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This sampler is from the 2010-2011 Denver Museum King Tut Exhibition. It is not the same as the current sampler available on DSH's website. It was designed in conjunction with a ‘conversation lecture’ entitled “Ancient Aromatics” given by DSH at the Denver Art Museum in September, 2010 as part of the museum’s exhibit KING TUT. To create these perfumes, DSH researched, re-created and re-formulated sacred temple perfumes as well as luxury perfumes from the ancient world. Perfumes of the ancient world were made of all natural materials; mostly botanicals and some animal essences. In keeping with the authenticity of the materials, The Secrets of Egypt collection has been created using botanical, precious and rare essences with minor elements of synthetics to replicate the wine nuances.

Antiu - A conifer/resin perfume with a distinctive bitter almond and galbanum top note pairing. Antiu is the name chosen for this modern adaptation of "Metopion”, an ancient perfume that was known some 300 years before Pliny the Elder and Dioscorides mentioned it in their writings. This modern adaptation was developed using many of the same natural aromatics blended with almond, jojoba and sesame oil. The notes for Antiu are galbanum, bitter almond, cardamom, "camel grass" (lemongrass), balsam of Gilead, sweet flag, honey, sweet wine (note), pine resin and myrrh gum resin.

Keni - Keni is the modern adaptation of "the Medesian" which was based on the three most prevalent aromatics found in ancient Egyptian perfumes - cardamom, cinnamon and myrrh. It proved to be so widely used in Egypt and throughout the Ancient world that eventually its production was appropriated by the Phoenicians. Especially popular during the Ptolomeic period, it is said that Cleopatra scented her feet with the Medesian. This modern adaption used many of the same natural aromatics blended with almond, jojoba and sesame oil. It is created from cassia, cinnamon, myrrh gum resin and pine resin oil.

Megaleion - A balsamic scent with rich black agarwood, fossil amber and woody incense notes. Although the origin of this marvel of the ancient world isn’t entirely clear, it is said to be named for it’s creator, “Megalus”, making Megaleion one of the first “designer perfumes” in the world. By the time of Pliny the Elder, Megaleoin had achieved a kind of celebrity due to its extreme costs, complexity of ingredients and painstaking method of its production. According to Theophrastus, "to make Megaleion the oil must first be boiled for ten days and nights and only then do they put in the resin and other things, since the oil is more receptive when it has been thoroughly boiled". This modern adaptation used many of the same natural aromatics blended with almond, jojoba and sesame oil. Magaleion's exceptional perfume is created from "burnt resin" (olibanum/pine resin oil), cassia, cinnamon, balsam of Gilead (note), cedarwood, "camel grass" (lemongrass), spikenard, costus root, sweet flag and myrrh gum resin.

Arome d'Egypte - Ancient. Occult. Immortal. These three words truly describe Dawn Spencer Hurwitzʼ original perfume inspired by the perfumes of the Pharaohs. While developing a collection of ʻscent studiesʼ on one aromatic note, DSH chose spikenard, an ancient root used extensively in early Egyptian perfumes, as a focus. Spikenard, a botanical relative to valerian, is used to soothe, relax and bring one into a meditative realm. When mixed with incense resins and spices it is truly intoxicating. Arome dʼEgypte Perfume has adapted early Egyptian fragrance styles and aromatic notes into a modern fragrance in the French perfume tradition. It features notes of cassia, cinnamon bark, centifolia rose, Egyptian jasmine, spikenard, amber, ambrette seed, Atlas cedarwood, labdanum, benzoin, myrrh gum, Australian sandalwood, olibanum and balsam.

Cardamom & Khyphi - probably the most famous of all early Egyptian perfumes handed down to us from antiquity. Eventually Khyphi developed a particular recipe and ‘brand’. Primarily used as an incense, Kyphi was also used as a remedy for such ailments as nightmares and snake bites. Cardamom & Khyphi was inspired by the original recipe of Dioscorides, but with a more pronounced element of cardamom seed. It has been adapted into a modern fragrance utilizing many of the original natural aromatics used in ancient Egypt. Cardamom & Khyphi features notes of cardamom, cinnamon, clove bud, plum (note), sweet orange, honey, juniper berry, sugar date, labdanum, mastic, myrrh gum, frankincense and patchouli.

1,000 Lilies (aka Susinon) - A fresh, yet exotic oriental lily perfume with spice and resin notes in the drydown. Susinon was a luxurious and strongly scented lily perfume that was made by the  Egyptians as well as the Greeks, but the Egyptian version was thought to “excel most’. This fabulous fragrance was also used by Cleopatra to scent the sails of her royal barge, perfuming the air along the Nile as she sailed. The exhaustive recipe for Susinon calls for spices and resins to first be soaked in fragrant wine and balanos oil to be prepared. When the oil is  ready, it is added to the spices along with 1,000 lilies. Interestingly, in our time a lily perfume would be almost exclusively worn by women, but for the ancient Egyptians, Susinon was one perfume deemed suitable for a man. This modern adaptation of Susinon is created from lily, lotus and iris flowers, sweet flag, cardamom, crocus (saffron), honey, cinnamon, fragrant wine (note), salt (note) and myrrh gum resin.


Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Secrets of Egypt Sampler - Six 1ml Manufacturer Samples

This sampler is from the 2010-2011 Denver Museum King Tut Exhibition. It is not the same as the current sampler available on DSH's website. It was designed in conjunction with a ‘conversation lecture’ entitled “Ancient Aromatics” given by DSH at the Denver Art Museum in September, 2010 as part of the museum’s exhibit KING TUT. To create these perfumes, DSH researched, re-created and re-formulated sacred temple perfumes as well as luxury perfumes from the ancient world. Perfumes of the ancient world were made of all natural materials; mostly botanicals and some animal essences. In keeping with the authenticity of the materials, The Secrets of Egypt collection has been created using botanical, precious and rare essences with minor elements of synthetics to replicate the wine nuances.

Antiu - A conifer/resin perfume with a distinctive bitter almond and galbanum top note pairing. Antiu is the name chosen for this modern adaptation of "Metopion”, an ancient perfume that was known some 300 years before Pliny the Elder and Dioscorides mentioned it in their writings. This modern adaptation was developed using many of the same natural aromatics blended with almond, jojoba and sesame oil. The notes for Antiu are galbanum, bitter almond, cardamom, "camel grass" (lemongrass), balsam of Gilead, sweet flag, honey, sweet wine (note), pine resin and myrrh gum resin.

Keni - Keni is the modern adaptation of "the Medesian" which was based on the three most prevalent aromatics found in ancient Egyptian perfumes - cardamom, cinnamon and myrrh. It proved to be so widely used in Egypt and throughout the Ancient world that eventually its production was appropriated by the Phoenicians. Especially popular during the Ptolomeic period, it is said that Cleopatra scented her feet with the Medesian. This modern adaption used many of the same natural aromatics blended with almond, jojoba and sesame oil. It is created from cassia, cinnamon, myrrh gum resin and pine resin oil.

Megaleion - A balsamic scent with rich black agarwood, fossil amber and woody incense notes. Although the origin of this marvel of the ancient world isn’t entirely clear, it is said to be named for it’s creator, “Megalus”, making Megaleion one of the first “designer perfumes” in the world. By the time of Pliny the Elder, Megaleoin had achieved a kind of celebrity due to its extreme costs, complexity of ingredients and painstaking method of its production. According to Theophrastus, "to make Megaleion the oil must first be boiled for ten days and nights and only then do they put in the resin and other things, since the oil is more receptive when it has been thoroughly boiled". This modern adaptation used many of the same natural aromatics blended with almond, jojoba and sesame oil. Magaleion's exceptional perfume is created from "burnt resin" (olibanum/pine resin oil), cassia, cinnamon, balsam of Gilead (note), cedarwood, "camel grass" (lemongrass), spikenard, costus root, sweet flag and myrrh gum resin.

Arome d'Egypte - Ancient. Occult. Immortal. These three words truly describe Dawn Spencer Hurwitzʼ original perfume inspired by the perfumes of the Pharaohs. While developing a collection of ʻscent studiesʼ on one aromatic note, DSH chose spikenard, an ancient root used extensively in early Egyptian perfumes, as a focus. Spikenard, a botanical relative to valerian, is used to soothe, relax and bring one into a meditative realm. When mixed with incense resins and spices it is truly intoxicating. Arome dʼEgypte Perfume has adapted early Egyptian fragrance styles and aromatic notes into a modern fragrance in the French perfume tradition. It features notes of cassia, cinnamon bark, centifolia rose, Egyptian jasmine, spikenard, amber, ambrette seed, Atlas cedarwood, labdanum, benzoin, myrrh gum, Australian sandalwood, olibanum and balsam.

Cardamom & Khyphi - probably the most famous of all early Egyptian perfumes handed down to us from antiquity. Eventually Khyphi developed a particular recipe and ‘brand’. Primarily used as an incense, Kyphi was also used as a remedy for such ailments as nightmares and snake bites. Cardamom & Khyphi was inspired by the original recipe of Dioscorides, but with a more pronounced element of cardamom seed. It has been adapted into a modern fragrance utilizing many of the original natural aromatics used in ancient Egypt. Cardamom & Khyphi features notes of cardamom, cinnamon, clove bud, plum (note), sweet orange, honey, juniper berry, sugar date, labdanum, mastic, myrrh gum, frankincense and patchouli.

1,000 Lilies (aka Susinon) - A fresh, yet exotic oriental lily perfume with spice and resin notes in the drydown. Susinon was a luxurious and strongly scented lily perfume that was made by the  Egyptians as well as the Greeks, but the Egyptian version was thought to “excel most’. This fabulous fragrance was also used by Cleopatra to scent the sails of her royal barge, perfuming the air along the Nile as she sailed. The exhaustive recipe for Susinon calls for spices and resins to first be soaked in fragrant wine and balanos oil to be prepared. When the oil is  ready, it is added to the spices along with 1,000 lilies. Interestingly, in our time a lily perfume would be almost exclusively worn by women, but for the ancient Egyptians, Susinon was one perfume deemed suitable for a man. This modern adaptation of Susinon is created from lily, lotus and iris flowers, sweet flag, cardamom, crocus (saffron), honey, cinnamon, fragrant wine (note), salt (note) and myrrh gum resin.

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