AUTONOETIC | natural botanical perfume | human consciousness
| HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS |
an olfactory exploration into awareness of self and time.
Limited return batch fall-winter 2023/24. Original created in 2019
Empathy, honeysuckle accord.
Generosity and desire, vanilla.
Temporary luxury, saffron.
Acknowledgment, amber accord.
Expression, mehndi attar.
Pleasures of the flesh, butter, turmeric, ylang ylang.
The great mystery, contemplation, seeking, yerba mate tea.
Style: woody spiced amber gourmand
Ginger and Sandalwood are predominant. Florals, butter and amber are there for fullness and depth but do not stand out. Saffron is highly variable for people - for some it is strong, while others can't detect it. The vanilla and yerba mate blend in and you must be patient to notice them. This perfume is a practice in noticing, in subtlety, in fluidity and change, in patience. A meditation if you will.
Each full size bottle comes with an optional atomizer included. cap is recommended for travel.
The Personal, The Process, The Gathered
An olfactory exploration of self aware human consciousness and our remarkable ability to imagine ourselves in the past, present and future. Episodic memory is a phenomenon often triggered by scent and is related to autonoetic consciousness.
Perhaps you too have an experience like mine, where scent is a precursor to events. Perhaps you smell baked goods before your grandmother happens to stop in for a visit. Perhaps you smell your lover's shampoo before you receive an unexpected text. Perhaps you recall your baby's milk and cookies feel, and then you come across an old photo you tucked inside a favorite book.
This self-aware, time bending, visionary capacity of humanity is a remarkable trait - both a blessing and a curse, but nonetheless, incredible.
This perfume explores just a few of the many facets of being a self aware being. Each note representing a facet, there is an imbalance true to humanity, yet part of the reason we keep being mystified by our own existence. I've selected the notes based on my own autonoetic synesthesia experiences, as well as facets that represent contemplation. These plant smells are historical and global, so I am not so vain as to think they will be uniquely alive in my own memory and not our collective consciousness as well.
Autonoetic is very spicy, please be aware that a sample and patch tests are highly recommended before full wearing. If you have extremely sensitive skin, I suggest wearing this perfume on a darker colored scarf, in the tips of your longer hair, or in an aromatherapy pendant.
100% Natural Botanical Artisanal Fragrance by GATHER perfume