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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A Note on Wearing Botanical Perfumes

It’s true that Botanical, or Natural, Perfumes are very different creatures than the more traditional, ‘Department Store’ synthetic creations that many people are used to. When making the switch our noses, and indeed our actual beauty routine, needs a bit of re-training, re-structuring and re-organizing.

But the sensory (not to mention the healthful!) rewards of switching to all-natural scents are numerous, and well worth it.

One common complaint is that natural scents just don’t last, or carry, like the synthetic brands do. But in my years of wearing essential oil-based perfumes, I’ve never found this to be a problem. I have strangers come up to me frequently, to tell me that I smell really good!

I think this is because I’ve always been a huge fan of layering my botanical scents. It’s when I’m in the shower that I decide which perfume I will be wearing for the day. I often have more than one body bar, and I make it a point to only buy botanical/natural/essential oil soaps that match my perfume with at least one, but preferably two, common notes.

Generally, my personal scents all have a Patchouli note in common. So I keep a large glass apothecary jar filled with Patchouli-scented bath salts in my bathroom. I bring a scoop into the shower with me and rub my neck, arms, shoulders and lower back down with the fragrant salt. It’s a wonderful exfoliant, lends an extra perfume-layer to one’s fragrance, the Patchouli smells amazing and, as we know, essential oil enhances our physical and emotional health and wellbeing. The salt feels wonderful on my skin, too.

As a result, showering is one of my favorite and most sensuous moments of the day. I always look forward to my nurturing personal routine.

And perhaps even moreso, since I’ve bee-friended the very sweet and oh-so-talented Rebecca Silence of Ballerina Farmer Artisan Aromatherapy.

Rebecca, based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is a talented aromatherapist, botanical perfumer and my very favorite soapmaker. In. The. World. (My favorite and highly-recommended Ballerina Farmer soap, btw, is the Very aptly-named “Swoon!”)

Rebecca and I have partnered up this year, creating three very pure and very beautiful handmade soaps blended to match three of Arabesque’s 2012 botanical scents; The Awakening, Alexandria, and the ever-popular Kyphi! (Which I think I’ve just sold out of, again!!! That’s how yummy her soap is, folks…)

Please visit Arabesque’s Handmade Salts and Soaps category in the Etsy shop for more information on Rebecca’s lovely creations designed exclusively for Arabesque, or visit her website to reach Ballerina Farmer Artisan Aromatherapy directly.

Also available in the Arabesque shop, bags of bath salts, custom-blended in the scent of your favorite Arabesque aroma, all made with love, by yours truly!

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“The Heart Illumined”

Arabesque’s “The Heart Illumined” botanical perfume is so-named after a journal entry I found, written when I was driving across Ireland on my first and fateful visit, May 2002.

Driving on Irish Country Roads, 2002.

“You can’t see my handwriting, but here it is shaky from driving on narrow country roads. And there is a map of Ireland folded beneath my notebook, because today I am the navigator.

We’re on the Ring of Kerry, just leaving Dingle… While up at some of the highest and most ecstatic points, looking down at the misty expanses of green unfolding around us, it occurred to me that my heart has healed on this journey, somewhere along the way… ”

“The Heart Illumined,” another of the four Arabesque Aromas perfumes designed with the theme of emotional well-being in mind, is a botanical perfume containing Australian Emerald Cypress, a naturally bright, emerald green essential oil. A fresh, slightly earthy unisex perfume with notes of Black Pepper, Bergamot and Geranium, “The Heart Illumined” also contains a sprinkling of Peridot semi-precious stones that rest at the bottom of the bottle.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/63803891/the-heart-illumined-botanical-perfume

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