Nightshade Perfume Oil pays homage to the Atropa belladonna, or infamous deadly nightshade. The rich, herbal heart note of belladonna is accented by the warm aromas of coriander seed and juniper berry. Earthy notes of palmarosa, cardamom, and patchouli create a lasting and grounding base while a hint of sweet orange dances at the top of this fragrance.
Atropa belladonna’s history as a poison is long and significant. Before the Middle Ages, it was used as an anesthetic for surgery. The ancient Romans used it as a poison (the wife of Emperor Augustus and the wife of Claudius both were rumored to have used it for murder), and, predating this, it was used to make poison-tipped arrows.
The genus name Atropa comes from Atropos, one of the three Fates in Greek mythology, and the name "bella donna" is derived from Italian and means "beautiful woman" because the herb was used in eye-drops by women to dilate the pupils of the eyes to make them appear seductive.
Nightshade Perfume Oil was created to mimic the scent of this mysterious flora, but for safety contains no actual belladonna oil and none of the plant’s toxins. It is blended from pure, essential oils in a carrier of organic rice bran oil and is packaged in a recyclable glass container. 5ml arrives in a matching gift box.
Part of our BALEFUL BLOOMS collection inspired by Victorian and Edwardian Poison Gardens, this perfume is ideal for lovers of “warmer” green and herbal scents like palmarosa, vetiver, and patchouli.