Arabesque Aromas {review};

February 24th, 2015 · 0 comments

Image ©Kirsten Schilling

{ For the perfume connoisseurs(!) &/or ladyfriends and fellas who might appreciate the literary, medieval, faerytale essence of these perfumes. }

My latest order from Arabesque Aromas included some profoundly generous freebies, namely several sample vials beyond what I had ordered (Miss Kirsten Schilling, creatress and artisan perfumer extraordinaire, usually thoughtfully tucks in perfume samples that she knows her patrons are interested in) and a wholly unexpected, wildly beloved and bejeweled bottle of The Virgin & The Gipsy.

Allow me to sing the praises . . .

Inspired by the D.H. Lawrence novel, “The Virgin and the Gipsy” is a luscious, warm, passionate perfume with Buddha Wood, Labdanum, Black Pepper, Frankincense, a hint of Clove, and other resins and spices. It is sweet and woodsy, soft and womanly, easily one of my favourite perfumes; one of those scents that seem almost sacred, so beautiful it feels like weeping.

Kirsten’s perfumes are created purely in the natural world. They are magical, sensual, haunting. An artisan, scholar, and enthusiast of myth, faerytale and literature, Kirsten draws on inspiration and perfume-making methods from history, using only pure plant-based ingredients and natural botanical essential oils in her creations. She clearly regards the natural world, and her work with plants, with the highest sense of reverence, and her handmade aromatics are witched into being with that same reverence, from the heart. I would have no other perfumer grace my little wooden perfume box . . .

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