Moss Northwest ☽•☾ natural perfume
a l c h e m y ☽•☾
Northwest rainforest: giant ferns, moss, fungi, ocean. Damp usnea, mushroom umbrellas, spores, emerald carpet, earth anemones.
"To me, moss itself does not have a very strong scent, but there are plenty of other aspects of the forest to capture. Pine, pine and more pine. The whole tree. And dirt. Those are the first and most prominent notes in Moss Northwest. There is something animalic in it as well, very close to the skin, like civet (though I doubt she used civet, since that's not a material found naturally in Vermont where she sources her materials). Pine trees can definitely impart something similar.
This fragrance makes me feel like I’ve been sleeping outside for a few days, traipsing down dewy forest paths in Oregon and brushing up against conifer needles. There is a very strong dirt smell that makes home in the top of the sinus, falling down into the back of the tongue pallette, so I can taste it. I like that. It’s sort of like I’ve gotten caught up in a cloud of dirt. And I mean dirt, not dirty. Like a garden and all its aluminosilicates in the soil (minus the fertilizer). You know when cats hold their mouths open to 'examine' an interesting smell? I think this might be close to what they experience when they do that.
There’s also a sweaty aspect to it. Sweat from today and maybe some from a hike yesterday. It gives me that “I may not have showered today” drip and swag, even on days when I did, in fact, shower. And though the Northwest, especially in the forest, is cool and wet, there is something warm and dry to it, like a campfire. It’s cozy.
Later, a light sea spray emerges with a slightly waxy smell. We’re camping on the beach. I can hear the rumble of the low waves north of the Redwoods, see the foam, touch the shells.
This is a very realistic rendering of the forest near the upper west coast. Obviously, it is a very niche scent. It might offend some people, because it doesn’t leave out the filthier aspects of a day or longer spent in nature, but personally I love it. Even after the main characters have faded, there is still a warmth transferred from my skin to my nose. The pine wood lasts a long time. If you applied this all over your body, you might fool someone into thinking you’d come from a bonfire.
Having lived and camped in the Pacific Northwest, I have to say that Moss Northwest evokes a part of my heart that remembers that region as home. I just love it. Thanks, Abigail." --Posted by u/reasonosaurus
Photos: Pacific Northwest rainforest, liquid perfume in 5ml amber glass, solid perfume in 5ml and 10ml black violet glass jars, and liquid perfume in 5ml and 10ml black violet glass roller ball bottles.
s i z i n g ☽•☾
Liquid perfumes are available in sizes of 1ml (a sample of approximately 20-25 drops), 5ml, and 10ml. All liquid perfumes are packaged in glass vials or glass bottles. 1ml comes in a sample glass perfume vial with an applicator cap. PLEASE READ: 1ML IS A SAMPLE. 5ml and 10ml sizes come in a brown amber glass bottle with a lovely white cap with orifice reducer. 10ml is also available in a frosted glass roller bottle.
Solid perfumes are available in sizes of 1ml (a sample of approximately 20-25 drops), 5ml and 10ml. 1ml (sample size) comes in a hinge top pod. 5ml comes in a clear glass jar. 10ml is available in a glass jar or a round tin.
Black violet glass options are also available in 5ml and 10ml sizes.
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r a w ☽•☾ m a t t e r
Wild Veil natural perfumes are composed by me, Abby, using homemade, wildcrafted and organic aromatics in Vermont. These include my handmade enfleurage, tinctures, enfleurage extraits, absolutes, resinoids and concretes, and floral waxes. I spend as much time growing plants and foraging as I do composing perfumes.
l i q u i d ☽•☾
Wild Veil oil perfumes are suspended in an odorless base of organic MCT coconut oil. As they do not contain water, liquid perfumes do not expire, and may improve with age. While the volatile top notes (the ones that hit your nose first) will fade after a year or more, the base and heart notes will deepen and grow more complex.
s o l i d ☽•☾ b e e s w a x
In solid perfumes this silky transparent base (above) mingles beautifully with the earthy, honey musk of organic beeswax. Raw beeswax traps the aroma molecules, releasing them over time for an intimate experience.
h o w ☽•☾ t o ☽•☾ w e a r
The best way to experience a natural perfume is to apply it to well-moisturized skin, without rubbing in (absorption only shortens the wear time of fragrance) and without scrubbing off. Natural perfumes are dynamic and take a minimum of 2 hours to reach their final stage, or dry down. Enjoy the alchemical changes as they unfold from the initial intensity of top notes, to the warmth of the heart, to the depth of lower base notes. For more information on how to wear natural perfumes, see my "About" shop section.
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