A week ago it was cool, rainy and dreary. Even though I’m on the East Coast, it reminded me of my first fall/winter in Seattle. I was neck deep in my nostalgia. I couldn’t continue the day unless I had a warm tea pot full of lapsang souchong that I sipped while wearing fingerless gloves. I started thinking about the perfumes I wore then – things like YSL Opium and Karl Lagerfeld KL. But, really I define that time by a single perfume, DSH Perfumes Gingembre, a scent that reminds me of gingersnaps and warm cups of black tea. I went looking for my little dram of this but remembered that DSH had scent me samples of new perfumes. I was growing exhausted by my nostalgia anyway so I went for something new. I ended up wearing a vintage fur inspired perfume, Chinchilla, and it was perfect for my mood.
Chinchilla reminds me of raw honey. It’s sweet, animalic and slightly waxy. As it warms up, it becomes an animalic honey with vintage-y moss and civet. The heart is a spiced honey, the sort of delicious accord that I associate with DSH’s work (like with Lautrec or Cimabue). Florals begin to bloom on my skin but they aren’t fresh or dewy. They’re mainly there to emphasize the chypre-ness of this perfume. It’s dried petals, spices, honey and moss. It really is the sort of thing that will remind you of vintage chinchilla stoles. It dries down to a delicate but warm honeyed floral with a enough musk to keep you cozy even on the coolest winter night.
This perfume had me remembering just why I love DSH Perfumes. My love for the line started with these sort of non-gourmand but totally delicious vintage feeling perfumes. Perfumes that wear memories that are mine and some that aren’t.
Notes listed include bergamot, white pepper, rose, cinnamon leaf, gardenia, Brazilian vetiver, African stone, tonka bean ambrette, oakmoss, castoreum, civet, musk and honey. Launched in 2016. PERFUMER – Dawn Spencer Hurwitz
Give Chinchilla a try if you like honey or animalic perfumes. Or perfumes like Serge Lutens Chergui, Serge Lutens Miel de Bois, Antole Lebreton Bois Lumière, Paco Rabanne La Nuit, Bogue Maai and/or DSH Perfumes Mahjoun. If you like the sort of chypres that were famous in the late 70’s and throughout the 80’s, you must try this perfume. If you like those sweet-but-not-sweet DSH Perfumes (like Cimabue), you should try this one too.
Projection is average. Longevity is above average.
Chinchilla is available in many sizes and in a few formulations. The 1 oz EDP retails for $125 at DSH Perfumes. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Animalic honey. It’s delightfully vintage feeling without being a period piece. DSH does this sort of thing perfectly. I’ve been going through all my little drams over the past week and remembering why I love them so.
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