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2012 Best of Fragrance Award - Most Inspired Aromatic Product: Elemetal Alchemy by Lyn Ayre for her Fibonacci Spiral aromatic sequence perfume called “ONE”. ONE was made for the Primordial Scents project and is a kind of Spiritual Culmination as experienced by the Alchemist of Perfume and Life Lyn Ayre ~~ of the spirals of life, of Kundalini energy rising, of the tree of life, of the spiralling galaxy we live in, of an evolving universe, of us and our connection to all that IS… well done Lyn, you are truly an inspired woman, and you have done/ are doing the work, congratulations!

In the Words of perfumer Lyn Ayre:

“On March 1st, I woke up and was clear as a bell-tone, having done a great deal of personal work over the previous two weeks. I’d had a dream, on Feb 29th and it was shown to me how I would create the perfume; the symbol for it was burned into my memory; these notes were also given so that others can see that no matter what is going on in his or her life, it will change as change is the only constant there is. I was given a name for this fragrance, Ele-Metal Alchemy, and was told it would be designed in five spiralling layers featuring the elements of the first five Chakras. I saw the red atomizer. When I woke up, I quickly went to my computer to journal and get it all going.

The symbol triangles are denoted as follows: Fire, light red, pointing up; Water, light blue, pointing down; Air, light purple, pointing from right to left; Earth, light yellow, pointing from left to right. All is surrounded by the black, Yin Energy of the Universe, which is physical matter. The Invisible Force, which is Yang Energy, is the Quantum Field from which we all come and to which we all go. The Red Infinity Symbols show the passion we can bring to our lives when we take a stand on our Point of Power (gold circle in the middle).

My symbol depicts a pinwheel. It is spinning clockwise like a Fibonacci spiral, which is found everywhere in our Universe and is full of these Primordial Elements. I consider all clockwise spirals to be a portal into another realm.”

Hop on over there and see who else has won. I’m in great company. Thanks, Monica, for your support and guidance over this last year. I appreciate you so very much. Love Lyn

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Reviews:

 

Monica Miller

John Reasinger

Marlen Harrison

Lucy Raubertas

Donna Hathaway

Diana Wiener Rosengard

Lyn Ayre IPG.jpg (83258 bytes) Prologue: Months ago, now, I’d privately told Monica that I would be working on the Water Element for this composition. My Fibonacci Water Perfume, Pink Conch (which will be released later this year) turned out great and I thought I could tweak it into the parameters set out by Monica on Sep 4th.

Things happen in life and, at times, we are forced to slow down and go through the pain in order to recoup and re-group. This happened to me over Dec/Jan/Feb. I had no incoming inspiration about anything at all. I was utterly stalled. I felt like I was waiting for something to happen but I didn’t know what that was. I’ve been in this situation before and I know that nothing can be forced or contrived. I just had to endure it and hoped it would end in time for me to come up with something for this challenge. In February, I was beginning to panic. I had nothing to show for this challenge and I so wanted to be a part of it. Don’t get me wrong, there are always highlights during these dark times, and I was very blessed to have a few of those, like my family being together.

On March 1st, I woke up and was clear as a bell-tone, having done a great deal of personal work over the previous two weeks. I’d had a dream, on Feb 29th and it was shown to me how I would create the perfume; the symbol for it was burned into my memory; these notes were also given so that others can see that no matter what is going on in his or her life, it will change as change is the only constant there is. I was given a name for this fragrance, Ele-Metal Alchemy, and was told it would be designed in five spiralling layers featuring the elements of the first five Chakras. I saw the red atomizer. When I woke up, I quickly went to my computer to journal and get it all going. 

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The symbol triangles are denoted as follows: Fire, light red, pointing up; Water, light blue, pointing down; Air, light purple, pointing from right to left; Earth, light yellow, pointing from left to right. All is surrounded by the black, Yin Energy of the Universe, which is physical matter. The Invisible Force, which is Yang Energy, is the Quantum Field from which we all come and to which we all go. The Red Infinity Symbols show the passion we can bring to our lives when we take a stand on our Point of Power (gold circle in the middle).

My symbol depicts a pinwheel. It is spinning clockwise like a Fibonacci spiral, which is found everywhere in our Universe and is full of these Primordial Elements. I consider all clockwise spirals to be a portal into another realm.

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This perfume acts as an Aromatic Merkaba to transport you into another dimension of being. Activate it through your Intention by standing in the centre of Gold and folding it up around you. Place a drop of perfume on your wrist then hang on for the ride.

© 1March 2012 Lyn E. Ayre, Ph.D.

 “Ele-Metal-Alchemy” Perfume for the Primordial Scents Perfume ‘Elements’ Composition Designer: Lyn E. Ayre

This five-layer fragrance was born in the Earth, forged in the Fire, cooled in the Water, and dried in the Air. Then it was blessed by Spirit with the number Three, the Infinity symbol, colour & crystals, toning, and a prayer that it be worn for the highest good of the wearer. It now lives in the Ether around the wearer, balancing and harmonizing the inner and outer elements.

