Friday, January 16, 2009

{ AURORA }


"Star bright, star light,
first star I see tonight, I wish I may,
I wish I might have the wish I wish tonight."

The solid perfume version of Aurora is finally ready. The fragrance originally came into this earthy manifestation as a liquid perfume. The new creamy unguent is very close to the aromatic quality of the perfume extrait with it's herbaceous, floral spiciness.

Here is a little snippet from a post here on our journal regarding Aurora:
"Although Lyra was released first, Aurora is the initial floral perfume I created. Back in the nineties I had sat down to recreate the aroma of carnations shortly following a Natural Perfumery class I had organized at the Bodhi Tree. Originally titled Experiment #2, Aurora has a spicy floral quality reminiscent of carnations."

The carnation quality is subtle and due to the combination of floral and spice. The main odor chemical in a fragrant Carnation flower is "eugenol", this component is found in high concentrations in the essential oil or absolute of clove.


We've chosen a hue from the plum spectrum as Aurora's color harmony. Perhaps you have already noticed that each perfume has a color association as well as an illumination created by Maestro Gregorio. Most of our floral perfumes have the red tones from our color palette. The challenge is finding the particularly tone in a corresponding painting, the right crochet thread for the pouches and the wax sticks. Sometimes all this takes time to put together. It gets even more complex if it is a new perfume that requires a name. The naming is a bit of a drag, very different from naming a painting.

Although one can approximate a carnation type of aroma with just a few essences, our natural, botanical perfume contains over twenty. I added a bit of my precious Carnation absolute from France just for Divina of the Fragrance Bouquet Blog. In December Divina wrote a lovely review of the liquid version of Aurora, here are a few of her words: "What beautiful, twinkling magic has been weaved in this amazing, heart-moving fragrance? Because it is surely magic, or at the very least the magic of art and love, that make this fragrance evolve so stunningly on the skin, going through countless transformations that seduce the senses one after the other..."
Read the rest of the review at her blog following the link

The illustration we use to illuminate Aurora is a detail of Snow Faerie, an image by Greg, it is featured in his 2009 Calendar titled Divine Nature. See more of Greg's artwork at etsy and his website.

Here is a site which offers a variety of annuals and perennials of Carnations. According to Lisa Camasi, the Mini spice and the Valentino mix are noted as fragrant.

For the largest selection Aurora, in all her guises head on over to the Illuminated Perfume outpost at etsy.

Roxana Illuminated Perfume™
Roxana Illuminated Perfume™ at Etsy

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