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Sam Rader created L.A.-based Dasein after a trip to Big Sur where she was inspired to make scents that showcase nature's olfactory complexity. She began with four perfumes, each named after a season and built around a main note associated with it. In Winter, that note is fir. The opening is redolent of a coniferous forest in which sharp needles have somehow been made velvety soft, but that's when things get really interesting. Black cardamom, the star of this scent. lends a smoky aspect that combines with lavender to create a subtly, unexpectedly gourmand—though not sweet— finish. We're not the least bit surprised that Winter became a cult hit around Los Angeles shortly after Rader made it. It's a wintertime staple.
Notes include blue spruce, black cardamom, forest pine, and French lavender.
- Sam Rader, founder of Dasein, created small-batch perfumes from her home in the hills of Los Angeles. The brand was sold in 2020 to Jenna Lyles, and avid Dazein fan, and moved it from LA to Atlanta. The house gets its name from existentialist philosophers Hegel and Heidegger, who used the term "Dasein" (DAH-zyne) to define "human being" as the marriage between self-awareness and sensual experience. Dasein fragrances aim to awaken both.
- Winter was inspired by perfumer Sam Rader's olfactory impressions of winter in the forest.