The perfume plays out backwards to how it was created. We detect the first whiffs of scent through the ether. It brings up images of airy clouds in the light blue sky and the ethereal whiffs of pine and spruce bent over from the ocean winds; the honeybee winging from flower to flower; and the green leaves, hanging by a thread and flittering in the wind.

From Crown Chakra to Third Eye, to Throat, then Heart down to Sacral up to Solar Plexus down to Root up, it spirals in Fibonacci fashion.

Crown – the dream is given through Clair-gnosis, as I sleep.

Third Eye –the vision is inwardly viewed and constructed before pen goes to paper or a bottle is even opened. Accords are what is needed for this project.

Heart –The Air accord of pine and mints refreshes the senses and opens them up to the water experience.

Sacral –The Water accord of Ocean tincture (sand, shells, seaweed, sea grass in alcohol), Ambergris, and aqueous White Flowers such as Frangipani, Blue, Pink, & White Lotus, Jasmine sambac, and Neroli remind us of our birth place in the deep primordial oceans of time.

Solar Plexus –The Fire accord of hot spices and balsams burn in the heat of our passion to be more of who we are meant to be.

Root –The Earth layer of Vetiver, Cedar, Hyraceum, Frankincense grounds the wearer into Gaia.

Throat –Ether: This perfume breathes the concept of ‘ONE’ – organized network of energy; It lives the notion of ‘I AM’ – it all matters; it tones the theory of the ‘OM’ – only me. In essence, it says, ‘I am only one but I am one, and only I can take responsibility for my life’s path, and the ultimate ensuing, journey until my last exhale.

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Global Ingredients for a global project: Hyraceum and Atlas Cedarwood from Africa; Egyptian Frankincense and Mango leaf; Vetitver and Cinnamon leaf from Sri Lanka; Oceanic Ambergris, and Ocean tincture of seaweed, sea grass, shells, and sand; Hay absolute and Laurel leaf from Spain; American Peru balsam; South American Tolu balsam; Canadian Blue Spruce, Orange Peel, and Honey beeswax tincture; Jasmine sambac absolute, Frangipani absolute, Blue, Pink, White Lotus absolute, and Spearmint, all six from India; Italian Neroli and Petitgrain Orange; Chinese Ginger Root and Michaelia leaf; Peach leaf and Violet leaf from France; Turkish Galbanum; Japanese Peppermint; and Bulgarian Pine; in Perfumers’ Alcohol.

30 ingredients in all = 3 is the number for Spirit

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Please note: this perfume will be sold under the name “One” after this composition is over and will officially launch on Sep 21, 2012.

On April 19th, I sent the box out to Monica, with my heartfelt thanks for creating and supporting this perfume community in all the ways that she does. Every day, she has our highest good in mind and heart. Every day, she is there for us.

Suggested Meditation & Intention

Imagine and say to yourself – "I stand on the warm sand while the ocean breeze blows through my hair. Foamy water washes over my toes and feet then ankles, wanting to draw me in. I look up into the sky as the seagulls cry. I feel dreamy and peaceful. The wind carries to me the scent of soft flowers and forest. I walk back into the woods, sit beside an old nursery tree, and watch the small animals run round and up and down the trees. I breathe deeply and know that I am at ONE." 

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“Ele-Metal Alchemy” by Lyn Ayre

for Primordial Scents 2012

~ A Door Between The Worlds ~

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The Door Between The Worlds

Perfumer Lyn Ayre has created a perfume,

a spinning spiral of scent

of flowers, resins, leaves and roots

that is a door between the worlds

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a pinwheel

a spiral

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it’s a way of seeing things

of feeling

the vibration

the energy of the spiral in our DNA that matches

the spiral of the EARTH’s energy field

just like in the Kaballah

and the I Ching

and Tarot

and every spiritual discipline

really it’s a drawing of US

what we are made up of

and how we evolve

for a very long time I have thought this

been thinking about it

I’m not surprised an Elder Lady Perfumer in Canada called Lyn Ayre sees and feels the same

has the same vision.

Not surprising at all really.

All you have to do is get quiet,

sit, tone, chant…and the energy moves through you

a dancer feels it in her pirouette

a musician feels it flow through his “toca la guitar”

the singer hears the angels sing through her voice

the drummer is drummed by the skin of his drum

the bird floats on it’s currents

and we ARE ALL ONE

this is what Lyn knows.

……….

Please note that Lyn’s perfume ELE-Metal Alchemy will simply be called “ONE”

when it is released in the Fall.

Disclosure: ELE-Metal Alchemy is all natural. Perfume Pharmer received free samples. Perfume Pharmer also sells ELE-Metal Alchemy as part of a set in the Primordial Scents series AIR.

