January 12, 2019
Dawn with Xander photo for @CaFleureBon
"One evening while sharing one of our favorite family meals (Curry), my son Xander offered us some of his FAVORITE things in all the world, his Mango Lassi. When we asked him if he was sure he wanted to give any away, he just simply said, “Of course. I love you and love is all that matters”. It was in that moment that I thought about creating a perfume around a Mango Lassi and dedicating it to Xander." ~ Dawn Spencer Hurwitz
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz of DSH Perfumes ©
Love IS Everything: it’s what transforms a night owl artist into the day-dwelling maternal love object of a six year old boy in Boulder. Iconic perfumer, painter, jewelry designer, avid gardener, photographer et al, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz of DSH Perfumes has never been a morning person by nature. Motherhood, however – creates the necessity of schedules, discipline, and consistency (never mind what Oscar Wilde avowed: consistency is NOT the last refuge of the unimaginative.) AND the dazzling eye of broad daylight. Dawn’s devotion to her son Xander is ample proof of that.
Ida with Xander© at India Quality
Curry indeed: Dawn and her husband Edwin met in Boston many years ago while at university and their favorite place to eat was (and still is) India Quality in Kenmore Square. No wonder that child is so fond of lassi (and mango ice cream!) – he was downing it in utero. They have family in New England and visit whenever they can; when they’re here, that’s where they go. I first met infant Xander there six years ago and it’s been a pleasure to watch him grow and develop into the affectionate, creative little man you see here. Mango lassi is his special treat and the concept of a perfume evoking it is cosy, companionable and lushly tropical. It’s delicious (he is, too).
The fleeting zing of citruses imparts freshness in anticipation of the luscious heart of DSH Perfumes Love is Everything. Numerous elements conspire to accentuate one another and develop a harmonious whole: for example, the tea-like floral aspect of champaca absolute and its leaf CO2 complement the astringent delicacy of green tea – a lovely foil for rich mango accords which are bursting with sweet juice. Mango leaf itself adores them all; together they cry out for the succulence provided by lavish butter CO2 and cream, jasmine grandiflorum and Bulgarian and centifolia roses. Gulab attar (roses distilled with sandalwood) is the intuitive pairing for Australian sandalwood, accompanied by extravagantly floralTahitian vanilla and cool musky ambrette.
Saveur.com Mango Lassi
Love Is Everything is a fruity gourmand fragrance, there is no denying that. Does that lessen its appeal? Hardly. There is an initial booziness, a fruited eau-de-vie opening rush which titillates the nose and gives way to a lingering velvety softness, a tuft of vanilla and whispering sandalwood. DSH Perfumes Love is Everything may have been conceived as a perfumed loving tribute to Xander, but it’s a real joy for grownups. Notes: bergamot,mandarin, champaca leaf CO2, cream accord, gulab attar, mango leaf absolute, mango pulp accord, green tea absolute, butter CO2,Bulgarian rose otto, centifolia rose absolute, champaca absolute, grandiflorum jasmine, Tahitian vanilla absolute, Australian sandalwood, ambrette seed
Sample kindly provided by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz – many thanks! My nose is my own…
~ Ida Meister, Senior Editor and Natural Perfumery Editor
~ Art Direction: Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief who thanks Dawn and Ida for sharing theri private photos
DSH Love is Everything is # 4 in The Heirloom Collection, a limited edition available until February 28, 2019. You can read about the concept of Heirloom Elixirs here.
Love is Everything photo from DSH Perfumes©
Thanks to the generosity of DSH Perfumes, we have one 1/4 oz Extrait (or Voile Parfum if it’s outside of the conus ) DSH Perfumes Love is Everything, Heirlooms Elixir #4 for one registered reader worldwide. To be eligible, please leave a comment saying what appeals to you about DSH Perfumes Love is Everything, based upon Ida’s review and where you live. What food or beverage do you associate with your child or mother ? Draw closes 1/15/2019
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