Aurora, the mythological messenger God who carried the dreams of Morpheus is the name given to this rich, amber-flora fragrance with notes of carnation. Although Lyra was the first floral released in the line, Aurora was the first fleshed out flower perfume I created.
Back in the nineties I had sat down to recreate the aroma of carnations shortly following a Natural Perfumery class I had organized at the Bodhi Tree, the original title was Experiment #2. Aurora has a spicy floral quality reminiscent of carnations. I consider both Lyra and Aurora much simpler fragrances than the ones which followed. In fact “Q”, Chaparral, Vera, Vespertina and Sierra have quite a number of chords which are specific to them.
I realize now in hindsight that it would have been much easier to develop one wood chord that would be used in all of of my perfumes, but alas my inner artist was the one in control when I first started out. By the way, I prefer to use the word chord, instead of the term "accord", in most perfume circles you will notice they use the French accord. To be honest, I never quite understood the concept of using a word in a different language than the one we speak in.
"Mystical rays of luminous light
in the form of spice and citrus
flow down from the heavens
to enhance flower and earth."
Aurora is an organic, pure nature fragrance inspired by the aroma of Carnation flowers. The floral bouquet at the heart bridges the rich amber base with the bright citrus and spice notes of the top.
"Star bright, star light,
first star I see tonight, I wish I may,
I wish I might have the wish I wish tonight."
The carnation quality is subtle and due to the combination of floral and spice. The main odor chemical in a fragrant carnation flower is "eugenol", this component is found in high concentrations in the essential oil or absolute of clove.
Although one can approximate a carnation type of aroma with just a few essences, Aurora contains over twenty. I added a bit of a precious Carnation absolute from France later on when it was available, it was a nod to the lovely Divina of the Fragrance Bouquet Blog. In December 2008 Divina wrote a lovely review of the liquid version of Aurora, here are a few of her words:
"What beautiful, twinkling magic has been weaved in this amazing, heart-moving fragrance? Because it is surely magic, or at the very least the magic of art and love, that make this fragrance evolve so stunningly on the skin, going through countless transformations that seduce the senses one after the other..."
The base alcohol in the liquid expression of Aurora, as with all my perfume "extracts" is organic grape and/or grain from Oregon. The solid contains a base of organic jojoba oil, beeswax and an artisanal infusion imbued with the energetics of California sunshine.
We've chosen a hue from the red spectrum as Aurora's color harmony. Perhaps you have already noticed that each perfume has a color association as well as an illumination created by Greg Spalenka. Most of our floral perfumes have the red tones from my color palette. The challenge is finding the particularly tone in a corresponding image, the right crochet thread for the pouches and the wax sticks. Sometimes all this takes time to put together. The process gets even more complex if it is a new perfume that requires a name. The naming is a bit of a drag, very different from naming a painting. Since Aurora was one of the original perfumes in the illuminated line Martha and I had an fairly easy time choosing the color hue. The challenge came when we searched for the correct thread in the color, we've actually gone through a few variations, the first thread was multi-hued.
Eventually we came across the color we are now using, the only challenge is the wax seal is slightly off and will eventually be replaced with a color more in line with the pouch. The specially designed and hand crochet pouches are utilized for the higher end items like the round and oval compacts and the flacon.
The name Aurora was chosen for the sparkle quality of the fragrance which reminded me of the phenomena that occurs in the sky at the magnetic poles of the Earth, both in the north and south. The Cree refer to the aurora borealis as Dance of the Spirits, which works rather nicely with Greg's image and a botanical perfume created with grape spirits.
"The stars are putting on their glittering belts.
They throw around their shoulders cloaks that flash
Like a great shadow’s last embellishment."
~ Wallace Stevens
Aurora, like all my perfumes, is created by hand and thus is at times out of stock. If you are looking for a specific size or format, contact me to see what might be in stock that is not listed on the website.
"Aurora- Sweet and spicy carnation. Fans of Bellodgia and Golconda will appreciate the way the spicy clove-like part mellows down and melts into the skin."
~ Gaia at The Non-Blonde
The illustration we use to illuminate Aurora is a detail of Snow Faerie, an image by Greg, it is featured in his 2009 Calendar titled Divine Nature. See more of Greg's artwork at his website.
Photographs ©Roxana Villa