New Perfume Review: Meo Fusciuni L’Oblio (Guiseppe Imprezzabile) 2017 + In Defiance of Temporality  Draw

 Dark Beauty, Sylvia Makiris ©

'Sleep is my Lover now, my forgetting

my opiate, my Oblivion' Audrey Niffenegger.

L'Oblio. Oblivion 'and if it were better forget than remember' –Guiseppe Imprezzabile

Within my fragrant life there are a few who can conjure and catapult me into cathartic discovery, Meo Fusciuni and its creator, nose and poet Guiseppe Imprezzabile are one of their number. I respect and admire his body of work and the source from whence it springs. There are no exceptions, his entire portfolio opens me into rawness, challenges my perceptions and is a reflection of my composition.

L'oblio and Giuseppe.

A deeper allusion resides in all his creations, beckoning you to the door held open by this enigmatic man, invitation to a Hermetic revelation, one we must not hesitate to undertake for it is cathartic revelation and liberation from remembrance. L'oblio carries us along on this trilogy of Mysticism and is the third component of a trio consisting of Narcotico, the deeply ethereal, otherwordly Odor 93 and now L' Oblio. As Meo says, 'in this perfume, time has a quiet body and it represents its sublimation'. A ceasing of the temporal state.

 Go With The Flow, Shishir Naik ©

When this fragrance alights on your skin there is an allure that draws you closer, alternate states are mandatory, I find myself challenged yet drawn to hold my breath and sense this all pervasive peace he speaks of in his musings for L'oblio. Whispering to those for whom the madness is almost too much, who see with an unparched eye and hallucinogenic quintessence. Initial contact with L'oblio is the invitation and the bright, inholding of breath, clears and awakens the sensing faculties. It dulls my sight like a brightened Sun that blinds you momentarily yet bathes you from head to toe in a warmth unsurpassed. The door is open. To the still point of the turning world, Meo likens his inspiration to immersion in a flowing body of water to float without care, to surrender oneself.

Ouroborous Alchemical text ©

 As I merge with this fragrance as it wakens me to movement not of this world, I am Ouroborous, Alchemical crucible of self transmutation,ingesting my tail and swallowing myself,.  Scenting my wrists again and again to devour the self and dissolve and be subliminated in Alchemical Mastery, acting as Mercury, Quicksilver, Sublimatio, the release of spirit hidden in matter. Solid to vapour state. Alpha and Omega, the serpent dragon that bites its own tail representing circle and unity, beginning and end, where is that point where I cease and begin. Perceiving layer upon layer of catalytic moments.This fragrance leads me to enter into the spiral, shedding memory and forgetting along each turn, until the point of stillness is reached.

 Spira Mirabilis, Frank Verhulst ©

 At the disappearing point , what lies beyond the forgetting, I am invited to ponder and the only answers lie in the yield.  The fragrance one step ahead, leading , encouraging  me to shed more and more layers of who I conceive myself to be.

Unravelling, Pam Hawkes. ©

Unravelling, unpicking the garment of memory like inhaling oneself for the very first first time, an infant inhalation, not scenting the corporeal scent of flesh but a scent of Oracular knowledge pouring through me in subtle torrents the 'I' is undone. Passing through liminality to the disappearing point.As the fragrance mirrors my own unravelling its deeper nature reveals the notes of sacred woods, musk, oakmoss and sandalwood. There is a peace at the epicentre of this creation, the stillpoint of its revealing that is profound.  I am taken to the very point of dissolution and am residing with a vapourous state akin to the spirals of smoke or mist that rise into the air.

 Dispersing into the Wind, T Flack. ©

Smoke streaming in spirals from its source to greet the air, folding in on itself in ribbons effortlessly to the point , a nano state, the Chronon, where separation is undefined, that final moment where the smoke becomes the air and the air becomes the smoke, that space is where Oblivion lies, does the smoke cease to exist or is it sublimated by the air.

