I did not know how I got there:
I walked through an autumn wood
in the twilight country;
it was wonderful how I
journeyed then to light.Montri Umavijani
The Dusita effect, a fragrant storytelling
One thing I have noticed from Dusita perfumes is all tells a story. I call it the Dusita effect. Their perfumes smell natural and made of high-quality ingredients. I feel each of them has a soul as if the creator lives in those memories and imaginations and pours out her heart into her arts. The interpretations are precise, detailed, and surely, beautiful.
Take Erawan, for example. The inspiration behind it is lovely. I am touched by how Pissara describes Erawan, the Lord of all elephants praised for his kindness and prosperity, and took the elephant’s path as inspiration. She brings out the smell of crushed leaves and plants in the forest through clary sage and petitgrain, while the sweet and delicate gourmand note pictures the elephant’s kindness and genuine love.
Erawan leaves fresh green trails
Erawan opens with a striking greenness coming from clary sage, petit-grain, and, I guess, a trace of galbanum. Clary sage’s dominant green-herbaceous and slightly sweet-aromatic notes unfold together with the citrusy-woody notes from petitgrain. At the same time, a faint creamy notes with bitter-chocolate facets and balsamic-vanilla undertones come underneath.
In fact, the opening reminds me of warm thai milk tea. The green galbanum and bitter chocolate facet give a significant lift to the tea’s smoky aspect, and then merge into the creamy and milky vanilla. This smooth and delicate thai milk tea facet makes Erawan smell unique and original.
Erawan slowly evolves into a sweet-smelling fragrance
As the greenness effect starts settling down, a refreshing aromatic scent emerges, almost smelling like fresh mint leaves. This aromatic scent lingers for some time before the milky tea notes reclaim the spotlight. Smelling these scents together almost feels like eating a chocolate bar with mint filling–delightful and refreshing.
The milk tea notes continue to develop in the middle notes, blending into the rich and balsamic duo of hay and liatris. This duo carries a powdery tonka and tobacco-like scent, and somehow creates a bond between the green-herbaceous and milky facets. The milk tea stretches out, becoming less intense, and swiftly showing up its watery and floral nuances. The floral facet blooms with a transparent and faint animalic notes of lily of the valley petals, a lovely and thoughtful touch that enhances the perfume’s naturality. All scent blends so smoothly, and all smells so natural.
The scent flows slowly into a pleasantly balsamic, powdery, and woody harmonies. The vanilla and hay join forces and make for the balsamic and powdery features. On the other side, vetiver and cedarwood enhance the woody, earthy, and ambery tonalities, making a great combination in giving a natural-hay effect.
Nevertheless, Erawan would not be the same without oakmoss. The green, herbaceous, metallic, and earthy oakmoss sets the foundation of this inspirational sensory experience. This essential ingredient silently gives trails from the beginning to the very end, touching each and every facet, and providing richness and character. The oakmoss becomes more apparent in the dry-down. It gives tenacity and soul to the vanilla absolute and providing a round and smooth ending.
Erawan blends into the skin’s scent
I was a bit off at first because of the gourmand smell of thai milk tea. Later I found out that it was because I smelled it in the blotter!
When I sprayed it on my skin, wow, I discover so much more of this perfume.
It smells so delicate, natural, and one of a kind. The aromatic green notes blend well on the skin and giving a nice lift-up to the creamy oriental facet. The green, tea, and vanilla facet remain charming and well balanced.
This is the Dusita effect kicks in. I end up liking this fragrance so much because I can really feel the kindness and love that Pissara is trying to portray. Eventually, I can say that Erawan is so worth discovering.
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