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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 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, creates small-batch perfumes from her home in the hills of Los Angeles. 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.