Black Cat Posted November 10, 2013 Share Posted November 10, 2013 (edited) Time to review my first PE! As some folks know, my beloved little dog of twelve years died very suddenly this August, shortly after I had joined the LP forum as an active member. As I was floundering around, I decided to do a private edition scent to memorialize her--when I emailed Mara last month, I told her that, as weird it sounded, I was looking for something warm and brown and sweet and spicy--basically ginger cookies with a hint of fur. Even as I wrote it, I knew it sounded very odd, but I also had been around long enough to know that Mara is a genius, and to trust she would do something amazing. Well, she succeeded beyond anything I could have imagined! This is, as she herself said, "a warm and comforting gingery bakery scent." I had told her that while I am a huge fan of Lizzy's Ebil Sugared Cookies, and Santa's Little Helper, I was thinking of something softer here. The ginger is warm and energizing, sweet but not cloying (I think I pick up vanilla, and a creamy/buttery note), and a very soft enveloping energy. In the vial, it's more purely foodie, and exactly the foodie smell I was hoping for. But when I put it on, the "hint of animalic musk to suggest the aura of Olivia's fur" deepens and anchors the scent in the most amazing way. I do not know how she did this, but it truly is ginger cookies with a hint of fur AND an amazing perfume! I was visiting beloved friends this weekend who live about 90 minutes away on the other side of the mountains. For years, this is a trip I would make with Olivia. I'd finish up work on Friday, run home, order takeout, throw an overnight bag in the car and set her on the passenger seat and we'd do a little roadtrip together. When we got there, the kids would demand serious snuggles with Olivia, then we would send them off to their rooms and go hang out in the bedroom watching movies and talking, with Olivia tucked in the middle of it, always so happy and joyful to be at the center of things. This was only my second time making the trip without her, so to be able to walk in and hand over the bottle with Olivia's picture on it was so lovely. My friend slathered herself in it (I had slathered before driving!) and then her little six year old daughter also put some on. Her husband and son both pronounced it perfect, and we all just took so much pleasure in how perfectly the sense of her had been captured. The six year old said, "I wish Olivia was here right now!" but then sniffed her wrist and we all agreed that maybe she was anyway! Then last night, I went over to have dinner at my folks' house--Olivia was as much their dog as mine. I gave my mom her bottle and she put some on immediately. My mom is a trained massage therapist, and a serious meditation practitioner, and someone who does a lot of energy work too, and she immediately said, "This feels really powerful! It's got strong energetic properties!" Then, after a few minutes, she said, "It's just like Olivia! At first sniff, it's just beautifully simple and sweet and delightful, but then you realize there is a LOT more going on there!" I have to say, I hadn't thought about this being something I was asking to have crafted with intent, but I've been wearing it all weekend, and I've just felt enormously buoyed up and hopeful and happy. And I remembered that I did tell Mara... well, at the risk of making this too long for anyone to bear to read, here is what I wrote: "She was a little brown dog who was part of an animal hoarding case; when I got her, she was really just kind of shell shocked. You could set her down, leave her, come back two hours later and she wouldn't have moved. It took six months for her to bark and a year to wag her tail. A year to learn to play with toys (if you threw something away from her, she thought she wasn't supposed to have it; if you threw something towards her, she thought you were trying to hit her with it.) "But after that.... oh, my. I had the privilege of watching her blossom for almost twelve years, and every time I would think, "It can't get better than this" she would shed another layer of timidity and fearfulness and find more joy. By the last few years she just had two speeds. She was either blissfully, radiantly content, or so overcome with ecstasy that she couldn't physically contain it, and had to dance and twirl. So I was thinking of a happy yummy scent (I've ordered enough bottles to give some away to other people who adored her!) to lift everyone's spirits while we're missing her so much." This is everything I hoped it could be, and more. It feels as powerful as any of the spell oils. My mother said she thought this was the best tribute/remembrance I could have come up, and I agree. Thank you, Mara, for such a wonderful creation. I may give away another bottle, but I am keeping enough so that I can slather this to my heart's content for quite some time. It's truly magical. Edited April 16, 2014 by Blackcat Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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