“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the disheveled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”
―William Butler Yeats, “The Land of Heart’s Desire”
The faerie queens Titania, Queen Mab, and Morgan le Fay were beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, that they were virtually impossible to resist. Titania, Shakespeare’s Queen of the Forest from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was fair and angelic-looking. Mab, the midwife, had a wispy, fragile beauty. And Morgan le Fay, a raven-haired enchantress, had a powerful dark allure.
All were skilled in the art of concocting potions, unguents, and elixirs from wild herbs and delicate flowers—favorites like rose, jasmine, chamomile, cedarwood, lavender, and neroli. And nothing could be more magical than to use them in a delicately scented floral veil or mist, like the ones below.
Jasmine is a white flower with an intoxicating fragrance, and jasmine essential oil softens and moisturizes the skin. It is also an effective hair conditioner: A few drops of jasmine essential oil mixed with argan or sweet almond oil patted through the hair can tame frizz. This mist is transportive—spray it on the skin for a glow or the hair to coat with a heady scent. ranavat.com
Geranium is not only a beautiful bloom; it is a lovely scent. Balanced beautifully with the woodsy smell of cedarwood and a sweet note of vanilla, it is nothing short of sublime. Perfect after the shower: Spray a mist in front of you, walk through it, and breathe in. sparitual.com