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Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Albino (A Study in White) ~ perfume review

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Albino

For the past few days, I’ve been feeling the need to purge after all my holiday indulgences — too much wine, too many desserts, more than a few late nights. I need to eat lighter, drink lots of water, get a little winter sunshine on my face. Even when I’m reaching for a fragrance in the morning, I want something crisp that pierces my mental fog. That means a short break from my usual soft florals and sweet orientals, in favor of something different. For the past few days, I’ve been trying Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Albino (A Study in White).

Hurwitz writes, “What is it to be without pigment? There seems to be a kind of quality; a luminosity and sense of lightness. So then what? ‘White’ materials…and a questioning: what does white feel like? Albino takes an abstract look at white from a synesthetic and textural stance…”

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A Few of My Favorite Holiday-Season Scents

Christmas baubles

‘Tis the season! — and I’m trying not to get Grinch-y, as I often do at this time of year, when accumulated stresses and obligations (and NYC crowds) finally get to me. One way to stay calm, I find, is to turn to several scents that I associate specifically with the holiday season. I’ve worn them before, through holidays merry and not-quite-so-merry, and they remind me to stop and savor small, familiar pleasures at this all-too-often overstuffed time of year.

On one hand, Christmas is a time for tradition, and every year I reach for my treasured bottle of Caron Nuit de Noel Parfum on Christmas Eve. I find this fragrance wonderfully difficult to parse: it certainly includes oakmoss and some very dark rose, but I could also be convinced that it smells a bit like church incense, or roasted chestnuts, or a pine forest at night. In other words, it’s just abstract enough to lend itself to various fanciful interpretations…

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Two for Tuesday: Eau d’Italie Morn to Dusk, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Giverny in Bloom

(Relatively) quick reviews of Morn to Dusk from Eau d’Italie and the Giverny in Bloom collection from Dawn Spencer Hurwitz.

Eau d’Italie Morn to Dusk

Eau d'Italie Morn to Dusk

The oddly-named Morn to Dusk is the latest from Italian niche line Eau d’Italie; it promises a “sensual feeling that wraps like a veil of gold, from morning till the sun sets” and “the Italian way to Vanilla: simply irresistible”. That translates into a sheer, summer-weight vanilla musk…

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