this perfume starts with a story
A little art, intuition and imagination - the creative process of plant based perfumes. This batch begins with a tincture made of organic rose petals - and a story of compassion.
'Firdous' is a perfume that I have been refining over time. The word feels like poetry on my tongue, and has meaning for me because it weaves together a story of global community.
It is no secret that I am passionate about henna. As an art form, yes, but also because of henna my life is richer for the people I know. There is an intimacy when done with just the artist and one person; but also bonds people together with shared experiences. And since henna is practiced in a global way, I love feeling connected up to that history.
At a gathering of henna friends, a woman told me a lovely Garden of Eden story from her homeland:
In this story we are in The Garden, just at the end of innocence. Of all the flora and fauna who witness this event, it is only the humble henna plant the shows compassion and offers comfort.
Henna weaves for me a world full of connections; this time a familiar story which is told by at least three of the worlds' great religious traditions.
In retelling the Eden story to a historian friend comfortable in several world languages (including ancient ones)... I learned that hinna (henna) may have the same root meaning as compassion, or tenderness of heart.
Which brings us back to Firdous, 'the garden'. In addition to drying and crushing the leaves for body art, the leaves & flowers can be distilled for perfumery.
Our fragrance includes henna leaf, roses, saffron and agarwood. Despite the roses, the fragrance is not overtly floral - softer, smokier.
from: Eshkol HaKofer: By Any Other Name
monique herzig, alchemist, aesthetician