A parcel from Boulder Colorado always lights me up like Christmas (Remember Christmas? It was SO last year!) It usually means that the very talented perfumer, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has sent me some samples to see what I think. Dawn is an independent niche perfumer who works with natural materials to produce a diverse and high quality range of artisan perfumes. Each one is created by Dawn herself in her lab. She answers to only herself and her loyal customers, new and old. I like that in a perfumer.
For the past few days I have been wearing the fabulous DSH Musc al Madina. This is a musk with a supporting cast that really showcases its talents and brings out its very best. As you know, the musk genre is a vast spectrum that starts with clean and tidy laundry musks and reaches the nether regions of dirty animalic musk such as Serge Lutens Koublai Khan, to name the most notorious example that springs to mind.
Musc al Madina danced with gossamer veils for me, dropping each one like a tease. Firstly, my impression was that this is a wonderful 70s style musk that goes with denim flares and flicky hair. It’s how my primary school teachers and my Mum would have smelled when I was 6 in 1976. (Don’t do the maths. I’m young, OK?) This is a fuzzy blanket/soapy musk that reminded me strongly of talcum powder. But then it changed. Then the vetiver came out and this became a masculine woody musk, full of spices (My beloved myrhh) and peppery geranium. All change for phase three when this settles into a Middle Eastern delight. The oud emerges but with soft smoky edges tinged with Ambergris. This is seamlessly blended so the musk stays centre stage whilst the backdrop changes. Longevity is excellent at around eight or nine hours.
Musc al Madina is intriguing and clever and I can think of few people that it wouldn’t suit. The powdery finish gave me the vintage style hit that I always seek,with a hopeful heart. The spicy, soapy, woody finish left my nose firmly glued to my wrist.
Musc al Madina deserves classic status.
You can buy DSH Musc al Medina from the DSH Perfumes website. My sample was kindly supplied by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, for which my warmest thanks. Opinions are my own.