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Finishing Touch: Making Scents


Creating perfume is often considered a French specialty, but self-taught niche perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, owner of Essense Studio in Boulder and creator of the Parfums des Beaux Arts worldwide collections, has been designing fragrances for nearly 20 years. Hurwitz, who began her career as a painter, is a “synesthete,” or someone who can associate scents with specific colors or textures. Having launched her newest line, DAWN Perfumes, at Barneys New York in Tokyo, Hurwitz’s “nose” is recognized internationally. Here, her aromatic advice.

Essense Studio, 4593 N. Broadway, Space 120, Boulder, 720-563-0344,


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