East of the Sun and West of the Moon

A few years ago, Julia of Arcana Wildcraft suggested how nice it would be to do a collaborative project together and I couldn’t have been more excited about such a thing.  At some point last year, I suggested we do something that revolved around the work by the amazing Scandinavian artist, Kay Nielsen, whom we both adored. As we were brainstorming more about the project, Julia suggested we include a few more artists to expand the breadth of the work. The final result is a group project focusing on the Norse fairy tale called East of the Sun and West of the Moon and the illustrations that Kay Nielsen created to go with it. We are Arcana Wildcraft, Blooddrop Clothing & Fineries, Corvus Cosmetics , and Nui Cobalt Designs. (We had hope to have Brooke formerly of Villainess on board with us, but life circumstances would not allow. Dang!)

Fairy tales, by nature and depending on who is telling the story, can have minor variations to details here and there, but their tale remains the same, over the years. You will see minor differences in the names and themes of our blends, but the story is the same. The story of East of the Sun and West of the Moon begins with a very destitute family being approached by a White Bear who asks to marry their youngest and most beautiful daughter. In exchange, the family would find themselves no longer poor and to have everything they could ever want. The father immediately wants to send his daughter away to benefit the rest of his family, but she does not wish to go. The white bear says, “I will return in a week. You can give me your final answer then.” With some thought and coaxing, the brave and selfless lassie agrees to go off with the white bear to live with him in his castle. Life for her in the castle is quiet and lonely, but at nighttime a mysterious man comes to sleep in her bed that she does not get to see or speak to for as soon as he comes to bed, he falls deep asleep. She mentions this to no one until, one day, when the white bear takes her home to visit her family, she mentions this to her mother and her mother has an idea as how to set eyes upon him…

And this is where I leave you to seek out the rest of this fairy tale. There are many books to read from and there are online versions to read as well. If you want to see the beautiful work that accompanies this story and read other fairy tales that Kay Neilsen has illustrated, I suggest Taschen’s book titled East of the Sun and West of the Moon which is a beautiful hard cover filled with large images of Nielsen’s art.

Arcana Wildcraft (available HERE) has created a collection of perfumes.

Corvus Cosmetics (available HERE) has created a selection of shimmering, loose highlighters.

Nui Cobalt Designs (available HERE) has created a collection of candles, perfume oils, and bath delights.

The beautiful crescent moon and bear logo was made by Wendy Yoon.

I have made a collection of 11 perfumes. Two of them are bonuses (available while supplies last) and in order to receive one, you must purchase any 4 full size bottles from this collection. If you purchase 8 or more full size bottles, you may receive both bonus perfumes. Please specify which one you would like at checkout. If none is specified, I will choose for you. The other 9 perfumes are available as both full size and petite size, but remember the Petites are only available for the first two weeks of the collection’s release. All of my ingredients are vegan in this collection with the exception of How to set Eyes upon Him.

(a) The Lassie

(a) The Lassie

(Aka the daughter, the girl, the maiden)
A blend to radiate beauty beyond compare. Crystalline ozone, translucent moonflower, white rose, violet leaf, confectioner’s sugar, jasmine, white grapefruit, patchouli, sweet orange.

$18.00
(b) The White Bear

(b) The White Bear

Frosted white bear fur musk, Spanish moss, Norse forest accord, copal incense, tonka bean, ylang ylang, moonflower, and white grapefruit.

$18.00
(c) The Castle Hidden in a Hill

(c) The Castle Hidden in a Hill

A blend meant to invoke the scent of a hidden palace filled with all things shimmering silver and radiating gold. White ginger, champagne, pink sugar, sandalwood, moonflower, white tea, lavender, clementine, frosted berries.

$18.00
(d) How to set Eyes upon Him

(d) How to set Eyes upon Him

In darkness, the scent of fading embers in a stone fireplace while candle wax accidentally falls upon clean linen and warm skin.

$18.00
(e) The Old Hag with the Golden Apple

(e) The Old Hag with the Golden Apple

A crisp, sweet apple meat with sparkling cider notes, white ginger, golden ginger, and a blend of tawny resins and spices.

$18.00
(f) The Old Hag with the Golden Carding Comb

(f) The Old Hag with the Golden Carding Comb

Solid, cold gold metal warmed with tawny resins and spices, yellow gold chrysanthemum, lemon verbena, and lemon.

$18.00
(g) The Old Hag with the Golden Spinning Wheel

(g) The Old Hag with the Golden Spinning Wheel

Glossy wood turned to gold with warm pumpkin, tawny resins and spices, sandalwood, dark patchouli, clementine, copal, palo santo, and oud.

$18.00
(h) The Four Winds

(h) The Four Winds

Rain accord, watery bamboo, a breathy mint, blue tansy, warm honeyed ginger, mimosa, cinnamon, and mimosa.

$18.00
(i) A Sleepy Drink (bonus)

(i) A Sleepy Drink (bonus)

A drowsy draught of condensed milk, vanilla bean, rum, bourbon, scotch, chamomile, and pumpkin cream.

(j) Trolls can't do Laundry (Bonus)

(j) Trolls can't do Laundry (Bonus)

A mess if you expect anything clean. Melted dark chocolate, brownie batter, dirt, burnt sugar, anise, and earthy roots.

(k) East of the Sun and West of the Moon

(k) East of the Sun and West of the Moon

An inherently magical, otherworldly blend of angel food cake, violet, elderberries, golden ginger, moonflower, spun sugar, pink grapefruit, Persian expressed lime, and spearmint.

$18.00
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