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John Reasinger Casts His Spell For Primordial Scents 2012 (part One) John Meditates with the AIR Perfumes…

When one call any ritual, it is important to be grounded and completely in touch with one’s inner self. I like to imagine a golden cord descending from the base of my spine and a silver beam coming out of the top of my head. As I synchronize my breathing, I inhale deeply and feel the cosmic energy flow through me into the Earth. When I exhale, I feel the solidity and grounding energy flow up through me and merging with my aura and expanding out to the Cosmos. I become a child of Father Sky and Mother Earth. With each breath I become calm and feel my aura shine brightly; as I go deep within…

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(Perfumer Lyn Ayre’s Pinwheel symbol)

*puts a few drops of “Coeur d’Esprit/Ele-Metal Alchemy” (Lyn Ayre) in both palms and rubs them vigorously together*

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My lesser hand chakras activate as I feel a spark of divine “electricity” in both my hands. A miraculous blending of green leaves and earthiness, an herbal and flowery airiness, sprinkled with warm spiciness and bathed in aquatic energies swirls about me. As I close my eyes and bring my palms to my nose, I am greeted with the fragrant equivalent of what a rainbow must smell like (to one’s spirit) up close! I have always wanted a perfume with seven notes (one of each color of the spectrum) in it. THIS is even better than anything I ever “osmagined”. Here are all of the elements, not in some random chaotic jumble but each knowing its own place AND how to harmonize and balance with the other three. Truly, this is the perfect starting point for a wonderful supernatural perfumed journey…

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*breathes deeply, feeling earth and sky mingle within me and know I am part of them all; and they are a part of me*

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I stand skyclad (nude) facing the east. My athame (ritual double-edged dagger) is raised, a metallic extension of my own hand. As I trace an invoking pentagram in the air in front of me, I imagine a bright sunny yellow haze forming inside a trilithon (like at Stonehenge) that pulses and expands to form a elemental of the air (sylph, faerie, what have you) that hovers there; guarding me from any negativity and lending me its gentle strength. Its energy feeds me and my essence is shared with it.

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I sit in the lotus position, while facing the East, as I light lavender incense and yellow beeswax candles on the low table in front of me. I envision my breath as a golden life-giving mist that enters my body and charges and empowers me. As I breathe out, all imbalance and strife is removed and exhaled into the universe. I feel the air all around me and in me…I am one with it. As my breathing becomes deeper and more relaxed, my aura expands and glows brightly. I imagine sylphs and air spirits gliding softly around me. The soft breath of the wind spirits caresses my skin.

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A Review by Marlen Harrison - The Perfume Critic 

http://theperfumecritic.com/2012/06/confessions-of-an-aromaholic-primordial-scents-2012-air/ 

As a blogging participant of Monica Miller’s Primordial Scents 2012 project, I have been asked to review five groupings of elements-inspired fragrances by perfumers from across the globe. Blogger & perfume-enthusiast Jen Meade explains:

This year, the most amazing project is pulling together. The building blocks are, in part, those that form the universe. The building blocks are exquisite perfumes based on the original building blocks: the four – no, five! – elements. They are talented perfumers working in a variety of materials – some all-natural, some not. They are gifted perfume writers, sniffing the creations and making an offering of words. They are dreams from the minds of creative people all over the world and, especially, the dream of one woman on an island off of Massachusetts, Monica Miller of Perfume Pharmer. She has gathered a group of perfumers from all over the world who have spent the last year creating scents inspired by the elements, including the fifth element proposed by Starhawk: spirit. The focus for the project is on the primordial beginnings, the inner workings of… everything. In Monica’s words, “For the purposes of this project, Primordial to me means original material…going back to the ELEMENTS that make up our planet, our bodies, our selves. What are we made of physically and spiritually? What do we hold most sacred?”

In today’s post, I spend some time with the Air fragrances which include Spirit of Air by Neil Morris, Moon Valley by Esscentual Alchemy, First Breath by Naked Leaf Perfumes, Honey by Velvet and Sweet Pea Purrfumery, Djin by Michael Storer, and Ele-metal Alchemy by Coeur D’Esprit Natural Perfumes. I’ve decided to use metaphors to describe these as they all brought to mind specific images or atmospheres. For a more poetic take on this group, the first of 5 odes to elements, I recommend John Reasinger’s article for Perfume Pharmer HERE.

Mist rising From a Pond on a Warm Summer Day –

SPIRIT OF AIR

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Designer’s Description: Spirit of Air is part of a quartet of perfumes honoring the 4 elements: Earth, Air, Fire & Water. It is the second in the series, Spirit of Water being the first.

Notes: Lemon Verbena, Linden Blossom, Plum Blossom, Lily of the Valley, Sunflower, Light Musk, White Amber, Ozone Notes.

The Bottom Line: A clean, white bouquet (linden blossom and lily of the valley) with something soapy and astringent in the background that reminds me of Cashmere Mist or Natori (2010); dries to a breezy, airy, unisex floral. I could have sworn I detected gardenia both at the opening and middle stages but don’t see it in the list of notes. My olfactory image is that of cool air meeting warming water causing steam to form and hover just above the surface of a pond or lake. The fragrance is cool and light but also has a slightly darker shadow barely visible in the background…maybe it’s the musk?

