Meditations on Purple Mantra with Room 1015's Dr. Mike.
We always love hearing from Dr. Mike so sent a few questions about Purple Mantra his way. Here's what he had to say...
Q. Purple Mantra is designed around the idea of bringing calm and inner peace, unlocking the creative spirit. Was this purely thematic or are the ingredients intended to have this effect?
A. Purple Mantra is inspired by the theme of Transcendental Meditation as a way to amplify your creativity. The idea was to actually use some materials that are known for their relaxing effects in aromatherapy. Smelling those raw materials can induce a sense of well-being, and I thought it could be interesting to build Purple Mantra around it.
Q. We love the creamy incense aspect of the fragrance. In collaborating with the perfumer, were there any particularly exceptional raw materials that spoke to you?
A. When I discovered Transcendental Meditation a few years ago, I was amazed by what I experienced. It was like a psychedelic trip. Each meditation was even more colorful than the previous one, especially when listening to ambient music! With Purple Mantra, I wanted to re-create this, using the mystical vibes of the incense, relaxing effects of lavender, the purifying clary sage and white flowers (freesia) for the feel-good effect. I asked perfumer Serge De Oliveira if we could work around the concept of aromachology, which is the influence of odors on human behavior
Q. Do you use scent in spiritual and/or meditation practice?
A. Yes, scents and music! Always, it helps to set the mood for any ritual — meditation, but also when I’m working. Ahah my life is really about music and scents!
Q. Likewise, do you incorporate scent in your other creative endeavors?
A. Yes, the right scent sets the right mood. When I was doing gigs, and had just founded Room 1015, I was wearing Atramental or Electric Wood — the smell of tattoos with ink and leather or the smell of a guitar can definitively enhance the attitude in that case! At the moment, I am working on the next scent ideas, and I need to be creative and fresh (!) so Sweet Leaf and Purple Mantra are the scents that I'm wearing this spring.
"In 1968, The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India, to meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He introduced them to Transcendental Meditation, an alternative to psychedelic drugs as a tool to attaining higher consciousness and boosting creativity. The long meditation sessions resulted in recording the White Album, one of the most creative records ever produced… Purple Mantra is an olfactory experience designed to bring the pleasurable feeling of inner calm into your daily life. Allow it to amplify the voice of Intuition and quieten everything else." – Dr. Mike (Founder and Creative Director)
Now exhale… and create.
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