Envy is complex. It’s a complicated emotion that embodies many of the feelings we try not to outwardly express. So if you were asked to think of a fragrance that represents envy, what would it smell like?
Is it sweet and bitter? Is it intrusive and cloying? Is it dark and deep or is it ignorant and superficial? Is it all of those things or none of them?
Such are the questions that I asked myself when developing this soap. In the end, I determined that I wanted Envy to make you think. I wanted it to be intoxicating in a way that leaves you wondering, not in a way that leaves you content. It’s not a fragrance that’s meant to be universally loved, but rather universally captivating; a fragrance that takes two or three separate tries to understand, and even then leaves you longing for something. Isn’t that what feeling envious is like? Somehow just discontent, but slightly obsessive. Innocent at first, but resentful and indignant in the end.
With Envy, the innocence is represented by soft, sweet, and slightly bitter notes: warm citruses, white florals, and anise. Clove gives passion and obsession some character. The base is a unique blend of cedar wood, nag champa, and amber, which provides a very fragrant depth, representing the ever-present jealousy.
Just as envy – the emotion – does not discriminate, Envy – the soap – is not feminine or masculine. It is shamelessly itself.
The soaps in The Seven Collection are premium products. And they look and feel like it. I spent about 2 months researching ingredients and 3 months experimenting before I was able to produce the soap that I’m offering here.
The lather is incredibly protective, dense, and has that sought-after texture of melted marshmallows. This contributes to a slickness that rivals some of the best soaps that I’ve tried. Ingredients like lanolin, shea butter, and botanical extracts provide a superb post-shave skin feel. It has exceptional hard water tolerance and lather stability. It’s everything that all of the soaps out there claim to be, but delivers in a tangible way.
The seven deadly sins are the cardinal vices referenced in Christian teachings and scripture. They are the doorways to sinful behavior and the temptation that surrounds us all. They represent pleasure and satisfaction at the expense of our morality. They are the deeds that corrupt our conscience. The drunkards, the lawless, and the heretics find comfort here. They are: Gluttony, Lust, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride.
The Seven Collection is a sinister celebration of these sins. It is a white flag of surrender raised to temptation’s army. It is a shameless retreat from righteousness. Each product in the Seven Collection is inspired by a sin, and you are invited to experience each. Come and partake in the forbidden fruit, for it is this kind that tastes best.