Dauntless was inspired by Courage. In the 2nd chapter of our apologue, Dauntless is the first perfume that will mirror three faces of the Inner Beauty and Inner Power of Courage.
Dauntless goes to the heart of what is needed ever more of these days. Created to mirror and support bold bravery under extremes, this warm and intense perfume reflects what lies within.
Let the Dreamer ride their noble steed! Let all with vision act!
The intent was to create a natural olfactive feeling of the fire that come from the heart and loins that moves us to bravely act. It is the feeling of the surge; the reaching deep to prevail, the courage to rise and rise again, and to overcome the intimidation of fear to press on. It forges a dynamic, fierce, and convicted act of conscious will to face fear instead of fearing fear itself. Triumph is forthcoming via our passion for our dreams.
To achieve this, we looked to those aromatics from nature that bear elemental signatures of fire, movement, and deep passion on the one hand, and rock steady self-possession on the other. We also looked for materials analogous to “heart”. Although a seeming dichotomy, it is that solid, implacable smelling thing (steadiness) that we sought to combine with a powerful smell of stimulation and movement (action). Whereas Commitment is the path, Courage is walking it.
The Intelligence of the Ingredients
BITTER ORANGE (Brazil) is a bright, cheerful scent, a positive fragrance with bitter notes, which are also a feature that is typical of a great challenge. It creates the opening volley of the perfume while setting the emotional tone of dauntlessness.
GERANIUM (Reunion Island) was chosen as an enlivening opener, that along with the sweeter aspects of the orange, is opposite of a daunted or overwhelmed feeling. Stating the obvious, to increase courage one must decrease fear, and thus the insistent geranium sounds its trumpet to cheer you on into the heart of both the perfume and the challenge.
ROSE and YLANG YLANG (Bulgaria and Madagascar) in the heart of the perfume speak to the physical and metaphysical heart: “at all costs remain strong!”. One’s “Fight, Flight, or Freeze Response” must be mastered and hurdled to ensure victory! As the heart steadies (Ylang), so does the mind. As the pulse lowers, so does fear…and “Flight”. Rose was added to remind the heart of that which matters, the potent key to overcoming.
SPICES (Madagascar and Guatemala) in the core of the heart notes add a warming, stimulating presence that urges the steed onward. “Freeze” is a dragon to be slain. This is the signature smell of the lionhearted as they valiantly advance forward.
CARDAMOM (Guatemala) by nature reaches up from the heart notes into the head notes like the breath of a racehorse advancing beyond the starting gate. Its generative warmth grows deeper and spreads as the perfume progresses, analogous to the coursing of blood through its inner tracks.
BENZOIN SIAM (Laos) and other resins in the base-notes provide a deep, intensely rich and sweet comforting smell. These enduring resins, conceived by the plant as its protective shield are the counterpoint fragrance to the acidic nature of tremulous nerves and tears.
CONIFERS (Canada) in the base notes call to mind the towering stature of the trees and their gift of oxygenating breath to us all. The analogy is to take a deep breath, stand tall and forge on! These notes integrate beautifully into the resins, creating a gorgeous, lasting aromatic veil of resolute beauty.