjoram and oregano.  I have actually been creating a true recipe of Sampsuchinon based on the ‘formula’ written by Dioscorides -using oils, fresh herbs and spices, honey and wine… (*see Lisa Manniche’s work for more info on these formulae) and then reworking the scent using modern materials (essential oils, not fresh herbs) to create the same style perfume but something we 21st Century folks could feel comfortable wearing.  It’s also quite interesting to see people’s reaction to the old vs. the new versions.

* mixed with fats and sprinkled with wine

shaped into cakes and ready to macerate covered with water, overnight

after maceration, boiled, reduced, and strained

marjoram herb

There’s also one more perfume on the way to complete this collection: one to speak to aromatics that Egypt is known for now.  I want to showcase the fact that Egypt is still an aromatic paradise.  More to come about this one in my next post.

Mummy Bottle at DAM Gift Shop
Secrets of Egypt collection at DAM Gift Shop

I hope you will have a lovely, fragrant day!

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This is just a little post for now as I am flat out overwhelmed by the whirlwind that is the Mystery of Musk Project.  Seeing my work on about 4 blogs / sites simultaneously is an incredible, indescribable feeling. Thrilling… no doubt.  And I am filled with gratitude for how my ‘musk eau natural perfume’  has been received.  Truly.  I’m speechless.

So, here’s some of what’s got me all choked up:

*Ca Fleure Bon’s Ida couldn’t have written anything more beautiful (I felt like I was melting) and the images?  OMG.  Absolutely SUBLIME.


* Blown away.  Redneck Perfumisto almost made me cry.  http://www.basenotes.net/entries/1082-musk-eau-natural-quot-Parfum-du-18-quot

Oh yeah, there’s more.  I just found out about an entire blog dedicated to this project: http://mysteryofmuskperfumes.blogspot.com/ (evocative photos for now but I suspect it will be getting filled in with reviews)

*Elena at Perfume Shrine definitely got the elegant side of this perfume with that almost Ingres-like painting.  I LOVE it.  (Plus, if you leave a comment at Perfume Shrine you will be entered to WIN a bottle of musk eau natural perfume 5 ml. YEAH!)


And this is just the beginning…Oh, goodness. It’s going to be a wild ride.

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