Phaethontides is an alluring, woody fragrance with bold musk aromas that adds a bit of opulence to any room. A light touch of jasmine and ozone gives way to a heart of sandalwood, leather, and earthy patchouli. Amber and musk base notes wrap up this mysterious and complex fragrance.
The Phaethontides were the nymph daughters of the sun god Helios. Taunted with rumors of illegitimacy, Phaethon travelled to the palace of his father in the east to confirm his parentage. Phaethon appealed to his father, who swore by the river Styx to prove his paternity by granting one wish to his son. Phaethon wished for the privilege to drive the chariot of the sun across the heavens for a single day. Helios tried to dissuade him, warning Phaethon that not even the mighty Zeus could control the fiercely hot chariot pulled by fire-breathing horses. Despite his father's fervent warnings, Phaethon was not deterred. Helios, bound by his oath, reluctantly granted his son's wish and lead him to the chariot.
The horses, accustomed to the great weight of the sun god, thought the chariot still empty when Phaethon stepped onto and grabbed the reins. Confused, the horses reared and took off. Phaethon was unable to take control of the horses pulling the chariot. When the chariot was pulled too far from the earth, the earth began to freeze. When Phaethon tried to correct the chariot's course he veered too close to earth, scorching it. In danger of burning up, Gaia appealed in desperation to Zeus for help. In order to preserve Gaia, or mother earth, Zeus struck the chariot with a thunderbolt, leading Phaethon to fall to his death into the river Eridanus.
Phaethon's sisters gathered around his smoky grave on the banks of the river, and in their unshakable grief were transformed into black poplar trees whose tears turned into golden amber.
Today, several amber-rich rivers in northern Europe are believed to be this river of myth, including the Po and Simeto rivers of Italy, and the Rhone river that spans France and Switzerland.
The two principal ingredients in our handcrafted solid lotions are mango butter and jojoba oil.
Mango butter is known for its ability to act as a lightweight moisturizer, and is perfect for use in solid lotions as its melting point is just below our body's base temperature.
Jojoba oil's structural likeness to that of skin's natural sebum makes it perfect for fast absorbing and non-comedogenic moisturization. Jojoba oil's high concentration of vitamin E also packs a punch when it comes to anti-inflammatory properties, which makes our solid lotion bars perfect for soothing skin in both after-sun and deep winter applications.
To leave skin feeling silky smooth, antioxidant-rich grapeseed and vitamin E oils have been added, along with candellila wax-- the softer and vegan-friendly sister of beeswax.
Warm the bar between your hands for a few seconds, working it into your palms to allow it to melt just slightly so it's easier to work with. Rub the bar directly onto your skin, working it into those tough, dry and cracked areas on the arms, legs, knees, elbows and feet.
Store in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight when not in use.
Our solid lotion labels are curbside recyclable and are categorized under plastic category 4 LDPE, or low-density polyethylene.
The glassine paper used to wrap each lotion bar is both biodegradable and curbside recyclable under paper category PAP-22, or plain paper.
Our plastic lotion bar containers and lids are curbside recyclable and are categorized under plastic category 1 PET, or polyethylene terephlalate.
Orpheus and Lyre is committed to remaining plastic negative. This means that we calculate the plastic footprint of each product, and provide funding to plastic recovery and recycling initiatives equal to twice as much plastic as that product's unique footprint.
This funding creates and improves rural plastic infrastructure used for plastic collection, sorting, and recycling as well as the recovery and recycling of low-value plastic waste from nature, landfills, incineration plants, and our planet's oceans.