A Capella Ray via Prosody London©
“Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day” ~ Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens and Eleanor Farjeon
How could I possibly resist something entitled A Capella Ray? How could anyone? The marvelous botanical fragrance house Prosody London has produced one-of-a-kind scents which tempt the inquisitive nose – and while perusing their site, I asked to sample this one, to my delight. I first came across natural perfumer, Keshen Teo, at Esxence Milano 2019; he sweetly pressed a small box of samples into my palm along with his business card during a lecture we jointly attended. It wasn’t until I returned home that I had the opportunity to fully appreciate the contents of that little package.
Keshen Teo of Prosody London via Prosody London©
Senior Editor Lauryn Beer has written lovingly of several already: Jacinthe Jonquil, Mocha Muscari, Rose Rondeau and Pizzicato Bliss. I share her enthusiasm. The ability to compose thoroughly original, unusual natural fragrances which set themselves apart from the horde seems to be a relatively rare occurrence these days. Keshen Teo’s perfumes feature exquisite materials ensconced in settings which resemble aromatic jewelry. With the advent of summer we are eager to avail ourselves of healing sacred rays, a combination of tonicity and cherished indolence. How fine is that glorious, singular ray of light which illuminates the depths of our collective soul? That a capella ray?
Unsplash edited by Michelyn of Buddleia
In a world of citrus abundance, we’re given the scintillating presence of Sicilian lemon and mandarin peel – unadulterated sunshine and good humor to elevate the spirit. I love how lemongrass is engaged in A Capella Ray: it feels sprightly, therapeutic, openhearted. Nose-tickling black pepper is a welcome aromatic adjuvant: it spans dry spice with floral notes, even a hint of dried fruit. I find that black pepper is lovely when one wishes to temper sweetness in a scent as well; it’s such a versatile color in the olfactory palette. Bulgarian rose is an indisputable Queen who provides a luscious heart while softening the edges of what might potentially be an acidic fragrance; cherry blossom must be an accord, as it doesn’t yield itself to extraction – but likely provides a delicate, faintly rosy-vanillic tone replete with hints of lilac and almond which are by nature subtle and complex. Buddleia is also known to us as butterfly bush, that colorful perennial with a gently honeyed fragrance which so attracts pollinators; I’ve not smelt any previous perfume which employed it.
The Sun at His Eastern Gate, William Blake
Prosody London A Capella Ray brings to mind the soulful luminous illustrations of William Blake; a panoply of sundrenched still life portraits of lemons and oranges; Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night. If it were music, it would be Cat Stevens’ eloquent Morning Has Broken. A Capella Ray is solar, soothing and a joy to wear; somehow, despite fruit and flowers, it has an herbal nuance which pleases the weary nose and body. It’s estival refreshment at its best.
Sample provided by Prosody London – many thanks! My nose is my own…
~ Ida Meister, Deputy and Natural Perfumery Editor
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