Biwa (2020)
by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz


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Year of Launch2020
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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About Biwa

Perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz says:

Dedicated to and conceived by the late Robert Herrmann; a dear friend in fragrance, a ‘heart’ of the West Coast and online fragrance communities, and an inspired writer for online magazine  We miss you <3

This design is a dream-like fantasy fragrance inspired by the lovely, freshwater Lake Biwa in Japan, and the ethereal, luminous quality of Biwa pearls. Biwa, the perfume, has a soft, and very Japanese feel with the added Western touch that Robert’s favorite note, aldehydes, provide.  The opening of aldehydes, with the merest touch of mint and green cypress give the fragrance a shining, ‘pearly’ opalescence along with a natural, ‘lake side setting’ that continues throughout the design.  For the heart, I created a rice powder and a steamed jasmine rice accord; each given a creamier feel with a light hand of vanilla.  The drydown is a soft bed of hinoki, cedarwood, and pine.  The entire fragrance for me has the feeling of ascension: of flying ever skyward toward the celestial realm through clouds, pastel colored by the setting twilight sun.

All of the profits from the sale of Biwa will be donated to Robert’s husband, Ron.  Biwa is a gift of love to the memory of our dear friend and a loving tribute to his ‘perfumed’ imagination.  I am honored to have been asked by Robert to create his dream perfume.

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