WHAT I SMELL: Rendezvous opens up as pure animal with a strong and breathtaking civet. It’s powerful and primal and it draws you in to take you prisoner. After a few minutes, the initial wave of animalic prowess begins to soften with a light creaminess, but at the same time a dry oakmoss begins to appear along with the most subdued of florals. A dirtied jasmine, mixed with the animalic makes for an interesting play because at times the jasmine comes to the forefront and a minute later the civet and castoreum come to the center stage. After some more time however, the florals win out…still deep, rich and creamy, they provide this heady and voluminous and achingly beautiful arrangement that is wrapped up in an ambered and golden aura. After quite some time, the perfume reveals its final treasure, a gorgeous soft rounded lightly dirty and spicy powdered floral that’s warm, intoxicating and incredibly nostalgic.
Perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz:
I let my imagination go to a time and place when animalic perfumes reigned supreme. Of course, I included the four traditional animal notes: musk, civet, ambergris, and castoreum with added elements of aged oakmoss, and botanical “animalics”; ambrette co2, labdanum, and hyracium tincture (aka African Stone). The heart is filled with indolic juhi jasmine, orange flower absolute, and gardenia balanced by a slightly sharp and spicy white pepper and aldehyde top note. The result is a lush, provocative, and thoroughly sexy perfume for both men and women.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: beautiful decay
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RENDEZVOUS: haunting, breathtaking, careworn
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT RENDEZVOUS: None to be found as of yet.
BOTTOM LINE: I love it when perfumes can stir something inside your core. Too often, new releases tend to be pleasant and nice but rather uninteresting. Rendezvous however, evoked an emotional response in me that took me by surprise. I don’t know if my words convey exactly how beautiful the perfume is and I don’t want my visual to denigrate its effect. But to me, there’s a fragility in the perfume, like a magnificent beauty that has faded in time…you can see the ravages of time, but at its heart it still possesses a grand presence. Rendezvous is a stunning perfume.
- Bone Rating: 5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Aromatic
- Nose: Dawn Spencer Hurwitz
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $165 for 1 oz. eau de parfum or $295 for .5 oz parfum extrait (also available in additional sizes and strengths). Available via the DSH Perfumes website.
Sample courtesy of DSH Perfumes. Opinion my own. Review based on the eau de parfum concentration.
February 15, 2016 at 8:37 am
5 bones? must be magnificent. I normally don’t like modern animalics but I’ll give this one a try. Sounds very interesting.
February 15, 2016 at 8:44 am
Ricky, the animalic aspects of this perfume don’t dominate in the drydown and add just a whiff of what was at the beginning. Trust me, this is beauty at its best!
February 15, 2016 at 11:07 am
Ahh, this makes it sound even better. I love many of Dawn’s creations. She is such a talented perfumer.
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February 15, 2016 at 10:51 am
Wow. I have yet to try a DSH. ❤️
February 15, 2016 at 11:39 am
Val, Dawn’s perfumes feel like they are works of art; as if they have a soul and a story. I hope you get to try some of work…Rendezvous might be a good place to start 🙂
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February 15, 2016 at 3:01 pm
Magnificent. Great review, S! It sounds like something Miss Havisham could wear. Although there is beauty in Rendezvous and not so much in this lady from Great Expectations. Curious about this scent.
February 15, 2016 at 3:22 pm
The picture is quite Ms. Havisham isn’t it. Actually, I’m wearing it now even though I am sitting here in my sweats. Lovely 🙂
February 16, 2016 at 6:23 am
I am fascinated and repelled at the same time. On the animalic scale, with which perfume would you compare this against?
I wonder if there will be a perfume name kerfuffle as Atelier Cologne also has a perfume named Rendezvous???
February 16, 2016 at 9:16 am
Haju!!! The closest that I can come up with the animalic opening would be Jour Ensoleille by Sonoma Scent. In other words, it’s animalic and earthy and not skanky like Papillon’s Salome. It doesn’t smell like armpits 🙂 As for the name…they’re both small companies, I think there’s enough room for 2 Rendezvous!
January 4, 2017 at 12:28 am
Is there any perfume that smells like pits? I know, I know, I’m quite the pervert….
January 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm
Greetings Tim – no…the smell of body is one of the sexist smells out there. YOu might want to check out the following: Stercus by Orto Parisi https://thescentedhound.com/category/orto-parisi/, Afrika Oliphant by Nishane https://thescentedhound.com/2015/06/22/afrika-olifant-by-nishane/ or for a bit more funk there’s Secretions Manifique by Et Libre d’Orange…less funk but more secretion if you get my drift. Good luck!
February 16, 2016 at 9:57 am
Five bones?!!! Rendezvous sounds glorious, Steve. An animalic jasmine is right up my alley, so this is a must-try for me. Thanks for the spectacular review!
February 17, 2016 at 5:36 am
You’re so welcome Holly!
February 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm
This doesn’t sound like its up my alley at all, but your review is so captivating I want to try it anyway! I hope to find a perfume that evokes such an emotional response from me someday.
February 17, 2016 at 5:37 am
You will. Every once in a while a perfume will come along and really sing to your heart. I can’t wait to hear about it when it happens to you! 🙂
February 17, 2016 at 5:38 am
OMG this sounds amazing. I haven’t tried any DSH yet but they’re on my to do list for this year. Great review it really makes me want to try this ASAP!
February 17, 2016 at 6:44 pm
I’m glad I could create a lemming for you 🙂 Dawn’s work is magnificent!
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February 18, 2016 at 6:08 pm
I have a bottle of DSH’s limited edition Love perfume which I adore. I wonder how close they are scent wise? Its very animalic at the opening with a beautiful floral dry down. I have very little left. It’s my favorite fragrance.
February 21, 2016 at 5:37 pm
Katherine…that was part of the Peace Love Perfume collection wasn’t it. Hmmmm, I have those samples buried somewhere in my mess of samples. I’ll have to try to find them to see if there is a similarity.
February 23, 2016 at 8:01 am
Yes, it was part of the Peace Love Perfume Collection. I really enjoy wearing Love, but My bottle is close to empty. I’m hoping there’s some similarities.
February 19, 2016 at 3:14 am
Steve, I’m thrilled to read this review! While this perfume, most likely, won’t work for me, I’m pleased that one of the brands that I like did it again – created something remarkable.
February 21, 2016 at 5:38 pm
U – I love Dawn’s work. She has a very strong and distinctive signature which is a rather earthy and bold edge which I love.
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