It is a matter of defending the cause

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 12 December, 2010

          It's not an OUTLAW...It is a privilege

     This is the seventh review for the Natural Perfumers Guild's Outlaw Perfume Project. By now one would think who isn't familiar with the Outlaw Project that this sort of thing would bring out the worst in the art of natural perfumery but this is quite the contrary. It has brought some of the most talented perfumers from around the world in sharing their views wonderful perfume creations using prohibited ingredients.

     By saying this, it brings me to another women who went against "big business" which in this case is the law by becoming  a so-called "outlaw".

     Myra Belle Shirley was born to a well-to-do family near Carthage, Missouri in 1848. Myra grew up living the life of a "spoiled rich girl" by attending an all girl academy, given music and language classes and as a result of the music classes, Myra became a very good pianist. When Myra was not in school, she enjoyed playing outdoors with her older brother, Bud who often played with guns for enjoyment.

     However, Myra's life changed drastically when the Kansas-Missouri Border war broke out. Bud went to war but was killed and as a result this took its toil on the family business. Myra's father sold all the property in Missouri and took the family and moved on a farm in southeast, Texas. Life for Myra Belle Shirley would never be the same again and she would eventually always be remembered as an "outlaw".

     There was no reason for Myra to become an outlaw, but after the death of her beloved brother, Bud it is apparent that she was not able to handle the lost and so she got acquainted with men who associated themselves with guns to rob, steal and kill and they took advantage of Myra because she had the "material" means to support their cause.

     This is where I truly believe that Lisa Fong, perfumer and owner of Artemisia Natural Perfume became inspired and dedicated Belle Starr Eau de Parfum in memory of Myra Belle Shirley, the women before the legendary, Belle Starr took over.

   Myra fell in love a few times and bore two children by two different men who were considered notorious "outlaws". Myra eventually married and her last name became Starr. This was not the starring role that Myra was seeking but now that she had gotten so involved with her husband's trade of being an "outlaw", she felt there was nothing else she could do.

  Myra changed her name to Belle Starr and was known for being the "bandit queen". Belle Starr was further known for dressing in velvet and feathers or sometimes in buckskin and moccasins. Belle Starr grew up with wealth so having a fragrance she could call her own would not seem to be anything out of the ordinary.

  Belle Starr Eau de Parfum is a rich and potent scent with emphasis on the jasmine. It is a luxurious and exotic floral fragrance that gives a radiant aroma that stands out in a crowd, much like Myra was growing up. It was recorded that she loved to be the center of attraction.

  Belle Starr Eau de Parfum simmers down to a powdery lush floral that was calculated just perfectly where the scent jasmine blends exquisitely on the skin and last about 6 hours. It contains other amazing ingredients as backup such as red cedarwood, ginger, bois de rose, bergamot, karo-karounde absolute, carnation absolute, jasmine grandiflorum absolute, lotus concentrate, rooibos absolute, crepes absolute and tonka.

   Not all ingredients in Belle Starr Eau de Parfum are "outlaws" but Belle Starr was not always an outlaw. Her ambitions I am quite sure was to live a happy and carefree life. Free of violence but unfortunately Myra made some bad choices in selecting men and thus left herself defending their cause.

Lisa Fong
  I will make this simple for you. There is no reason to defend, Belle Starr Eau de Parfum because Ms. Fong did not break the law. It may appear that she did by using ingredients that are considered to be an "outlaw" but there are lack of accounts that Belle Starr actually held up a train, bank, stagecoach or ever killed anybody.

   So it is safe to say that Belle Starr Eau de Parfum is innocent and will never be proven guilty.

   Purchase: artemisiaperfume.com

   Photo Credits: Photo of Belle Starr (alone) legendsofamerica.com, Photo of Belle Starr with men legendsofamerica.com, Photo of Lisa Fong, courtesy of artemisiaperfume.com
 

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