Perfumer: Neil Morris, http://NeilMorrisFragrances.com. To purchase, choose any of the Vault fragrances and then request Spirit of Air at checkout.

The Steam of a Hammam Bath Perfumed with Jasmine –

MOON VALLEY

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Designer’s Description:  Esscentual Alchemy’s Moon Valley natural perfume opens with a hint of the dew that falls at night. Moon Valley is a soft iris and peach perfume, with lush florals, hints of wood, and an earthy base.

Notes: Vetiver, Antique Oakmoss, Hyrax, Orris, Jasmine Grandiflorum, Lilac, Tuberose, Carnation, Peach Accord, Virginia Cedar, Natural isolate of Heliotrope.

The Bottom Line: Moon Valley is a straightforward, all-natural perfume whose notes melt together like sheets of colored cellophane layered one over another. No particular note really stands out and the overall aroma offers a transparency and simplicity. The drydown tones the opening floral notes with a warm, velvety hint of peach. More than anything else, I detect notes of ylang and jasmine and the overall feel is that of an essential oil used at an Eastern bath.

Perfumer: Amanda Feeley, http://esscentualalchemy.mysupadupa.com/

The Aroma of Spiced Tea in the Afternoon–

HONEY

Designer’s Description: Honey is an all natural perfume inspired by Honey Bees, by the beautiful way they fly around and gather sweet flower nectar.

Notes: All hail to the queen bee! This regal, opulent composition of French orange blossom, and Moroccan and Bulgarian roses sits on a throne of deep vetiver, Madagascar vanilla, honey, beeswax from the Purrfumery’s bees and my bee guru’s propolis. It is crowned with rare antique clove, pomegranate and pink grapefruit. This royal blend is set in a rich base of sandalwood and vanilla infused alcohol.

The Bottom Line: One of my favorites of the group, Honey is unique in that it is indeed a honey fragrance but without the musty, urine-like ick that sometimes accompanies honey’s presence in perfume. Another wonderful facet of this scent is the way the grapefruit and pomegranate accord weave in and out against a backdrop of a warm, vanillic spiced tea. Although rose is a major player, it never dominates; likewise, earthy vetiver helps ground the florals but never takes center-stage. Overall, honey is a not-what-you-were-thinking composition that wears as though you were sipping a cup of vanilla and rose afternoon tea…oh, and how about that final lingering glimmer of warm sandalwood right at the very end!?!

Perfumer: Laurie Stern, http://www.purrfumery.com/liquid.php

The Air of a Finnish Sauna at Midsummer –

ELE-METAL ALCHEMY

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Designer’s Description: This five-layer fragrance was born in the Earth, forged in the Fire, cooled in the Water, and dried in the Air. Then it was blessed by Spirit with the number Three, the Infinity symbol, colour & crystals, toning, and a prayer that it be worn for the highest good of the wearer. It now lives in the Ether around the wearer, balancing and harmonizing the inner and outer elements. The perfume plays out backwards to how it was created. We detect the first whiffs of scent through the ether. It brings up images of airy clouds in the light blue sky and the ethereal whiffs of pine and spruce bent over from the ocean winds; the honeybee winging from flower to flower; and the green leaves, hanging by a thread and flittering in the wind. From Crown Chakra to Third Eye, to Throat, then Heart down to Sacral up to Solar Plexus down to Root up, it spirals in Fibonacci fashion.

Notes: Hyraceum and Atlas Cedarwood from Africa; Egyptian Frankincense and Mango leaf; Vetitver and Cinnamon leaf from Sri Lanka; Oceanic Ambergris, and Ocean tincture of seaweed, sea grass, shells, and sand; Hay absolute and Laurel leaf from Spain; American Peru balsam; South American Tolu balsam; Canadian Blue Spruce, Orange Peel, and Honey beeswax tincture; Jasmine sambac absolute, Frangipani absolute, Blue, Pink, White Lotus absolute, and Spearmint, all six from India; Italian Neroli and Petitgrain sur fleurs; Chinese Ginger Root and Michaelia leaf; Peach leaf and Violet leaf from France; Turkish Galbanum; Japanese Peppermint; and Bulgarian Pine; in Perfumers’ Alcohol (Ethanol with Bitrex).

The Bottom Line: Spearmint, peppermint, cedar, spruce and ginger: This is what most stands out to me when I smell Ele-metal Alchemy. A vasta of birch twigs with leaves newly split after being whipped on washed skin while mint oils are dropped onto the coals in the mökki sauna: This is what I see when I smell Ele-metal Alchemy. Minty, woody and refreshing, Ele-metal Alchemy gives a wink to Finnish summer.

