I tried Dawn Spencer Hurwitz's Tamarind Paprika fragrance earlier this year, loved it, and hoped it would still be around when cold weather returned (it was originally a limited edition) so I could review it. And here it is, relaunched under the name Nourouz in honor of the Persian New Year celebration.
Nourouz opens sunny and fruity, but from the start the sweetness of the fruit is cut with a generous dose of dusty red pepper (the notes: black pomegranate accord, paprika, tamarind, Bulgarian rose otto, orris, osmanthus, oppopanax, red wine notes, tobacco and vanilla). As it dries down, the fruit notes are joined by subtle florals, and it becomes richer and fuller, but at the same time, the sweetness mostly dissipates. The "red wine notes" and the sweet myrrh lend an amber-y warmth to the later stages, but this is not a heavy fragrance at all, and just enough of the tangy tamarind sticks around to make it feel bright well into the dry down. The vanilla and tobacco are there if you go looking for them, but everything here is perfectly balanced and no particular notes stand out: it just smells like itself. And it smells very good indeed.
I'd categorize Nourouz as a (grownup) winter comfort scent, and it's very much a gourmand, but unlike many spicy gourmands it's quiet enough to wear to a holiday meal without overwhelming the food (or the other dinner guests), nor does it have that "holiday candle" vibe that makes some holiday-themed fragrances difficult to wear.
If you don't mind a bit of a holiday candle vibe, another winter spice worth trying is i Profumi di Firenze Spezie dè Medici, and if you don't mind smelling liked baked goods, Parfumerie Generale's Un Crime Exotique also works nicely as a holiday fragrance. As always, do add your own favorites in the comments.
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Norouz is available in Eau de Parfum, Parfum Extract and Perfume Oil ($26-145); samples are also sold. For buying information, see the listing for Dawn Spencer Hurwitz under Perfume Houses.