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Rasa 2019


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Perfumer extracted organic passion fruit (aged and fresh from Temecula), pink lotus, marigold, juhi ruh, frangipani, saffron (Indian and Iranian) , Naganchi oud 2019 (from the Nagaland jungle, stainless distillation) from Rising Phoenix

Rasa translates from Sanskrit to English as “the taste” but it can also mean a deeply connected feeling place, the energy that flows through you or a quality of art. This perfume is a meditation on the spiritual connectedness of Rasa. I wound up composing a scent whose ingredients all grow together in Northern India, the same place where this aspect of spiritual practice originated. And yet all of the ingredients in this scent have very sacred and universal meanings that have transcended time, religion and culture.
Oud is treasured in the Bhagavad Gita just as it is in the Old and New testaments. The lotus flower has symbolized purity and rebirth as far back as the first hieroglyphics.
As we discover more and more that there are ancestral aspects to our sense of smell, I think there is something miraculous about smelling and connecting with these real ingredients that have meant so much to us and to those who came before us throughout human history. I hope it will help you to remember some of the wisdom that we have left behind.