Category Archives: Fragrance

The magic of Basil.

I love that historically Basil has been used to symbolize hatred, yet it is also used as a symbol for love. I wonder if this is where the term love hate relationship comes from?  Did you know there are more than 30 distinct and intensely aromatic varieties of basil?

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The first recorded mention of basil, in records dated to pre-206 B.C.E, states that it “exists only to drive men insane.” For the Greeks, and later the Romans, basil was associated with hatred.

To grow the most potent plants they believed the seeds needed to be sown with swearing and ranting.  (sounds like they were watching me pull weeds in the summertime ha!) However, basil later became a symbol of love in Italy, to the point that Giovanni Boccaccio used it to symbolize the tragic love between Lisabetta and Lorenzo in The Decameron. Sicilian folklore associates it with both love and death, and in Moldavian folklore a young man who accepts basil from a young woman will fall in love with her.

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Europe in general is rather conflicted on the subject of basil. Parkinson’s 17th century herbal says it can “procure a cheerful and merry heart” while Culpeper’s links it to poison through the observation of its effects in drawing venom out of wounds and the proclamation that “like draws to like.” He even goes so far as to say that basil can generate scorpions, possibly even inside someone’s skull.   This scorpion connection is often linked to the Greek story of the basilisk, which in turn is linked to basil in the name basilicum. In some folklore, basil is said to have been used to ward off both the look and bite of this king of serpents.

Perhaps reflecting the plant’s conflicted history, the Victorian language of flowers has two meaning for basil: common basil signifies hatred and sweet basil conveys the sender’s best wishes.

To the ancient Romans, it was a symbol of hatred, yet basil eventually became a token of love in Italy. Young maidens would wear a sprig of basil in their hair to profess their availibility. In some regions of Italy, basil is known as “kiss-me-Nicholas.” One can only wonder if the conflicting symbolism of basil in Rome is the origin of a love-hate relationship?

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The royal herb is regarded in a similar manner in Romania where if a boy accepts a sprig of basil from a girl, it means they are engaged to be married.

In Greece today, basil is readily grown as an ornamental and is used in certain religious rituals as a symbol of fertility..

It’s one of my favorite herbs! I love the flavor and the fragrance so much so that we offer a candle and perfume in our Blackberry Basil fragrance.
What does it smell like?  I’m so glad you asked…
It is a delicious mix of rich sweetness!  Sun kissed Blackberries entwined with green leaves, white musk and the unexpected herbal zing of basil. The rich, winey Blackberry takes predominance over the edible leaves and lightly anise-scented basil. It is a fresh, fruity, wild and sensual scent, blending fresh sweetness with a dry herbal accord. 

Perfect for the coming spring days ahead!

Blackberry Basil perfume & candles!   http://www.bluemooncandles.com

Blackberry Basil perfume & candles! http://www.bluemooncandles.com

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

lisa


My kind of exhibit!

NY Museum Stages First ‘Scent’ Exhibit

Chandler Burr calls his works ‘olfactory art,’ and says he’s not a freak—he just uses his nose more often and more carefully than the rest of us. Blake Gopnik reports.

What a fantastic idea! The very thought stirs my scent loving soul… I wish I was closer so I could attend. Although if I were making real wishes I would wish to share a bottle of red wine with Chandler Burr and talk scent for an afternoon.

I personally disagree with his idea that “a thing must be artificial; it is impossible to create art entirely with nature”—but I understand the point he is making.

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I love all kinds of fragrance; traditional as well as all natural.

There is room in my world and my shop for both!
What fragrances move your soul?

Leave us a comment to join the discussion.

For me this fall I am continuing my love affair with Cinnamon.

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

 


Vintage style Solid Perfume Lockets!

Hand Blended Perfume Locket…❤ Beautiful gold tone locket with crimson beads and golden key. Holds our handblended solid perfume in Spellbound Woods. 

Check out our new Solid Perfume lockets…each one unique, this is the first to be posted, more to come over the next couple weeks. This one is fragranced in Spellbound Woods.
Luscious berry and iced jasmine petals with magical notes of white amber and creamy sandalwood to create this Magic fragrance inspired by a walk in a Winter Orchard at dusk.

Top Notes: Wild Goji Berries, Ripe Raspberry
Mid Notes: Gardenia Petals, Jasmine, Peach Nectar
Base Notes: Coconut Musk, Creamy Vanilla, Sandalwood, White Amber ♥

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Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


A passionate and creative look at fragrance by Katarina Silva.

We have recently fallen in love with the Art of Katarina Silva.   It is Passionate, Romantic & Creative and we know you will fall in love with her way of capturing images just like we did!

Read her post here on how to nourish your long distance love with fragrance.

If you are as interested and perhaps as obsessed with fragrance as we are, here are some other links to prior blog entries we have made you may like as well .  <3

The Vivid world of Fragrance

Aromatherapy and Alzheimer’s Disease.

What does your Fragrance say about you?

Understanding Fragrance Notes.

What Scent makes you feel alive?

Creativity of fragrance.

Enjoy,

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

 

 

 

 


Shark Week is almost HERE! <3

We are insane for ALL things Shark Week at our house!  How do YOU Celebrate?

We are making these Shark Cupcakes! Here’s how to make them.

We are making Shark Bite drinks, Sharktini’s and of course Bloody Marys.  :) Recipes are here: Shark Bites, Sharktinis & Bloody Mary’s.

And of course we are Burning our Blue Moon Candles SHARK BITE Candle!

You can get yours Here at Blue Moon Candles on SALE for Shark Week- $5.00 OFF!

How do YOU Celebrate Shark Week?

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Hand blending our exclusive*New* fragrance Mystique!

Jazz streams out into the moonlight French doors open to the night breezes, sweet olive scents the air. Nearby there is laughter, a cork popping, and cafe brulot aflame…

Exotic woods and cajun spices, with a promise of sweet sensuality and erotic mysticism, grounded in… strength with just a hint of fresh green notes for balance. It is at once stimulating and relaxing; hypnotic and grounding; a delightful and heady experience for both men and women.

Rich fragrances are meticulously hand blended and carefully balanced with pure Essential oils. Based on notes of Cedar, Tonka Bean, Benzoin, Vetiver and Black Pepper. Middle notes include Vanilla Absolute, Myrrh and Sweetgrass, and topped with Turkish Rose, Italian Bergamot, and a hint of Cardamom and Nutmeg.

On sale Monday Night!  <3

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Scent of the week…Pink Cupcake Saturday!

Who doesn’t like cupcakes?!  Today’s fragrance is Pink Cupcakes.

What does it smell like???

Sweet, playful and simple; this scent is an innocent confection.

Think of delicate yellow cupcakes, topped with a generous mound of whipped strawberry-infused icing. A lovely, well balanced bakery scent that will bring out the kid in you!  A hint of wild Strawberries play over notes of crunchy crystal sugars, fluffy icing, vanilla extract and downy, moist cake. Classic and mouth-watering!

If you are in the mood for cupcakes-what about these from our friends at Sugartit Kitchens!

Sugartit Kitchens is based in Oakland, and is the creation of chefs Angie Serna and Amie Bailey, who occasionally join forces with other independent and like-minded food professionals and dilettantes. From cupcakes to pickles to special events, our focus is on creating great flavors with seasonal and local ingredients, garnished with a wink and a smile. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter (@sugartitkitchen) and by email at sugartitkitchens@gmail.com custom orders welcome.

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


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