If you have built castles in the air, your work needs not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
– Henry David Thoreau, ‘Walden’
It is almost impossible to have peace of mind without a strong foundation and a sense of safety, and the past few years have shaken many of us to the core. This oil was crafted to assist in finding equilibrium and strength in all aspects of your life. Praesidium is an oil of grounding, helping you construct a stable groundwork upon which you can build your dreams.
Jasmine absolute and petals (Jasminum grandiflorum), sweet marjoram essential oil (Origanum majorana), Spanish marjoram essential oil and herb from the TAL garden (Thymus mastichina), myrrh essential oil and tears (Commiphora myrrha), rose absolute and petals from the TAL garden (Rosa damascena), pink lotus absolute (Nelumbo nucifera), poplar bud absolute (Populus nigra), lavender essential oil and buds from the TAL garden (Lavandula angustifolia), wild-harvested pine needles (Pinus sylvestris), hyssop herb and oil (Hyssopus officinalis), fir balsam essential oil (Abies balsamea), borage leaf (Borago officinalis), motherwort herb (Leonurus cardiac), comfrey leaf and root (Symphytum officinale), frankincense essential oil and tears (Boswellia sacra), passionflower herb (Passiflora incarnate), hops flowers and essential oil (Humulus lupulus), sumac berries (Rhus coriaria), and blue chalcedony.
Available in BPAL’s iconic 5 ml apothecary bottle for $45
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Yes — contains NO animal ingredients
Waxing Gibbous Moon conj. Deneb Algedi + Jupiter on the MC, September 17th, 2021. Chart in image gallery.
2.5 oz, 4 oz
I love the S + S BPALs (I found out about S + S through BPAL) and Praesidium is no exception. The scent is a lovely non-indolic jasmine - very different from the marjoram-forward scents of the oil and kolonia, but also dignified and lovely. This scent is as grounding, calming, and protective as described. Highly recommend!
This is my go-to oil for encouragement and support. It's scent is uplifting and calming at the same time. It's like a vision board and an inner coach, helping me to fill out the details of my dreams and chart the course. Equanimity and creativity combined.
I have intense anxiety. I’ve been using this beautiful oil every time I have to leave the house, and it helps me feel immediately safe and soft. I’m so grateful.
One of my favorite BPAL perfumes, Presidium is delightful--light and buoyant. Like a few other S & S products, though, this one seems so energetic as to disappear surprisingly fast. Although I had the lid to this bottle closed tightly, I ran out of the perfume almost immediately, after less than 10 uses (and I am not a heavy perfumer. :(
I fell in love with the smell straight away even though I am usually not a fan of white florals. The jasmine note is the most apparent in this perfume. I feel that I am crowned with a lovely jasmine wreath. It is soft, airy and dignified, not cloying and earthy. It is a floral that is gender neutral. The perfume confers an air of dignity and seriousness to the wearer, yet it does not feel heavy.
Praesidium smells like floral rebar to me, particularly when diluted into a spray. It's flower heavy with a resinous, metallic tang. It's not soft, it's structured and upright but still gentle and affirming, as I find all DAII offerings to be. I like it for ambient use when I want clear space to get stuff done or think something through.
An elegant, serene, woodsy scent that evokes the feeling of being in a temple. Inviting of deep contemplation and a sense of settling down to earth. Very lovely, supportive, and reassuring in a muted way.
Such a beautiful perfume oil! The most noticeable scent to me is the jasmine. I can be a bit sensitive to myrrh notes in some perfume blends, but this one doesn’t bother me, which is wonderful. I’ve used this as part of my DA offerings, and the sweet scent of the jasmine permeates the area around the altar for hours. It’s calming, in a surprisingly gentle way- as well as being very grounding in the way that DA so often is. Very happy that I took a chance and purchased this one!
This smells so lovely, very jasmine rich with a strong backbone. I find this to be pleasantly grounding, a nice day to day fragrance.
What a blessing this oil has been to me. I feel like it highlighted some ways that I was not living from a grounded place, whether it be in my career or romantic life. I have learned a lot over the past few months of application, and I feel myself becoming more steady and serious in the areas in which I need to. Thank you!