With September bearing some of the warm light hearted traits of summer
and November being the frigid prelude to winter, ominous October is at
the chilly heart of Autumn. This time of year evokes images of harvested
sun-ripened fruits and vegetables, carved pumpkins, skeleton-leaves and
In light of October’s festivities of transformation and harvest, we have
found ourselves captivated by a few haunting stories and legends. The
beautiful aspect of story-telling, is that whether the stories are fact
of fiction, they capture some of the most relatable, fearful, tragic and
joyous aspects of life.
We have selected perfumes that capture the mystical optimism as well as
fatal darkness of these legends, many of which are centuries old.
Whether you choose to embrace or eschew this fantasy-soaked month, we
encourage you to immerse yourself in a beautifully written book, doused
in a complex perfume that unfolds on the skin like a story, defying
logic or reason while tapping into the deepest corners of your soul.
1. Sleeping Beauty - Treazon
Unlike the 1959 animated movie by Walt Disney, the original fairytale of
Sleeping Beauty is by no means a lighthearted story. A dark tale
written in the 16th century, the story centers on a young beautiful
maiden, cursed to sleep forever until she is kissed by her loving man
(spiritually interpreted as the awakening of her animus). Treazon
, a perfume that celebrates the narcotic tuberose flowers, captures Sleeping Beauty’s underlying theme of corrupted innocence.
2. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Schizm
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886, the sinister tale of Dr.
Henry Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has mesmerized and horrified readers since it
was brought to print. By day Dr. Jekyll is an appraised doctor and by
night he is the sinister, murderous Edward Hyde, the line between his
true self and alter ego (or “shadow”) gradually becoming more blurry.
The classic story of good versus evil is haunting and unsettling because
it represents the battle between lightness and darkness that we each
carry inside of us. Schizm
pays tribute to this universal theme of internal conflict and
contradiction. The fragrance opens as a green, dry and earthy fragrance,
cool and crisp as the day time. As the scent warms with the heat of
one’s skin, the fragrance transforms into a warm, spicy and slightly
carnal oriental perfume, as rich and unyielding as the night.
3. Bluebeard – Orcas Beard Oil
The tale of Bluebeard is one of the most terrifying we’ve ever
encountered, of a serial-killer husband whose slain wives are discovered
in his basement by his young bride. Once the truth comes out, she no
longer can live in denial of the predator she picked for a mate. Not
only does she cease to believe in the charm of her blue-bearded
companion – she needs to fight for her life. However, most deeply
speaking, this sinister discovery led to the awakening of her deep,
active soul-force and she is able to not only defeat him, but also
emerge as a strong woman out of her naive mistake. Orcas Beard Oil
is for the bearded gentlemen and ladies among us, and is as cool as the
ocean and refreshing as the breeze. You can wear it as a beard or hair
perfume, and use it to style your locks.
4. Hansel & Gretl – Black Licorice
Like so many fairy-tales, this childhood favorite combines
quintessentially innocent elements of childhood with dark themes of
murder, cannibalism, and witchcraft. Playing tribute to the classic
treat of the same name, Black Licorice
brings to mind dreams of candy houses, ghouls and shadowy nights spent trick-or-treating.
5. Cinderella - The Purple Dress
The Purple Dress
is exotic and enigmatic, evoking images of an elusive yet vibrant woman
who comes alive at night but cannot be found in the day. Star anise,
black tea, orange juice, honey absolute, orange blossom, and champaca
rest on a bed of sandalwood, nutmeg and guiacwood. This fragrance has a
duskier mood, yet shimmers with romance and fantasy.
6. Dracula – Incense & Chocolate
With smoky notes of frankincense, tobacco and myrrh combining with rich, sensual dark chocolate, Incense & Chocolate one-of-a-kind fragrance
embodies the cruel yet sultry spirit of Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula as
he cursed Christ in a candle-lit, incense-choked church. Truly a
signature perfume, the customer that purchases this fragrance also
purchases the rights to exclusivity ensuring that this fragrance would
only ever be made for them (and those they choose to bite…). Precious
notes of olibanum, labdanum, cardamom, and champaca celebrate the coming
together of the physical and spiritual realms through the ancient
rituals of drinking hot chocolate and burning incense.
7. Jack the Ripper – Espionage
Smoky dim-lit bars and foggy alleys are the settings for many horror
stories and murder mysteries. The mysterious unnamed men of the night
have always ignited fear into the minds of those who appreciate a good
murder story. Espionage's
smoky tobacco, leather, vanilla, orris root and tonka bean encapsulate
the smell of scotch and cigar smoke that would fill a hidden, alley-way
bar at the darkest hour of night.
8. Alice in Wonderland – White Potion
Louis Carroll’s eccentric story of a young girl who falls down a rabbit
hole into an alternate, hyperbole universe is at once optimistic and
ominous. The fantasy of the story and of Alice drinking a potion to fit
through a tiny door into Wonderland at the beginning of the story is
frightening yet captivating in that she is able to experience this
strange new land from many different perspectives and is free to do so
without the limitations of normal life. An ethereal floriental, White Potion
with notes of tuberose, coconut, tonka bean, ylang-ylang and grapefruit
captures the sweet naiveté of Alice as well as the exotic strangeness
of Wonderland. We encourage you to try our White Potion chocolate bar
– a bite from which might make you bigger or smaller at will. Creamy
and decadent white chocolate that is subtly scented with tuberose and
embedded with vanilla seeds, almonds and shredded coconut, it is a treat
that you will truly never forget – and can even share with children, as
it is our mildest of all 4 fragrant bars we’ve created with CocoaNymph
9. Snow White - InCarnation
Spicy, fiery and unusual, InCarnation
a soliflore tribute to the rich aroma of carnations. Carnations are a
flower with many different olfactory facets: green, spicy, creamy,
sweet, cool and warm. The ever-changing, slightly carnal scent of this
flower is true to the name of this perfume which describes anything that
is in the flesh, incarnate. Reincarnation describes the process of one
passing and then being born again as a new being, a theme that is
present in many legends and fairytales and is predominant in the tale of
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Snow White was blessed by her mother
to contain the three spiritual colours: white as snow (purity and
selflessness), red as blood (passion and zest for life), and black as
wood (shadow, the dark side of the psyche). However, Snow White chooses
to lead a one-dimensional life “white” life which leads to her fatal
death by the red poisoned apple – only to later resurrect as a stronger,
more complete person that musters the courage kill the evil queen.
InCarnation perfume features all three colours – white intoxicating
tuberose, firey red carnation and warm spices, and black and animalic
African stone tincture.
10. La Morte Amoureuse – Dreaming Parallel
is a fragrance inspired by the short story "La Morte Amoureuse
that was written by Théophile Gautier and published in La Chronique de
Paris in 1836. This tale takes place in France and is about Romuald, a
priest that falls deeply in love with a young woman named Clarimonde who
is revealed to be a vampire. The nuances of lust, temptation and evil
only succeed at making the love story within “La Morte Amoureuse” more
inebriating and powerful. As human beings we yearn for love and security
yet we also long for adventure and for this reason, forbidden romance
stories with elements of danger never fail to mesmerize audiences. Dreaming Parallel
sophisticated combination of cassie, costus root, ancient patchouli,
leather, narcissus, Turkish rose, violet leaf along with
naturally-sourced sweet violet notes of alpha ionone play homage to this
dark tale of corruption, seduction and forbidden love. This is a very
limited edition and we've only got 3 last bottles remaining.
Wishing you a wonderful harvest season and October festivities!
Ayala & Alicia
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