Pink Gardenia by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz for DSH Perfumes review


Post by FeralJasmine


Some of my earliest memories of growing up in Louisiana involve gardenias. My mother had a big bush in the front yard, and I can recall at about age 4 moving nearer to an open flower, then away, then closer again, testing the scent at different distances. Sheer bliss. True gardenia scents are still my favorite, and I want them realistic. Accordingly, I am a sucker for any gardenia scent that comes along. At least, for sampling. I have finally learned that over 90% of them are major disappointments, and I no longer EVER blind-buy bottles of new gardenia perfumes. I think I have gotten most of my gardenia errors to new homes, but there may still be a few in the back of the closet, silently mocking my gullibility.

Pink Gardenia by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz for DSH Perfumes

My Gardenia Fetish part III: DSH Pink Gardenia

Pink Gardenia DSH Perfumes FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot
Heart: Gardenia, tuberose
Base: Ambergris and musk

No doubt I will continue to sample new gardenia scents as they emerge, but there are a few favorites that I regularly wear and count on to scratch my gardenia itch. The tragically discontinued Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia is my favorite nighttime scent, and in the daytime I love to float around in Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s Pink Gardenia. She has a few gardenias, but the Pink is the closest to the real thing. The eau de parfum is a lovely soft sweet gardenia that soon settles down fairly close to the skin. Real gardenias in their homeland have a definite fungal undertone that smells a bit like moist Southern loam. When a gardenia scent seems “not real,” often it’s because the scent is too clean. Pink Gardenia has a bit of the fungal note, but it’s faint. This one will evoke the flower but won’t cause your coworkers to wrinkle their noses.

Pink Gardenia DSH Perfumes Gardenia Tatters FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

The Pink Gardenia parfum is rich, intense, and comes across as slightly less clean. It is a fully opened flower, lovingly placed on your skin by your lover’s hand. It wears close and soft and dries down to a glorious skin scent. I want this one badly, but what I want to do with it is put it all over myself, and at over $100 for 5ml I can’t afford that. Unless I were to use the whole bottle in one gorgeous binge, and oh, how I enjoy fantasizing about that. But it is lovely and hypnotic and covetable, and you can bet that it’s on my “to buy” list.

Pink Gardenia DSH Perfumes  Gardenia oom_endro PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

Further reading: Now Smell This and
DSH Perfumes starts at a $5 sample vial, for $80/30ml EdP

I have already written to Ms. Hurwitz expressing my hope that she will never discontinue this scent. The EdP is my own bottle (likely the first of many) and a small sample of the parfum was kindly provided by the perfumer. My opinions remain firmly my own, especially when it comes to gardenias.

FeralJasmine xx

6 comments on “Pink Gardenia by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz for DSH Perfumes review

  1. Mals86 says:

    Pink Gardenia is very nice. It was unfortunately very sweet on me in the base (sometimes that sweet musk Dawn uses is just right, and sometimes it’s overwhelming for me, as it was in this one). But it does get the floral right.

    Gardenias are so swoonworthy. We had a neighbor to bring us one off his bush once when I was in my early teens, and I kept sticking my nose in it and sighing. My mother – who has never liked white florals of any kind – asked me to *please* take it out of the kitchen and to my room, because it was giving her a headache.

    I’ve tried growing gardenias myself, but so far no luck. It might be a little too chilly at our 2000-ft elevation.
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    • FeralJasmine says:

      Love your memories of gardenias. I found them very swoonworthy when I was in my teens. Sorry the base of a Pink Gardenia didn’t quite work for you. I am fortunate and don’t get much sweetness from it, just a bit. What’s your favorite gardenia scent?

  2. Erica Golding says:

    Such an enticing review!! I have had Pink Gardenia bookmarked in my browser for a few weeks now, it sounds like pure love for me. Thank you for posting your honest impressions, xoxo from a fellow gardenia lover!

    • FeralJasmine says:

      I so seldom find a gardenia that I really like that it was a pleasure to discover Pink Gardenia and be able to recommend it. The parfum version is pretty swoonworthy. I think I’m working up to a purchase.

  3. Kandice says:

    I love gardenias too and would love to sample these (although the parfum will be sadly outside my budget). Perhaps the EdP though 🙂

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