Old world charm… Alive and as Fragrant as ever…
Winding through the uneven cobble stoned alley ways until there stands before me a small narrow shop of “Aromas.” Heavy burgundy velvet curtains, to protect all the unique and colorful perfume bottles inside. In the heart of Jaffa’s Arabic market in Tel Aviv, thousands of years of Arabic Rituals in which they layer multiple scents or attars, such as Rose, Jasmine, and precious Oud. Infusing their hair and clothing with a smoke from an incense concoction called “Baldier” before they spray on their Perfume.
So i ask to be immersed in the full “ritual of scent”. I choose Oud first, (also known as Agarwood) Derived from a South Asian Evergreen tree, infected with a fungus that prompts the productions of pungent-smelling resin. Oud’s appealing characteristic is that its spell enhances and boosts the languish that some can create.
The extract smells earthy, dense, and peaty — it blends wonderfully with other aroma oils. It has been used for centuries in the Middle East, and now is gaining the same respect in US. The owner lights a charcoal round, at the base of an ornate copper incense hinging burner the smoke begins to rise in tentacles, in a deeply aromatic fragrant a mixture of resins, wood, bark and crushed flowers….utterly intoxicating, enshrouded in a veil of mesmerizing Aromas, with a dimension of character no single fragrance could ever truly achieve. I’m sent off with my personal blend of perfumes, a spritz of Rosewater to my hair and ankles, Ah…when I’m in my closet back at home smelling the seductive aromas, I’m still transported to Jaffa market, with the Layers of the Ancients.
The art of layering begins with a citrus body scrub. I prefer yuzu, a Japanese citrus fruit, with a complex tang. Then, I recommend a shea butter or jojoba oil base to moisten and rejuvenate your skin. Top it all off with Balsam Absolute (or our Signature perfume).
On the way out the door, I roll on an oil perfume. I love to use Ancient Soul, which I dab behind my neck so that when I greet someone with a hug, they are enveloped with my scent. You can also dab the oils behind your knees allowing the scent to travel up your body as the day wears on. This will keep you smelling fresh through your busy day. To complete the ritual, mist yourself with Saffron Sun. I love the way all the scents fold into one another, creating your very own personal fragrance.
When you choose to layer the fragrances, as I have described above, each one will evaporate at a different rate than the last. Unleashing fresh new scents as your day wears on.
My palates teacher, Linda, tells me that even after class is over she catches my scent lingering in the classroom.
Everyone’s personal taste is different. Play with the scents to unlock your own unique preference. One of my friends picks her perfume depending on the time of day. She likes a delicate, fresh scent during the day and a heady, oriental scent for the evening.
Keep in mind, as you move through the seasons and travel between different climates, the perfume will take on a different form. In a dry climate, the aromas will remain subtle. In a humid climate, it will take on a more potent flavor. Notice these changes and apply appropriately.
When used alone or in combination with jojoba oil or alcohol, essential oils are more concentrated and long lasting than the leading commercial perfume- creating a larger scent trail throughout your day.
Jojoba oil, technically a thin liquid wax, is used because it is an unscented, neutral oil and it is the only oil that doesn’t go rancid.
When creating the spray blends, I have chosen an organic, sugarcane alcohol. I have chosen this type of alcohol because has a sweeter scent than that of traditional alcohol used in generic perfume blends. When you chose Invincible Essences you can be confident in the quality and integrity of what you’re putting on your body.
All perfumes are $65.00
Our fragrances are complex yet intriguing. Blends of exquisite and rare essential oils. They come in a silver rollerball for spot on application or a spray to mist over you. They are legends in the making. All are unisex.
A blending of male and female strength. Vetiver is deep and relaxed. Neroli, a fine radiant of freshness. With Frankincense and old wisdom. Helichrysum, the warm and seductive scent of togetherness. It will linger from dawn until dusk.
The light of 1,000 suns opens for you. The light wave of Turkish Saffron, washes over you. The charm, so rare, with delicate notes of neroli and blood orange, that take up the dance. This oil was eight years of searching for pure Saffron, discovering its purity was worth the wait…
Utterly intoxicating Middle Eastern flare, you will be noticed! The cardamom, Clove, Jasmine, and the subtle floral Gardenia. Exotic whispers of the spice of life.
Artfully blended, subtle and feminine with the delicate notes of Rosewood, and the deep sweet scent of sandalwood. Use your intuition to unlock the treasures you hold inside.
Bringing back your essence with oils of time honored with Frankincense that speaks directly to your soul. The subtle notes of Pink Lotus, Rock Rose and rich Oud all give character.
The power to know yourself through the deep vanilla-like Balsam Absolute. Arranged with the fresh tops notes of Neroli and a hint of Ginger Lily. We love that it lingers when used on bags and in closets.
A custom perfume blend and consultation is $165
Shanti also offers custom perfume consultations and will create a personalized blend just for you. To order your 20-minute consultation and blend, fill out this form.
If you would like to soar into the realms of the extraordinary, with the combination of gem bottles and perfumes. Some companies have used a few small crystals in bottles. This invites you to experience the perfume in whole crystal bottles. Super synergetic, the qualities of each individual gem bottles, a rare combination.
Prices for Gem & Crystal Perfume Bottles
|Quartz (Lg.)||$95.00 (sale Price)|
|Black Obsidian (Lg.)||$88.75|
|African Turquoise (Lg.)||$75.00|
|Gold Sandstone (Lg.)||$95.00|
|Leopard Skin (Lg.)||$39.50|
|Tigers Eye (sm.)||$36.00|
|Black Obsidian (sm.)||$47.50|