I like living with old things. I love my small collection of vintage dresses and jewelry, and when I buy new clothing and adornments, I gravitate towards vintage-inspired styles. My husband and I buy used books rather than new ones whenever we can. Most of the furniture in our home is older than we are. I spend my workdays thinking and talking about art history, with an emphasis on the "history" part. Many of my perfumes, not surprisingly, also tend towards the "retro."
Indie line Dawn Spencer Hurwitz recently launched Rendezvous, a fragrance that's a throwback to the animalic perfumes of the mid-twentieth century, and naturally I was curious. The composition of Rendezvous includes notes of musk, civet, ambergris, castoreum, oakmoss, ambrette co2, labdanum, hyracium tincture (also known as African Stone), jasmine, orange flower, gardenia, white pepper and aldehydes. The result, according to Hurwitz, is "a lush, provocative, and thoroughly sexy perfume for both men and women."
Rendezvous makes me feel like I should be wearing a fur coat and riding in the back seat of an old-fashioned Checker cab, on my way to meet some sharply attired gentleman for a drink in some shadowy cocktail bar. It's heavy on smooth civet (synthetic!), a crushed, boozy jasmine, some plush resins and an earthy-woody ambergris note. Rendezvous has a bit of swagger and a hint of "skank," and it's definitely androgynous, despite the florals in its heart. I'd never be able to wear it on a steamy summer day, but in this late-winter weather it feels bold yet not overwhelming. (Granted, I'm wearing a single spritz!)
I like Rendezvous a lot, and I think my vintage-loving Now Smell This colleague Angela would appreciate it (maybe even love it!), too. If you're a fan of flea-market perfume finds but you could do without their frequent old-age mustiness, you should give Rendezvous a spin.
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Rendezvous is available in a variety of sizes and formats. For more information, see the Dawn Spencer Hurwitz website.