For years, the start of the holiday season has included the tradition of putting paperwhite (narcissus) bulbs in a rock filled pot so that by the time Christmas is here, we’ll be greeted by the delicate flowers on sinewy stems. These white flowers, though small in size, create a wonderful and powerful aroma that fills the room. I was thrilled to see that DSH made tribute to paperwhites, the simple flowers that even in the midst of winter, their delicate blooms give hope and light to the coming spring.
WHAT I SMELL: Paper White graces the skin with soft and lightly sweet delicate honeyed tinged florals. The perfume is green without being sharp and very quickly after opening, the narcissus begins to open and bloom on the skin. There’s a warmth of orris root at the base of the shining florals and it provides the perfect sense of comfort. Even though the perfume is comforting, that doesn’t mean it’s like wearing a set flannel pajamas; instead, the perfume exudes grand elegance. Paper White is like a shimmering evening dress under glittering and flickering candlelight. As the perfume continues to develop, the warm heart fills the nostrils with a powdery oakmoss. I can say that wearing Paper White will easily become on of my new Christmas traditions.
From the DSH websites:
A bright sparkling green opening reveals a crepe-like paper / narcissus heart. It’s a fresh, modern take on the Spring Narcissus concept that dries down to a soft, green chypre in the base.
Notes: Earl Grey Natural (Accord), Green Narcissus (accord), Iris / Orris, Jonquil Absolute, Papyrus, Rice Paper (accord), Australian Sandalwood, Green Oakmoss, Mysore Sandalwood, Grandiflorum Jasmine, Narcissus Absolute, Bergamot, Tunisian Neroli.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Delicate paperwhites of course.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE PAPER WHITE: elegant, stunning, comforting
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT PAPER WHITE: I Scent You a Day
BOTTOM LINE: Although Caron’s Narcisse Noir and Narcisse Blanc capture narcissus’s rather sharp edges, I believe that makes them both a harder wear. To me, Paper White embodies the heart of the flower with a soft and more approachable manner. I love its elegance and grace…it’s just so wonderfully pretty.
- Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Chypre Floral
- Nose: Dawn Spencer Horowitz
- Classification: Leans feminine
- Expense: Review based on the Vol de Parfum version. $125 for 30m. Also available in extrait and eau de parfum via the DSH website.
Merry Christmas to you and yours from The Scented Hound.