I can't wrap my head around the fact that it is 2016 and here we are already slipping into February and thinking about Valentine's Day. To celebrate the month of love, I've brought back Tristan's Desire and Isolde's Wish this year. These limited edition scents are inspired by my favorite tale of starcrossed lovers Tristan and Isolde and are in the shop through February.
Before Romeo died for his Juliet, before Lancelot deceived
his King, Tristan loved Isolde. Tristan and Isolde's 12th century tale
of love and tragedy has been told and retold in countless forms from
poetry to operas and in many different versions. I am particularity fond
of the version that has Tristan and Isolde mistakenly and unknowingly
drinking a love potion and falling desperately in love while he is
taking her to marry his uncle and adopted father. It is a terrible love
triangle. They all care about each other, Tristan to his uncle who loves
him as a son, Isolde to her husband (Tristan's uncle) because he is
such a good man, and of coarse the unstoppable love between Tristan and
Isolde that destroys them all.
Tristan moved easily through
the low branches and tangles of overgrown brush. He'd picked his way
along this path by nothing more then the starlight many times before. He
quickened pace. His feet seemed to move of their own accord now,
perhaps driven by the the hope rising in his chest. Would he find her
there tonight? In his mind, he could see her there now bathed in the
pale light of the moon. Begrudgingly, he slowed. So close, he used
caution. He moved now without a sound, carefully picking his steps. He
paused at the old oak. His hands upon the callous bark he steadied his
breath. A knot grew in is stomach. Why did he feel that he could not
live without her? A thousand vile thoughts rushed into his head. If
Isolde had chosen not to meet him, did his uncle really know...he ended
those thoughts as he felt his strength begin to leave him. He had to be
strong. In a quick movement that required more courage then charging
into battle, he sidestepped from behind the tree and entered the
In the distance, Isolde's small figure cloaked in blue,
stood beside the water. Even though the darkness enveloped her, could
see the look in her eyes. He knew.
scent is the comfort of the forest woods, the warmth of exotic saffron
and cinnamon, a touch of dried rose petals. A treacherous tryst and
undying romance, Tristan's Desire is wonderfully unisex.
Notes of: cedarwood, teak, sandalwood, faded rose petals, almond flowers, saffron, cinnamon bark, vanilla and musk.
It was never easy for
her. She never had power over her love that grew for Tristan. She
belonged to the king. She new her place, yet some strange force took a
hold of her heart along the way and it was no longer hers to control.
She lived for her secret moments with Tristan. It was as if her heart
only beat for him, yet it broke every time they met.
the flowers sway slightly by the waters edge, their reflection danced in
the water. Tristan wanted to leave with her. He was expecting an
answer. He should have been waiting here already. A weight grew in her
chest as she began to wonder if he would come. Panic broke through the
weight when she began to question if she'd ever see him again at all.
She felt her chest tighten at the thought, her eyes burned. Could she
even survive without her Tristan? As she questioned this, a movement
caught her eye and Tristan's form stepped into the clearing. One look
from him and she knew she would never survive without him, yet she still
didn't have an answer.
scent is the lingering warmth of Tristan on her skin, his love which
gives her hope and destroys, white flowers, moonlight, and love.
Notes of: dewy jasmine, cedar wood, sandalwood, faded rose petals, almond flowers, vanilla, saffron and musk.
Tristan and Isolde are available through February in perfumes and bath and body products. Also available as a perfume set at the special price.