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Daphne and Apollo
Plagued by fierce love, Apollo pursued the virgin nymph Daphne, the lovely daughter of the river god Peneios. Exhausted from the escape, Daphne asks her father to transform her in such a way that the pursuer no longer likes her.
In his "Metamorphoses" Ovid describes this transformation of the beautiful Daphne into a laurel tree as follows:
"... As she hardly implores it, rigid paralysis grasps the limbs,
And with supple bast the swelling bosom changes.
Greening grow to foliage the hair, to branches the arms;
Her foot hangs, recently still nimble, at the sluggish root.
Treetops cover the face; nothing remains but the shining beauty.
So does God love them. Rights held in the tribe
Does he feel how still trembling in the salvaging bark of his breasts,
And with the arms embracing the branches as if they were limbs, comprising
He kisses the wood. The wood also eludes the kisses.
"Because you," he then said, "cannot become mine as my wife,
Be mine as a tree. You should now constantly the lyre,
You should wear the hair, you constantly the quiver, o laurel!"
"Laurus Nobilis" (how noble it already sounds!) should be a very special award in the future.
If it isn't love!
Well, Jo Malone won't get a laurel wreath with "Blackberry & Bay".
And yet this fragrance is something very special again.
The sweetness of the plump, sun-ripened blackberries alone, filled with the images of the endless summer.
I can almost taste them, these berries.
A splash of bitterness of grapefruit, only so easily scattered in passing, cleverly rounds off.
But this scent composition gets its special charm from the laurel: tart and very spicy, a bit scratchy - as also known from the kitchen -, the fruity berry sweetness is pushed to the second place.
The laurel dominates; it makes this fragrance extraordinary, gives it spice and maybe also a little aggressiveness - yes, sometimes almost spines!
That makes "Blackberry & Bay" very valuable as a companion on days with the special thin skin.
In contrast to most other Jo Malone fragrances known to me, this makes it more durable, more meaningful.
A hint of flowers, as if grafted onto cedar wood, completes this summer symphony, which should be enjoyed to the last note.
Maybe treat yourself to a "da Capo" here and there: with two or three sprays this is no problem!
It is really not a fragrance for tender, cuddly women or correspondingly tender moments.
Sensitive maybe better not touch it!
"Blackberry & Bay" is loud, demands attention!
It gives strength to its wearer, lets her carry her head higher in its clarity and thus in the belief to be able to achieve a laurel wreath together with him!
And that's a good thing!