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Clown Fruit is Loose!

Scent Profile: Artemisia (Wormwood), Hungarian Oak, Elderflower, Absinthe, Neroli, Amyris, Elderberry, Burnt Sugar, Tobacco Absolute, & FEAR Absolute.

Finally, after many years and after a few different name changes, Clown Fruit is restored to all his former glory and place in the Fall Shave Scent Pantheon! So please give a warm welcome back to that same complex, seductive, glowing, magical concoction so many know and love, regardless of what name is on the label. So sought-after, many often miss the release and have to walk the Earth crestfallen and alone till Clown Fruit season comes around once more...which is far too long a wait, but such is the nature of these sort of whimsical things.

Clown Fruit?

Clown Fruit was really born out of pure experimentation a little over 6 years back. Up until that point I was collecting whatever literature I could find on old school perfuming, especially vintage texts. From true perfuming recipes to dusty, old apothecary cookbooks, I was on the hunt! The techniques and concepts were so varied I was inspired to try a few ideas of my own and borrow from the brewing industry.

I soon began adding oak cubes to my batches in an effort to simulate scent effects that one may get from aging alcohol in a cask. Impressed by my results I eventually invested in some real oak barrels. Next I was incorporating magnetic stirrers into my method. This kept the perfume in a constant state of agitation while they matured (aged). This was huge considering up till that point I would have to hand agitate each batch once a day for a period of 4-6 weeks! This new addition to my developing method proved so successful soon even other artisans hopped on this concept! We were really making some leaps! Then one night it occurred to me that I really didn't know much about that mysterious & mystical green elixir Absinthe. It seemed wormwood was something I really needed in my lab.

But to make the long story short, these slight little tweaks and crossovers really added undertones and characteristics to my splashes and EDP that up until then I had never known. Clown Fruit truly is a sort of Frankenstein Monster when it comes to all the different bits and pieces that were weaved together in an effort to create something new, and magical! It really was the beginning of a trajectory we are still riding high on when it comes do doing things a little bit differently!

Then of course there was that element of the paranormal and spooky. To accentuate this I even chose to make the soap and related products glow! This was the first time in shavedom anyone had ever seen a glowing soap! Which was to be expected, I mean, who shaves in the dark? So right there was that element of danger we needed to add that last spark of life to what all have come to know as the legendary, Clown Fruit!

Absinthe (The Green Fairy)

Absinthe has always been connected in some way or another to strange activity, paranormal events and the odd. I'm almost certain no one drinks this sweet, sinister elixir in the daylight...and there's a reason for that. I just don't know what it is, but it can't be good!

Then there's the Elderberry.

Among pagan traditions, Elder has held a place of respect. The ability to protect; induce vivid dreams, particularly of the Faerie realms; to heal; and to exorcise or remove negative spells and influences are among Elder’s pagan attributes.

It was said that to wear or carry Elder wood, leaves, flowers or berries would protect you from attack.
Elderberry oil or water was used in blessing rituals.
Elder leaves and branches were often hung in doorways and windows to protect those who lived within.
Elder planted in the back yard, particularly near the kitchen, provided protection from negative influences and disease.
Elder flowers were used in a facial wash to lighten and care for the skin. It was said that if you fell asleep under the elder you would dream of the faerie lands.

Conversely, amongst Christian traditions, the Elder was a fearful symbol of sorrow and death. Langland, in The Vision of Piers Plowman, claimed  Elder was the tree on who’s branches Judas Iscariot committed suicide by hanging. At times, elder was also said to have been the tree whose wood was used to make the cross on which Jesus was crucified. Elder has been used in a variety of burial rituals and in various rituals for identifying and protecting against witches.

The Holy Oak?

Throughout the major cultures of Europe the oak tree has been held in high esteem. To the Greeks, Romans, Celts, Slavs and Teutonic tribes the oak was foremost amongst venerated trees, and in each case associated with the supreme god in their pantheon, oak being sacred to Zeus, Jupiter, Dagda, Perun and Thor, respectively. Each of these gods also had dominion over rain, thunder and lightning, and it is surely no coincidence that oak trees appear to be more prone to lightning strikes than other trees, whether because of their wood's low electrical resistance or the fact that they were frequently the largest, tallest living things in the landscape.

The Druids frequently worshipped and practiced their rites in oak groves (the word Druid was probably a Gaelic derivation of their word for oak, Duir, and meant men of the oaks). Mistletoe, probably the Druids' most potent and magical plant, frequently grew on oak trees and its presence was believed to indicate the hand of God having placed it there in a lightning strike.

Is it me or does there not seem to be a correlation to all of these elements? I really believe we are building something extraordinary here in a very thoughtful, alchemical manner. Simply put, this is more than just shaving or maybe we are now shaving where the veil is thinnest?

Have A Safe & Happy Halloween!

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” ~ Carl Sagan

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