I was testing fragrances last night and came across a sample of Dawn Spencer Hurwitz's Sensual Spice *waves to Trina*, one that had been recommended to me highly in the past. As I love spicy fragrances I knew that I had to try it on!
The notes in Sensual Spice are:
As soon as it's applied, the spice is the main note. On me it's more of a mixture of nutmeg with a hit of cinnamon and a touch of sweetness. I can't say that I smell honey in this because I don't, it's just a sweetened spice fragrance. After it warms to your skin, the vanilla comes out more making the entire fragrance smell like Snickerdoodles or Mexican Bischochos.
It may seem too spicy to those who aren't used to wearing spicy fragrances but it really softens as time goes on, especially once the vanilla comes into play. This is a great all day fragrance that could work year round but I'd wear it more in colder weather. The staying power could be better in this fragrance as I had to reapply a few times. This would be a great comfort fragrance and may just replace Origins Ginger Essence as such. I know that this would layer beautifully with Nanadebary so without a doubt I'm going to have to cave for a bottle of it come autumn.
Sensual Spice is sold through DSH Perfumes
and retails for $44.50/1 oz. EdP or $34/1 oz. EdT, $2 more to include the fixative which increases the staying power.
1 pound lard
1 cup sugar
½ cup wine or brandy
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground anise
4 cups flour, slightly more if needed
In medium bowl, mix dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, and anise. Set aside. In large bowl, cream sugar and lard until light, add eggs and wine until well blended. Add dry ingredients, mix well.Roll dough on lightly floured surface, to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with small size cookie cutter. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 350º. Ready when color is brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. While still warm, cover cookies with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.