Will-O-The-Wisp "Glowing" Artisan Shave Soap - Formerly Clown Fruit - 4 Oz
Soap Scent Profile: Wormwood, Hungarian Oak, Absinthe, Neroli, Amyris, Elderberry, Burnt Sugar, Tobacco, FEAR Absolute.
Will-O-The-Wisp is Back! Back? Well, kinda...
You see WOTW was once known as Clown Fruit, a festive, glowing classic I am sure most of you recall...I mean, how could you not with all those creepy clown ads burned on your brain? While the clown thing was fun and downright original in a world overflowing with pumpkin pie and cider, we thought we'd mix it up this year and tie it more into the PAA Universe theme.
Also, it would just be a shame to throw out such a truly unique, magical and mysterious scent, right?
Kinda just rolls off the tongue, right? Hardly sounds terrifying at all...but isn't that how it usually is? It's always the ones you don't expect that crack and the next thing you know they are coming at you with an axe or in this case something unexplained and quite possibly out of this world! But malevolent none the less.
The Mystical Origins of Will-o'-the-Wisp
Miriam's Dictionary says: The will-o'-the-wisp is a flame-like phosphorescence caused by gases from decaying plants in marshy areas. In olden days, it was personified as "Will with the wisp," a sprite who carried a fleeting "wisp" of light. Foolish travelers were said to try to follow the light and were then led astray into the marsh. (An 18th-century fairy tale described Will as one "who bears the wispy fire to trail the swains among the mire.") The light was first known, and still also is, as ignis fatuus, which in Latin means "foolish fire." Eventually, the name will-o’-the-wisp was extended to any impractical or unattainable goal.
Here in the USA you may have heard of Spook lights. These I believe are just another name for the same mysterious event.
Fast forward to today and does this not sound like so many a UFO sighting? Even the explanation "That was just swamp gas" sounds eerily familiar to the militaries age old go to when questioned about the phenomenon. One has to wonder, what's really going on here?
The being lead deeper into the swamp or forest also seems to run parallel with all the people that go missing each year in our national parks and forests...Oh, you haven't heard of that either? It's true. Sadly, I can't give you an exact number because no such tally exists, at least that is what we are told. Here one moment, gone the other. Spooky stuff for sure. [I encourage you to google Missing 411 by David Paulides]
So with all this strange stuff whirling around my mind I decided to rebuild something all ready steeped in mystery and creepiness, and drop the clown, if you will. Meet Will-O-The-Wisp, something that truly is more than meets the eye!
The Scent of Terror
Though Originally my motivation was a whole other entity in the forest, the aesthetic was very much still there. I don't care if you are the biggest, baddest mutha on the planet or are with 5 buddies holding tire irons, if you see something that doesn't quite jibe with you where it should not be, out of context and seemingly demonstrates intelligence, you get the chills. That's really all it takes, or rather, whether what you see is truly there or not, the mind will take over and like that strange glowing nothing, lead you astray...every time.
But what does that kind of fear smell like?
Wormwood, Hungarian Oak, Absinthe, Neroli, Amyris, Elderberry, Burnt Sugar, Tobacco = FEAR Absolute
It's no coincidence Absinthe is historically called The Green Fairy and Will-O-The-Wisp is personified by the same Green Fairy...or maybe it is?
Absinthe has always been connected in some way or another to strange activity, paranormal events and the odd. I'm almost certain no one drinks this sweet, sinister elixir in the daylight...and there's a reason for that. I just don't know what it is, but it can't be good!
Then there's the Elderberry.
Among pagan traditions, Elder has held a place of respect. The ability to protect; induce vivid dreams, particularly of the Faerie realms; to heal; and to exorcise or remove negative spells and influences are among Elder’s pagan attributes.
- It was said that to wear or carry Elder wood, leaves, flowers or berries would protect you from attack.
- Elderberry oil or water was used in blessing rituals.
- Elder leaves and branches were often hung in doorways and windows to protect those who lived within.
- Elder planted in the back yard, particularly near the kitchen, provided protection from negative influences and disease.
- Elder flowers were used in a facial wash to lighten and care for the skin.
- It was said that if you fell asleep under the elder you would dream of the faerie lands.
Conversely, amongst Christian traditions, the Elder was a fearful symbol of sorrow and death. Langland, in The Vision of Piers Plowman, claimed Elder was the tree on who’s branches Judas Iscariot committed suicide by hanging. At times, elder was also said to have been the tree whose wood was used to make the cross on which Jesus was crucified. Elder has been used in a variety of burial rituals and in various rituals for identifying and protecting against witches.
The Holy Oak?
Throughout the major cultures of Europe the oak tree has been held in high esteem. To the Greeks, Romans, Celts, Slavs and Teutonic tribes the oak was foremost amongst venerated trees, and in each case associated with the supreme god in their pantheon, oak being sacred to Zeus, Jupiter, Dagda, Perun and Thor, respectively. Each of these gods also had dominion over rain, thunder and lightning, and it is surely no coincidence that oak trees appear to be more prone to lightning strikes than other trees, whether because of their wood's low electrical resistance or the fact that they were frequently the largest, tallest living things in the landscape.
The Druids frequently worshipped and practiced their rites in oak groves (the word Druid was probably a Gaelic derivation of their word for oak, Duir, and meant men of the oaks). Mistletoe, probably the Druids' most potent and magical plant, frequently grew on oak trees and its presence was believed to indicate the hand of God having placed it there in a lightning strike.
Is it me or does there not seem to be a correlation to all of these elements? I really believe we are building something extraordinary here in a very thoughful, alchemical manner. Simply put, this is more than just shaving or maybe we are now shaving where the veil is thinnest?
How festive, no?
You are absolutely going to be bewitched and transfixed by this Hallow's Eve classic...Shave On! (Be sure to check your closet and under your bed before you fall asleep tonight!)
"The scent was rich and magical, the breath of a sacred clown, the sigh of the mime and the heart of the harlequin, truly sinister yet captivating (in a Stockholm syndrome kinda way), a conversation piece...with yourself. Clown fruit really took shape and became a world of it's own to wear and explore...if you dare." ~Clown Fruit 2016-2017
Ingredients: Potassium Stearate, Glycerin, Potassium Cocoate, Aqua, Potassium Kokumate, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Shea Butterate, Potassium Castorate, Sodium Stearate, Potassium Cocoa Butterate, Potassium Avocadoate, Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, [Fragrance]