Black Cat Posted January 21, 2015 Share Posted January 21, 2015 Jennifer's Opal Beautiful blending of ylang-ylang, woodsmoke, grassy greens and a drop of fresh linen, over a gentle layer of soft white sugar. YLANG YLANG ~ (also known as Cananga) Strongly sensual, attraction, attention, irresistibly, soothes marital problems. Aphrodisiac, mood balancing, relaxation.SMOKE ~ In addition to the attributes of whatever is being burned (resins, woods, etc), smoke is for cleansing, purification, renewal, consecration, concealment and celebration. It is also the foremost mode of communication from this world to the realm of spirits and the gods.GRASSES ~ Wishes granted, enhances psychic powers, protection. LINEN ~ Luck, healing, protection, return of lost love. Of course this was the first thing I pulled out of the box, and I have been so excited for it that I actually haven't opened and sniffed ANYTHING else yet. Just sitting with this one. As I mentioned elsewhere, this is a combination of notes I came up with through playing with my sugareds. While it was great fun to experiment, putting on four different notes (and not always remembering the ratios that work) can be a bit tedious, so I wanted a blend with all of them. In addition, quite separately I wanted to ask Mara to craft something for me to be an aid in some very deep internal work I am doing with someone. Even though it is not a romantic partnership, I need to build intimacy and loving trust. When I looked up the meanings of these notes, they seemed like a good match. And finally, the name! I have a history of doing PEs based on the familiars in my life, and I have a new little furbaby in the house. Two days after the home visit where I first met her, my sister sent me a beautiful opal bracelet with a lovely letter about how important the symbolism of the stone was to her. When I went and googled "magical meanings opal" I found this link: It spoke so powerfully to me that I knew the new pup would be Opal! And since I am hoping she is very much going to be a touchstone/companion for all this transformative work, it seemed very fitting to lend the name as well to this scent. Plus, the scent I envisioned was a kind of shimmer, with the ylang and grasses flashing out between the smoke and the linen, so that seemed right, too. Well, it is no surprise that even in this first testing I feel as if Mara hit a home run! This is already very lovely and I bet with a few months aging it is going to be spectacular. It's very soft and rides close to the skin. Wet I get predominantly grassy floral, which is beautiful, and as it dries down, I get little wisps of the smoke and just a hint of the linen, which is exactly what I asked for. I can't wait to wear it to my appointment tomorrow. For pheros, I think this will go really well with Gotcha and maybe Perfect Match. Thank you so much, Mara! This one is a treasure! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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