Tuesday, March 22, 2016

DSH Perfumes: Giverny In Bloom, Part Two

La Danse des Bleus et des Violettes

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz created this perfume as one of the four in her Giverny In Bloom series. La Danse des Bleus et des Violettes (LDBV) is meant to represent the tender blue and purple flowers in Giverny, composed of violets, irises an lilacs. Notes of watery minerals and soft pale wood accord give the perfume an ethereal feel.

On first spray wispy tendrils of pale blue flowers impart a chill. LDBV smells like the delicate flowers of early spring, which won't survive once the harsh summer sun arrives in a couple of months time. Initially I smell mostly the violet. It is neither powdery or sweet. Next the lilac drifts into the picture adding a subtle touch of sweetness. For just a second I smell the dirt on the roots of the iris, then a watery note joins the florals. The overall feel is very quiet and contained; on my skin there is not a lot of projection. For some reason the line from the song in the Sound of Music popped into my head, "Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes." There is a certain prim and proper feel to this perfume that raises an image of a young woman in a white eyelet dress strolling on the garden path lined with violets and irises.

Although blue flower perfumes are not usually my favorite category, I find LDBV to be a very pretty and subtle perfume that gives a delicate interpretation of a walk among the blue and purple gardens of Giverny. You can find out more about LDBV here.  For more on the Giverny In Bloom collection see Part 1 or Part 3.

The photo above is a painting by Monet of the garden in Giverny.

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