Guest Post b y Jordan River The Fragrant Man
Are you spending too much on perfume? Here is a scented tale for you.
The Oil in the Alabaster Box
There are many faiths in this world. There are also many myths and legends. It’s up to you to find the truth on your fragrant journey. Let’s travel to the east this Easter to visit with a woman living on the boundaries of her culture. She has recently met a man. She believes him to be her spiritual guide. He is surrounded by men at a dinner party. She is uninvited and has to make her way past the guests to be able to offer her teacher a scented gift. The gift is spikenard oil, a costly perfume ingredient which at this volume, a Roman litra, costs the equivalent of spending a year’s salary on a scent; a scent so potent that the home where this story takes place becomes filled with fragrant air.
The room grew still
As she made her way to Jesus
She stumbles through the tears that made her blind
She felt such pain
Some spoke in anger
Heard folks whisper
There’s no place here for her kind
Still on she came
Through the shame that flushed her face
Until at last, she knelt before his feet
And though she spoke no words
Everything she said was heard
As she poured her love for the Master
From her box of alabaster
Don’t be angry if I wash his feet with my tears
And I dry them with my hair
You weren’t there the night He found me
You did not feel what I felt
When he wrapped his love all around me and
You don’t know the cost of the oil
In my alabaster box
– lyrics: Janice Sjostran
for chanteuse Cece Winans
– an interpretation of Mark 14:3-9
Judas the accountant thought this money would have been better spent feeding the poor. Nevertheless the teacher accepted this gift from a woman’s heart.
Jesus looked at her with a smile “your deed will never be forgotten. Your story will be told throughout all the lands and for all time and in ways you have never even dreamed of“.
Little could she have imagined that one day the story of her alabaster box would be told on the World Wide Web.
– a Roman litra ~ 327 grams
Album Version – Cece Winans – The Alabaster Box
A more melodic version.
Spikenard Foot Oil Giveaway
We also have a gift to give away. Brie in New York has made some spikenard foot oil especially for this post. If you would like to encounter this scent and look after your own or your loved one’s feet please leave a comment below, then go visit Jordan River at The Fragrant Man, like the site on Facebook or follow on Twitter @TheFragrantMan.
The gift recipient will be announced on Easter Sunday on The Fragrant Man and mailed to you on Tuesday.
Spikenard or nard originates in India and Nepal, high in the Himalayas. The root of the plant is the source for one of the rarest and most precious oils.
Brie would like to say that she is not a professional perfumer. This is an interest for her. She blends with the best of intentions, carefully choosing oils for their healing properties as well as for the enjoyment of smelling. Brie says that spikenard is quite tenacious and challenging to work with as in her experience it takes over the blend (similar to tea tree oil).
OTHER SITES DOING THE SPIKENARD GIVEAWAY! Yes, you can enter at ALL OF THEM!
35 thoughts on “Step Back in Time: Jordan River Spikenard Foot Oil GIVEAWAY!!”
Fantastic! (obviously you do not need to enter me in the draw :)!).
Brie, you are not in the draw but you are The Angel if the Morning. Thank you for making the juice.
Wow, beautiful lyrics! I would love to try the foot oil (and my hard-working feet are panting for something like this). Please enter me in the draw, and thanks!
I see a hydro foot bath in your near future. Popping your name in the hat now.
Great article and I would love to be entered into the giveaway! Thanks for the draw! 🙂
Lori you are in!
Hmmmm. Doesn´t sound like a cookie ingredient. But I would love to try it anyway. 😉
This is Indian spikenard straight up but diluted in sweet almond oil. I wanted the winner to be able to experience spikenard as is, without any other essential oils changing its element.
Sounds amazing. My Mum used to use it. But I have no memory of it. Clearly I would not use it in my cookies. But if I ever run out of vanilla ……….. xxx
There is Oud tea, so you never know. I will ask Brie in New York. You are in the hat.
This blog post left me utterly intrigued…Never heard of foot oil before and it has to be changed– I want to become a convert.
Fragrant Feet coming up!
I’ve worked with essential oils and spikenard is healing on all levels – emotional, mental, and physical. The winner will not only have happy feet but a happy heart and mind. As I ran out of my bottle a long time ago, I’d love to be entered in the draw. What a wonderful gift at this time of year. Thank you, Brie.
Great information to share, thank you Kandice
The story of Mary and the nard ointment is beautiful. She wipes the extra ointment off with her long hair, which would never be let down in the company of men. Also, Judas complains about the waste of money because he’s been stilling from the till, and is really bemoaning the loss to himself.
Yes this story does have human avarice as well as beauty.
327 grams of Nard on one’s feet? I am surprised there were survivors in the room to tell the tale! – btw it’s my moms favorite passage from the bible. Still, I would be very interested to try it in a less concentrated form. I know l’Artisan had Eau de Jatamansi (spikenard) but never had the pleasure of testing it.
I have always wondered about spikenard in modern times. Thank you I will check out Eau de Jatamansi
What an interesting article, and a new blog discovery. Wheee! I love history and learning about other cultures, especially how different cultures use fragrance. And I’ve always wondered what spikenard smells like. Please enter me in the draw, thanks.
Julie F, you are in. I find that reading fragrance blogs educates me in history, art, science and culture; perfume is like a launching pad, you land then then take off around the world and even to the outer reaches of the universe. Welcome to this part of the Fragrance Stratosphere.
Love this – very interesting background about oils and balms used in Biblical times …
An Elf! Hello! Since writing this post I have learnt (from John Oehler, the author of the perfume thriller Aphrodesia) that spikenard was in the book of Exodus as an ingredient in the Oil of Anointing.
Hello as well, Mr. River (a surname most elves would envy)!
It’s fascinating to see the connections to other topics when one learns more about something. =)
Never mind my loved ones feet. My loved one massaging my feet sounds like a much better idea to me.
And a much better idea it is.
thank you for the generous offer
You are most welcome dremybluz and you are in the draw.
DNEM please Jordan. I just wanted to congratulate you on a very successful global giveaway. Can’t wait to see who wins on Easter Sunday!!
Ever seen a Perfume shop with DNEM on the door Portia?
You funny fool Jordan. HA HA HA!!
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