Hatshepsut Perfume Oil
$20.00 – $85.00
The first woman to rule Egypt as pharaoh, Hatshepsut ruled in peace and established a great increase in trade and prosperity for the Egyptian people. She was followed by an envious ruler who tried to blot out her name and accomplishments from the memory of the people. Her fame was restored with the renewed interest in archeology in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Bitter beautiful galbanum pairs with the smoothness of labdanum, a bit of oude gum, and a very small amount of the best skin amber. This is how Hatshepsut would have presented herself: the Queen of all, The Pharaoh of All and the Conqueror of All. Breathtakingly strong and yet lovely, very simple, very elegant. The marriage of opposites where the pieces naturally work. Spicy and resinous.
Cool woods and spices, carrying a sorrow deeper than the sea. Surprisingly green. The bitter galbanum lends a sense of vastness to the composition – a melancholy that expands to fill the room, invisibly. A touch of something like burnt rubber. There’s something both naturalistic and stately about it – not quite Tolkein-elf-esque, but in the same vein, perhaps, as Penhaligon’s Bluebell.