Mirror, mirror on the wall.
by Ulrika Karlberg
4 months ago
Please meet the multifaceted and talented Rachel Kerr, who will be taking over our web store with her series Reflecting. Rachel was one of the first collaborators that we ever worked with back in the beginning of our journey, and she’s a glowing and early example of all the fascinating people Herb Essntls have brought together.
Her photos portrays Herb Essntls on a Baroque-style vanity. All shots feature a mirror with a golden frame.
The concept of mirror has been a cornerstone of beauty since its invention 6000 years ago, when humans first started using mirror-like objects, as far as we know. Since then it has had a wild ride from being made out of shiny stones, all the way to your smartphone-camera.
In the 9th century the Church viewed the mirror as a symbol of sin. The Pope John XII declared: “The Devil can conceal himself in a phial or a mirror” and forbade priests to own one.
600 years later the mirror had made a huge comeback and was so coveted (because they were so hard to make) that the price of a medium-sized Venetian mirror was comparable to that of a naval ship, or an aristocrat’s country home.
Some French nobles were even known to sell off their country estates just to purchase a single mirror. This is where the Baroque-style mirror with lavish gold frames that are sometimes bigger than the mirror itself originated, as a celebration to the mirror within.
We’re super excited to revisit the creative collaboration together with Rachel, and to celebrate her work we’re extending an offer of 20% off on her favorite Herb Essntls product—our Perfume Oil. Just use discount code RACHEL at checkout.