Arcana Holiday 2013
The Queens of Snow and Air Perfume Collection
Little Lully: Our heroine. Innocent, gentle, rosy-cheeked. Tender new blossoms of lily of the valley and honeysuckle are kissed with coconut milk, copaiba balsam, and butter CO2 extract.
Small Cottage in a Clearing: The cozy scent of milky coffee with white sugar, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and a faint undercurrent of dangerous black musk.
The Old Forest: Smoky resins with Bourbon vanilla bean, wild honey, dragonsblood, dark musk, kush, a hint of fir needle, and a drop of antique vetiver.
Gehern the Troll: He lives high in the mountains in his frozen cave. Fresh gingerroot, warm gingerbread, nectarine, bergamot, sweet orange.
7 Apples Grow in Ice: Honeyed winesaps and green apples with pearl musk, skin musk, white pepper, and a tiny hint of frozen grapefruit.
Astrid the Cold: The mystical, enigmatic queen of air. Neroli, chilled vodka, rich amber, oak moss, coconut husks, lavender.
Sigrid the Wise: The beautiful, merciful queen of snow. Labdanum absolute, smoky frankincense, myrrh, and glorious, golden vanilla.
Necklace Made of Tears: Poor Lully. Sticky spun sugar with frankincense tears, peach nectar, violets, lacrima water, and cardamom.
The Sighing Bridge: Dark, sweet pipe tobacco with 3 precious ambers.
Snowflake Palace: At last. White tea leaves, white amber, silvery soft musk, and a swirl of wood smoke.
Returning Arcana Yule Classics
Arctic Bear: Cave in to shivery pleasures with this festively icy blend straight from the North Pole. A playful mix of aromatic Northern bayberry, frosted Siberian fir needle oil and the dry freshness of snowy woods. Hail the Great Arctic Bear!
Black Maria: Abandoned remedies, emptied tobacco tins, and the intangible essence of impending trouble. Ginger syrup, apothecary honey, golden Cavendish, vanilla, tonka, and Dutch caraway.
“I have met with women whom I really think would like to be married to a poem, and to be given away by a novel.” —John Keats
Lavender, warm milk, rich vanilla, white heather, yuzu, petitgrain, and a smattering of sunflowers.
Comfort 2013: The sugarcoated balm of holiday solace. Bright pomegranate and fluffy snow lift the soul while splashes of citrus, tonka, and rum warm the heart.
Frozen Heart: The essence of a snow queen’s glacial affections. An enchanted concoction of spiky black pepper, cold peppermint, icy watermelon, pale vanilla, and pearl musk. Beware of glittering women in sleighs who promise you the world.
La Befana: Notes of ripe apricot, Sicilian blood orange, dark chocolate, smoked vanilla, and toasted biscotti combine to evoke la Befana, the Christmas witch of Italy who slides down chimneys to leave sweets for very good children and lumps of coal for the very bad.
Old Year’s Night: And in with the new. Black coconut, fresh ginger, champagne, vanilla, massoia bark, skin musk, peru balsam, sugarcane, ecru musk, and the merest whiffs of icy bergamot and frozen pear.
Pax Mundi : A prayerful ode to world peace. Smoky frankincense, bay laurel, myrtle pepper, peach nectar, myrrh, balsam of peru, Atlas cedar wood, and gentle copaiba.
Snug: The scent of staying in to watch the snow fall: dark honey amber, marshmallow, and the glow of beeswax candles.
Solstice Sugar: Rejoice in the return of the sweet sun-child throughout all the jolly festivals of the Winter Solstice. The scent of warmest celebrations and Yuletide feasts with notes of toasty almonds, apple cakes, baking spices, and honeyed mead.
Tinderbox: The essence of a baroque case filled with tempered firesteel, flint, and linen charcloth: resinous black amber, woodsmoke, sweet mallow root, frankincense, cubeb, and sandalwood.
The Ulda: The elusive fairy folk of the Nordic Sapmi region are said to live underneath the Earth and travel in reindeer-drawn sleighs tinkling with silver bells. With white almond, resinous Baltic amber, crisp bayberry, warm cardamom, and pink pepper.
Winter Malaise: Sigh. A carb-laden base of syrupy sweet mango and thick, rich vanilla is prodded with cinnamon, clove, black anise, and iron-distilled patchouli. Perfect for that date with your light box.
Winter Mirth: The scent of favorite scarves, gleeful snow days, and a lighthearted whirl of holiday parties: green coconut, baked pumpkin, nutmeg, red patchouli, and brightest lemongrass.
Professor T.S. Goodfellow’s Winter Correctives: Professor T.S. Goodfellow’s now-obscure scientific preparations originated in the 1930’s in the workshop of a small midwest university. Often found wild-eyed at all hours in front of his bubbling beakers with an illegible stack of notes at his side, Goodfellow was called everything from mad scientist to astounding, unprecedented genius. Here are a few of the formulae he devised specifically to alleviate winter’s dark days. May they blast and soothe your doldrums and bring you whatever you seek.
Laughter: Giggly raspberry with sparks of pink and black pepper, and what Goodfellow himself described as “a gay tangle of euphoric herbs” which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.
Ooomph: For those late afternoons when eyelids begin to inexorably droop. Coffee, coffee, more coffee, cream, and a brew of stimulative herbs which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.
Prosperity: It’s always good to keep one’s coffers filled. Golden pumpkin, lime, amber, almond, a pinch of cardamom, and a pastiche of herbs which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.
Tranquility: A palliative mix of apricot, peach, cream, sweet clove, and a union of calming herbs which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.