Marcel from Phillipines/Indonesea

Graduated from Keio University Graduate School. Graphic Artist.

He came well prepared for the session with four questions. First two are about his professional path and possibility of staying in Japan. Last two are about his romantic relationships. Two categories of questions relate to active side and passive side of life and corresponding elements. 

I decided to do the Free Association Method with him since it can cover the wide range of issues and possibly find a key to understanding his personality that makes easier or more difficult to clarify his possibilities.

Of 64 oils he picked and commented on each, he liked 26 and 36 disliked and 2 undecided. Notable ones were Thyme, which he did not like but should be placed in like category, for Henna he said “just one drop”, and Litcea “his favorite”

Otherwise he generally liked a soft or watery scents reflecting his gentle demeanor. 

He generally disliked floral scents, expressed as conventional or too mainstream. 

Even the rosy scents he liked were from Rose Geranium or Rosewood. Perhaps that was artist in him speaking.

These comments were significant even though he might not realized at the time of smelling them. 

Litcea comes from the land of his mother Philippines. It has a nice lemony scent and used much like citronella for gently repelling undesired aggression. 

Litcea, Rosewood, and watery scent of Muhuhu would made up his center. They would make pleasant, but rather mundane perfume. 

Then he had to choose one out of four Earth element oils: Vanilla - prominently sweet, Clove - from his father land, Spearmint - citrus scents he generally liked and Birch - which he identified as “healing”  I had secretly hoped that he would take Birch but the decision was all up to him.

Thyme pulled the heaviness away with a few drops, and a drop of Henna gave the finesse to the composition.

But it wasn’t finished. Remembering him saying looking for the smell of ocean, I led him to Choya (Baked seashell infused in Cedarwood oil) and one half of drop and no more. Perfection by taking a measured risk.