Blush: Vodnik (Yes, it’s green! With a blue shift!)
Fragrance: Rusalnaya by Alchimia Apothecary
“Lurking just below the surface of the breeze blown water, awaits a dangerous mystery. A dark blanket of the meadow lands hang in the air all around you. Murky plant filled water laps up on the dirty bank as the lore of scorned femininity materializes before your very eyes. Water logged tree limbs meet the sweetness of water lilies, and as the cat tails and snake grass stop their rustling you aren’t even away you’ve already lost this game.”
Top: Algae, Aquatic Plant Life, Muddy Waters, Lake-Filled Air
Heart: Water Lily, Murky River Bank, Milk Weed
Base: Fallen Tree Limbs, Oakmoss, Ambergris, Dry Meadow Grasses
In case you’ve missed my updates and have no clue what any of this is, here’s some background info about the Rusalka:
While not technically a mermaid, the Rusalka is a water nymph- a female spirit in Slavic mythology. Her name vernacularly translates as “mermaid” from Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian, although she is not described as being part fish. The original “rusalka” was an appellation used by Pagan Slavic tribes, who linked them with fertility and did not consider rusalki evil before the nineteenth century. They came out of the water in the spring to transfer life-giving moisture to the fields and thus helped nurture the crop.
In nineteenth century versions, the rusalka is an unquiet being who is no longer alive, associated with the unclean spirit and is dangerous. (source: Wikipedia) I much prefer the Pagan incarnation of the Rusalka.
The Rusalka’s hair is most often of radiant blond or goldish brown, though in some versions of the myth, she has green hair. It is long (sometimes, twice her own size) and perpetually wet, believing that drying the rusalka’s hair would cause her to die. Rusalka’s eyes are usually water blue, but sometimes are depicted green, with emerald shine to them. Sometimes a rusalka would yield a hair comb which would prevent her hair from drying out, and accounts exist describing the comb as a powerful item allowing the rusalka to walk on land and conjure water out of thin air, when needed.
I’ve combined my love of mythology with my love of classical music in that the Rusalka is the topic of an opera by Antonin Dvorak, who is one of my favorite composers. The color names and cast of characters in the Rusalka Menagerie will reflect this influence.