Erastus is a new fragrance oil being released for winter. I wasn't planning on such an early debut but it has received a warm welcome so... here we go! Along the same lines as Victory Wolf, Erastus is based on the warm remnants of wood and tobacco. It was inspired by the smell of a wood box I have in my home. It was left to Jonathan by his grandfather, Wilbur. It contained match books from various places in Miami, clubs he played in through the years. Jonathan started keeping tobacco in it and it smells amazing! The name, Erastus, was inspired by a walk through Lone Fir Cemetery. I saw the name on a tombstone from 18--. I felt like poor old Erastus needed his name out there again. It main seem morbid to some people but that's the truth of how this fragrance came to be and how it got the name.
Erastus' primary note is tobacco. It's a cleaner, fresher tobacco than Victory Wolf. Victory Wolf was all about the scent tobacco and wood leave after the flame consumes them. Erastus is before the fire. Fresh tobacco and aged wood. I added a touch of silver needle and oakmoss to give it more of a forest feel. Like taking a walk through the woods and rolling a cigarette while you check out the view. I've never actually smoked a cigarette. Really. I'm from North Carolina where you take your first puff of a cigarette as soon as you are off the teat. Not smoking in the South is just not normal. I should at least dip. But it's true, not one drag. It's still a ritual that gives comfort just watching. It looks like it puts you in a nice place. Until you start coughing all over and turning yellow as you age. But for now, I like to imagine old Erastus taking a walk through the Cascade Range. He gets to a cliff looking over the ocean and rolls up a smoke. He is content. I like that.