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DSH/Outlaw Perfume Project (Natural Perfumers Guild) Mata Hari Perfume by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz from 2010

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Perfume Description

We are decanting from a bottle of the original Mata Hari Perfume created in 2010 as part of the Outlaw Perfume Project. That project spotlighted natural perfume ingredients now deemed unsuitable by IFRA. Dawn Spencer Hurwitz was inspired by the Mata Hari movie starring Greta Garbo and by the perfumes of the early 20th century. She chose a fruity chypre composition to evoke the memory of the popular perfumes of 1920s Paris with notes that reflect the character of the woman she was inspired by.

Mata Hari is a classical, luxe, early 20th century-style fruity/chypre/animalic, 100% botanical perfume. It features top notes of bergamot, coriander, green mandarin, neroli, orange blossom, sweet orange, blood orange and tarragon; middle notes of blackcurrant, champaca, cinnamon, cloves, botanical vintage orchid accord, sambac jasmine, botanical lilac accord, Moroccan rose, orris root, marigold, davana, may rose, otto rose, osmanthus, nutmeg, angelica root, honey, Sambac jasmine and tuberose; and base notes of sandalwood, ambrette seed, peru balm, cumin, cedar, myrrh, tobacco, benzoin, Buddah wood, cassis bud, labdanum, patchouli, green oak moss, vetiver, botanical leather accord, musk, tonka, cade and vanilla.

Excerpt from Olfactoria's Travels

Mata Hari opens with a bang! There is no mistaking it. A blast of dirty, but glorious fruitiness makes you take note. This is no harmless little scent, but a PERFUME.

As it develops, the “skankiness” of the top notes fades, leaving the stage to soft – almost airy all of a sudden – floral notes of rose and lilac dipped in spices, closely followed by the green plushness and exceptional richness of oakmoss, that I never experienced in such a complexitiy before (again: I have to thank the IFRA for that). The base is a gloriously complex soft leather, lasting for at least 12 hours on me. This chypre is lush, plush, flush and full bodied.

This is how perfume should smell. This is what perfume should be. This is art. And no one should dare to keep the artists from doing their work. The loss is incomprehensible.

Excerpt from cafleurbon

I cannot imagine the work involved in imagining and executing so marvelously perfect a perfume. The historical context is particularly fascinating as Dawn’s scent contains four specially made accords including scents known to be popular at the time such as lilac, exotic orchid, soft stone peach fruit and a masculine animalic type note of leather which brings out a full and complete scent portrait. What makes the creation particularly challenging was being restricted to using only pure botanical ingredients in a scent that would normally call for the use of synthetics. Within Mata Hari we have echoes of exalted 'reference' scents: the peach/oakmoss/resin leather of Mitsouko, the tarragon/orchid/jasmine in L’Origan and a lush buttery feel similar to the hearts of L’Heure Bleue and L’Origan, made all the more rich and intense due to the botanical accords that give us the appeal and luxury of classic perfumes. In keeping with the Natural Perfumer’s Guild project, Outlaw Perfume, Dawn has used over 15 restricted notes as put forth by IFRA and EU standards concerning natural materials for perfumes in the creation of Mata Hari.

My experience upon opening the perfume sample Dawn sent me and applying it to my skin was an immediate vision of a worn unwashed dress where the personal scent of the woman as well as her perfume was still very much impregnated into the fabric. This perfume is delicious. It is full, complete, and satisfying.

 


DSH/Outlaw Perfume Project (Natural Perfumers Guild) Mata Hari Perfume by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz from 2010

We are decanting from a bottle of the original Mata Hari Perfume created in 2010 as part of the Outlaw Perfume Project. That project spotlighted natural perfume ingredients now deemed unsuitable by IFRA. Dawn Spencer Hurwitz was inspired by the Mata Hari movie starring Greta Garbo and by the perfumes of the early 20th century. She chose a fruity chypre composition to evoke the memory of the popular perfumes of 1920s Paris with notes that reflect the character of the woman she was inspired by.

Mata Hari is a classical, luxe, early 20th century-style fruity/chypre/animalic, 100% botanical perfume. It features top notes of bergamot, coriander, green mandarin, neroli, orange blossom, sweet orange, blood orange and tarragon; middle notes of blackcurrant, champaca, cinnamon, cloves, botanical vintage orchid accord, sambac jasmine, botanical lilac accord, Moroccan rose, orris root, marigold, davana, may rose, otto rose, osmanthus, nutmeg, angelica root, honey, Sambac jasmine and tuberose; and base notes of sandalwood, ambrette seed, peru balm, cumin, cedar, myrrh, tobacco, benzoin, Buddah wood, cassis bud, labdanum, patchouli, green oak moss, vetiver, botanical leather accord, musk, tonka, cade and vanilla.

Excerpt from Olfactoria's Travels

Mata Hari opens with a bang! There is no mistaking it. A blast of dirty, but glorious fruitiness makes you take note. This is no harmless little scent, but a PERFUME.

As it develops, the “skankiness” of the top notes fades, leaving the stage to soft – almost airy all of a sudden – floral notes of rose and lilac dipped in spices, closely followed by the green plushness and exceptional richness of oakmoss, that I never experienced in such a complexitiy before (again: I have to thank the IFRA for that). The base is a gloriously complex soft leather, lasting for at least 12 hours on me. This chypre is lush, plush, flush and full bodied.

This is how perfume should smell. This is what perfume should be. This is art. And no one should dare to keep the artists from doing their work. The loss is incomprehensible.

Excerpt from cafleurbon

I cannot imagine the work involved in imagining and executing so marvelously perfect a perfume. The historical context is particularly fascinating as Dawn’s scent contains four specially made accords including scents known to be popular at the time such as lilac, exotic orchid, soft stone peach fruit and a masculine animalic type note of leather which brings out a full and complete scent portrait. What makes the creation particularly challenging was being restricted to using only pure botanical ingredients in a scent that would normally call for the use of synthetics. Within Mata Hari we have echoes of exalted 'reference' scents: the peach/oakmoss/resin leather of Mitsouko, the tarragon/orchid/jasmine in L’Origan and a lush buttery feel similar to the hearts of L’Heure Bleue and L’Origan, made all the more rich and intense due to the botanical accords that give us the appeal and luxury of classic perfumes. In keeping with the Natural Perfumer’s Guild project, Outlaw Perfume, Dawn has used over 15 restricted notes as put forth by IFRA and EU standards concerning natural materials for perfumes in the creation of Mata Hari.

My experience upon opening the perfume sample Dawn sent me and applying it to my skin was an immediate vision of a worn unwashed dress where the personal scent of the woman as well as her perfume was still very much impregnated into the fabric. This perfume is delicious. It is full, complete, and satisfying.

 

$13.99

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