The Light and Dark Side
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a well beloved comedy written by William Shakespeare. It features a cast of characters with complicated situations all surrounding the subject of love.
One of those characters that I will focus on in this particular scent event review is Helena.
Throughout the first portion of the play and especially in the opening ACT, Helena is seen chasing her one true love, Demetrius in the woods as he frantically tries to get away without an ounce of love in his heart for her.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Helena as I did research for this scent event. Helena is described as a loving and sweet person. She is not one for caring how she appears to others but if is she is determined enough and wants it enough, she goes after it and in this case it happens to be wanting Demetrius’s love.
During my sniff testing, I was very impressed with the character based fragrance, Fare Thee Well, Nymph. A fragrance composed with Helena in mind by Lisa Abdul-Quddus, perfumer and owner of Blossoming Tree Bodycare.
Fare Thee Well, Nymph is composed bringing out the brighter and darker side of love with Helena's infatuation with Demetrius and then how she quickly turned against him due to a little magic from a mischievous fairy.
While Helena and Demetrius were in the woods one bright day, a spell came over Demetrius by a very cunning fairy named Puck. Puck who does not care how his spells affect people goes loosely into the woods using a magical flower and casting spells on the wrong people.
|Queen of Night flower|
Fare Thee Well, Nymph leaves the wafting scents of vetiver and Clementine that enhance the moment for the evening event of Queen of Night. This amazing flower must have been used by Puck because it blooms only once a year and only at night.
Queen of Night gives a warm and sweet floral aroma that comes from its white and waxy petals.
Demetrius was hit with this spellbinding flower that turned his dislike for Helena into love but due to Puck’s misunderstanding of the situation, it turned Helena against Demetrius.
Helena felt Demetrius was mocking her and was not genuine.
Ms. Quddus exquisitely composed Fare Thee Well, Nymph knowing that all well written stories have a beginning, middle and end. Where there is love, there is tragic and where there is hate is sows into love.
For the longest time, Demetrius had to convince Helena that his love is true but he was still under a spell, so how could this be possible?
In the end, Puck reverses the spells and Demetrius wakes up the next day realizing that he really loves Helena. So, now the smoothness of vanilla becomes the new spell that Ms. Quddus created for Helena’s new outlook on life.
Fare Thee Well, Nymph is composed of some of the finest ingredients and with little help from the fairies; Ms. Quddus affirms her own aspiring spell that captivates the senses with sweetness and fairy-enchanted woody notes that would make Mr. Shakespeare very proud.
Fare Thee Well, Nymph features, Clementine, Mandarin Petit grain, Queen of Night “Night Queen”, Vanilla, Vetiver, Patchouli, Labdanum and Omumgorwa
INFORMATION: Blossoming Tree Body Care in Belleville, MI
Photo Credits: Painting of Puck by Joshua Reynolds, 1789, http://www.2.stetson.edu/, houston.broadwayworld.com, Drawing of Helena, dianenoble.com, Photo of Fairies in dark forest, goth.com, Photo of Queen of Night flower, onceinabloom.com