Who hasn’t benefited from a benevolent act? Most commonly it’s from a friend, a relative, or a lover. Maybe a kind word when we were vulnerable, or a thoughtful gift, intended for our happiness.
Like a shield of warm light we are enveloped in an uplifting energy. We find ourselves strengthened as we go on with our life; maybe with a little more enthusiasm to give what we have to give. The ripples go out to places, far beyond what we can predict. The entire world shifts from this one small act.
Enchanted by this beauty in people, we have created a rendition of it in a perfume.
Benevolence inspires an entire chapter of our apologue, beginning with Apiarist. This perfume reflects the sensation of loving-kindness, held deep in our ancient memories of hearth and home. The days that have enveloped the Dreamer, while in the arms of dear friends, family, and lovers are called forth. No matter how little or large our portion of Benevolence has been our lives, it has nurtured the seeds of many kinds of well-being and wealth. When brought out, giving the same to others is where happiness begins to grow.
The name “Apiarist” is for the keeper who cares for bees, who in turn show us how to make life sweet –together.
The intent was to create a natural olfactive sensation of warmth, happiness, and contentment generated by benevolent feelings of the kind typically experienced with family, friends, close associates, and lovers –the inner circle where benevolence is first learned and expressed. Loving-kindness was the inspiration.
To achieve this, we looked to those aromatics from nature that bear elemental signatures of the primary family unit, the bonded tribe, of cooperation, caring and sharing, loving kindness, and gentleness. In these settings, intimate contact, shared meals, cooperative service, and the warmth of hearth and home come into play.
The Intelligence of the Ingredients
BEESWAX (France) carries the olfactive animalic signature of the peaceful bee, an obvious corollary for sweet loving-kindness and the bond it forms between people. The six-sided structure of the honeycomb, a hexagon, is associated in mysticism with love, order, and the potential for creating life. Benevolence is a beauty and a power creating the same.
HONEY (France) is the epitome of sweet nurturing, nourishing, and has protective elements in it. Creation of honey and the honeycomb involves each bee gently interacting with the flower and giving of itself in selfless cooperativeness with the hive. Honey is the outcome.
VANILLA (Madagascar) continues with nourishment analogizing loving kindness with its sweet, creamy, milk-like, skin-like association to the mother, the primary encoder of gentle kindness. Its nature is akin to the deeply sustaining gift of the lover. The scent of vanilla is almost universally loved for its uniquely comforting, smooth, and satisfying fragrance that imparts a sensual version of the invisible reality of benevolence.
PEACH (France) imparts the light-bearing, sunny (cheerful) quality of the water-filled (life-giving) fruit. Peaches are one of nature’s most kind and generous gifts, quenching thirst and appeasing hunger, and with the softness in the mouth. Its fragrance, like a faint reminder of magnanimity, slightly lifts the flatter the deeper sweetness of vanilla, honey, and beeswax.
AGARWOOD (Vietnam and India) notes bring in the ancient connectivity of tribe, campfire, hearth and home and gives anchor to the blend, behaving like a paternal balance to the sweet maternal vanilla. An additional fruity agarwood extends the peach under-notes into the base of the perfume and add body and character, not unlike the underpinning and uplifting that Benevolence itself provides.