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Hallows: The History Behind the Fragrance

Sweet spicy amber. Reviving and alleviating Vanilla, cinnamon, clove, cardamon, ginger and black pepper

Hallows is composed of luxuriant sweet spices to warm the soul after trick or treating in the dark shadows of late autumn nights. This chai amber nectar evokes magical, mystical smells of yesteryear; bonfires and enchantment.

Grounding and calming vanilla-like benzoin, brings the sweetness to Hallows and is rich in antioxidants. Warming spices, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, ginger and black pepper are stimulating and reviving.

Hallows, Hallowe’en or the eve of Hallowtide was designed to commemorate the dead and honour our ancestors. Before the uprising of Christianity, the Gaelic festival of Samhain marked the end of the harvest season and the onset of winter - the start to the darker months of the year.

The door to the otherworld was believed to be open for spirits to travel into our world and tales of shapeshifting commonplace. The witches familiars; black cats, amphibians and spiders, are synonymous with this time of year, as is the pentagram - a symbol of protection.

Originally, carved turnips were used with the intent of scaring away evil spirits. This tradition evolved into the modern halloween pumpkin.

Other folk customs to celebrate the first day of winter included divination, apple bobbing, and trick-or-treating is said to have derived from ancient Celtic practices. Various versions of the practice of putting on costumes, going door-to-door and singing songs for the dead are known. Food, money or ale were given as payment and mischief made if they were not made welcome.

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