The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo, 1512

The sublime space between these two outstretched fingers of Creation. Lingering right through the next day, L'oblio remains at that still point of forgetfulness, bringing me at a mere scent of it to that peace, it is without doubt a masterpiece, whisperings on the wrist.

 

Mist Texture Leorr ©

'the boat will never reach the shore, I say a prayer,

I wish I could flow endlessly, in the dark night of the Soul,

in the limbo of this journey,

Immortal is the abyss that stands between.

Day after day, there is nothing left here, not even memory,

only the oblivion of something that has been.

When everything disappears, I can only feel the odor of that day.

When you come to an end of a path, you just wait for the dust to come and cover everything,

your memories and your words.

There will be a time,when everything comes back.

Man tends to forget, through a deep spiritual bond,

a journey in the absolute memory, the oblivion.

Oblivion is a spiral of dust.- Guiseppe Imprezzible, Meo Fuscuini

Frankincense, Iris, Mate, Immortelle, Tobacco, Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Powder, Sacred woods, Musk

Danu Seith-Fyr Contributor

Samples courtesy of Meo Fusciuni, Giuseppe Imprezzabile and Federica Castellani with my thanks.Opinions my own

Thanks to the generosity of Meo Fusciuni we have a 100ml bottle of L'oblio to give away for 1 registered reader anywhere in the world.  To be eligible please leave a comment with what appeals to you about L'oblio based on Danu’s review and where you live. Draw closes 3/27/2017

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New Perfume Review: Solstice Scents Guardian for ÇaFleureBon Talisman Project (Angela St. John ) 2017 + The Spirit of The Southwest Desert Draw

Original Art Work by Angela St. John's husband

"The turtle shell is my armor, the spiderweb holds negativity in its sticky silken thread, the venom of the rattlesnake protects me and the eagle allows me to fly from danger."-Angela St John

Narcisse Magazine Those Without Shadows©

The desert is a haunting and haunted locale, the feeling of both spirit and history almost palpable, not only drawing people to it but also inspiring artists, poets, authors, and cultural creatives of all genres to produce extraordinary work. At first impression it may sound desolate, but it is anything but.

Narcisse Magazine Those Without Shadows©

There is something undefinable, mystical, and downright magical about a desert landscape. It’s as if all that endless space and turquoise-electric blue sky makes personal growth something far beyond a self-help group or a best-selling “How To Improve Your Bad Self!” hardcover book.

Photo Googlesearch

Standing in a Southwest desert setting, the brown earth undulating into stunning striated hills and plateaus, seem to push your psyche to grow and expand to fill the space, but the never-ending boundless vistas of sky and earth can never be filled, so it continues pushing your expansion on and on. An eternal quest for spiritual fulfillment. You feel yourself becoming a small part of that landscape that’s full of life while at the same time quiet and profound. With her new fragrance Guardian, Solstice Scents perfumer Angela St. John has miraculously captured the all-encompassing and protective nature of desert culture, and magically captured it in a bottle; an olfactive genie ready to uncork, spray on, and face your battles. A true Southwestern talisman.

Smoking the Sage by Pamela McCabe©

Essentially a gorgeously rendered Amber and Sandalwood perfume, Guardian opens with the scent of a sweet sage smudge-stick with tendrils of citrus and wildflower flitting in and out, a fitting opening for a protective desert perfume, smudging being a time-honored ritual of new beginnings and creation.Just  as some might use a burning smudge stick to purify a new home, workspace, studio, or project, the aromatic sweetness of the top notes of Guardian  to dispel any negative energy from hindering the wearer. The smokey waft of a smoldering Pinõn pine fire adds to the sweetness, and is an odor that is intrinsic to the American Southwest desert psyche.

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico Googlesearch

So ingrained is this odor in the cultural DNA, that even when visiting New Mexico’s prehistoric cave dwellings Bandalier National Monument, you’ll notice smoke smudges on the walls of the ridge face dwellings containing a faint trace of the Pinõn pine aroma still present after 11,000 years.

