Persephone Undone and Hesperides both were well-received in the other shop. Persephone Undone is the same formula (for those of you that may happen to be familiar with it from its original release), but Hesperides has been reformulated. One of the original components was discontinued, and try as I may I could never quite duplicate it closely enough to be happy with it. I'm happy to report that I daresay this most recently tweaked version may be better than the original!
So, with no further ado...
Be to her, Persephone,
All the things I might not be:
Take her head upon your knee.
She that was so proud and wild,
Flippant, arrogant and free,
She that had no need of me,
Is a little lonely child
Lost in Hell,—Persephone,
Take her head upon your knee:
Say to her, "My dear, my dear,
It is not so dreadful here."
~Edna St. Vincent Millay
Persephone Undone.... A rich, fruity floral that is most assuredly not an innocent fragrance, this one is all decadent, ripe, voluptuous woman. Notes of tart pomegranate, apple and black raspberry layered over a delicate musk, with a base of amber, vanilla and sandalwood. At the heart you'll find notes of jasmine, neroli, lilac and the tiniest breath of lavender.
Glinting golden through the trees,Apples of Hesperides!
Through the moon-pierced warp of night
Shoot pale shafts of yellow light,
Swaying to the kissing breeze
Swings the treasure, golden-gleaming,
Apples of Hesperides!
From Apples of Hesperides, by Amy Lowell (1874-1925)
In Greek mythology, the Hesperides are the evening nymphs who were tasked with guarding the tree that bore Hera's golden apples, located in a lush garden in the Arcadian Mountains. My personal interpretation of them is a golden, lusty not-so-innocent elixir. After all, these nymphs were anything but innocent, as they couldn't resist the very apples they were tasked with guarding. As a result, they were promptly relieved of their duties, which were then delegated to the fearsome Ladon, the ever watchful dragon who is said to never sleep.
Honeysuckle, sweet pea, and apple enveloped in a rich base of amber, vanilla, and cedar. I've rounded it out with subtle nuances of sandalwood and champa, and then anchored it with a deep animalic musk - but just a whisper!
This blend, on the skin, truly IS the embodiment of a decadent, golden nectar - golden apples, indeed! It dries down with a rich, creamy, almost powdery note with plenty of tenacity.
Next up will be Epona and Fleur Orange.... watch for them later in the week, but that's all for today. Time to get busy packing and shipping that stack of orders on my workbench!