Arabesque Aroma’s New Fall/Winter 2017 Botanical Perfume & Anointing Oil~ The Wings of Isis

My Fall/Winter 2017 botanical scent was inspired by the mythology and symbolism of the ancient, beneficent Egyptian goddess, Isis. I was inspired by the beautiful, powerful wings with which she is sometimes depicted in ancient Egyptian art. She uses them to suggest blessings and protection; commonly with her beloved consort, Osiris.

Isis was a chthonic goddess, said to be so powerful and skilled in her magic that she brought Osiris back to life after his untimely death. Due to Isis’s connection to the mysteries of life, death, and rebirth, this Arabesque Aromas scent was designed to compliment the darker (but no less beautiful or magical) seasons of Autumn and Winter.

“The Wings of Isis” was blended with warm, sacred, uplifting essential oils including high-elevation Lavender (yes, pun intended) Cistus, Benzoin, Frankincense and other botanical infusions and resins. Whether worn as a simple perfume or used as an anointing oil when you are feeling low, “The Wings of Isis” was created to help nourish, soothe, and uplift the psyche.

“The Wings of Isis” is available to sample in 1 ml for $7.00, in the 6 ml anointing oil size for $40.00, or as a 15 ml botanical perfume in Arabesque Aroma’s minaret-style bottle for $120.00. Samples ship First Class Mail $3.50 Perfumes and Anointing Oils ship Priority Mail for $7.00 within the US.

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I have three pre-blended 6 ml botanical scents still available at the $25.00 sale price.
Perfume descriptions can be found here for the three scents The Green Mantle, The Man of the Woods, and Drann. My white flower Eau de Parfum “Serafina” has sold out but there is still one last 1 ml sample remaining. What a great sale! Thanks everyone!

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Samples of Arabesque Aroma’s three anointing oils, in keeping with the ongoing theme of ’emotional wellbeing’ are also available in a set which include 1 ml each of: the Magdalen Rose Anointing Oil for the (emotional) heart, The Song of Solomon featuring botanicals mentioned in the Songs (earthy/sensuous/romantic) and the Wings of Isis (uplifting/protective.) Makes a nice gift. Sampler is $21.00 plus $7.00 Priority shipping. Contact me for international shipping quotes.

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Please email me at arabesquebotanicals@gmail.com to order sale items, the Anointing Oil Sampler, or “The Wings of Isis.”

Detail of A Character of Isis courtesy of The New York Public Library Digital Collections.

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Vetiver Hydrosol, A Cinnamon Infusion, & Literary Perfumes

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Well, library work in Archives and in Special Collections is highly enjoyable and, I confess, there are several literary perfumes (and one very big, ever-growing reading list) swirling around in my mind as I write this! So stay tuned for summer. I’m also excited to say I have been accepted to Library School, where I will begin studying for my MLIS, Masters in Library Science, in the fall.

Pictured above is a glimpse of my very favorite shelf in the Tsakoupolos Hellenic Special Collection at CSUS. When I walk by I always pause, admiring the rows and rows of 1001 Nights & The Arabian Nights. They are so beautiful and rich, displayed together in English, French, Italian, German, and Arabic languages and in all of their illustrated volumes, ages, and editions. I’d absolutely feel inspired to make a perfume from this collection except — I’ve already designed a scent inspired by Scheherazade and her storytelling powers, (and the sheer power of storytelling!) almost two years ago. You can find a sample here!

In other news, my good friend and mentor Suzanne Catty has opened her own Etsy shop so I wanted to share the link. She sells the finest in hand-crafted botanical infusions, and for you sun-worshipers, Californians, or especially, those of you who are both, her Golden Brown (food for sun-kissed skin) is a particular delight. Also included in her shop is her cookbook centered around tea. So – do take a look!

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In other news, my Spring 2017 Rose Geranium hydrosol is already sold out (Scent Subscribers had first dibs!) but my Spring/Summer 2017 Madagascar Vetiver hydrosol, which Suzanne taught me how to make several years ago, is now available.

Please note that it comes in a spray-top bottle unless otherwise specified upon checkout.
Hydrosol is distilled in the Alambiccus Gaggia upon receipt of order.
Shipping turnaround is 7-14 days.

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Lastly, Alexandria is back!
I haven’t been happy with the quality of cinnamon oils I’d been finding so I stopped making Alexandria for awhile. Fans of my Alexandria botanical perfume may find it slightly different as I’ve swapped essential oil for a botanical infusion made by me, from the spice itself! Hopefully, you’ll find it to be better than ever. Samples and the perfume are now available in the Etsy shop. Each perfume is handmade to order; shipping window is 7-14 days.

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Temples, Pyramids and Ziggurats

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Follow your desires because you are alive. Place myrrh on your head. Dress yourself in the finest linen drenched in precious fragrances. It is a true gift from the gods.Multiply your pleasures. Don’t let your heart become tired. Follow your desires and your pleasures.

–Song of the Harpist, Egypt, 2000 BCE

I am just loving my return to school this Spring! My studies of mythology and ancient civilization have inspired me to make a fresh batch of that aromatic marvel of antiquity – Kyphi!

Several recipes for Kyphi, a sacred incense, still exist today. One recipe is, in fact, carved into the very walls of the Temple at Edfu in Egypt, built 237-57 BCE in honor of the god Horus. (The temple is pictured above, with thanks to Ad Meskens, Wikimedia commons.) Another recipe was recorded by the Greek scholar and physician, Pedanius Dioscorides, who lived 40-90 AD and is best known for his Materia Medica, the first comprehensive, illustrated Herbal ever recorded.

I have adapted Arabesque Aroma’s Kyphi recipe from a 2nd century Syrian receipt. The process of making the incense, and the aromatic ingredients used, remain fundamentally the same in all of the variations. The incense is a concoction of fragrant, precious resins such as Frankincense, Myrrh, and Benzoin, with spices and fragrant roots such as Cinnamon and Galangal, all powdered them melded together with wine, raisins, and honey. The incense is then formed into bricks and cured in the sun until dry.

Incense has long been used in human history to carry prayers, offerings, and supplication to the deities. Like both the sacred temple, and the ziggurat, the ancients regarded the act of burning incense — the rising smoke, the sweet fragrance, the most precious and valued of ingredients used — as a vehicle, a sacred space, a means to connect with the gods. The use of Frankincense in the Catholic mass originates from this pre-Christian practice.

I will be making this batch mid-March. Pre-orders are available now, and the Kyphi incense will ship by the end of this month.

And for those who are not lovers of smoke, even the most fragrant and decadent varieties, I have a unisex botanical perfume called “Kyphi” inspired directly by the incense.

In Further News…

Two new Sainted Scents will launch at the end of March, kicking off the 2014 Arabesque Aromas “A Year in Perfume” subscription. So stay tuned!

AND finally — I am having a flash sale from now until April 1st! Receive 28% off of 3 ml botanical perfumes in my etsy shop with the coupon code “Tuxedokitty”

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