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Beloved Dead

Beloved Dead


Ancestor of Art, Elizabeth Barrial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Twilight Alchemy Lab, ritually crafted one of three limited edition perfume oils during The Ancestral Series election. Of it, she shares —

Before us great Death stands
Our fate held close within his quiet hands.
When with proud joy we lift Life’s red wine
To drink deep of the mystic shining cup
And ecstasy through all our being leaps—
Death bows his head and weeps.
– Rainer Maria Rilke

This oil has a twofold purpose: easing the transition of the dead and soothing the grief of the living. This oil can be used in ancestral work to honor the beloved dead, ease the anguish of restless spirits, help the newly dead transition, and help heal ancestral trauma. It is an oil of remembrance – of venerating the lives and accomplishments of our forebearers, of recognizing their tribulations and triumphs, and for honoring the foundation they have created for us and all that they have given us. This oil has also been crafted to help bring peace to the grieving: it is a balm for the heart that strengthens us during mourning, soothing the wracking pains of heartache and loss so that we may remember our loved ones without sorrow.

(Please note: though this is a potent ritual blend, it is no replacement for therapy!)

Three frankincense essential oils (two Boswellia carteri and one Boswellia serrata), wild crafted organic vetiver essential oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Tunisian rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), honey absolute (Apis mellifera), rose absolute (Rosa centifolia), steam-distilled Peruvian palo santo essential oil (Bursera graveolens), and single-origin olive oil.


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Weight 1 oz
Dimensions .80 × .80 × 2 in

Yes — contains NO animal ingredients


HIGH STAIN POTENTIAL — Always perform patch tests before application to any medium

Creation Date

Saturday, September 7th 2019. Chart in image gallery.

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  1. For the newly dead who are getting their bearings and those who love them, being washed with tsunamis of grief at the infinite loss of possible futures, this is the first aid kit. Purification will be needed (Ancestor Altar) and a candle to see while standing in the shadows (Balm of Hermanubis). The series works together.

  2. I often have related experiences upon ordering materia. After ordering Beloved Dead I had a dream about a man that I grew up with who had died of an overdose a few days earlier. I looked right into his eyes (it was so VIVID) and said I heard he had died. He had a gentle, reassuring smile and said, “yeah” then continued to walk behind me up some stairs. I was left feeling peaceful.
    When I actually received this product I was quite teary-eyed when breathing it in. It reminded me of my grandmother who had passed away 10 years ago. We had a celebration of her life this December as she would have been 100. I brought Beloved Dead with me and created an altar dedicated to her. When my husband opened it to smell it he also became unexpectedly emotional.
    Very pleased with this fragrance and what it’s brought to my life.

  3. This is one of my favorite creations from s+s, which was chosen after some very careful consideration. The fragrance is rosey, floral and very intense.. like an incredible bouquet of real flowers. It is not one for the everyday, but very specific and thoughtful use. Closely read the suggestions to determine if this suits your intended purpose. Will definitely bring a tear to your eye.

  4. This is the third time I have ordered this oil. It brings love and peace to almost everything I encounter.
    The fragrance is enchanting and magical.

  5. I have purchases Beloved Dead twice now. I love the feeling of crossing the veil when I am communicating with my family and friends who have passed. It brings such comfort for me to talk to them or ask for guidance in matters of concern.
    I like to use it before bed so my dreams will invite them in.
    As I said, I am on my second bottle.

  6. When I use this oil, it brings me closer to my Beloved ones.
    I use it to ask questions when I am not sure of what to do.
    I find the fragrance comforting as well.

  7. I had quite a potent Samhain with this perfume oil. That evening, I wrote a note of gratitude to my ancestors and anointed it with the oil, and placed in on my altar. I honestly didn’t think much of it. I just wanted to revere and honor them.

    Two days later, I was talking a friend who is a medium and my ancestors decided to barrel into our conversation! It was an hours-long, life-changing reading. I received needed guidance about my life that still blows my mind. I’m so grateful to my ancestors and to Elizabeth and Kaitlin for these collaboration on this series.

  8. I’m still getting to know this ritual oil, but so far the effects are so powerful and immediate. Even though I rarely apply it due to the effects being so non-negotiable, I wish I could because the smell is so glorious – the first time I smelt it, I fell in love. It’s sort of dark and smells a bit like the salty air by a beach mixed with the dark soil underneath an old traditional wooden house, an image which aptly brings up memories of my childhood and upbringing. I’ve found it very helpful for establishing a connection to benevolent ancestors, even as a beginner in doing this kind of work and someone with a fraught relationships with my living relatives. I do find it a difficult thing to apply on my person though, as it puts me in a really focussed, sombre mood that works for the sake of ritual but isn’t something I necessarily want to carry around with me.

  9. It took me a while to approach any sort of work with this oil – I bought it while my godmother was in hospice and kept it in a box in a drawer until I felt ready. Two months after her passing, I brought out the oil and anointed a candle with it. I lit the candle in front of a framed photo of her and kept it in my kitchen while I was cooking and making tea. I gave her some tea and water and chocolate as well. This was a small ritual, but I could feel her in the room with me as I was working. It brought me a lot of comfort to be able to ask her questions and hear her responses. It was definitely a gentle experience, and I’m very grateful for that. I used it again tonight in a ritual for my dog who passed in a prayer for a smooth transition for him. This oil has brought a lot of comfort and peace.

  10. I anointed my wrists with this oil after concluding a healing ritual and then went to bed. As I lay there watching the candles burn down, sniffing my wrists, I felt a soporific heaviness roll over my torso and thighs, targeting and relaxing the points where grief lives in my body. I never feel relief in those points without Spirit’s direct intervention, so I knew the oil was working. It covered me like a weighted blanket. I felt deeply companioned, not in the sense of an active presence, but as if loving hands were laced in a cradle below me, unwilling to let me fall.

  11. Bereavement always strikes you in ways you wouldn’t expect. In my case I am mourning the passing of a mentor whose courage and intellect had a profound impact not only on my life and my work, but also on a great number of other people. I cannot conceive of asking his spirit for any favors from beyond the veil, as he had already done so much for me during his lifetime. Neither would I ever treat his noble spirit as a bee to be smoked, to quote a Sphere and Sundry metaphor. I have, however, found the Beloved Dead scent a very appropriate way in which to add a touch of sombre beauty to these days I am spending in contemplation of his life path and the lessons it had taught me. The atmosphere lifts when I add this oil to the lights I set in my mentor’s honor and I sincerely hope it will ease his transition to his next incarnation, should there be one.

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