September 12, 2011

Pandora - DSH

Pandora is a perfume of almost entirely botanical elements, with approximately 2.5% man-made notes of aldehyde and ozone, which fix, uplift and diffuse all the fragile botanical essences without taking away any of the gentleness and calm of their wholesome nature.

The note list is as follows:

Top: ruby fruits (botanical accord), bergamot, aldehyde, spice notes, ozone, violet leaf absolute,
davana, cassis bid, green and pink pepper
Heart: rose de mai absolute, juhi jasmine, linden blossom absolute, yerba maté absolute,
cabreuva wood, orris co2, green tea absolute
Base: mousse de saxe accord (botanical) , cyperus, fossilized amber absolute, ambergris tincture,
patchouli co2, vetiver co2, muhuhu, australian sandalwood, tonka bean absolute, oakmoss green,
vanilla absolute.

The result is a subtle warm essence that is a comfort scent for me, a talisman or amulet to hold on the skin against stress and strife.  When so much else in the world around may be chaotic, even anxiety provoking or demanding, bold, large and insistent, Pandora is a reminder of the quietly benevolent, soothing and calm side of Nature.  This gentle aromatic green liquid could provide an olfactory form of balance, like a port in the storm.  I believe  the soft mousse de saxe base provides the warmth that suffuses itself through the floral and green pleasantness to make a subtle aura of calm serenity.

If Alice drank this she would return to normal size, not too big, not too small. but back on earth as a normal child again in a safe place that made sense. 

DSH has a big range of perfume styles, and many of her perfumes are dramatic, bold and surprising straight out of the gate.  Pandora is part of the DSH fragrance wardrobe that is perfect for times when recovering from stress or even recuperating from the shock of an accident or illness.   Or perhaps for representing soothing calm peace and stability as a personal olfactory signature to signal your own good intentions.

The scent reminds me most of smoothness, like the smooth skin and hair of youth, while also representing the wisdom of balance.

This would be a perfect perfume for a woman with a young child, or a Zen or Yoga practitioner, as an aid to focus on the present moment and yourself within it.  It does not overwhelm you or turn you into anyone else more dangerous or glamorous or shocking. What it does for me is work to enhance an inner state of soft pleasant balance, which is far more than anyone could reasonably dare to ask of a perfume.

There are a number of other writers with a great diversity of opinion on this perfume,  so please visit them at the following sites, their posts will be up today:

If you wish to participate in a draw for a 3ml sample of Pandora, please do say so in a comment, and I will announce the winner on September 19th both here and on FB.

Above top image of Pandora by Redon, a frequent inspiration for DSH.
Second image Liebowitz/Ford image of Alice in Wonderland Drink Me.
Third image from Under the Lotus, a haiku/poetry site, please visit for another hit of serenity.
Sample and giveaway provided by DSH. 
This piece is non commercial and not a paid promotion.

ISA is the winner of the draw -- Congratulations!    Thank you all for participating.

34 comments:

Monica said...

I am in agreement with your description dear Lucy, calm serenity and femininity...

queen_cupcake said...

I'm really looking forward to trying Pandora, and would love to be included in the draw. Thanks!

Lucy said...

Monica, yes, DSH is one of the few perfumers to value and depict such serenity.

Lucy said...

Queen Cupcake, yes, please consider yourself entered!

ccdouglass said...

Please include me in the draw for the Pandora sample. Thank you so much!

Carrie Meredith said...

Such a beautiful review, Lucy! I don't wish to be entered in the draw since I'm lucky enough to have a sample of my own, but could you do me a small favor, the link you have here to my blog is for my old blog that is no longer used. The current one:
eyelineronacatblog.blogspot.com. Thank you, doll! Viva La Pandora!

ahsu said...

Love hearing everyone's thoughts on this scent. I can't imagine all of those notes smelling of balance and smoothness, but if it can be done, I believe Dawn could do it. Would love to be entered to win a sample.

Isa said...

I'd love to try Pandora! Please, enter me in the draw. Thanks :)

A comfort scent is always welcomed.

Monica said...

All of the descriptions are making me really want to smell it and try some! It sounds like a wonderful mix - please enter me into the drawing :)
- Monica D. in Bangkok

Lucy said...

Ahsu, Isa and Monica in Bangkok, glad to have you in the draw.

Carrie, will do. I copied the list from the one online at FB but I see it needs to be adjusted. Thanks for letting me know.

a.k.a. Warum said...

Thank you for the draw, I'd love to be entered.

Aldehydes are man-made notes which will make me stay on the side of not all natural perfumery. To each their own, and I love aldehydes. Nothing carries flowers on the sunbeams and moonbeams of smell the way they do. I am so interested in trying Pandora.

