Ultramarine Blue by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz for DSH Perfumes 2015




Hey All,

A while ago when I got the DSH Chroma Sample Set I grabbed every dabber out and had a quick sniff. It is fun finding the instant likes, loves and loathes. I will admit that Ultramarine Blue jumped into the WTF category. It was so interesting, unusual and confronting. No, I’m not sure why because it really smells like the beachside in summer but with an undercurrent of menace. Anyway I filed it away under Must Revisit and thought you might like to come along on the ride with me today to see if it lives up to its

Ultramarine Blue by DSH Perfumes 2015

Ultramarine Blue by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz


Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Chamomile, cassis, cumin, ozonic notes, musk, sea notes, orris root, petitgrain, sandalwood, violet woodsorrel

OK, so I decanted the whole vial into a spritz and did the whole 18 blasts on the back of my hand and forearm. WHOA!! No turning back now.

Salty citrus, briny seas, a herbal greenness that feels both freshly chopped and mulched. The cassis is green and biting, like pulling ivy off the wood fence and scrunching it up in the summer after swimming in the pool. There’s nothing easy about Ultramarine Blue. I find it disturbing and challenging. Imagine oversalting cucumber, add a little under the boardwalk bilge-e-ness, tear some rose leaves and dig in a super heated grass mulch pile. Then you can smell exactly what my nose is giving me from Ultramarine Blue.


Doesn’t sound appealing does it? Well, while it’s not exactly my fragrant cup of tea I do love the way it moves through the pieces of the story. Dawn has a deft way with ingredients that means even though it’s not a spritz & go frag it is compelling and keeps drawing my nose back to my hand.

After an hour or so Ultramarine Blue becomes driftwood. it’s absolutely beautiful. Calm, tranquil and an unruffled seaside escapade in the glorious sunshine.

DSH Perfumes has loads of sizes and variants of Ultramarine Blue starting at $6

Want something unusual, interesting, refreshing and ultimately peaceful? I think you might like to try Ultramarine Blue.
Is there an aquatic that you love?
Portia xx

8 thoughts on “Ultramarine Blue by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz for DSH Perfumes 2015

  1. Well, there used to be this L’Eau par Kenzo many years ago and I bought a bottle every summer and used it up in a month. It was so fresh and reminded me of beaches and swimming in the sea. Then I forgot about it for a long time. Since it was long before the reformulations, I don’t know if the latest version is still that good.


    • Hey Neva,
      I had a bottle of the Kenzo too, was it a softly salty aquatic? I can’
      t remember exactly but I went through quite a bit of it.
      Portia xx


  2. I wanted to follow this because, so far, I have not enjoyed the aquatics that I’ve tried. So, I want to listen to the experts and see if there are some to try that might make my sniffer go WOW. 🙂


  3. The perfume gods have smiled on me in the last few months. I have found several new loves. Sogno Reale by Mendittorosa is gorgeous! It’s marine – part of their write-up says – “imagined scent of the mysterious sea urchin, king of the unknown depths of the ocean”. I love it.


  4. Wow, sounds like me and my partner must try this! He loves marine scents. Entre Ciel et Mer by Pierre Guillaume is the very best in our collection so far. Diptyque’s Florabellio is nice too. What do you think about these two, Portia?


    • Hey Anastasia,
      I think I tried Ciel et Mer but can’t remember. Damn, my brain is mush on holidays.
      The other I never did but I like the way Diptyque makes scent so I will probably like it very much.
      Portia xx


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