Perfumer: Lyn Ayre, http://www.scentofnature.net/Ele-Metal_Alchemy.htm

The Yawn of a Newborn after a Bath –

FIRST BREATH

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Designer’s Description: The awe-inspiring moment a baby takes it first breath of air is significant astrologically as that is the moment the chart is cast.  Reflected in the chart at that precise moment is a blueprint of the personality.  Of course, how we manifest that potential, whether positively or negatively, is our own free will. Events can have a birth chart too. Electional Astrologers analyze the cycles of the planets and choose the most auspicious time to begin or breathe life into an event.  Some people use this branch of astrology when they want to know the best time to get married, buy or sell a house, begin a business or have surgery.  From the moment of inception, events, like humans, are subject to the natural rhythms of life.

Notes: Sage, Armoise, Lime, Lavender, Mandarin, Rose absolute (Bulgaria), Jasmine grandiflorum, Neroli (Egypt), Lavender absolute, Clary Sage, Black Currant Bud absolute, Fir Balsam absolute, Oakmoss absolute, Patchouli, Vetiver, Vanilla absolute (Madagascar), Hyrax, Benzoin

The Bottom Line: Yesterday I smelled a baby’s head. He had just been given a bath, a powder and a swaddle in a newly washed cotton blankie when I got to hold him in my arms. I sensed something sweet, almost chocolatey, and then just sniffed the center of his noggin. The first time I encountered the center of First Breath, that wonderful middle range of notes where the topnotes are still hanging on but the basenotes are just getting started, I smelled baby head, plain and simple. For those of you not into baby heads, the fragrance just misses being a baby perfume thanks to its complex, spicy and woody basenotes. I could wear this every day…I find it comparable to my incomparable, vanilla-almond tinged Joop! Le Bain in its peaceful grooviness.

Perfumer: Suzy Larsen, http://nakedleaf.ca

The Heaviness of Indian Forests after Monsoon Rains –

DJIN

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Designer’s Description:  “A powerful djin is what Aladdin brought forth when he rubbed his famous lamp.A spectral and prismatic interplay of olfactory sensations is what you’ll set free with just a few sprays of Djin parfum. Djin’s notes range through all the chakras from the base of the spine with very male Aldrone, leathery castoreum, civet, musk, tonka bean and teakwood, to a middle of sweeter woods tempering the bitterness of grapefruit oil, blackcurrant absolute, clary sage, just a hint of vanilla and iris. This all carries on through the upper spine right to the forehead with an aura of ozonic and marine notes, rose and topped with mind-opening spices including cardamom seed and floral aldehydes. This is all we will reveal. You’ll just have to rub the magic lamp yourself to experience all the full-bodied power of Djin.” from ThePoshPeasant.com

Notes: see above

The Bottom Line: Djin offers a traditional, sweet citrus topnote along the lines of Signoricci set against a slightly aquatic and woody background that reminds me of Axis for Men by Sense of Space. The drydown goes a bit wood & powder and recalls the heliotropic basenotes of fragrances like People of the Labyrinths. When I saw the image above, it brought out an aspect of Djin that I hadn’t really recognized before – dewy greens and sap-laden twigs of the kind encountered after a heavy downpour.

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A Review by Lucy Raubertas of Indie Perfumers

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"The Spirit of Air"

This is a collection of the perfumes based on the Spirit of Air,  for Monica Miller's Primordial Scents Perfume Project.

Monica and the many participating perfumers of the Primordial Project, which include all the classical elements of our physical experience, such as earth, air, water, fire, and others*, believe that perfume can be an active force for healing the world and ourselves.

Because this project has many participants, it also contains many subtle shades of meaning, as spread across all the individuals points of view.

For me the basic premise is to trigger the creation and use of perfume that affects people who wear it, so as to unite them with the elemental forces of nature. To reach through aromatic beauty into the deepest olfactory sense memories toward a basic sense of reciprocity with the earth itself.

This is a belief that mindful appreciation of the elements of our existence, through olfactory means, can unite our minds, hearts and actions to move us into a responsive and positive direction toward the natural environment. Seeking that balance would in turn restore our own interior state of mind and even heal the body.

Monica and a number of the participants developed a ritualistic way of approaching the use of the project perfumes. ** There is also an element of support for a book and film called The Fifth Sacred Thing, by Starhawk, that is a dystopian account of what might happen when we drift too far away from our primordial natures.

Primordial AIR scents include:

Spirit of AIR by Neil Morris Fragrances
First Breath by Naked Leaf Perfumes
Moon Valley by Esscentual Alchemy
Djin by Michael Storer
Honey by Velvet and Sweet Pea Purrfumery


Neil Morris’ Spirit of Air is like the air lifting off of fresh water, with a light mint within the ozone. There is a sweetness like the heart of a flower, where the nectar lies. It’s almost dizzying, like breathing too fast. It does something mysterious to the skin, turning the skin itself into an earthy base, with a misty oxygen laden atmosphere cleansing the breathing process as it wears on. This is a modern perfume, while staying definitely linked to the primordial air, keeping within a presence of fresh coolness.

