What Do You Want For Yule?

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Re: What Do You Want For Yule?

Post by MageLocusta » Thu Nov 12, 2015 6:57 pm

Oh man, I'd love to see a perfume line inspired by some of the world's underrated fairy tales. Like the Black Bull of Norroway! I can just imagine the various types of perfumes that can represent the interesting story: The Glass Mountain, the Devil in the Valley, When the Sky Turns Blue, The Prettiest Apple/Plum/Pear (mostly because in the story, when the heroine has to visit each castle that's owned by the Black Bull's brothers, she gets given a gorgeous fruit from each of those brothers as a 'gift', on the condition that she never eats them unless in case of an emergency. Turns out they each contain gorgeous gemstones and jewelry), and the Witch's Sleeping Drink. The illustrated version drawn by Nilesh Mistry are just enchanting, I really wish I have my copy from my mom's house so I can show the image of a red-headed Scottish girl enticing a witch's daughter with jewels just *spilling* out of a plum!

Oh, and also the Frog Princess (the Russian version)--because it's not everyday that you get to see a 'romance' featuring an ordinary prince and a cursed princess who's also CRAZY AWESOME at magic (she can cook, sew, and can shoot swans out of her sleeves(no, really)). I couldn't help but imagine what a couple of their perfumes would be like! Maybe Frog Skin (something with pine, emerald green notes with a moist mossyness and soft pliable leather), Weaving by Moonlight ((When the princess was required to sew a shirt, she waits until her groom's asleep to weave an epic shirt out of moonbeams and stars! There's even a pretty sweet scene in the cartoon version), Russian Fruitcake (okay, I know the fairy tales said that she baked a loaf of bread for her dear old dad-in-law, but I remember how yeasty/bready smells can be a death note for a lot of people! So here's a 'what if' when the princess just makes a traditional (and much loved) Russian dessert out of raisins, candied apricots, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, sherry (of course), but with little bit of magic sparkle at the end).

Also, a perfect perfume for the Russian fairy tale would be 'You Know What This Dance Floor needs? Swans.' (alternative title: Swans on the Dance Floor. God knows why a princess would let loose tons of water and hissing birds in the middle of a party, but the artists sure know how to make it look faaaabulous : http://41.media.tumblr.com/63738a68d84e ... 1_1280.jpg (art piece by the amazing Genaddy Spirin!).

Man, I had a lot of fun thinking up of possibilities for weird and wonderful fairy tales for Yule. I'm really missing the fairy tale fandom so I'm off to go search for some more awesome art (and possibly, some fanfics)!

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Re: What Do You Want For Yule?

Post by Maya » Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:13 pm

I read this article the other day: http://www.fastcompany.com/3052970/how- ... ong-winter

It made me realize that everything I want is wrapped up in that idea of koselig. I want something that evokes dark nights and cold, but with soft warm lights and coziness. I really love what someone dubbed as "wood pudding" type notes this time of year. Softer creamy woods mixed with soft and glowing other notes. One of my favorite perfumes this time of year is Parfumerie Generale's Indochine because it's soft and cozy but also adds in woods and rounds it out to something warm and glowing. And Cadjmere always leaves me a in an eyes closed and huffing heavily bliss. Both of those make me feel softer, a bit more forgiving, and ready to snuggle. I love this season not for the gifts or the rush or the glitter, but for the very idea of koselig--hospitality and warmth, comfort and touch, soothing and soft against the harsh backdrop of the season.

I have no idea what I want, except I want koselig. :D
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Re: What Do You Want For Yule?

Post by marisaviola » Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:05 pm

Well, I love a lot of what has been mentioned--I love the idea of portraits and many of those mentioned sound wonderful, including the pre-Raphaelites which are a special love of mine. And I love fairy tales, have long been fascinated by folk tales from around the world and read those and re-creations whenever I can get my hands on them--so I thought that suggestion was great, and loved the swans on the dance floor idea and some of the other ideas in that post!

I do so love John Singer Sargent's portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw:
http://www.jssgallery.org/Paintings/Lady_Agnew.htm

I agree, Min, carnation seems such a great Christmas floral! And to the suggestion about the beeswax with incense and pine or snow to mingle with that note, I third it! Yes!

