Rendezvous by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz for DSH Perfumes 2016


Post by Portia


Hi there Frag-O-Philes,

Recently I ordered a new bottle of Giverny In Bloom from DSH Perfumes, with its glorious green self came a sample of her newest fragrance. Realeased in January 2016 and already making waves let’s have a look at Rendezvous. We will be going through the initial experience together today but I will come back in a few days to give some updates if my wearings have shown different or interesting nuance.

Rendezvous by DSH Perfumes 2016

Rendezvous by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Aldehydes, white pepper
Heart: jasmine, orange blossom, gardenia
Base: Oakmoss, castoreum, hyrax, ambergris, labdanum, ambrette (musk mallow), musk, civet

GROWWWWL! Sweet, feral, fecal, dirty, sexy, bakery, alleyway, sunshine on sand, urinous, warm, comfortable, furry, fuzzy, fiery, dry, sizzling, smoky. OMG! All these words running through my head. Rendezvous is extreme. A whiff of coffee, black, intense and Turkish, motor oil gritty, earthy, creation, burnt sticky date pudding, plastics. I am engulfed in a fabulous monster. Part of me is asking “Is this just a circus trick?” other parts are screaming joyfully because this is exactly why indie perfumers are so important, recoiling, mesmerised, disbelieving and floating through someone else’s vision for scent.

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At about the ten to 15 minute mark the enormity has flagged to merely outrageous. The flowers have arrived but they are growing in the compost heap, a healthy vegetative one with cow, horse and chook poo, well turned and aerated heap that is all the wonderful fragrances of renewal through disintegration. The sweet scent of an Indian street urinal from half a block away, mixed with the dusty road, the mass of humanity and beasts all going about their daily grind: living, loving, praying, feasting and festering.

Past the heart and I’m left, for hours, with a burning, smoky something that is also sweet like a cake batter, lightly salted and gorgeously creamy. It was hard to force myself to write really because I wanted to lose myself in the magnificent folds of Rendezvous. Bravo Dawn for bringing us this freakish, poopy masterpiece. I am enjoying it immensely.

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From DSH Perfumes site: A super sexy, “retro nouveau” animalic perfume with the kick of aldehydes and pepper in the top, narcotic, indolic florals in the heart, and a super rich, slightly salty, animalic drydown.  Let’s just say that there’s more going on here than a meeting of the minds.

Further reading: Scented Hound and Perfume Polytechnic
DSH Perfumes has a great range of Rendezvous products starting at $6

What is your favourite Independent Perfume House? Have you tried Dawn’s work?
Portia xx


22 thoughts on “Rendezvous by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz for DSH Perfumes 2016

  1. Hi Portia,
    Absolutely adore Dawn’s work since the early 90’s when her creations were available in UK. I’ve been meaning to check out the Giverny In Bloom collection for some time tbh, plus I’ve heard excellent things about it. La Belle Saison is another on my “to try list”. Just wish that our ridiculous Air Mail restrictions were relaxed so I could buy alcohol based products.



  2. Sounds fantastic! I love her stuff, and Giverny in Bloom is perhaps my favorite. I’m so happy that animalics are having their day once again. Speaking of which, have you tried the Zoologist stuff? It’s pretty over-the-top! Victor Wong’s blog is adorable, btw.


  3. Sounds right up your (Indian) street, Portia.

    Loved ” the enormity has flagged to merely outrageous”. Ha!

    Really enjoyed experiencing this one virtually along with you.


    • Hey Tara,
      For some reason I wasn’t originally expecting a face full of animal when I spritzed. SURPRISE!
      Portia xx


  4. OMG I’m terrified and intrigued in equal measure. Jury’s out on whether I’ll get up the nerve to try it. BTW, what’s a chook?
    Hugs and aloha,


    • Hey there Fifi,
      A ml will be enough to try. It may surprise you. Sometimes the things that sound the most intensely shocking end up being the most comforting to others.
      Chook is Aussie slang for a chicken.
      Hugs and aloha back,
      Portia xx


  5. Hi Portia,
    I love Dawn’s work! I also like that she always sends extra samples, even with a small sample order! I haven’t tried Rendezvous but your description is enticing. My favorite indie house is Olympic Orchids with DHS pretty much tied!
    Azar xx


    • Hey Azar,
      Yes, it’s really good when you get a couple of extras in the pack. Even if you’ve already tried them they make excellent swap and gifts, which then spreads the word. It must be very expensive though for small Indie houses.
      Olympic Orchids! Did you know Ellen was the first perfumer to wish APJ the best of luck and praise our work? I will always have a soft spot for her, it doesn’t hurt that the OO frags are amazing too.
      Portia xx


      • Portia,
        I first discovered APJ on Ellen’s bloglist.
        Serendipity in action! Also – I happily found DSH several years ago while looking for a dupe for Lanvin’s Spanish Geranium. It is so interesting (and strange?) how connections evolve and how one path leads to another.
        Azar xx


  6. Hi, Portia! 🙂 I am so amused I don’t even know where to start. I guess I’ll start with a huge thank you for this fabulously entertaining review! I loved every minute of it; especially the deluge of emotion, dizzying wordplay, and unusual associations/imagery. I am thrilled that you enjoyed(?) my poopy masterpiece. LOL.
    With all my heart~~~ Dawn

    ps: I wish that I had been the first to wish you all of the luck and success that you so deserve, my dear. At least I know that I won’t be the last. ❤


    • Hey Dawn,
      Enjoyed it? Freaking loved it.
      Making such a creation must be thrilling and fulfilling for you. A real departure from anything I’ve smelt from you before and so fabulously naughty.
      Portia xx


  7. this review made me laugh! Very funny and very descriptive. Giverny In Bloom is my favorite of the moment. I love so many of Dawn’s perfumes that often my favorite is the one I most recently sprayed. Giverny is special though…I don’t know anything similar out there.


    • Yes Cynthia,
      Giverny In Bloom isa very special. Even here as it gets cooler in Autumn its crisp green elegance is gorgeous,
      Glad you liked the review.
      Portia xx


    • Heya Megan,
      Thank you. Always lovely to see you drop in.
      Hope all good where you are.
      Dawn is very special.
      Portia xx


  8. I usually love Dawn’s work, but this one was a waxy, WAY too fecal, animalic stench bomb on me! I didn’t think there was such a thing. I’m going to bring it to the animal shelter where I volunteer. One of the cats there is quite the perfumista. If she goes from her normal behavior of trying to lick my wrist to growling and trying to hump it, we’ll know that Rendezvous is a success in feline circles.


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