Jeff Yellowhair "Morning Water"©

Guardian edp softens as it wears and the Oudh, Fir Balsam, Cypress, Juniper, and Patchouli appear, giving the impression of walking through a high desert chaparral forest at dusk, the ground soft with needles, yet dusty, dry, and slightly camphorous. All of these scents surround and strengthen the Amber and Sandalwood base acting like a protective shell, and creating a scent that is at times mysteriously elusive, yet close and comforting as a well worn Navajo blanket thrown over your shoulders, redolent with the smells of nature and your surroundings.

Photo by Lynn Dearstyne ©

Angela St. John and her House  Solstice Scents elicit an almost fever-pitch desire among her followers whose numbers are legion. Guardian is a stunning creation that is sure to swell the numbers of those that love St. John’s beautiful creations and those new to her olfactive art.

Notes: Amber, Bergamot, Rowan Flower Essence, Three kinds of Sage, Spruce,  Pinõn Pine, Fir Balsam Accord, Spikenard, Oudh, Patchouli, Cypress, Juniper, Muhuhu (African Sandalwood), Mushroom Accord, Shiso

Disclosure: Many thanks to Solstice Scents for supplying the sample. The opinions are my own

Robert Herrmann, Contributor

Art Direction: Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief

Thanks to Solstice Scents and Angela St. John, we have a draw for our registered readers.   Worldwide: for our international readers, we have a 5ml  of Guardian edp, and for our USA readers we have a 60 ml  of Guardian edp. Please be sure to register if you have not done so. There is only one winner. To be eligible please let us know what you thought of Roberts’ review, if you have a favorite Solstice Scent, and where you live.  You can read  the multi –perfumer collaboration  to commemorate CaFleureBon’s 7th anniversary here . Draw closes 3/22/2017

 

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ÇaFleureBon Project Talisman: A Multi-Perfumer Collaboration to Commemorate Our 7th Year Anniversary + Perfumes of Protection Draw

Project Talisman Art by Gail Gross, Editor

March 22, 2017 will mark the 7th year Anniversary of ÇaFleureBon. Of all the numbers there are, 7 is most people’s favorite number, considered “lucky” and is linked to  the spiritual,  the mystical and to superstition. I grew up in a superstitious home; red ribbons were tied to my crib, red threads sewn into my underwear, charms to ward off the evil eye were hung around my neck, handmade bracelets adorned my wrists and don’t even ask why there are packets of salt in my pockets. At the same time, I believe in the power of positivity, the law of attraction and ÇaFleureBon is an extension of this way of thinking and has been from day one.

 We live in uncertain times; personally, professionally, and politically. No one has a ‘charmed’ life. What makes us feel safe?  As an infant, it is the scent of your mother. You are helpless in a world you don’t understand, unable to communicate, to feed yourself, move around on your own but her scent reassures you. Scent is the most magical of all talismans.

I invited eight American artisan perfumers to participate in "Project Talisman. The creative brief was broad, No ingredients  had to be used,  just suggestions that the fragrance they create would reflect their own beliefs and aesthetic and might tie into talismans or symbols (I named Hamsa for Ellen Covey’s scent and Figa for Shelley Waddington’s perfume). My email of introduction to the project began, “Beware the Ides of March (March 15), knock on wood, black cats, don't walk under ladders, we all have superstitions. Project Talisman is a multi-perfumer project where each perfumer creates a fragrance “parfum de protection” to ward off the evil eye or attract positivity.”   I chose American Artisans because of our country's diversity of faith, creed, ethnicity.I also believe there is something special about  anything made by hand, as if a piece of the perfumer's vibes are in every bottle.

