Fire rises, seeking to escape the restrictions of ordinary reality.
The natural extension of demanding one’s own freedom is to allow that freedom to others.
Baja Cactus Blossom is a blend of fresh white flowers, green cactus stems and sunkissed coconut. The smell brings to mind carefree days at the beach—thus, the image of beautiful and charismatic mermaids. Today, many see these mythological creatures as bright and breezy, with long hair worn loose and flowing...or maybe in a fishtail braid. But in antiquity, they were dangerously compelling symbols of both beauty and terror. The half-divine, half-human Sirens of Greek legend lured sailors to jump into the sea or shipwreck in shallow waters. Some modern media still pegs mermaid characters as cold hearted and malicious, but there’s one who’s always reversed the trope. In Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Ariel is brave, curious, and willing to make sacrifices to pursue the love and life she wants. The original tale by Hans Christian Andersen is a lot darker, but his little mermaid is just as inquisitive and selfless. Whatever else, sirens are universally recognized symbols of the feminine mystique, the beautiful loner, playful and free within the bounds of a body of water that extends farther than the eye can see.
Woke is an aromatic blend of hazelnut and coffee. It's adorned with the symbol Uranus, which is the only planet that spins backwards and tilted on its axis. You know, kinda like how your third cup of coffee makes you feel: stimulated and expressive, and maybe a little non-conformist. Woke is great for the morning time, that first part of the day when the mind is the most fresh and ready to reflect on the self through quiet meditation or creativity. Frida Kahlo is famous for her brand of reflection—she painted self portraits that spoke of her pain with vivid colors and harsh imagery. Her life was almost always tilted on its axis—from contracting polio as a young girl, to a trolley accident that left her confined to a bed for months, to her marriage troubles. She defined herself for herself, claiming the year of the Mexican Revolution (1910) as the year of her birth and cultivating a gender non-conformist presence. Largely overshadowed by her husband’s work during her own life, she has since surpassed him in fame and is a beloved feminist icon.
Sweet pea is a floral note, romantic and cheerful. It also has an impressive scientific history: The flower was used in 19th century genetic research experiments. Intuition honors Margie Profet, an evolutionary biology theorist who published controversial work on menstruation and morning sickness. When she learned about menstruation at the age of 7, Profet was disgusted by the sheer inefficiency of the process. "Why go to all that trouble to make that elaborate lining just to get rid of it?” she asked. Propelled by an innate dissatisfaction with clinical explanations and scientific status quo surrounding these biological responses, she eventually began to cultivate a new perspective. The idea that menstruation evolved as protection against disease came to her in a vivid dream of black triangles stuck in deep red tissue. Profet’s theories were born of her own fundamental approach: the desire to find the adaptive purpose in biological processes using her own intuitive understanding of the world around her—an emphasis on the ultimate rather than proximate explanations of life.
Nag Champa, a popular incense made of plumeria and sandalwood, is known to stimulate the mind and often used in yoga, ritual, or other spiritual work that connects you with the Third Eye chakra. Tapping into this power source means seeing without looking, knowing without being told. While shifting your senses beyond the veil can inspire confidence, the wise practitioner will be mindful not to stoke the fires of fear or anxiety. This candle honors Cassandra, a Trojan princess in Greek mythology and the OG “crazy girl.” Her ability to see the future was, famously, a blessing and a curse from the god Apollo: She was always right, but no one listened. Cassandra warned her people of the war that would bring Troy to its knees, and the major security breach that was the Greeks’ infamous wooden horse. They ignored her in favor of her twin brother, Helenus, whose prophecies sounded a lot better for Troy but came with a few critical caveats. Despite Cassandra’s foresight of the frankly obvious subterfuge behind the Greek army’s sudden departure after ten years of fighting, Troy got sacked and took our girl down with it. Some insights are helpful to share with others; some are better kept to yourself. Wisdom is knowing which is which.