by Euphorium Brooklyn
EAU DE PARFUM
Family: Oriental woody
Perfumer: Stephen Dirkes
Notes: Fir, thuja, cedar, elemi, frankincense, juniper, artemisia, cistus, clove, nutmeg, fern, grass, smoke, honey, maple syrup, moss, decaying fruit, vetiver, agarwood, birch tar, animal skin, castoreum, damp earth
A highly evocative and meditative fragrance, due to the intense aromas of evergreen trees and woody shrubs. Wald is like being alone in a cabin on a chilly winter’s night, with a bear skin rug on the floor, and the scent of smoke from the glowing embers of a dying fire filling the air. Memories of holiday gatherings of years gone by play in your mind; memories of a warm home, the scent of freshly cut pine glittering with ornaments, baking spices permeating the air, a roaring fire and good company. The fragrance is both melancholy and sweetly nostalgic.
About the Perfumer, Dr. Christian Rosenkreuz
A character with stoic courage and discipline of will to master his animal guide, the Bear (a core creature of the Euphorium Bile Works animistic mythology and featured in present day Euphorium Brooklyn logo). 1860’s co-founder of Euphorium Brooklyn, Christian Rosenkreuz was a medical doctor, esoteric scientist and bio-mechanical inventor from an upper class family of doctors and engineers in Kassel, Germany.
Although recognized to be a prodigy, early in his formal studies his medical research was deemed unethical and ultimately led to Christian’s expulsion from the Berlin Academy. Ever the tinker-inventor, he went on to create pioneering research in bio-mechanical organ development and transplantation. Rosenkreuz was able to sustain his increasingly eccentric theoretical research with his family’s wealth.
After losing his daughter and only child (a foundling discovered by a brook near the Rosenkreuz family cottage) in a mysterious incident possibly involving a bear in the Schwarzwald forest of southern Bavaria, Christian was severely disabled by a rare form of mental unrest called “Catatonia Fleo” (an extreme form of melancholia “Spleen”) which reduced him to a weeping stupor.
Wheeled to the edge of a forest bordering the gardens of his sanitarium to a stand of artemisia in the still crisp morning of an early spring day by his nurse, Christian experienced an almost immediate recovery of much of his faculties and began work on the formula of what was to become WALD. Wrought in an effort to save himself from of his own terrors, WALD soon became a love song penned by a composer who regains his lost hearing to both his muse and saviour.
Christian and his nurse, Sibylla Marion (Aunt to Madame Gottschalk-Chau and descendant of naturalist, Marta Marion) wed in a secret ritual rendering them bedridden for weeks after the ceremony. Sybil writes in personal correspondence with Christian, “You are at one with a heavy axe in your powerful, work-worn grip. With the waltz of your stroke you cleave through the suffering and prejudice of this world to salve my very core with sweet balsam. WALD is our dance in the forest where our love blossoms”
A transformative event occurred for the Rosenkreuz’ during a 1855 tour of South America with celebrated German botanist, Segfried Humboldt (Nephew to Alexandar von Humboldt, discoverer of the 1805 Mexican “Humboldt Seed” Dahlia which was later inbred to produce the first fragrant variety of the species). An introduction to shamanistic ritualism, psychotropic fragrance and ethnopharmacology through the Bororo people of Mato Grosso, Brazil led to his involvement with Rudolf Komodo, Etienne Chevreuil and the creation of Euphorium Bile Works.
While Christian, Sibylla and Segfried were encamped with the Bororo tribe to study their mystic ways, Rudolph Komodo was caught attempting to poach a large store of psychotropic plants and sacred oils from the tribe. Although a complete stranger to the Rosenkreuz’ and Humbodlt at the time, his discovery and capture suddenly put the fate of all four Europeans in grave danger. Komodo ultimately managed to broker his own release by negotiating an intimate encounter between Sibylla and the Bororo leader.
With her role in the affair unclear and subsequent decision to stay on with the Bororo, it is at this time Sibylla and Christian separate. Christian and Segfried escape the Bororo to embark on “The Great Journey of Knowing-Becoming” Humboldt-Rosenkreuz (1855). Reuniting at a Mexican Copal harvest festival following the “Bororo Affair”, Christian learns of Sibylla’s efforts to sacrifice herself to have him and Humboldt released.
The couple decide to “leave there that which ought remain there” and redirect the tour to sail to New York. Though a medical doctor by training, Christian was also the mechanical mind behind the elaborate systems of machinery used to extract, refine and blend the many materials that composed Euphorium Brooklyn Eau de Parfum. Rosenkreuz began to develop his “Bear Gall” and “Organ Machining” theories at this time with a Dr. Valentyn.
In 1866 Sibylla leaves Christian and all polite society in pursuit of a Quebecois thuja and Gall trader know in New York at the time as, Castor Nicolet. At the height of Euphorium Bile Works, Christian was forced to flee New York to avoid indictment for his involvement in the “Brooklyn Bladder Scandal” of 1869, Rosenkreuz returned to Germany and received medals for his mysterious/ yet important role in the Battle of Froschwiller (Franco-Prussian War) and latter for his undocumented efforts leading up to the proclamation of Whilhelm the 1st as Emperor of a newly unified Germany in 1871. Rosenkreuz created a celebrated beard tonic for the Emperor and went on to treat Whilhelm’s withered left arm with an elaborate regiment of fragrance therapy based on WALD Eau de Parfum, psychotropics, herbal remedies and bear gall based elixirs. (Whilhelm suffered from a condition known as Erb’s Palsy.) Whilhelm delirious and uncured, Rosenkreuz fled Germany yet again in a dark cloud of mystery and accusation.
Sadly, after the “Gilded Age” of the late 19th century, the rise of Euphorium Bile Works and its ultimate collapse, Christian was reduced to peddling his “Mecanique Sexual” devices in the dark alleys and desolate shipyards of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Returning to New York a shadow of his former self and penniless, Rosenkreuz set about the grim business of survival on the streets he had formerly profited so greatly from. No longer able to produce WALD, the substance of his addiction, Rosenkreuz died a broken man, unloved and unknown in the streets of Brooklyn.
“My WALD is a love song most bitter sweet.” – Christian Rosenkreuz
CHRISTIAN ROSENKREUZ PUBLISHED WORKS –“As Dreamt From the Forest Floor” (1850) –“27 Illustrious Visions and the Transcendental Nature of the Bear” (1851) –“The Use of Vegetal Gall in Alpine Tweed” (1851) –“Artemisia and the Singularity of Beauty” (1854) –“The Great Journey of Knowing-Becoming” – Rosenkreuz, Humboldt (1855) –“Throgg – Fama et Confessio Fraternitatis – A Presentation in 5 Declarations and 9 Diminutions of 13 Aspects (revised) of the Unassailable Order of the Knowing-Becoming”–Chevreuil, Komodo, Rosenkreuz (1860)