Digital art created for Project Talisman by Dannielle Sergent

The perfumers for Project Talisman are: Amber Jobin of Aether Arts Perfumes, Angela St. John of Solstice Scents, Catamara Rosarium of Rosarium Blends (who coined the phrase talismanic perfume years ago) Christi Meshell of House of Matriarch, Dawn Spencer -Hurwitz of DSH Perfumes, Dr. Ellen Covey of Olympic Orchids Perfumes, Patrick Kelly of Sigil Scent and Shelley Waddington of En Voyage Perfumes.  My gratitude for their participation is boundless; each fragrance was created at their own expense.   

Over the course of the next month or so Team ÇaFleureBon will review these fragrances but they are meant for all and many will be sold on six perfumers' websites in the upcoming days. Links to Project Talisman Perfumes that are live as of 12 Noon EDT March 15, 2017 are included in the post.-Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief

Amber Jobin of Aether Arts

 Amber Jobin of Aether Arts Perfumes Touchstone: "As humans we have always sought to explain the unknowable, the mysterious.  We created rituals and objects as a symbolic representation of these mysteries—a way of having a little bit of control over that which we believed beyond our control.  So while I don’t believe in a force called Fate that needs to be appeased by a ritual or a talisman, I do think there are objects that have historically conveyed a sense of ritual safety to many people.  But what about our modern age; what makes people feel safe now?  We have solved many formerly mysterious events; we are as a result less superstitious as a species.  Where did that leave me?

I realized that there was one object that has become ubiquitous, that is always nearby if not on one’s actual person, an object that in some form crosses all gender, cultural, and socioeconomic spaces.  An object that possesses great power, that can bring us help, that can connect us to those we love, an object that if we forget it, causes no small anxiety:  the cell phone. The cell phone has become the talisman of our modern age.  A kind of metaphorical worry stone or touchstone if you will, we can’t keep our hands off it.  It reassures us and connects us when we are lonely or afraid and could literally save your life in some situations.

So how to turn the idea of a cell phone into perfume?  Cell phones require minerals from the earth in their manufacture and their signals travel invisibly through the aether, so earth and air guided my choice of notes.  Many of the minerals used in cell phones are silvery-to-gray in color.  Materials like Tantalum, Palladium, and Platinum.  So I created a flinty-gray accord with flashes of color running through it to hint at some of the other metals used—Silver, Gold, a bit of Copper—giving it a mineral and a metallic aspect.  A spacious aether accord represents the air our signal travels through.  Just as a quartz crystal in our cell phone vibrates at a fixed frequency, an actual piece of quartz crystal in the bottle reminds us to be aware of our own vibrations.  What signals are we sending out into the world?  What is the fate that you create? Mixed-Media (90 percent natural)".

Angela St John of Solstice Scents

Angela St. John of Solstice Scents GUARDIAN: "Guardian is a natural botanical unisex talismanic perfume. It features botanical elements associated with protection which are further enhanced with rowan flower essence and black tourmaline gemstone essence.

The fragrance is a forest chypre with a full-bodied glowing amber core. Top notes of sacred white sage, wild desert sage, clary sage, spruce and bergamot lead to a rich pinyon pine and a dense shadowed forest aroma of fir balsam absolute. The base consists of a radiating and pervasive golden amber accord, sandalwood, oakmoss, Haitian vetiver, aged patchouli, Alaskan cypress, alligator juniper wood, green spikenard, muhuhu, oud and a hint of mushroom absolute. A very subtle addition of shiso leaf provides a crisp, spicy green nuance. Guardian features the amber accord in the foreground with the comforting cloak of thick forest, sticky tree resin and conifer needles delicately encircling it. The dry woods, earth and oakmoss surround the amber on the dry down.The turtle shell is my armor, the spiderweb holds negativity in its sticky silken thread, the venom of the rattlesnake protects me and the eagle allows me to fly from danger."

