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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

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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!

 


Hand Blended Perfume Locket…Beautiful gold tone locket with crimson beads and golden key. Holds our handblended solid perfume 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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(Source: Hand Blended Perfume Locket…Beautiful gold tone locket with crimson beads and golden key. Holds our handblended solid perfume in Spellbound Woods. Luscious strawberry 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 ♥)

New perfume from Eden’s Alchemy & Blue Moon Candles!  

Winter Wonderland Perfume: Luscious strawberry and iced jasmine petals with magical notes of white amber and creamy sandalwood to create this Magic fragrance inspired by a Winter’s Wonderland.

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


“The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.” 
― George Edward Moore

Check out our Night Spirit fragranced Candles & Perfumes:This mystical scent embodies the warmth of the communal fire, the dry sensuality of the dusty Desert earth, the piercing clarity of the bright evening stars, and the soft purple blanket of Winter night.

A well-balanced bouquet of nutmeg and cinnamon spices, black pepper, and chili, blended with warm amber, earthy patchouli, cedarwood, and soft, sweet vanilla.

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Love, Laughter & Candlelight!
~Lisa


File under Must Have!  One of our *new* Luxury Candle-  What’s it made of?  All Natural Veggie wax blend, two 100% all cotton wicks, Decadent and pure Fragrance oil.  Wrapped in our black silk bag, and two piece matte black gift box with foil labels.

Black Vanilla:The elegant simplicity and comfort of Vanilla.The perfectly intoxicating fragrance of rich, bourbony Vanilla with an incredible purity…no baked or butter notes, not a musky or perfumey vanilla. Essence of Vanilla in it’s most elegant simplicity..

But there is nothing ordinary about the intensity and strength of this fragrance. It has a clarity that makes it outstanding!  Notes of Vanilla Absolute, Vanillin, Bourbon, Tonka Bean and Orchid.