Hi there Indie Lovers,
You know when you get some samples and you sniff a few till you find one that floats your boat? Sometimes there are a couple that don’t get a sniff because you’ve already discovered gold. So, this is exactly what happened with Onycha (On Ee Ka). It was left unsniffed and now I am bloody kicking myself. What a fragrance, it is absolutely lovely.
Onycha by DSH Perfumes 2016
Onycha by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Sea water, animal notes, incense
One of the families of fragrance that I love to travel with is amber. Somehow ambers seem to add richness and patina to every adventure. On our holiday in 2016 Jin, Anna-Maria and I went to Croatia to see where Anna-Maria’s family came from and meet some relatives.
Imagine sitting in an historic, crumbling church on a small peninsula in Croatia at the end of winter wearing an amber fragrance. The sky is blue but the cold has washed almost all the colour from it, so it’s an arctic ice blue. The wind is blowing through the trees around the church so you hear it as the shivering whistle of leaves being buffeted. The bells are pealing and you have just finished wandering around the graveyard. Inside there is no wind and you can sit in ancient pews that have only the merest hint of wood smell overlaid by wax and the shine of thousands of bottoms. There is the smell of the incense used in the last mass and over all of this the smell of humanity and dust.
Below you can see Jin, Anna-Maria and her cousin Ana wandering around the old church.
Amber, incense, briny winds, dust and honey. Dawn has made a beautiful, slightly offbeat amber that is ultimately cosy and comfortable. I can easily imagine Onycha becoming a go to fragrance for people who love ambers but are bored by their similarities.
Are you up for religious experiences in your perfumes?