 Naked Leaf Perfume's First Breath alters the air that you breathe by cooling it with soft mint and herbs on a floral and grass green base. Calming and soothing are the words that come to mind. It is meant to be used as an aid for women giving birth, whether to a new life or a creative endeavor.

Moon Valley by Esscentual Alchemy gives me an impression of a dark space where the dust has settled and the stillness intensifies the sense of standing in a wide open place. I get a distant note of ammonia that lends itself to a sense of otherworldly space. For me this one reaches out to the chemistry that makes up the atmosphere we breathe and those elements that stand outside but flavor the air.

Djin by Michael Storer ornaments the air by pulling up a sense of ozone spaciousness toned by a sense of history. It carries the subtle aromatic grace of a Middle Eastern desert wind.  Such winds are known for the carrying the fragrance of distant flowers and spices across many miles. 

Honey by Velvet and Sweet Pea is the memory of a flower's nectar, set within a humid day. Its subtlety is a presence that holds to the skin. It carries across the space of air as a volume and a lively force, through portraying the feel of humid sweetness.  Within the stillness of such air, you may realize this sweetness is being carried into your body by breathing in the work of another species of being; you are receiving a message from the bees' world.

If you want to try the ritual use of these perfumes, you'd  begin with the metal inspired fragrance by Lyn Ayre, Coeur d'Esprit Natural Perfumes, Ele-Metal, which is the scent of warm steel cooled by water. The drydown brings out a spearmint tone.  This ritual was created created to invite us into a magical sense of unity with the elements.

The stillness of air makes a pause that can be felt and used for attention to the details of experience. Air in motion contains the varied weights of humidity or the clear dry light that affects respiration. Respiration, the breathing in of aromas held in the air is the strongest sign of life.

I think of air as a volume that can be silent and spacious, as was shown us by the music of John Cage and other modern composers, and as potentially a great force like a hurricane or tornado that sweeps through and carries away a period of time, as in before and after, to make an adjustment of creative destruction and balance that pays no attention to our personal concerns.

Interesting and grounding to have perfumes that have been designed to reference the aspects of air and breathing itself. These perfumes would be wonderful for layering with others, or as a luxurious enhancement of oxygen on a hot day, or to bring the outside world within yourself.
 
Samples can be obtained directly from the Monica Miller, the Perfume Pharmer, as a set.
I received samples from Monica Miller who has organized the Primordial Perfumes Project. Please visit this index for links to all the perfumers and posts on the Primordial Elements.  There's lots of activity on Facebook for this project too.

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A Review by Donna Hathaway of Perfume Smellin' Things

http://perfumesmellinthings.blogspot.ca/2012/07/primordial-scents-project-2012-floating.html 

"Floating on Air" 

The Primordial Scents Project spearheaded by Monica Miller of Skye Botanicals is even more ambitious than last year’s wonderful Summer of Patchouli Love. I was very happy that Monica asked me to participate once again in a whirlwind group event. Unlike the patchouli project, this is not a competition per se; the perfumes are not being blind-tested or ranked by the reviewers. We are all just giving our impressions of the perfumers’ “elemental” fragrances, each inspired by Air, Water, Earth, Fire or Spirit. The hard part was deciding which ones to focus on, since the writers had to choose only one or two elements. I chose Air, the subject of this installment and the one for which I wrote an introductory post on Perfume Pharmer, and Fire, which will follow later. Please go to this page for a list of all participating perfumers and bloggers!
 
This project will be unfolding over the summer of 2012. The concept is about going back to basics in the most literal sense, making perfumes in the spirit of the building blocks of the Universe and life itself, in order to celebrate and pay homage to the unity of where we all come from, and using fragrance as language and the jumping off point for thinking about this subject. What could be more primitive in the best sense of the word, more primal, than the wordless communication of scent? Sometimes there are no words; this is about going deeper. I will attempt to do justice to them, but they are still only words….
 
I will begin, appropriately enough, with First Breath by perfumer Suzy Larsen of Naked Leaf Perfumes. It opens with a most delicious fresh, sweet lime and mandarin note that I wished would go on forever. Of course it cannot, but an echo of it does linger on very pleasantly throughout the course of its development. This fragrance was inspired by midwifery and birth, because that first breath of air is so momentous, the beginning of life itself and that burst of lime is the embodiment of the drama of that pivotal moment. As it develops, it turns into a soft, sweet herbal (sage, armoise, clary sage) and floral (rose, jasmine, lavender) scent that is essentially the idealized aroma of a newborn baby’s head (or a kitten’s belly, that works too) as a mélange of floral notes and vanilla takes over from the zesty opening. It smells of all things tender and fragile and reminds us that our highest calling as humans is to protect that which is defenseless, whether it is a newborn baby, a blue whale or an entire rainforest. I had not sampled any of Suzy’s fragrances before this, but I am impressed with First Breath.

