DSH Perfumes Pandora is amazing. And it’s so good, that I’m the evil one, not Pandora. I don’t want to share it with you. I want this to be my perfume. This has been one of my favorite perfumes of the past 5 years. Pandora is so familiar but not. It’s an old-fashioned chypre with a pitch black helmet-like bob and pencil thin brows. This is Lulu in Die Büchse der Pandora. This is a hedonistic chypre that is going to steal a few boyfriends and a few girlfriends. It’s a dichotomy of naïveté and maturity based on the concept of ancient and modern. It’s a bewitching blend with accords of Gloria Swanson, Louise Brooks, Alla Nazimova and Jean Acker.
Pandora opens with a sparkle, almost an immoral glimmer in her eyes. There’s some darkness to this shine. She knows she has your attention but she won’t be responsible for your fate. It’s energetic with spicy anise and a rainbow of peppercorns. The citrus even have a spicy edge and it mixes with green, crushed herbs that remind me of chervil . What’s so difficult to explain about Pandora is that I get this leatheriness. It reminds me of dried, leathery fruits, apricots, in particular, and the softest suede – all in one. It’s that Mousse de Sax accord first used by the house of Caron in the 1920’s. I can’t get my nose off of my wrist. It’s beauty. It’s so familiar but unlike anything that you can purchase these days (without bidding and taking a gamble on ebay). It’s darker and deeper than any modern perfume you can think of. Read this as vampy. The leather gets more prominent, less suede-like and more like a perfectly worn leather glove. There’s a rich, hexing orris that is dry, earthy, dark and this meshes with a camphoric patchouli. The dry-down is this creamy vanilla and coumarin with this intense, spellminding moss and velvety amber. Being that moss isn’t what it used to be in perfumes, Pandora has a wonderful vintage feel. And this “vintage” feel is intensified by the tonka bean. It’s astounding. But, it still manages to be modern; you haven’t sniffed this yet.
Notes listed include ruby fruits, bergamot, aldehyde, spice notes, ozone, violet leaf absolute, davana, cassis bud, green pepper, pink pepper, rose de mai absolute, juhi jasmine, linden blossom, yerba maté, cabreuva wood, orris, green tea, mousse de sax accord (geranium, licorice, leather, iodine and vanillin), cyperus, fossilized amber, ambergris, patchouli, vetiver, muhuhu, Australian sandalwood, tonka bean, green oakmoss and vanilla.
If you love vintage perfumes, I can’t push this one to you enough. It reminds me of classic Coty, Caron and Guerlain. Except it’s more wearable. You can buy it now, use it liberally, indulge, be hedonistic! The lasting power is wonderful, lasting longer than all of the silent films in the world put together. It wears closely but it leaves an intoxicating haze. This is one that a lover will smell on a scarf long after the seduction and coveting your love.
Pandora excites me. Like I said, one of the best perfumes or the most “me” perfume that I have smelled in years. My devilish thoughts pass and I am willing to share Pandora with you. Pandora excites me in the way that finding out that the lost Metropolis footage has been found, restored and that I will finally get to see it all. It makes my life feel complete. Pandora is like that, it’s like finding a buried treasure of a perfume. A perfume that has been found and restored. And now it can be mine to enjoy. As you can see, I have a lust for Pandora.
Pandora comes in a few sizes with prices ranging from $25-$220. This nouveau-vintage perfume, dare I say, masterpiece is available at DSH Perfumes.
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