Here are the comments of our cat Léo about the Egyptian Fragrances.
First, the physical facts:
As you probably know, cats don’t like a strong scent. They turn away from lavender oil for instance because it is too strong, or citronella which I use to keep mosquitoes away.
When I first received the Rose oil, I put it on my wrists and as Léo was next to me, I let him sniff it close up. Ho! He purred! This cat isn’t a big purrer. I then put it on when I went to bed, and he came onto the pillow (which he doesn’t do often unless he has ‘work’ to do on me) and he rolled over and purred quietly for a long time.
Then I received one for my husband: ‘Bedouin of the Night’, with a predominance of Sandal Wood. It had leaked a bit, so I put the excess on my arms, and our other cat Garf Afield was there beside me so I started to put my hand down to him and he pirouetted up and danced around sniffing in ecstasy!
So this got me intrigued. And it happened that for Christmas our son-in-law gave me a small vial of a very chic Parisian perfume by Hermès. Kinda not my style, but very useful for my very unreglementary experiments on cats. I put it on after a water-and-no-soap shower, again on my wrists. Well! C’était un grand “no merci!” from the cats, who each twitched their ears, frowned, and walked away. Left the room in fact.
So, bright idea, we asked Léo one day when we were chatting with a friend who talks to animals. We do too a bit, but she just has straight-forward conversations with them.Léo explained that indeed, even natural essential oils are too strong…for cats. And commercial perfumes are too, but besides that, they are positively dissonant!”So what is it then with your Egyptian oils?” (note that our friend Kate who was talking this over with our cat knew nothing about the Fragrances, nor about Almine at the time). Léo explained, through her, that these oils are treated with the utmost respect from gathering the plants or petals, to pressing them, and whatever other steps are involved. He confirmed that the people involved comply with the Nature of the plant according to a very ancient tradition which is unfortunately rarely followed anymore. To such a perfect extent, that when we then open the bottle, the fairy is still with the oils to the last drop! Kinda neat huh? I didn’t think to ask if also the sigil might have something to do with creating the condition for the ‘fairy’ to stay with the oil…..
So there you have it from the standpoint of a cat’s fine olfactory sense, as well as the wisdom of his acute observation.
Barbara K. ~ (Les Cévennes, France)
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