DSH Perfumes Adoration Natural Perfume Review

Adoration is in The Italian Splendor Collection, a collection of perfumes created by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz for the Denver Art Museum’s Cities of Splendor Exhibit. Adoration represents Milani is inspired by Bonifacio Bembo’s “Adoration of the Magi”. This fragrance is based on traditional Catholic incense and the gifts of the Magi. DSH included rose in this fragrance to represent Mary. Before I read about the inspiration and I had sampled Adoration, I thought, “This smells like the gifts of the Biblical Magi”. I find this “ancient” fragrance meditative. And it’s a good one for Christmas.

Bonifacio Bembo Adoration of the Magi

Adoration is a natural fragrance and it opens as a resinous blend with natural, gummy sweetness. All of the resins like galbanum, frankincense, and myrrh give Adoration this ancient feel. Angelica is prominent in the opening. It adds some fresh green spiciness to the ancient resins. It fades and is replaced by a maple syrup sweetness. The fragrance actually smells like it would be the color of maple syrup. When Adoration dries down, it smells like smoldering incense. It’s a mix of precious woods, amber and some vanilla-ish benzoin. It really does remind me of something the Magi would carry. Adoration smells ancient. I can’t comment if it smells like Mass or not. But, it does smell ancient.

Notes listed include angelica, rosewood, immortelle, galbanum resin, frankincense, myrrh gum, sandalwood, cedarwood, madonna lily, red rose, Bulgarian rose, labdanum, vanilla, and exotic woods.


Give Adoration a try if you like resinous, ancient fragrances or if you are looking for a meditative fragrance. Adoration reminds me of sweeter version of DSH Perfumes limited edition scent, Three Kings. Adoration is unisex but I see it being a better masculine. And it makes a great Christmas scent.

Adoration comes in a few sizes. The 5 ml perfume retails for $45. This fragrance is available at DSH’s on-line boutique.

Victoria’s Final EauPINION A meditative sweet resinous incense. It’s a peaceful fragrance that smells ancient like one could find a vial of it buried in the desert. I appreciate Adoration, but you guys know how I feel about maple syrup/immortelle. Adoration is not for me.

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*Disclaimer – A sample of this perfume was provided by DSH. My opinions are my own. I am not financially compensated for this review or any others. painting – Bonifacio Bembo, Adoration of the Magi, about 1455–1460. Tempera and oil paint on panel; 40-1/8 x 26-1/2 in. Denver Art Museum: The Simon Guggenheim Memorial Collection.

6 thoughts on “DSH Perfumes Adoration Natural Perfume Review

    1. I wonder if it has too much myrrh for you? I don’t think it’s a myrrh overdose but aren’t you wary of it after your LUSH experience?

    1. I think you could *handle* this one because of the “rounded” sweetness of the maple syrup. It isn’t a rough fragrance if that makes sense.

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