 

 
Nextup is Djin by Michael Storer Fragrances

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am already an admirer of I am already an admirer this man’s work, especially his gorgeous Stephanie, but this is a real departure, cool and austere yet somehow troubling, like the tension in the summer air before a thunderstorm. I have smelled so-called ozonic perfumes before but this really does smell like it, cool and warm all at once, with a curiously grey and effervescent mineral quality that I can’t stop craving. I wore it several times to make sure the ozone component did not go wrong on my skin as it usually does, but this fragrance holds together very well, and I have to think that the aroma chemicals used to create the ozone effect must not be the usual suspects. It reminds me a little bit of one of my favorite “weird” fragrances, the strange and wonderful Memory & Desire No. 1 by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, which also has ozone but is very wet and chilly, a windblown fragrance of wet pavement and dripping branches. In Djin, the rain has not yet begun but the hot dust-laden air is heavy with the threat of it. Wear this when you are feeling restless and daring and in an “anything goes” mood; it is the olfactory equivalent of heat lightning.

 
Even more ethereal than Djin is Spirit of Air by Neil Morris Fragrances, which starts out in sunlit brightness and morphs into a delicate honeyed effect. It brings to mind the expression “dancing on the breeze” so delicate is it, and it made me smile with delight as soon as I put it on. Neil’s work is known for its breadth of style and originality and this is no exception. I could wish it lasted longer, but that’s the nature of the wind, it never hangs around for long. Wearing it is like standing in front of a fan that is blowing the best-smelling air imaginable, but it is elusive as it caresses your skin with its ethereal floral accords. I could chase it around all day hoping for just a passing hint of its scent. Linden, muguet and plum blossom make for an impossibly romantic fragrance in the purest sense of the word, and it could just as easily have been called Daydream; it reminds me of when I was a kid and I would lie in the grass on a carefree summer evening and watch the cloud pictures for hours at a time. Neil has captured innocence in a bottle with Spirit of Air, an innocence that we can all revisit if we stop all the “shoulds” for a while and just be.
Then there is Honey by Laurie Stern of Velvet and Sweet Pea Purrfumery. Its aroma is not as straightforward as the name would suggest; it does not smell anything like the mainstream fragrances that are meant to smell of honey. To me this is an odor of fertility, as the yellow pollen collected by the heavily laden bees drifts on the warm air. I enjoy honey scents very much and this one is pure bliss. I think this must be what the bees themselves experience, up close and personal; the aroma of pollen, the ultimate in life-giving essence, and the heavy sweetness of the nectar that draws them to the blossoms in the first place. Is there anything more primordial than the symbiosis of bee and flower? I think of how they evolved in symmetry with each other, with flowers finding ever more elaborate ways to reward their pollinators for spreading the flowers’ genes around, and scent, along with color, is one of the most successful strategies that also happens to mesmerize humans. It makes one realize that we are not really in charge of things here on this planet. The intense and fecund smell of Honey, including the deep essence of beeswax, is a reminder of this elemental relationship.
Amanda Feeley of Escentual Alchemy contributed the evocatively named Moon Valley, which began with the curiously cold effect of banked ashes in a fireplace to my nose, which was fascinating since the listed notes describe a sensual floral perfume of jasmine, lilac, carnation and tuberose enriched with peach, not a dying fire. They arrive soon enough, those blossoms, in all their heavy sensuality and a tableau formed in my mind as I experienced its unfolding. Only the ceiling fan, with maybe a breath or two coming in through the gauzy drapes, moves this kind of languid air. The wearer of the perfume is in repose on a rumpled chaise longue, her bodice loosened as she listens to Billie Holiday songs on an old record player. Outside the moon is full but a haze surrounds it and the night is all but still. She looks at the little ormolu clock on her dresser and realizes that it is nearly time for that man of hers to come home, and she has seduction on her mind. She smiles secretly as she dabs her new perfume between her breasts and on the back of her neck where the damp tendrils of her hair are curling from the humid torpor of late summer. This will be a night to remember…
 
There is one more perfume in this group but it’s not strictly an Air scent; natural perfumer Lyn Ayre of Coeur d’Esprit Natural Perfumes created a fragrance to encompass all the elements to symbolize that everything is interconnected and called it Ele-Metal Alchemy. It begins with the sharp metallic bite of galbanum, like tasting cold copper, and then explodes into a mélange of sensations including animalic notes of hyraceum and real ambergris, tincture of seaweed, shells and sea grass, resinous frankincense, balsam, pine and cedar, citrus peel and neroli, leafy essences of hay, mango leaf and mint, all embellished with gorgeous floral absolutes of lotus, frangipani and jasmine. Its initial impression for me after the opening was earthiness, but the sweetness of citrus and flowers kept darting in and out of the deeper notes like elves playing hide-and-seek in a forest. Just when I thought it had settled into the drydown something else popped out and surprised me. The long list of notes might lead you to think that it’s overdone, but it really works, and I found it to be both wearable and mesmerizing as all its components gradually coalesced into a handsome, austere chypre style scent with a “retro” style animalic character that somehow encompasses all the elements while remaining very coherent. Hats off to Lyn Ayre for this tour de force of a fragrance -or should I say force of nature?