Lucy said...

Warum, so interesting an insight on aldehydes. You are most welcome in the draw.

HJ said...

I'm yet to have the pleasure of experiencing a DSH perfume ~ Pandora sounds glorious. Who couldn't do with a little extra serenity in their life? =)

I would love to be added to the draw!

My thanks
HollyJae

Sharryn Stormonth said...

This collective reviewing is a great concept, I am really enjoying this. Pandora is taking over my day..

I would love to be entered in the draw. Thank you

Lucy said...

Holly Jae and Sharryn, I am most happy to enter you. Pandora has been especially good for a busy Monday.

Lisa BTB said...

Pandora sounds beautiful and if it's also perfect for mothers with pre-teens I'm all for it LOL. This seems to be a very complex perfume and the ruby fruits accord sounds interesting. Please add me to the draw. Thank you!

civava said...

I haven't been able to try any of DSH perfumes yet, so I would be very glad to try this as first. Your description really made me curious.

dshnotebook said...

Lucy! :) How I love your take on Pandora! It IS a comfort scent for me as well... I think it is so much rose de mai that works it's magic in that way for me. I actually like that I can feel sexy and comfortable at the same time wearing it.
Thank you so much for the wonderful review and the incredible calm you were able to convey in your poetic style. It's lovely as you are my dear! oxoxo

Undina said...

Great review! It's very interesting to read different people's take on the same perfume.

Please enter me into the draw.

Lucy said...

DSH -- you keep making them and I keep enjoying them. The combination of sexy and comfortable is our American holy grail, and I think you are doing in perfume what fashion designers have done in American fashion in that way, too. The handmade aspect keeps it subtle refined and delicate.

Lucy said...

Lisa BTB -- yes I see this as a perfect scent for a woman who has a lot of sides to her, not just around for the evening, if you know what I mean.

Lucy said...

civava, there are so many perfumes in the DSH line, I suggest you take a look at the site because the range is wide -- this would be a lovely intro.

Undina, yes I too was very taken with the differences in interpretation, though I think we all agree as to the smoothness and femininity.

womo531 said...

I would like to be entered into the draw as well, sounds lovely!

Anonymous said...

Lovely review. I really enjoy these multi-blogger projects -- it's fun to get so many perspectives at once. While I love the vampy aspect described on EauMG, I am also more than ready to appreciate the gentle green serenity you describe so eloquently.
Do please enter me into the draw for this new beauty from Dawn.

-- Lindaloo

Cynthia said...

Now I am really curious to try this as your take on it seems quite different than some of the other bloggers. Perfume is so subjective! But then any DSH new perfume is a must try for me.

lostpastremembered said...

How could I not want to try this after such a review. God knows we all need some calming after the last few weeks with nature and the 9/11 anniversary churning up the waters so malevolently. As I am new to your world many of the notes are foreign to me, but the ones I recognize are gorgeous. I did note the violet leaf addition and wondered if is different from the ones around here. One of my old recipes used violet leaves, strawberry leaves and marigold. I tasted the violet leaves and they were bitter... but then it was late in the season and the violets were nearly scentless. Now I wonder what the absolute must be like>? Great post... very provoking!

Lavanya said...

Thanks for the draw! I'd love to be entered!

brinnet said...

I'd love to be entered into the draw! I am so completely in love with smelling new perfume samples.

Lucy said...

Lost Past Remembered -- I think the absolutes usually turn out to be very different than what one expects, especially taste wise. But yes one has times....
a little serenity could go a long way.

Lucy said...

Lindaloo and Cynthia, yes I noticed that what I get is different than what some others have -- it's like a book or a movie sometimes one's reactions are so different than a friend's, you bring your own state of mind to perfumes too.

Lucy said...

Everyone is in the draw -- please check back Monday night for the winner and be ready to send me your email/address, it will come to you directly from DSH in Colorado. I've used my sample all up already!

Jen Haile said...

Please enter me for the draw.

Ankica said...

I never consider Pandora as "soft or relaxing". :) Very interesting observation. :)

Pamela Boss said...

This fragrance sounds incredible. Living in a house with one man and four dogs, I NEED feminine scents!
I truly love your description: "If Alice drank this she would return to normal size, not too big, not too small. but back on ...earth as a normal child again in a safe place that made sense." It really gives me a sense of the scent! I can somewhat relate; I would love to stop being an adult and go back to my childhood, where I had no responsibility, money meant nothing and the only obligation was keeping play dates, "a safe place that made sense."
The scent sounds absolutely incredible.