THE OIL IN THE ALABASTER BOX ~ Guest Post and Giveaway by The Fragrant Man

Alabaster Box
Today we taking a fragrant journey back in time with Jordan
from The Fragrant Man.  Jordan is a very interesting blogger in the Fragrance community and I am sure you will find his post very interesting. This special Easter post will be appearing simultaneously in blogs around the globe from Tokyo to London. Jordan likes to think BIG!

He also has 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 stating that you want to be in the draw.

The gift recipient will be announced on Easter Sunday and mailed to you on the following 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).

Jordan wonders, are you spending too much on perfume? Here is his 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.

Carmen Sevilla - King of Kings

(Carmen Sevilla as Mary Magdalene in King Of Kings 1961)

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.


  1. A well chosen photo Lanier. Have you seen the movie?

    • Yes I have Jordan!

      • Can I legal download from somewhere? I-tunes? I’m still looking for Thoroughly Modern Millie too.

      • Jordan I got my copy from Amazon and my copy of Thoroughly Modern Millie too!

  2. A lovely guest post, Jordan. I used to work in a salon and I was a stylist that also did manicures and pedicures. People used to cringe at the thought of having to work on people’s feet but I always preferred pedis to manis. My reasoning was that I generally knew where their feet had been prior to the appointment. Who knows where their hands were before they came in?

    Anyway, do I spend too much on perfume? I think I do but it doesn’t seem like it because I spend it it small increments. When you buy a bottle here and there it’s easy to forget how much it adds up. I’ve been a bit better lately but I still have trouble resisting a sale or a coupon. Reading the blogs has driven me to many a blind buy as well. So yes, I spend more than I should on perfume but as long as the bills get paid and there’s food on the table I don’t worry about it. Life is short and what’s the point of money if you can’t use it to get something that makes you happy. Whoever said money doesn’t buy happiness was obviously not into perfume.

    • The best fragrant advice ever received by me was from Portia – make a budget that you can afford and then stick to it. Of course the budget is never underspent! Happy spending to you Poodle.

  3. It truly is amazing how perfume can connect us…even across the globe! Jordan this is a fantastic story and wonderful, Laniersmith, that you have joined in on the fun!

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  5. Wonderful story – very unexpected.

  6. beautiful, sad, calming story

    • Well lets hope you are feeling beautiful and calm now. There is a beauty in sorrow too though; if you look at the history of Scents Memory, it began as a beautiful mourning.

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