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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Hoodoo in Review: Anna Riva's Promotion Oil



Anna Riva is a name that is well known in the magical community as the author of a number of spell-books as well as the manufacturer of a line of spiritual products.  Folk either love her or hate her. However, few know the story behind her [in]famous brand.

Born Dorothy Spencer in 1923, Anna’s pen-name is derived from a combination of her mother’s and daughter’s first names. Spencer began writing as Anna Riva in the late 60’s and in the early 1970’s, her company International Imports began publishing a number of spell books such as Modern Witchcraft Spellbook (1973) and the Voodoo Handbook of Cult Secrets (1974) among other popular titles. Many of these spell-books recommended the use of spiritual oils that International Imports also manufactured---so the books were akin to advertisements for the oils.

In the late 1990’s Spencer retired amid rumors that she was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and sold her company to Indio Products who continued to publish her books and manufacture her oils, incenses, and powders. Spencer ultimately died in 2005.

Until recently, I never used any of Anna Riva products but I am told that before Indio Products took over Riva’s company the oils, powders, and incenses were high quality and in many cases contained actual essential oils and root matter. Afterward, however, the company switched over to using synthetic oils and perfumes in the Anna Riva Oils.

Many folks I talked to continue to use Anna Riva Oils out of brand loyalty, however they tell me that they often put a few drops of their own essential oils / root matter in their Anna Riva Oils and fervently pray over them. These folks seem to believe that they still get positive results out of their oils. Other folks I spoke with told me that they had long switch to using a different brand such as Lucky Mojo Products. Another complaint that Anna Riva Oils seem to suffer is that after a time the labels on the oils seem to slide off the bottles so many people cover the labels with clear tape or clear fingernail polish to keep this from happening.

I have collected about 20 Anna Riva brand oils in the past six months and today I want to share my experiences using the Anna Riva Promotion Oil.  According to the manufacturer, Promotion Oil is used to advance your career by applying yourself energetically to your job. Be prompt, neat, clean and enthusiastic. Apply oil to your wrists daily. 

As you can see from the photo above, the oil has a greenish hue and thus vibrates at the frequency of success and prosperity which are hallmarks of someone advancing in his or her career. The scent is somewhat strong as it emanates from the bottle and has a slightly astringent almost citrusy smell that I find not unpleasant. However, the scent isn't as overwhelming when used in moderation on candles, mojo bags, or anointed on oneself. 

I used Anna Riva's Promotion Oil when I had been having some trouble at work absorbing a lot of information in a short amount of time resulting in sloppy mistakes and agitated co-workers. I used the oil with a fixed-candle and also used it to anoint my Crown of Success Mojo Bag. I did not add any herbs or root matter to my Promotion Oil, but rather prayed over it sincerely before its use. In my experience with the oil, I saw a difference the very next day and things have continued to get better and better with each use! So, in this instance with this oil I am a believer and will continue to use Anna Riva Promotion Oil again as I continue to experiment with other Anna Riva Spiritual Oils. 

Carolina Dean 

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