Hey Crew. Scent semantics?
We get a word, we get a date, we have to choose a single fragrance that fits the word and then have to explain how it fits together, in our way. As much or little as we feel the word/fragrance connection needs. We are going to probe a little into how each of us bloggers see the world, fragrance, ourselves. We get to see how one word can inspire different directions in connection. or not.
ANGELIC Scent Semantics #2
Angelic! WOW! So much to think about. You may know I’m a non practising but dyed in the wool Roman Catholic. My parents were Dad (CofE) and Mum (RC). They were only allowed to marry if their children would be brought up Roman Catholic. Mum took this very seriously and we were weekly church goers, went to Nun run primary school and then my sister went to the Loreto and then Brigidine nuns while I went to the Jesuits. The Christ story and church dogma runs deep and wide through my knowledge banks and controls much of the way I think, react, operate. It’s been a lifetime of trying to live by the simple carpenters words (yes, I know they were written years after and changed in the early centuries by a group of devout businessmen.)
As I grew and developed into the shining gay icon that you see on the daly our local priest and headmaster tried to shame and guilt Mum into sending me off for ex-gay treatment at a young age. In a nutshell her argument with this fire and brimstone, old school priest was that, “If God is all powerful and my son is a product of his creation then whatever he is must be by design and intent. An all loving God must love and cherish this child as he is.” To say there was a schism is an understatement and we changed churches, going quite a ways each week to somewhere mum had found that wasn’t so hard line. Mum’s faith never really recovered from this problem and we spent less and less time in church, though still going regularly at school. On her deathbed, just two days before finally dying Mum sat bolt upright and declaimed to all of us gathered, “I want to be buried under a tree, facing the sea; and NOT in the Catholic section.” It was the last truly lucid thing the said.
My beautiful husband Jin is also an evangelical atheist. DO NOT get him started on the church, its corruption, the covering up of its pedophile rings for centuries, the lies fed to the faithful, its finger pointing hate and guilt complexes and its disregard for the good of the people & our world and it rapacious greedy hoarding of wealth and power. We are not talking about Jesus, or any of the gods, but the BUSINESS of religion. Its design to create separatism, hate, war and plunder. The business of religion that seeks to divide, instead of divine.
All this for context because this month Elena has chosen the word Angelic.
Even this word, ANGELIC, holds memories and mixed emotions for me. Are we talking cherubic? The cute winged children portrayed (often with very devilish faces) in art? Are we talking the mighty and glorious archangels? Those greatly feared messengers of the gods? Are we talking people who have lived good lives and sit with god in heaven? Angelic could even refer to the spurned and fallen angel Lucifer. So much scope.
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Aldehydes Cyclamen Violet Leaf Sage Bergamot Fig Tarragon
Heart: Peony Turkish Rose Oil Orris Root Orange Blossom Peach Blossom
Base: White Musk Heliotrope Sandalwood Incense Cedar Vanilla Guaiac Wood
I really wanted the fragrance I chose to reflect the bright light of worshipful goodness and cleansing. Also, it would be good if it has the fluffy, powdery softness of feathers. A commanding presence is important. The incense I associate with religious observance and the woods and polish of pews have to be part of it too. Always my daydreams of angelic visitation, and many of the stories about their happenings, have taken place in caves or caverns with water. Trying to find a fragrance that embodies all these separate angles and still have the glow of internal religious rapture seems like a hard call.
Fortunately Dia fits all these qualities and adds a few more. It is regal, gives me strength and creates a soft but very present cloud of protection around me. That sounds pretty ANGELIC to me.
What perfume would you associate with the word ANGELIC?