Ma Folie de Noel (My Christmas Folly: Holiday no.6) by DSH Perfumes

Hi Ho Fumies,

I have a beautiful friend, Natalie, from Another Perfume Blog who gave me this very delicious fragrance. I had tried it and loved it a while back and though she loves it too it wasn’t getting the wear it deserved in her perfume wardrobe. I can’t stop spritzing, like an addict, and get a rush of happy every time I do.

Ma Folie de Noel by DSH Perfumes

(My Christmas Folly: Holiday no.6)

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz

Ma Folie de Noel (My Christmas Folly; Holiday no.6) DSH Perfumes FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Star anise, whipped cream, incense

Star anise, Whipped Cream and Incense. The list is so short but Ma Folie de Noel is so much more than it’s featured accords. Sometimes simple is boring but not here. Dawn Spencer Hurwitz is a bit of a magician, in her capable hands we get an incense bomb that sits firmly in gourmand land, and though the incense is there through the whole ride it serves (on my skin) as a back ground to the lovely boozy and creamy extravaganza that I find completely reminiscent of an Egg Flip that my Mum used to make for us. I think I’ve written this somewhere before but can’t find where. Though it is star anise in the spotlight I get nuances of other fabulous spices like nutmeg, vanilla and a hint of Chinese five spice, the whipped cream has nods to caramel ice cream and there is a touch of brandy, maybe even a lovely rich honeyed scotch whiskey and always the cool wash of unburned incense floating underneath.

Ma Folie de Noel Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Egg Flip WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Though Ma Folie de Noel starts out big and lavish it softens out within an hour and after two hours I have a warm caramel glow left that stays around at that close level for ages. I miss the moment when I go back to smelling like only me but my guess is somewhere around the 4-5 hour mark. Ma Folie de Noel id totally wearable and I would say could even be worn in close working quarters, unless your office is frag phobic.

Ma Folie de Noel Dawn Spencer Hurwitz caramel-dessert PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

Though Ma Folie de Noel is marketed as a Christmas scent I think we can skip all that and wear it year round, a cool evening in Spring would be equally as gorgeous. I have yet to try it in the full heat of summer but I’d like to, just to see.

Further reading: Another Perfume Blog and Fragrant Man
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz  site starts at $5 up to $70 and has a full range of ambient and body products to match.

Are there any frags you wear that are seasonal? Do you spritz beyond those seasons? Ever?
Portia xx


15 comments on “Ma Folie de Noel (My Christmas Folly: Holiday no.6) by DSH Perfumes

  1. mals86 says:

    I haven’t worked my way through Dawn’s entire line (I don’t know how anyone could, unless they lived in the area and dropped in every week… jam-PACKED!) and I don’t know this one. I have tried several of her other holiday scents and they’re really fun, interesting things. I like Festive, and Twelfth Night smells like the churches on Malta. (Loved my visit there, would love to go back.)

    I tend to use my fragrances seasonally, since our weather suits that usage and I like the anticipation of rotating bottles into and out of the hatbox on my dresser. Getting cool outside in September? Ooh, let’s pull out the autumn scents… It’s like meeting old friends again after time away.

    Some scents span seasons, don’t they? like classic aldehydic florals. Or white florals, I wear those year round too. And some are just plain wrong out of season – I wore Chamade (which has a lovely soft warm base, and I thought it might do) in late fall one year, but all it did was disconcert me.
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I love the idea of a hatbox on the dresser Mals86,
      Do you ever forget a bottle in your collection and it goes over a year without wear?
      Portia xx

      • mals86 says:

        Ummmm… I’ve probably done that, yeah. 🙁 I try not to, though. What probably gets overlooked is decants/minis.
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      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Yes, I have the same problem. So many decants got smelled once and relegated to boxes. We did a month of smelling decants here on an Aussie Facebook page last year. It was great. I got through more than 30 samples, just splashed the whole ml on myself and went about my day.
        I think I need see if we can do it again.
        Portia x

    • Azar says:

      Hi mals86 and Portia,
      I agree that it is impossible to keep up with Dawn! She is so creative that there is something new all the time. It helps that she always sends out extra samples with the orders but it still is hard to decide. One of her “discontinueds” that I like to wear is Pamplemousse en Plus. I’m also a fan of Pandora, Prana, Cafe Noir, Mata Hari (a big favorite), Les Rouge Collection. I would like to try Indus (I may have a sample that I have tried?) and now Ma Folie de Noel. Thanks for this review, Portia!
      Azar xx

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Hey Azar,
        I love Indus and Mata Hari. Yes, the range is staggering in its enormity but I’ve yet to find a fragrance that I don’t like from DSH.
        Portia xx

    • Maya says:

      Great idea with the hatbox. Hope you don’t mind if I steal it.

  2. Tara says:

    I can just imagine how great this is on you Portia.

    I love matching my perfumes to the seasons and rarly break out of that. Except maybe when I have the blues in late Feb and put on a spring or even happy summery perfume to rush the season along and lift my mood. A burst of orange blossom or mandarine maybe.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      How did you get to be so lovely? If I was as beautiful as you I’d be a complete bitch.
      Yes, I think we all spritz spring before the end of winter in vain hope.
      Portia x

  3. ElizabethC says:

    Ma Folie de Noel sounds wonderful – I am definitely going to have to try this one! I like wearing perfumes that match the seasons – such as L’Artisan Ananas Fizz for the spring. However, I really enjoy going against the season! Ananas Fizz is perfect on a cold, gray, and rainy February day (we get many of these in Seattle!). Every time I sniff, I’m transported somewhere sunny! It is also fun to try the big, rich classics (such as Nuit de Noel) on a hot and sunny day. While the heat makes the scents explode, it also seems to make them smile.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I am so happy that you love to wear against the season. It’s fun and I always feel slightly subversive when I do it . He he he. Favourite heavy Summer scent choice is Ubar by Amouage.
      Portia x

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