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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|.80 × .80 × 2 in
Yes — contains NO animal ingredients
HIGH STAIN POTENTIAL — Always perform patch tests before application to any medium
Saturday, September 7th 2019. Chart in image gallery.
This happened to pop up in the Secondary Market just as I had lost a family member — perfect timing. I've had beautiful moments wearing this perfume while communing with my ancestors. It feels so soft, easing up grief without repression or denial. I'm so grateful it found its way to me.
Such a fantastic offering. It's the time of year when one's thoughts (and magic deeds) turn to the ancestors, and when one looks out at the world at large, it's clear that this kind of medicine is needed more than ever. I have such a fondness for this series, despite the heavy nature, and as always am grateful for such resources.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.