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

We're one, but we're not the same.

Coeur d'Esprit Natural Perfumes Ele-Metal Alchemy/One

Here we are again, dear reader, exploring the wonderful world of Air. I'd like to pause briefly and say, now that we are on day 5 of 6 days of Air, that one of the most interesting challenges in reviewing the Primordial Scent Project: Air Set is that there are a lot of different ways to interpret Air.

I loved each and every one of the Water scents, but there was a a thread I could discern running between them. Each take on water was, in some deeply fundamental way, always water. Air, however, has been all over the map, scent wise. And that is good, I think. It's forced me to broaden my impression of what Air might mean.

Each scent has taken the concept of the word and stretched it, tweaked it, made it more than I'd imagined before I'd opened the tiny tin with the yellow label. For that I'm grateful. It's always nice to be challenged. It's nice to take the moment to reconsider. And nothing has challenged me more in this set than Coeur d'Esprit Natural Perfumes Ele-Metal Alchemy .

Ele-Metal Alchemy is described by perfumer Lyn E. Ayre as follows:
This five-layer fragrance was born in the Earth, forged in the Fire, cooled in the Water, and dried in the Air. Then it was blessed by Spirit with the number Three, the Infinity symbol, colour & crystals, toning, and a prayer that it be worn for the highest good of the wearer. It now lives in the Ether around the wearer, balancing and harmonizing the inner and outer elements.

The perfume plays out backwards to how it was created. We detect the first whiffs of scent through the ether. It brings up images of airy clouds in the light blue sky and the ethereal whiffs of pine and spruce bent over from the ocean winds; the honeybee winging from flower to flower; and the green leaves, hanging by a thread and flittering in the wind.From Crown Chakra to Third Eye, to Throat, then Heart down to Sacral up to Solar Plexus down to Root up, it spirals in Fibonacci fashion.

Crown – the dream is given through Clair-gnosis, as I sleep.
Third Eye –the vision is inwardly viewed and constructed before pen goes to paper or a bottle is even opened. Accords are what is needed for this project.
Heart –The Air accord of pine and mints refreshes the senses and opens them up to the water experience.
Sacral –The Water accord of Ocean tincture (sand, shells, seaweed, sea grass in alcohol), Ambergris, and aqueous White Flowers such as Frangipani, Blue, Pink, & White Lotus, Jasmine sambac, and Neroli remind us of our birth place in the deep primordial oceans of time.
Solar Plexus –The Fire accord of hot spices and balsams burn in the heat of our passion to be more of who we are meant to be.
Root –The Earth layer of Vetiver, Cedar, Hyraceum, Frankincense grounds the wearer into Gaia.
Throat –Ether: This perfume breathes the concept of ‘ONE’ – organized network of energy; It lives the notion of ‘I AM’ – it all matters; it tones the theory of the ‘OM’ – only me. In essence, it says, ‘I am only one but I am one, and only I can take responsibility for my life’s path, and the ultimate ensuing, journey until my last exhale.
This scent is complex. The opening has a kind of zing to it that reminds me of the taste of fresh horseradish mixed with mint, which slides into a lot of warm spice and wood within about a minute of application. This is the place Ele-Metal Alchemy lives on my skin the longest - in a woody, minty, warm spice area. It also has a strong rubber note at times, that at other times reminds me of Cheerwine?

Ele-Metal Alchemy is an unusual scent. It doesn't remind my of anything else I've tried, which is impressive, and it seems a little different every time I wear it. Maybe that means it is really reactive to whateveer is going on with my skin chemistry right now, but it could also be that, at different points when I wear it, I'm in need of various parts of the spiral Lynn describes.

I've tried Ele-Metal Alchemy a couple of times and it is an interesting Air indeed. It bubbles, it fizzles, it pops. It's pretty, but that's not all it is. It's also warm and sizzling and layered. And yes, pretty. But pretty seems like a bonus in the midst of all this interesting substance. On the whole, a curious scent worth further exploration. If you're into perfume and feeling like you never try anything new, I encourage you to try Ele-Metal Alchemy. It's an awakening all its own.

Ele-Metal Alchemy is available direct from the perfumer in a 10ml atomizer for $37.20. Please note that when the Primordial Scent Project is complete, this scent will simply be called "One."

You can buy the entire Primordial Scent Project: Air Set for $28.00 here.

For more reviews of the Primordial Scent Project: Air Scents, try: Perfume-Smellin' Things; The Perfume Critic; John Reasinger, writing for Perfume Pharmer; Indieperfumes; Donna Hathaway, writing for Perfumer Pharmer.

One life,
but we're not the same.
We get to carry each other...
One.
"One," U2

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