Christi Meshell, House of Matriarch (from her Antimony video)

Christi Meshell, House of Matriarch ANTIMONY: "The smoky eye in fragrance form rims your  third eye with kohl.  Anoint yourself with ANTIMONY. This alluring talismanic perfume draws from the noble history of cosmetica and the aromatic materials which have been used throughout time to create "eye shadow" – the most magical cosmetic of all. Charred frankincense, kewra, henna, Palo Santo, nasturtium, juniper, galangal, sandalwood ashes, spikenard, ghee, copal, oud and precious attars were all used in the production of early eye cosmetics, and their aromas transport the wearer to a dimension where cosmetics are still used for their original purpose: RITUAL & MAGIC.   

In forgotten times, eye cosmetics were created from powdered minerals and the ashes of incense.  In most tribes, they were compounded and applied by a shaman. Sometimes poison is the cure – antimony (kohl) and malachite have been among the minerals used around the eyes due to their reflective properties, bold colors and magical associations.  Antimony (the element, as found on the periodic table) is now considered toxic (although the alchemists would argue otherwise) and its use has been largely banned from use in cosmetics.  LIMITED EDITION: Vintage 2017. 99.9 % natural".

Limited Edition Cartouches by House of Matriarch

 *The first 24 50ml bottles of Antimony are adorned with a handmade copper cartouche talisman – designed Christi Meshell and handmade in San Diego, California under the influence of the Gemini full moon.  Each cartouche is uniquely one of a kind and can be detached from the bottle for use as a pendant.

Dawn Spencer-Hurwitz of DSH Perfumes

Dawn Spencer-Hurwitz of DSH Perfumes: Become the Shaman is a fragrance that draws on materials from the New World and the indigenous peoples' spiritual practices for protection and even more, for drawing on the power that comes from within.

Dawn created this art for Become the Shaman; if you look closely she is peeking through

"In an uncertain world we seek a place of safety, comfort, and peace.   In troubling times we seek out protection…sometimes through external talismans: an amulet, a symbol, an incantation.  But what if the power (and protection) we seek comes from within?  What if we all had access to a safe place filled with magic?   The invitation is to Become the Shaman.You possess the strength and power to cast all 'demons' aside.  When you become the Shaman, you find that true balance and power come from within.  

Become the Shaman draws from the animist / nature-based spiritual traditions of native peoples of the 'Americas'.  Palo Santo ("Holy Wood") is the focal note for the design and is used by the Incas to purify and cleanse the spirit from negative energies.  White Sagebrush and Tobacco (used by Native Americans to cleanse and purify) as well as Copal resin (used by the Aztecs for magic and as a symbol of immortality during funerary ritual) are also called on to imbue the design with richness and protection.
I developed a milkweed accord to symbolize 'transformation', as it is a native plant to the New World and is the exclusive food of the migrating Monarch Butterfly. *A special thank you to Mary Schultz-Williams, for her apt naming of the fragrance (my working title was just "Shaman") which brought the design into greater focus.  As always, her insight was spot on. 

Notes: Top: Milkweed accord and White Sagebrush, Heart: Palo Santo, Mexican Copal, Guaiacwood, Amyris, Base: Peru Balsam, Tonka Bean, Texas Cedar, Vanilla Bean, Tobacco

Dr Ellen Covey of Olympic Orchids Perfumes

Ellen Covey of Olympic Orchids Perfumes Hamsa -"The Hamsa is a stylized hand-shaped symbol with obscure origins in the Middle East. It serves as a sign of protection in both Judaism and Islam, and often has an eye positioned in the center of the palm to deflect the evil eye.  In designing a perfume, I considered the hamsa in the symbolic kabbalistic context of the ten sefirot, which represent the modes or attributes through which G-d is manifested. The Hamsa, with its five fingers, right and left, can be conceived of as a depiction of the sefirot. The two fingers of one side symbolize four virtual qualities, while the two fingers of the other side symbolize the related actual qualities. The center finger symbolizes the first and last sefirot, the origin and the realization of everything. 

