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Fabulous Fragrance: Moon Dance

High among my current top fragrances is Moon Dance by Juliette Has a Gun. The scent puts me in mind of flowers blooming at midnight, but not jasmine. It is an expensive fragrance that I finally found on sale at frangrancenet for about one third of the original price. Everything about the presentation calls out “high end,” including the hardy, substantial decanter.

The fragrance is so fabulously blended that it’s hard to decipher individual notes. The first spray wafts in a sweet spiciness hovering over a velvet background. It is incredibly hypnotic and sensual. As another user mentioned, it smells purple. Later the scent develops an enticing milky quality that adds to its longevity. As time passes, the fragrance seems to integrate and become part of one’s very soul essence. Did I say how much I love Moon Dance?

Moon Dance is a chypre white floral. Key notes are tuberose, violet, rose, patchouli, and bergamot. As I said, the blend is exquisite in its perfected oneness. Users on Fragrantica give it a 4.27 out of 5 and overwhelmingly love it rather than like or dislike. How did I find Moon Dance? Among a group of violet perfume samples I ordered! It’s amazing what expert noses can do with violet.

Have you tried Juliette Has a Gun’s Moon Dance? What are your favorite fragrances?


Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Mythic Monday: Crystals and Gemstones – Amethyst


My youngest Snickerdoodle presented me with this beautiful amethyst last week, spurring me to write about one of my favorite gemstones.

Amethyst is a sparkling violet quartz much coveted for jewelry and auric therapy. The color varies from lavender to vivid purple. The stone’s name originates from the ancient Greek word for drunkenness, and wearing or holding it was considered a plausible antidote for that malady. Since then it has been considered a sobriety stone. The goddess Rhea was said to have gifted a regal amethyst to the god of wine, Dionysus, to prevent unwanted inebriation. In medieval times European soldiers often wore amethyst amulets to remain level headed and focused in battle.

amethyst1The Doctrine of Signatures is a line of thought originating at the time of the brilliant physician Galen, born in Pergamon, Turkey, and whose ideas and work became known throughout the Greek and Roman world. The doctrine states that nature speaks to us through form and that the color and appearance of a food, herb, or other natural object maintains correspondence with the human body. Per the doctrine, the purple hue would make amethyst beneficial for blood purification and detoxification, as well as for reducing fever and inflammation.

amethyst2Amethyst is the gemstone most associated with the crown chakra, the vital energy center located above the human head. The Women’s Book of Healing by Diane Stein says amethyst is used to help with anxiety, insomnia, and a tendency toward fearfulness. I think of the latter as free-floating anxiety, the type of dis-ease you can’t quite put a finger on, and there doesn’t appear to be a reason for it, but it is reality for the person experiencing it. Amethyst is also beneficial in alleviating inattention or a lack of concentration, overeating, and stress. The author and Reiki Master goes on to say that amethyst is calming and can give comfort in terms of grounding and stability. When the golden solar plexus is over engaged and out of whack, amethyst can aid in balancing the chakras for more positive emotional, mental, and physical vitality.

amethyst4Have you chosen amethyst or other gemstones for healing or transformational purposes? What types and colors of stones are you most attracted to?

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Mythic Monday: 5 Incense That Will Make You Soar




Do you enjoy using aromatherapy in any of its forms—such as incense, candles, or room fresheners? I like all of them and have loved burning incense since the heyday of Nehru jackets and sitars. My husband always kept us well stocked with quality incense, and some of the temple blends, such as Song of India and Naq Champa are exquisite. Today I share five of my favorite single element incense choices. Feeling down? These will enliven your spirits.

Wisteria – Wisteria is my favorite incense, reminding me of the little cones I burned in my Buddha incense burner as a teenager. Wisteria is said to be a good scent to use for home protection.
Violet – Violet is the fragrance I love best in perfume. A good quality violet incense can brush away the shadows from a room and help you slip into a restful night’s sleep filled with healing dreams.
Lily of the Valley – Lily of the Valley attracts love, feminine nurturing, and all around good fortune. It is affiliated with the moon and the ancient goddesses of love.
Jasmine – Jasmine attracts good fortune. It is often used to encourage a healthy attitude toward money, as well as a bountiful influx of it.
Frankincense and Myrrh – Although each is a single element, together they are magical. Called the most charmed of incense, this combination is said to purify the will, enhance spiritual pursuits, and elevate one’s purpose above the madding crowd. Frankincense and myrrh can each be used alone as well.

What scents are your favorites?

Men, including romantic heroes, often have a masculine fragrance unique to the individual. That of the hero of Guardian of the Deep, Samael, is coriander, a complex and mysterious scent used in the perfumes of ancient times.GuardianoftheDeep_SM (1)

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance