I was recently sent a travel size bottle of Dusita Issara by my dear friend Patsi, who I know via this very blog. I knew absolutely nothing about the brand or the perfume, so naturally, I was keen to try it. Reader, I can tell you that I am jolly glad I gave it a chance. Dusita Issara is utterly delicious and has been wafting about my person enticingly all day. In fact, my perfume is the only glamorous element to my day at all. You should see the weather here in Wales. Gloom.
Parfums Dusita is a new perfume house, and the brainchild of Pissara Umavijani, who trained in Paris and launched Parfums Dusita in 2015. Its haute perfumerie, so it won’t be cheap, but I can tell you that it will be good
The most noticable note in Issara is musk. Now, as you know , there are many kinds of musks and when I find one I like, I become instantly loyal to it. There are dirty musks such as Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan ( We didn’t get on) and clean laundry musks such as Philosophy Amazing Grace. I’m somewhere in the middle myself. Luckily, Dusita Issara hits the spot, falling just between the two. Now throw in one of my favourite ever perfume notes , namely oakmoss, and add a dry touch of vetiver and you pretty much have Issara (obviously it’s a lot more complicated than that, but that’s the lasting accord it has on me.)
There is a cosy hit of tonka absolute in here , which gives this a vanilla liqueur finish. This is the stuff that makes you want to never, ever stop foraging for Crème Brulée.
Issara is apparently a fresh fougere, but to me, its primarily a musk, with chypre style touches of greenery and oakmoss and that buttery tonka finish. It’s not sweet, but nor is it bitter. If anything, its a bit like smelling marzipan from the next room. Not too sweet, a hint of almonds, and just tantalising enough to keep your mouth watering. if I had to sum up Issara in three words I would describe it thus: green, almondy musk.
I’d defintely put Dusita Issara on my full bottle wish list. It’s totally unisex, so maybe I’ll put it on my husband’s wish list. He won’t mind. He said in the wedding vows that his stuff was all mine. Or something.
It looks as if Dusita Issara is off to a good start as I can see that this is currently sold out already. Bear with them. It’s worth the wait.
You can buy Dusita Issara from the Dusita website. There is a sample service available too, also from the website.
Acknowledgements: Thank you Patsi for the lovely gift of the mini Dusita atomiser. Photographs are all from the Dusita website, except the sheep, which is from Pinterest.