The Scented Djinn-courtesy of Justine Crane
The Scented Djinn is the aromatic offerings of Justine Crane, her handcrafted collection changing season to season and when something is gone- there is no loss in the falling of petal when summer is gone- and very little gone to waste for even the petals of her gardens find their way into multipurpose, wish-fulfilling products and perfumes. “I'm not into prints.”
Mae Marsh, Silent screen star photo goldensilents.com
Justine explains her seeming disinterest in commercial availability and purposing the premise of her perfume as an original work of art. She is an instant Buddha, extolling the impermanence of material things and long time botanical artist capable of living with allowing her own petals to fall away bottle after bottle until no more.
Silent Screen Maude Fealy Actress
Modhlim is an Arabic word meaning “absence of light”, which is the proper definition of “darkness”. It is said darkness, as such does not even exist; being defined only by what we can measure: light. Quantum physics and Justine suggest light may be all a very dark matter indeed.
Silent Screen Actress Maude Fealy
Just as getting to the heart of what exactly dark matter is, Modhlim is dark but understandable sambac jasmine with green tea brightness- until like cosmic soil being turned into itself- a strong and foreboding basil modifier darkens the moment… or does the heart light of this phenomenon merely recede? Perhaps dark matter is merely this constant composting of light itself- the folding, churning of possibility. Fertile fruit ripens as basil receeds, a Djinn accord including the sun of chamomile, albeit in its darker German form.
Theda Bara Salome 1918
The effect is the same as hitting your head. Hard. Everyone knows there is great light and color in that blackness. This swirling Sufi dance is the same kaleidoscopic masala dabba of cardamom, cumin, rosewood then carnation, fruit and tea. The spinning hand passes by, holy spikenard and rose breeze heated with the passion of ambrette and seaweed as human musk.
Silent Screen Star Gloria Swanson Edward Steichen colorized MC
The dance is done to infuse a dim world with light, and it is in this vein tracers of bergamot and lemon follow and vanish, follow and vanish as when one stands too close to the lighthouse to understand the import of it's slow overhead turning.
Anna May Wong early 1920s
Boiling spice intensity, tangible darkness, Modhlim is present, and remains far longer than other harbingers of light, in fact, it is because of this greater darkness even the slightest amount of light, the tiniest drop of skin projects like a great sun.
Silent Screen Star Lily Elsie
Overwhelmed in a sub-tropical market and revived by the same said smell, a sort of samara begins, with one deliriously happy to die again and again into the galaxy gulping not-there-everywhere nature of Justine's work. An inherent not-there-nowhere will occur when the last bottle is gone, the impermanent nature of The Scented Djinn, of both light and dark and of the lasting impression all great works of art endow.
Notes: lemon, bergamot, cumin, tulsi, our own sweet fruit accord, roses, carnation accord, orris, santal, jasmine sambac, patchouli, cardamom, rose de mai, rosewood, green tea, musk accord, patchouli, spikenard, labdanum, ambrette, vetyver, siam wood, benzoin, featuring a lovely, lush and rare clove basil and a hint of seaweed
-Einsof, Natural Perfume Editor
(my sample was provided by The Scented Djinn for review.)
Editor's Note: Justine Crane, (who is also an illustrator and artist) Scented Djinn's branding is reminiscent of Art Deco and brings to mind Silent screen movie stars during the early 20th century when lighting was essential to "color" black and white films
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