Got several indie reviews for you: DSH and CocoaPink, plus a Montale. Not everything on the DSH website is going to suit everybody – but there’s certain to be something for everyone. I don’t do well with the heavy balsamics, but I hear that for those who love such things, Dawn’s are regarded as being absolutely wonderful. And all-naturals tend to up and flit off me after about half an hour, but her Rose Vert is gorgeous and sticks around for hours. I miss the duplicates of classic scents (they’re discontinued and mostly out of stock), but Dawn has begun to create several vintage-inspired scents that are getting a lot of love on the perfumista front: Pandora, Vert pour Madame, Mirabella.
I first heard of CocoaPink via Annemarie at Beauty on the Outside – she likes the Chergui dupe. The scent list is skewed (drastically) to the sweet side, and some of the names are really silly, but I liked a couple of the offerings. The company seems more focused on body products than straight-up perfume, and the fragrances are not all that terribly complex, but the body butter is really nice and rich, and it’s a bargain for strongly scented, emollient body butter if you like sweet stuff.
DSH Perfumes Fleurs d’Oranger – inspired to test more orange blossom scents after the success of the Serge Lutens fragrance and By Kilian Sweet Redemption, as well as the orange blossom part of Elie Saab, I ordered a sample of Dawn’s Fd’O from her Les Rouges line of Beaux Arts Parfums. It’s a pretty, orange-flavored orange blossom with wafts of neroli, veering soapy like most orange-blossom fragrances on me, but for a shorter period of time. It’s not soapy for long, and eventually pulls up a really pretty beeswax-vanilla base. Lasts quite well. Very lovely, and if you liked Sweet Redemption, you might want to try this one.