Otra Alcohol Free Tonic

Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements

$17.95 USD 

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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....

 

Organic Seaweed Extract contains all major and minor plant nutrients and all trace elements. 

White Sage HydrosolWoodsy, dry, herbal.... A natural balancer, deodorizer, and cleanser, sage hydrosol has potential for many uses. Mildly astringent, this antioxidant hydrosol is considered an anti-aging skin treatment, and is also a wonderful hair and scalp conditioner and treatment

Rose Water:Rose water can be beneficial to all skin types, it can help sooth and cool sensitive and irritated skin, balance and cleanse oily skin, rejuvenate, soften and tone mature skin, revitalize and add glow to the normal skin. Rose water is filled with anti-oxidants and various vitamins, therefore, it can help prevent the signs of ageing and nourish the skin.
Rose water also has natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Aloe Vera: Aloe vera has been used for a host of purposes since the ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality.” Since then, its uses have become more targeted and medicinal. Aloe vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It grows in dry climates such as those found in parts of Africa and India and has been used medicinally for centuries. Aloe leaves secrete a clear gel that when broken off from the rest of the plant that can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe skin.

3.5 oz - Amber Apothecary Style Bottle w/ easy pour top

Organic Aloe Juice, Witch Hazel, Rose Water, White Sage Hydrosol, Phenoxyenol, Willow Bark Extract, Tea Tree & Caledula Oil, Polysorbate, Tetrasodium, Seaweed Extraxt, EDTA,Essential/Fragrance Oils

Reviews
5 out of 5, based on 1 reviews
(5/5)
Mike from NJ on Mar 14, 2016
Shake that shit!

I mean that. I used this for a week w/o realizing it needed to be shaken (it says so on the back). At first I was like, nice smell, but not very strong or interesting at all. After shaking it becomes much stronger and more interesting. The only scent I can identify is talc which is basically the backbone by which other scents play off. Wive loves it, so ++ there.

As a tonic there is no menthol so no cooling effects. Also no alcohol so no satisfying burn. But your skin doesn't feel dry, oily or sticky, it feels nice and smooth.