Questions You’ve Asked: Sovereign Queen vs. Queen Esther

A customer asks for guidance on choosing between Sovereign Queen and Queen Esther oils.

For a general “women’s empowerment/success” formula, I’d probably go with Sovereign Queen and reserve Queen Esther for particular situations/settings. Queen Esther oil is great for when you need to go into a situation with poise and intelligence, definitely, and though the ingredients are different, with it not being a hoodoo oil, it almost has a similar “vibe” to Look Me Over, Check Me Out oil, in that it draws eyes toward you and helps ensure that gaze is an admiring one.

Queen Esther does all that, but there are lots of elements of your empowerment and success more generally as a woman where that might not be the most important or appropriate thing. I can think of times, in fact, where you don’t want to draw everybody’s gaze during the course of business as a woman. And Sovereign Queen heavily emphasizes the sovereignty, the autonomy, independent strength and ability to succeed. Sovereign Queen is really almost more a mastery and success blend for women, focused largely on the woman herself as the target rather than on the eyes of beholders as the targets, if that makes sense.

So they are certainly complementary, or can be, but Sovereign Queen is more a day-to-day formula for a woman with important things to do who needs a certain commanding element – not compelling, but commanding, which in hoodoo formula parlance is about having people do your bidding because they want to, because they admire you and trust your ability to lead or ideas or whatever. so you don’t have to dominate them – they follow you willingly and respect you.

Now if I were working in a business setting and had an important meeting coming up at which I needed to pitch a new idea to a roomful of people, some of whom I maybe didn’t already know, that’s when I might use Queen Esther, as part of my preparations for the presentation or pitch or whatever and on the day of and during any business dealings related to it. Sovereign Queen can amp up your “attractiveness level” to others, but it does so in a complex, not superficial way – it’s not a lust oil or a love oil or anything. Queen Esther doesn’t have to be – it will get in step with your intention and the “level” you’re using it on – but it is definitely designed to attract attention when, in some way or another, this is “your show”, if that makes sense.

Excerpts from the product descriptions:

Sovereign Queen

Sovereign Queen Oil contains appropriate essential oils and herbs including Queen Elizabeth Root. It is for women who want respect and admiration, to make a good impression on new people and gain favor from important people. It’s a strong “female power” formula.

Queen Esther

You can read the story of Queen Esther on multiple levels, more or less allegorically, and this oil is designed to reflect that same potential and complexity while remaining perfectly explicable and useful no matter what level you read it on.

The Book of Esther explains that Esther underwent a lengthy process of preparation and beautification before she was taken to see the king; her book describes perfumes and oils of myrrh and sweet flowers. This formula contains many essences valued since biblical times for beautification, to increase attraction and glamour, and to incite passion. So if you read the story literally in its focus on increasing beauty and allure, you may certainly use the oil in your workings towards that purpose.

Those who read the Book of Esther allegorically use this sort of formula as a blessing oil for any special occasion in a woman’s life, such as engagement, marriage, or the start of any new important undertaking when all eyes will be on her and she can benefit from some of Esther’s poise and intelligence.

In esoteric practice, some read Esther as emblematic of the soul and the king as a symbol for G-d. In that reading, the months-long beauty preparations that Esther underwent reflect the necessary preparations the soul must undergo before approaching the Divine. Thus this formula can be used for ritual, prayer, and devotion, either for a specific working or more generally towards purity and beauty of heart and soul and completely apart from any earthly gender or sex considerations.

While this oil is made with biblical/esoteric correspondences rather than traditional conjure ones, it won’t clash or conflict with them and it can certainly be used alongside hoodoo formulas if you want to do that.

Water of Life Oil

I’m publishing this review because, yeah, it’s a great review, but this isn’t purely self serving! What’s so cool here is they took time to explain how they use it, what particular effects they’ve seen, what their experience has been, and how they suggest people new to the formula consider using it.

This is especially valuable with a formula like Water of Life, which is an original biblical/esoteric oil rather than a traditional hoodoo formula, so there isn’t a whole body of already-existing knowledge and tradition and lore surrounding it and its usage. So this kind of first-hand feedback is extra valuable.

Thanks for sharing, M!

EXTRAORDINARY

I can’t recommend this oil highly enough! This is a a pièce de résistance from a master of the art of formulation in our generation. While the energy is soothing, the effects are profoundly powerful. I have found in using oil that events cease rushing to their inevitable, logical conclusions. Instead, space is created for unimagined possibilities where none existed before. Choice becomes possible. Change becomes possible. Outcomes are… asymmetrical. I have yet to correctly predict where the openings in situations would arise nor the direction it will subsequently take, but I will say, things work out better than I could plan. I haven’t used Water of Life to it’s fullest potential, but I recommend it as an anointing oil and to dress candles. It affects people in my proximity without physical contact. You don’t need to be a Christian to use it. Lastly, I suggest slightly open-ended petitions and not insisting on particular details that aren’t of consequence nor assuming at the outset you know the best means to your intended end.

M. Moore from Kansas City

Water of Life is a biblical anointing oil for blessing, healing, hope, and divine help. It’s inspired by Revelation 22, which says,

22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

(ESV translation)

This oil is created using traditional biblical perfumery ingredients to evoke the promise of Revelation 22: no more curses, no more darkness. When God’s servants can see his face, the darkness ceases to exist.

Use this oil when you need a radical change of perspective, when logic won’t work and you need something big enough and paradigm-shifting enough to lift you out of a dark night of the soul and remind you there will be light. You can use Water of Life to remove curses and spiritual darkness, to bring peace and emotional healing, and to invite or focus the gifts of prophecy and angelic communication.

Brutal review of Coffee at Midnight

Some of y’all testers and critics are really mean!

Coffee at Midnight smells like coffee, for real, because it contains coffee oil, cold pressed from the seeds of Coffea arabica L. I source the best ingredients I can manage for this formula, and they’re expensive.

But some of you are not impressed. One reviewer’s verdict:

“Smells like pumpkin seeds covered in raccoon poop.” – Jane, age 4

Get a real job, Jane.

(I’m just kidding, sweetie. You’re good. And I’d probably be worried about you if you did like coffee at the age of four 😉 )

Fortunately, most adults who appreciate both coffee and conjure have reviewed it much more favorably:

“This is my favorite love/lust oil. It smells fantastic and quite delicious! I feel like this is an excellent oil for helping get my mind in the right place when I’m doing love work. The coffee smell is very present (and as someone who enjoys coffee and is in a relationship with a coffee-lover it felt like an appropriate choice.) I have a small almost empty bottle of the original, which has aged well and never went bad (even though it’s over 5 years old.) I loved it so much I used it very, very sparingly.” – an actual adult

(Thanks, E!)

So there you have it, folks. I think the takeaway point here is that preschoolers are philistines lol… But if you already like coffee, I think you’ll find Coffee at Midnight a refreshing, updated take on traditional “sweet” formulas for love-drawing in the hoodoo tradition.


If you like heady, exotic, definitely not run-of-the-mill blends in your ritual oils that owe a little bit to my dilettante-level perfumery experiments, you might also check out Song of Solomon, Balm of Gilead, and Queen Esther.

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