Otra Esoteric Aftershave & Cologne : Sister Scent to Al Fin (Alum, Aloe, Seaweed Extract)

Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements

$24.95 USD 


Notice: Contains Alcohol, Only Shipped Within The USA (lower 48), no International or Military Addresses]

Otra: The Saga Continues...

For those who have fallen in love with Al Fin, Otra is for you. The muse is a funny thing, be you a poet, musician or perfumer...she strikes when you least expect it or are really prepared to drop everything and go cut up the rug with her. But you will, for you must. In one of these moments Otra was born.

Al Fin was (and is) always more than just a aftershave/cologne to me. She is magical, mystical, deep and always out of reach. In my head a story or tale has always been evolving around her, the scent inspires such fantasies. Those of you who have splashed on Al Fin knows of this spinning reverie I speak of. Someday I hope to pencil out the tale of Al Fin and possible include it with each bottle but until then I rather just let it play out in my head...then came the Voynich Manuscript.
I will not take up the space needed to explain this untranslatable text but will rather start you off on your own pilgrim trail to learn more about it if you so desire. What I will say is a certain illustration in the ancient text caught my eye, it really resonated with me, Centaurea cyanus.
Centaurea Cyanus is simply corn flower but the way the author caught this image moved me and drove me to find out more about this thought provoking flora (I still can't explain the drive I felt). The image seemed magical, as if it would jump of the page...what could it possibly smell like? Middle Earth I suspected and I wasn't way off. I needed to do something with this scent, I had to.

I lay in bed that night staring at the ceiling, letting my mind wander as it so often does when i'm am having a creative spell...most call this insomnia. Al Fin kept popping into my head and I had to keep pushing her out. Was she jealous? Off and on all night, I didn't really get too far conceptually with my new "Centaurea" scent. The next day in the lab I pushed and pulled at the scent yet still couldn't bring it to life. That night again I was visited by Al Fin while I mentally tried to build a recipe, it was futile to resist...I gave in.

Al Fin wasn't jealous at all.  She was reaching out to help.  This was no new competing scent but her sister scent! Of course, they were both born out of similar experiences! Otra or Other in English, is Al Fin's imprisoned sister, held against her will in a windy, mystic river (my mind?). How she got there and who captured her will be revealed at a later date. Until then I encourage you all to get lost in this sublime, whimsical & wondrous fragrance, Otra.

Otra is built on a fougere base that I constructed from the ground up, note for note and drop by drop. I could have just stopped there but I chose to go further and build on top of this very green foundation, imagining it to be the mossy green wrappings around the riverbed. Next comes the sandalwood and rosewood, scents I imagine the trees that populate the forest to be emitting. I sprinkled the forest bed with white clover and watched it shoot to life, full & four leafed! Then the river itself, reeds and water plants were created with the addition of white sage hydrosol, rose water, and organic seaweed extract, not overpowering but in the background, you wouldn't notice it sitting on the banks but you would if it was absent. Lastly our star player, Centaurea Cyanus.  

The stage having been set, I added the corn flower...would it work or was it another let down? Dear gods did it work! There was something very familiar about this scent, a definite family resemblance with Al Fin. This could be attributed to the Leitmotif running through both, White Clover...but I prefer to think it magic. Judge for yourself.

I find Otra to be the perfect scent on a hot summer night, very sensual and stimulating...yet puts me at peace. I also find Otra Shaving Soap (HERE) to compliment Al Fin Aftershave wonderfully! I am very excited to finally offer a soap that works "genetically" with Al Fin...maybe I can rest now? Nah....

3.5 oz - Glass Flask Style Bottle w/ easy pour top

Ingredients: Alcohol, White Sage Hydrosol, Rose Water, Essential / Fragrance Oils, Organic Seaweed Extract, Aloe, Glycerin & Alum


5 out of 5, based on 1 reviews
Jim W. from San Ramon, CA on Jun 08, 2016
I am surprised there are no reviews for Otra. This is a really nice smelling aftershave. Light and sweet, this is my new favorite Summer scent! Very long lasting, but not overpowering.