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domingo, 13 de dezembro de 2015

Scented Snippets New Fragrance Review: April Aromatics Purple Reign / Spiritual Sovereignty

Tanja Bochnig of April Aromatics refers to our higher selves, our “Besseres Ich” -  NOT The Artist Formerly Known As Prince  -  when she chose the name Purple Reign for her latest botanical perfume devoted to the crown chakra.

Purple Reign addresses the sovereignty of the self, our capacity / ability to align ourselves with a higher power. The color purple is associated with the crown chakra, that highest point of spiritual evolution to which one aspires.
What does Wikipedia have to say about this?
"Sahasrara (Sanskrit: सहस्रार, IAST: Sahasrāra, English: "thousand-petaled") or crown chakra is generally considered to be the state of pure consciousness, within which there is neither object nor subject. When the Kundalini energy rises to this point, it unites with the male Shiva energy, and a state of liberating samadhi is attained. Symbolized by a lotus with one thousand multi-colored petals, it is located either at the crown of the head, or above the crown of the head. Sahasrara is represented by the colour white and it involves such issues as inner wisdom and the death of the body.
Its role may be envisioned somewhat similarly to that of the pituitary gland, which secretes hormones to communicate to the rest of the endocrine system and also connects to the central nervous system via the hypothalamus. According to Gary Osborn, the thalamus is thought to have a key role in the physical basis ofconsciousness and is the 'Bridal Chamber' mentioned in the Gnostic scriptures. Sahasrara's inner aspect deals with the release of karma, physical action with meditation, mental action with universal consciousness and unity, and emotional action with "beingness."
In Tibetan Buddhism, the point at the crown of the head is represented by a white circle, with 33 downward pointing petals. It is of primary importance in the performance of phowa, or consciousness projection after death, in order to obtain rebirth in a Pure Land. Within this state is contained the White drop, or Bodhicitta, which is the essence of masculine energy.
Corresponding deity for material element of this state is Dhruva.”
What does Tanja have to say about it?

“Purple Reign; This natural perfume contains 100% natural ingredients and purple love. Purple Reign is more than a perfume, it is a scent designed to improve self-awareness and to raise our energetic vibrations. The purple flame was a predominant inspiration for the creation of this scent. This purple flame is a unique light of subtle realms that supports the enhancement of our vibrations, and is known to lift the frequency of earth energy and the common morphogenetic field. Surrounding you or a group with this scent logs you into the shift frequency. Ingredients used in this perfume are in tune and resonate with the color “purple”, the subtle spiritual violet color, also connected to our crown chakra, the chakra of oneness, the gateway to higher consciousness and the connection to divine source. Amethyst and Herkimer Diamond from the stone kingdom enhance the purple rays and synchronize the scents liquid crystalline structure. Purple Reign triggers the recognition of our inner Queen- and Kingdom, that we all carry the highest essence and potential right inside of us. In these challenging times of change and turmoil, this perfume can assist us to find our inner peace and strength right within us.
Ingredients: Natural Lilac tincture, Violets, Lavender, Osmanthus petals, Jasmine flowers, Orris Root, Opoponax, Purple Light. Blessed Be!” ~ April Aromatics

For those amongst us who may be unfamiliar, Tanja Bochnig has been a longtime yoga practitioner and teacher, as well as aromatherapist before she turned her beautiful hand to botanical perfumery. This explains a great deal as regards her life, her perfume copy and world view.
It's been fascinating watching her perfumes evolve over time; as with most perfumers, the fragrant trail which ensues reveals much about the perfumer's individual path.
Some perfumers are motivated by money, by the hope of financial security which they couple with creativity. Others, for popularity, accessibility.
Some, it seems – purely for art as art itself.
    April Aromatics founder Tanja Bochnig
Tanja is spiritually motivated, and her sincerity is apparent. [Having met her, I can attest to her genuine nature.]
Purple Reign, for me – is characterized by the union of the floral and naturally animalic, arguably that balance between our divine and more basic, earthy natures.
Upon first spritz, it smells purple: the lilac tincture is particularly vibrant as it marries joyfully with a soupçon of lavender, violet and the fullness of jasmine [Tanja admits to some tuberose, as well – even though it's not listed]. Opoponax [sweet myrrh] and orris root anchor the fragrance, the orris adding a silvery rhizomal coolness.

What happens next is what becomes truly interesting.
Violet. Well, according to our perfumer, it is more like the utilization of violet leaf: limpid, metallic, sometimes even a touch scratchy. And Osmanthus: not all downy and apricotty, except in first flush. Out emerges the growl reminiscent of costus root, all hairy and slightly soiled; so very animalic that I had to weigh in with Tanja, as my nose initially registered costus.
Our floral melody has that leathery underbelly reminding us of the sexual nature of plant life, of our lives, even.
That we resemble the lotus most often when our feet are tethered in the muck as we strain, crane our lovely necks to aspire toward the Divine, the light.
Purple Reign fascinates me, partly because there is a good amount of fluidity and movement within it. I attribute this quality to its botanical nature; as essences ebb and flow and those with lower molecular weight disperse into the ether,  a fragrance shifts shape and other aspects become more readily perceived. When there is a built-in linearity, one doesn't have this experience.
[Not that this is 'good' or 'bad'; I don't enjoy characterizing / polarizing / espousing this black/white world view. I will soon review an entire group of fragrances which pride themselves on their exquisite linearity: so be it!]
Many may discover that Purple Reign is thoroughly satisfying, even though it isn't as carefree as Rosenlust or Unter den Linden, as diaphanously spiritual as Calling All Angels [I love these, by the way].
Purple Reign was composed to help us heal in troubled times, none of which is ever as simple as it sounds.
It marks an evolutionary transit in our lives.
May it heal, soothe, and help us reconcile our differences.
Healing the world through perfume. It's always been my motto.
Tanja Bochnig offered to provide us with three samples of Purple Reign: comment on this article for a chance to win!
Available through Luckyscent and April Armatics' Webstore.
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