Subtle and gentle, it is a quietly contemplative perfume, a potion made up of precious and carefully gathered and calibrated substances. If you are recently coming away from perfumes with a big presence you will need to recalibrate your nose and awareness to fully appreciate all the subtle beauties that reveal themselves here. Once you have allowed this perfume to soak into your skin and your awareness, there is a complexity and mystery that unite you with the essence of nature.
The ingredient list is very long. There are multiple and varied shades and aspects of green-ness that have been used to arrive at this density of green:
I have always been fascinated by climbing, clinging plants, that spread both along the ground and up into the trees and onto walls. For a fascinating look into the inner workings of making a perfume and the original art work and inspirations behind it, please visit the site here. I agree with Roxana that such materials and subject matter are a worthy theme for a modern perfume. To look out through an ivy border around a window frame adds grace and liveliness to a scene. English Ivy is so densely green it is almost black, and this perfume holds this aspect of green-noir within itself in certain facets as it unfurls. There is no sweetness here, so I can see it as good for men as well as women.
This perfume and Roxana's perfumes generally require and will develop the same kind of sensitivity and appreciation of subtle beauty that is required to value the tones of greened patina on these ancient Chinese bronzes. The influence and workings of the atmosphere created these beautiful patinas on metal, and these examples of patina also go to show the evidence of how the atmosphere and elements affect everyone. The perfume in the air must act on us in the same way as the various elements in the atmosphere act on metals over time. Roxana's perfumes are forces for refinement and contemplative mindfulness, in that they present the essential nature of a fragrant inspiration and invite the wearer to be aware of all the layers and elements of beauty within and without.
Roxana does everything herself, from creating the tinctures to pouring and packaging the perfumes.
Above illustrations: Chinese Bronze Objects - top - Bian Hu Wine Vase, Han Dynasty and Zhou Bronze Bell, from Galerie 41;
Roxana Illuminated Perfumes photos of liquid perfume and mini solid compact locket perfume
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