Aspasia, Mistress of Pericles
$20.00 – $85.00
Aspasia had been a hetaera, or high toned courtesan. She was well educated, talented, personable and captured the heart of that most well known of Greeks, Pericles. Honestly, not a lot of known about her, after all she lived long ago. She was a great conversationalist and her arguments on a variety of philosophical subjects were so sage that Plato remarked on how well constructed they are. She had a son with Pericles, was accused of leading the citizens of Athens astray (she was heartily defended by Pericles), and lived to see Pericles die of plague in 429 b.c.e. and have another lover and another child.
I start out with the beautiful scent of osmanthus (the sweet olive) which is at once just pretty and animalic in this context), followed up with ambergris (it’s a simulation, don’t worry), and rounded out with a very dry and beautiful amber. I was trying to make something here which would smell the way that ancient Greeks would like to smell and I think I managed to convince myself this is it.
Floral, aquatic, musky.