June 1, 2012

The Devil and Lilith, Perfumed by Maria McElroy and Alexis Karl

One thing I love about artisan made indie-perfumes is that the perfumers can make what they want, when and how they want, just for fun, and to contribute to unique collaborative projects centered around a common theme.  The Devilscent Project based on Sheila Eggenberger's novel Quantum Demonology invited and got several wonderful perfumers to create perfumes to illustrate the characters in the novel.

In this case, we have a focus on the two of the main characters in the book, which act as primal forces of nature:  the masculine aura of the Devil, and the wild feminine energy of Lilith, his wife.

Maria Mcelroy and Alexis Karl, in collaboration as Cherrybomb Killer Perfume,  have seen them as a complementary pair.  They have made two perfumes that are opposites, yet fit together and balance each other.

I almost feel guilty going on and on about perfumes that are not available to the general public or to the readers yet, but I understand that these may be released later this year, in a special limited edition.

These two perfumes are are a ying-yang pair, personifying the masculine/feminine energies.  The masculine Devil perfume is dark and chocolate with deep undertones, the feminine other, for Lilith, is a creamy tuberose and symphony of white flowers.  They both share a fig center.

I think the perfumers, in reading the story, gave these mythic characters these olfactory qualities rich with symbolic associations to aromatically connect them to mystic strength and legend,  but also to then humanize them, as the book does.

"Dev" is represented by a velvety rich dark chocolate.  It opens with a force that simmers down to a dark suede leather, and then dries further down to a fig body with a punctuation point of cinnamon.  That spice point is subtle but enough to keep you from falling asleep as you are hypnotized.

This Devilish fellow is wearing black leather and introduces himself by emanating the scent of the most enticing darkest chocolate, which then turns into the scent of fig and all Mediterranean opulence closer to the skin after a a few minutes of dry down.  After the length of an introductory conversation, the deal is clinched with instant sensuality triggered by coming in closer to try more.

Lilith is like a rainbow, throwing flowers in the air - the most beckoning bright kinds, such as tuberose, and others that have fingers that reach out and pull you in, like hyacinth and lilies.  Her close-in skin tone is also scented with figs.  She reveals herself to be an ancient goddess from the Mediterranean resplendent in an abundance of honeyed musk, dressed by the scent of the open fields of flowers in the brightest sun, exhaling life and sweetness into the air.

They both share that fig inner body that binds to the skin with a clean musk while surrounded by their more spectacular elements of bright and dark.

I love them both.  They stand alone and yet they are so married.   Even as opposites are attracted by an initial infatuation that burns off, whose energy may end by throwing each other out into opposite ends of the universe, still I would recommend them as a set.  I see them as to be worn in alternate moods on alternate days, around a common theme of pagan energy and pleasure.

Both are aggressive, in their own way, while coming from completely different directions. Summer and winter, cat and dog, dark and bright, one enhances the other one's  nature and allure by contrast and in relief, as shadows will make the sun seem brighter and white makes black even darker.

The samples came to me from the perfumers, Maria Mcelroy and Alexis Karl, wired to parchment, sealed with gold and red wax with all edges singed by fire.



Music to listen to perfume by, or in this case, to imagine perfume by:
Paint it Black 1962

She's a Rainbow 1964
Rolling Stones from the early Sixties, with that Middle Eastern influence felt in the perfumes, also.

This music works especially well this time because there are so many instances of performance on stage by legendary rock gods at important parts of the book:


Above:  Rachel Weisz as Lilth, embraced by the Devil as Temptation in the form of a snake.

Please go to the Devilscent Project and follow the links for more posts on perfumes and writings by the perfume-mad.
Try the first chapter of Quantum Demonology by Sheila Eggenberger.
I've written about the project before, an introduction, and
on Olympic Orchids Devilscents
and on Monica Miller's Green Man
Please click the labels below for more reference posts on each tag.

For more information on these two perfumes, please contact maria@aromam.com

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