Morn to Dusk initially strikes me as a delicious sugary vanilla. Have you ever eaten a good danish pastry with a very thin layer of icing on it such that the icing crunches when you sink your teeth into it? Morn to Dusk smells like that kind of icing infused with vanilla beans. I can't get enough of it! The scent is sweet, but it is not thick, creamy, nor cloying as vanilla can be. I am tempted to call it sheer. The perfume contains a distinct, bright, juicy note of bergamot and just a trace of an elusive and delicate floral that is so faint as to be nearly imperceptible, but it gives the fragrance a certain elegance that elevates it from pastry to perfume.
The house advertises Morn to Dusk as "the Italian way to do vanilla", and I totally agree. I keep imagining this perfume on a handsome Italian man wearing a linen suit, walking along a Positano beach at sunset while licking his gelato di riso.
Hmmm...the more I think about it, the more I realize that I didn't just make this up this scene by myself. I have seen it before in the form of Raoul Bova in Under the Tuscan Sun. Look at this guy! HELLO?! Uh, yes, I'd love to have some of your family's limoncello, thank you for offering! And hey--I love kitties too. We have so much in common!
Alright I'm getting a bit carried away now. Thank you, readers, for letting me take that little detour and giving me an excuse to comb the internet for pics of this gorgeous guy. Now, back to the perfume!
Dawn to Dusk is a vanilla perfume that works well all year long. It is not cloying, so it should work well in the warmer months, and it is also an easy choice in cooler months when the air is still a little crisp and the flowers are in bloom.
Dawn to Dusk is linear on my skin. I never lose the strong note of bergamot (the perfume lasts about 5 hours before I feel the urge to touch up). While it is rare that I enjoy a perfume in which the citric top notes never dissipate, I actually love it here. It is perfectly juicy without causing the perfume to smell sour. I have been bored with vanilla perfumes for some time now, but I have been craving this perfume daily since I first smelled it.
Sillage begins fairly strong, and it becomes a skin scent after 30 minutes or so. Years ago, I used to love monstrous sillage. These days, not so much. I don't want my perfumes to announce my presence in a room, but I do enjoy it when I reach for something, or I move suddenly, and I catch the scent radiating from my pulse points. That is what I get with Dawn to Dusk.
At the end of the day, I think this is a very pleasing and uncommon take on vanilla. Love it!