All Saints Day and Dia de Los Muertos marks the start of a very introspective time of year for me – it’s the gateway into winter, a time of death and preparing for renewal. Today is All Saints Day, and tomorrow is All Souls Day.
I was trying to think of what perfumes best fit this time of year. Putting on the beautiful new release from Puredistance last week made me yearn for my very favorite from that line – the original, Puredistance I. It is angelic and saintly, while still being human, and soars, and it is so perfect for All Saints Day. But I want to pair it with Unum Lavs. I need some incense to really feel centered in all that soaring beauty.
Dia de Los Muertos, I’m picking Arquiste Anima Dulcis – chocolate, vanilla, chile, cinnamon. It just seems right somehow.
Then I was thinking so what for All Souls Day?
this is too easy – Serge Lutens de Profundis, which I seem to not have any of right now. Ugh, need to fix that. de Profundis is conscious of how imperfect we are, but revels in the very part of humanity that makes us all that we are.
I had to go over to church tonight, All Hallows Eve, and change the linens to white for All Saints Day. It was turning dark, the little ghouls were out trick or treating, and I went into the church and left the lights off. I could still see when I went in, but it got progressively darker, and the church groans and creaks all on its own. I had to laugh because isn’t that the setup to a Halloween horror movie?
For November, I think I’m going to sort through my favorite contemplative scents, like Passage d’Enfer and Malle’s En Passant, along with others. My favorite perfumes that give me the feels.
What would you pick for All Saints/All Souls/Dia de Los Muertos? Or just as your favorite contemplative perfume?
So I’ll do a little sample set giveaway of these three perfumes – Serge de Profundis, Puredistance I, Unum Lavs and Arquiste Anima Dulcis – to two commenters drawn at random.