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Dark Horse (2015)
by Dame Perfumery


Dark Horse information

Year of Launch2015
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 28 votes)

People and companies

HouseDame Perfumery
Creative DirectorCullen Dame
Creative DirectorJeffrey Dame

About Dark Horse

Dark Horse is a shared / unisex perfume by Dame Perfumery. The scent was launched in 2015

Reviews of Dark Horse

Opens warm and spicy, joyful. It has a bit of freshness, I get orange blossom with a touch of vanilla, warm spices (especially cinnamon) and woods. The combination is gourmand-like, sweet with a bubblegum feeling. Don't feel to many changes until the last part, when it gets thinner and sweeter, only lingering above the skin a slightly spicy vanilla, that is quite bland and scratchy, only a pale shade of what was hours ago. Not really my style.
18th June, 2018
Citrus, spicey, woody, green and gourmand like. Very unique fragrance. I think this house will go places. Nice fragrances for very reasonable prices Haven't smelled a fragrance this unique since Rykiel Man. 7.5/10
16th April, 2017
This opens up with lemony-lime and a hint of vanilla bean. It almost tip toes into house cleaner territory, but before it does, it begins to mellow. The bright lemon-lime whips into lemon meringue; there is almost a touch of marshmallow to it as well. Guaiac wood, jasmine, and clove warm everything up and keeps the opening in balance (ensuring the scent does not become too confectionary). After about an hour it becomes more woody, but not dry. Vetiver, I believe, is adding a "wet earth" aspect. I also get a bit of ozone, akin to outside after it rains. Melts into the skin beautifully and balanced quite nicely.

People who want to try gourmands, but don't like to smell actually edible, would probably enjoy this.

It's unusual, without trying too hard to be different.

Sillage is about 3 feet and lasting power is moderate at about 7 hours.

Lovely Fall/Winter scent. Warm and inviting. Unisex.

Disclosure: I received this as a free sample about a year ago. This doesn't change my review; I just thought it should be known.
05th December, 2016
jacona Show all reviews
United States
The initial blast is citrus and spice, the woody vanilla is more apparent in the dry down, yet the citrus notes manage to stick around. At first it is reminiscent of Fendi Theorema minus the creamy base, but takes on a very subtle masculine vibe. It is still easily a unisex fragrance. If you go for citrus and spice blends, this one is definitely worth trying out, like most Dame Perfumery scents it is very well rounded and easy to wear.
30th August, 2016
Dark Horse is another interesting creation by Dame Perfumery, and so far the most unique I've tried. It is a spicy, powdery, sweet mix of citrus, spices, and vanilla that remains pretty consistent from its opening throughout its lifespan. Some of the standout notes are cinnamon, the main source of spiciness; clove, which always gives me a pseudo incense vibe; and guaiac wood, the sweetness of which fosters a great base to contrast the cinnamon.

I'd argue that Dark Horse doesn't project quite as much as Desert Rose, but they have similarly outstanding longevity: 10-12 hours and still there after a shower. Some might argue that this is more of a cold weather scent due its density and powdery texture, but I see this having utility in the warmer months, but just with fewer sprays. I would regard this as more of a nighttime scent due it being provocative in its mixture, but I'm sure you could make this work for the day. Lastly, it's a a great example of a unisex fragrance---it really depends on how it plays on your skin, so this is one that needs to (and should, anyway) be tried out.

7 out of 10
24th March, 2016
numcks Show all reviews
United States
Sublime, ethereal, atmospheric take on a woody, spiced, vanilla oriental. Very warm and soothing, with an American Southwest flair owing to the Mexican vanilla in combination with the smokey, tarmac notes of guaiac wood. Cinnamon, clove and carnation lend warm, comforting spiciness. Understated, restrained, and very tastefully composed like all of the other offerings from Jeffrey that I have tried. Happy to leave the first positive review for this deserving fragrance.
28th January, 2016

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