And my own request would be a forest fragrance--really like being in a forest, not just the pine--but taking the whole experience in. But not too much dirt/earthy, but a touch so you have the forest floor and the air and the trees.

And I would love a snow fragrance.

Notes I love besides the above are woods, evergreens of various types, resins--for Christmas, the florals I think are carnation and darker florals.

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Re: What Do You Want For Yule?

Post by samhthann » Thu Nov 12, 2015 11:36 pm

This has always been my favorite. It's in the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE.

http://www.joslyn.org/collections-and-e ... y-and-cat/
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Re: What Do You Want For Yule?

Post by fabienne » Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:46 am

^That kittah looks like my Winston. He was so sweet. Miss him. :hrt::
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Re: What Do You Want For Yule?

Post by Anoxia » Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:10 pm

Oh I hope you will include a Bouguereau! This portrait called "Mimosa", besides being cool, includes one of my favorite scents, mimosa!

http://www.artnet.com/artists/william-a ... 2GhNvYgfw2

Or the less fortunately named but more attractive "Head of a Young Girl"

http://www.bouguereau.org/%C3%89tude--- ... girl).html

Or, his famous shepherdesses are considered portraits I think, and there are a few choices:

http://www.bouguereau.org/The-Little-Shepherdess.html
http://www.bouguereau.org/Jeune-Bergere ... dess).html
http://www.bouguereau.org/Jeune-Berg%C3 ... ding).html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shepherdess

Or you might want to do a sultry gypsy fragrance!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bohemian_(Bouguereau)
http://www.bouguereau.org/Jeunes-Bohemi ... sies).html

Or in case you haven't quite gotten angels out of your system yet:

http://www.bouguereau.org/L'Amour-Mouil ... upid).html
http://www.bouguereau.org/L'Amour-au-Pa ... rfly).html

Here's a random priestess! http://www.bouguereau.org/Priestess.html
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Re: What Do You Want For Yule?

Post by MageLocusta » Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:23 pm

Sultry gypsy fragrances are a great idea! Plus I LIKE the idea of shepherds/shepherdesses because it reminds me so much of my childhood dressing up as a 'traditional' shepherdess for a nativity play (I can just smell the sugar-shelled cocoa-powder treats and 'almendras rellenas' (basically, sweet almond paste stuffed inside an almond-flavored wafer that's shaped like a real almond shell). Wow, a perfume like that would seriously yank me way back to that memory).

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Re: What Do You Want For Yule?

Post by fabienne » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:33 pm

Ooooo, all that almond sounds so Spanish. I lerve it! Almond is a fabulous note, it is a top note and leaves not a trace after it dries BUT until then "it gives a lovely light".
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Re: What Do You Want For Yule?

Post by fabienne » Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:47 pm

Wow, MageLocusta! That cartoon you had as a clip, I remember seeing that once on TV and thought it was the best thing I ever saw. Thanks for reminding me and I just found it on some channel on the 'net and saw it again for the first time in many years. How lovely. Thanks!
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Re: What Do You Want For Yule?

Post by MageLocusta » Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:54 am

Thanks! I haven't been back in Spain for a long while, but it's amazing how the Spanish must-haves during the holidays are: ALMOND EVERYTHING (just kidding, we're also really into orange-flavored doughnuts and chocolate. Though occasionally some towns are lucky enough to get treats from local convents whose recipes are ~centuries-old secrets~). I confess that I haven't *tried* almonds in perfume form, so I'm totally down to trying them.

'Wow, MageLocusta! That cartoon you had as a clip, I remember seeing that once on TV and thought it was the best thing I ever saw. Thanks for reminding me and I just found it on some channel on the 'net and saw it again for the first time in many years. '
No problem! I was looking around Google for story art and I was like, "Oh wow! Someone made a gif of that cartoon!". I really love animation and it gets me excited whenever I see something that looks like rotoscoping in action--so I HAD to post it :p. Still! I'm glad you were able to find the whole thing online! I grew up in Spain and many of the cartoons I remember seeing didn't make it to the internet, so I'm glad you rekindled some old memories with that thing!

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