The Sainted Scents of Spring

 

 

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The Sainted Scents of Spring
My Sainted Scents Collection was inspired by the elements of myth, symbolism, and magical realism that I enjoy within the stories of saints. The early Christian virgin saints, and the famous flying saints, are among my favorites.
I have created my collection with at least one ingredient per perfume that was relevant in each Saint’s own lifetime. Below are my final two in this collection.
Melangell of the Hares
The patron saint of small animals and wild creatures (calling to mind the goddess Diana) Melangell once protected a hare being pursued by a hunter and his dogs, allowing the poor creature to take refuge beneath her skirts.
When designing the perfume, I imagined the folds, the movements of her cloak, to smell of Springtime, of fresh rain, new fruit, blooming flowers…
The botanical perfume Melangell of the Hares was blended with Sandalwood, Frankincense, Osmanthus, Jasmine, Bergamot, and Lemon. https://www.etsy.com/listing/184121596/melangell-of-the-hares-medieval-inspired?ref=shop_home_active_4
Another note on St. Melangell…
I am so delighted to share the work of a talented fellow Etsian, Kay Leverton, with you!
Above is her beautiful depiction of St. Melangell and the Hare in a print from an original scraperboard called “Safe in Her Arms.”
Kay’s print, along with many other stunning works, can be found in her Etsy shop. https://www.etsy.com/listing/99724217/st-melangell-safe-in-her-arms-fine-art?ref=favs_view_7
Joan of Arc
When I read about St. Joan, I cannot help but compare her virginity/warrior/intellect with the goddess Athena…
A Christian martyr, burned at the stake in 1456, beatified in 1894, Joan of Arc is still loved today for her passion, her devotion, her vision and her courage. It was said that, upon her death, the crowd was horrified, realizing that they had just burned a saint.
“Immediately after the execution, it was affirmed that, not withstanding the oil, sulphur, and charcoal that he had applied to Joan’s entrails and heart, he had not found it possible to burn them to ashes.”
from “Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism” by Marina Warner.
I was thinking of Joan’s indomitable heart and spirit when creating this perfume. And I was thinking, too, of her beloved France. (As I blended the formula, I recalled the sensory experience of walking through the medieval flower garden at the Musee du Cluny one May.)
A heart-centered perfume, the base of the botanical perfume “Joan of Arc” is a rich deep Rose Morocco, with subtle hints of Myrtle, Scotch Pine, Lavender, and Ambergris tincture.
Subscription
Samples of my two Spring scents ship to my subscribers on Monday.
The anticipated Summer scents will ship to my subscribers in June.
Sale
A final reminder that the sale in my Etsy shop continues until Tuesday, April 1st. Receive 28% off of 3 ml perfumes with coupon code ‘Tuxedokitty’ (In honor of my super-special cat, Cricket, who is celebrating his third birthday this Spring!)
Happy Spring!!!
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The Sainted Scents of Midwinter 2013

The Sainted Scents of Midwinter 2013 have been inspired by the wealth of myth, magic, whimsy and symbolism that I have long enjoyed within the stories of the saints.

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Saint Bega of Bees botanical perfume

St. Bega was a 9th century Irish virgin saint. She was said to have sailed away across the sea to British shores, standing upon a piece of sod wearing only a holy bracelet, when her chastity was threatened by a Northern king!

(What a beautiful visual!)

She is credited with later establishing a convent in Bees, Northumberland.
A pilgrim’s path called St. Bega’s Way can be walked in her honor, today.

http://www.langside.f2s.com/sbw/

The botanical perfume Saint Bega of Bees was blended with the essential oils of Frankincense, Scotch Pine, Agarwood, Black Currant, and Cistus.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/172770887/st-bega-of-bees-medieval-inspired?ref=shop_home_active

 

Saint Christina the Astonishing

The story of the life of St. Christina the Astonishing, a flying saint who lived in Liège in the 12th century, reflects, in my opinion, the wild woman archetype, as written about extensively by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. So it will probably come as no surprise to say her contemporaries did not treat her, nor did they write about her, very kindly.

It was said of her that she once died and came back to life. That she spent a great deal of time perched in trees, that she liked to swim in icy rivers and fly around on windmills, and that she found her fellow humans to be — stinky.

( Eeks! I do hope this scent meets with her approval!)

Christina’s life was documented in the 13th century in a book “The Life of Saint Christina the Astonishing” by Thomas de Cantimpré who writes “Her body was so sensitive and light that she walked on dizzy heights and, like a sparrow, hung suspended from the topmost branches of the loftiest trees” though Christina’s story is far more enjoyable when sung by Nick Cave in the eponymous song, Christina the Astonishing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KygSpvCd_o

The unisex botanical perfume, Christina the Astonishing was created with the essential oils of Ambergris, Clove, Neroli, Liquidambar, Black Cumin and Cedar.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/172760864/st-christina-the-astonishing-medieval?ref=shop_home_active

Both of the Sainted Scents come in a bejeweled, gold painted 6ml bottle, as pictured above.

And I have blended both of my Sainted Scents to contain at least one aromatic ingredient that was deemed sacred/ holy in the Saint’s own lifetime. I consciously created them both to evoke churchy, musty, old, and mysterious. But — in a sexy way! And I hope you will like them.

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The Sainted Scents will also come with my handmade print, “Mary Magdalen Cutting off Her Hair” inspired by a French medieval monastic text c. 11-12th century. The lino print is on plain brown paper, in burgundy ink, and will be included with Sainted Scent perfume orders while supplies last. The print can also be purchased separately, here.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/172178366/mary-magdalen-cutting-off-her-hair-a?ref=shop_home_active

For further reading on the lives of the virgin saints, pick up Giselle Potter’s delightful book, “Lucy’s Eyes and Margaret’s Dragon.”

http://www.amazon.com/Lucys-Eyes-Margarets-Dragon-Virgin/dp/0811815153/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386968376&sr=8-1&keywords=lucys+eyes+and+margarets+dragon%27

 

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