The Hamsa Prayer via googlesearch

The composition of Hamsa includes both natural materials to symbolize the earth, which supports and protects us, and man-made materials to symbolize what we, as humans, have devised as protective measures both tangible and intangible. The first sefirah, the overarching idea, is symbolized as an invisible veil of olibanum smoke and the tenth, the unification and channel for worldly manifestation, as a solid block of sandalwood. The four pairs of contrasting properties are symbolized by contrasting pairs of materials. The first is palo santo and cognac, an ethereal woody incense paired with ceremonial wine to symbolize the celebration of spiritual ideas; the second is mastic paired with liquidambar, bitter incense and honey-sweetness to symbolize strength and justice tempered with love and kindness; the third is myrrh paired with citron, earthy incense and an aromatic fruit of the earth to celebrate inspiration and the resulting human creations of beauty and utility; the fourth pair is oud and apricot, a resinous material produced by agarwood trees to protect them, paired with a fleshy, sweet fruit to stand for resistance to physical and emotional attack and the fruits of physical and intellectual bonding. The end result is a combination of the hard and the soft, the bitter and the sweet, tangible and the intangible.  The perfume is not intended so much as a “magic potion”, but rather as a reminder of the amazing powers that we have within us, powers that we can use to repel evil  from ourselves at the same time we use them to help other individuals and the world."

Patrick Kelly of Sigil Scent

Patrick Kelly of Sigil Scent: Proteckt is a resinous, smoky blend of woods, punctuated by fresh tagetes and bubbling citrus notes. This one-of-a-kind perfume is a protective blend of powerful, magical plants designed to ward off all evils. Look inward and light the fire of your spirit with benzoin, to cushion the soul. Steel your resolve with the fearless fumes of sharp black pepper crackling in a freshly kindled blaze of crisp cedarwood and rich frankincense.

The pyre of this procession of plants unfurls in pure ribbons of glorious smoke, trailing over the budding blooms of marigolds and fresh citrus to leave the spirit emboldened and mind at ease.I was inspired by the alchemical symbol for “essence"."

Shelley Waddington EnVoyage Perfumes

Shelley Waddington of En Voyage Perfumes Figa: "People in all cultures have always recognized our vulnerability to people with envy and jealousy, to those who would wish for evil to befall them, and who would do bad things to hurt them.  For many centuries most cultures have traditionally carried special objects of protection, talismans, such as the evil eye, the Hamsas, and the figa to protect themselves from evil-doers, and to overcome any evils perceived to exist in their world. The talisman of protection that I have chosen to emulate in fragrance is the Figa.  The Figa is a powerful hand-shaped amulet that is used widely in in Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Brazil.  It represents a closed hand in which the thumb is located between the middle finger. I chose this talisman because it conveys attitude and I strongly believe in peace through strength.   

Figa Perfume is the fragrance equivalent to this powerful amulet and celebrates strength, power, vision and success.  Using precious oils, selected for their energetic protective qualities, Figa is slyly political in the face of tough contemporary political issues, and is specifically designed to wear for personal protection from evil, be it from people or governments". 

NOTES: Bergamot – A traditional annointing oil for protection from misfortune and physical danger, Geranium – Used for ritual purification, good fortune and assistance, Rose – Induces thoughts of loving affection and promotes peaceful, harmonious vibrations, Jasmin – Worn for blessings, protection and good luck, Violet – Used to ward off evil and to bring calm to quarrels, Patchouli – Wards off evil and negativity, Cedarwood – Enhances honor, wealth, and dignity, Amyris – A Venusian oil used for healing, Sandalwood – A spiritual oil used for healing, Vanilla – Used for soothing, healing, and good fortune,  and Labdanum – Brings qualities of focused attention, audacity, conquest of illusion, master-power success and victory.

Catamara Rosarium is working on her scent which will be introduced later this Spring. Eight perfumers, eight is the number of Infinity.

Thanks to the perfumers we have a sample set of these seven Project Talisman Perfumes WORLDWIDE. You are eligible and registration is appreciated but not necessary for this post. Please leave a comment with what resonated with you, which perfumes appeal to you and if you own any talismans. There is no spilled perfume and the draw closes March 22, 2017

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