Winter 2017 Botanical Perfumes

As my busy and exciting semester of Library school, and work with museum artifacts, comes to a close, I’ve been grateful to spend some time with Arabesque. I’ve turned to perfume blending as a way of calming my thoughts, returning to my center, my senses, and my art. I’m really grateful to the Sacramento Maker’s Mart for giving me a little, and necessary, push in this direction. And I’ve enjoyed breathing life into some of my old scents, which feels like spending time with dear old friends.

Currently blending the following Arabesque scents, which will be available now through January 2018 (when I hope to launch my new web site!) Some of these will be featured at the December 2017 Makers Mart:

 

The Awakening, the botanical scent of which I feel most proud. Pictured above, this scent is one of my literary scents, inspired by the Kate Chopin novel and featuring seaweed inclusions collected on a beach on Malibu. A complex, unisex, warm, slightly sweet, earthy, powder scent with Patchouli and underlying spices and resins, and a unique top to middle note: the very precious white flower from Tasmania, called Boronia. $120.00 15 ml, $50.00 6 ml

 

Kyphi, probably the sweetheart of my aromatic oeuvre thus far. Inspired by the smell of the ancient, sacred, handmade incense from ancient Egypt (several ancient varieties exist, among them, Syria and Greece) the light, uplifting scent features notes of Cinnamon, Frankincense, Vanilla along with other exotic resins, woods and spices $110.00 15 ml, $45.00 6 ml

 

The Star Seller, a star-shaped flower for a star-shaped theme (pictured above.) This scent was inspired by a Donovan song called The Seller of Stars. Very sweet and magical, and somehow merged in my imagination while living in Nevada County, CA where I always appreciated the smoky, star-filled skies of winter, often going outside at night to take a peep, and a sniff. The perfume is a white flower blend, but is also grounded with Sandalwood and other subtle, earthy elements. Not too sweet, but distinctly feminine.

$110.00 15 ml, $45.00 6 ml

 

Merlin the Bard, the scent I often wear, and the most delightful of all perfume collections I have ever researched, Merlin the Bard comes from my Arthurian Scent Collection. Designed to represent the element of fire, this archetypal scent features Palo Santo, Tobacco, and other sacred botanical ingredients that recall earth as well as fire. $100.00 15 ml, $40.00 6 ml

 

The Green Mantle, the first perfume I ever made. Featuring an inclusion of Oak Moss, this classic, mossy green fougère was designed to be a unisex scent, and remains an Arabesque oldie-but-goodie. Another scent I wear myself! Wear/smell when your head is in the stars, and you wish to come back to Earth! $100.00 15 ml, $40.00 6 ml

 

 

The Man of the Woods, another literary scent and perhaps the most popular of my unisex scents. A soulful, wild perfume inspired by DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley stories, and also by DH Lawrence’s personal creed, which I find to be deep, as well as deeply gorgeous. Literary critics have surmised that Lawrence based the character of the Man of the Woods upon himself and, in my humble opinion, his personal creed certainly seems to reflect this.

“This is what I believe: That I am I. That my soul is a dark forest. That my known self will never be more than a little clearing in the forest. That gods, strange gods, come forth from the forest into the clearing of my known self, and then go back. That I must have the courage to let them come and go. That I will never let mankind put anything over me, but that I will try always to recognize and submit to the gods in me and the gods in other men and women. There is my creed.”
–DH Lawrence.

The Man of the Woods is sexy, with warm vanilla notes and earthy resins like Cabrueva, Vetiver, Tonka Bean, Peru Balsam. $110.00 ml, $45.00 6 ml

 

Drann, my Irish-inspired perfume, pictured above, is another unisex scent and features the essential oils from trees and botanicals that are considered sacred. Drann is a smooth, subtle, resinous, warm, unisex, meditative scent, featuring Oud, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cedarwood, Cistus, Lavender and Rosewood. The word ‘drann’ has its linguistic roots in early Northern European languages and the root of the word speaks of turning, twisting, weaving, and influencing via magic. (The same root is found in the old Irish word for Druid, Drai, wizard, Draoi, the Gaelic word for enchantment, Draoidheacht.) The Celtic spiral is a visual representation, a symbol, of this same magical meaning. (Celtic Knotwork and interlace is probably the most famous example of this.) A magical scent. $110.00 15 ml, $45.00 6 ml

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To order a handmade botanical perfume, please email arabesquebotanicals@gmail.com, and I will respond with a Paypal invoice. Perfumes ship insured Priority Mail with a 7-14 day turnaround. International shipping is also available.

 

Arabesque Aromas at the Sacramento Maker’s Mart

I am very excited to vend at this event.
I will be offering a Scent Bar for sampling, my Autumn Rosehip botanical potpourri, some earthy hydrosols, festive essential-oil body/room sprays, 1.5 ml perfume samples, 6 ml bottles of perfume, and, of course my 15 ml signature minaret bottles of perfume, too.

Sacramento Maker’s Mart
7300 FOLSOM BLVD. Sacramento 95826
12-6 pm, Saturday December 2nd.

And if you have any aromatic requests, and plan to attend the event, please let me know in advance at arabesquebotanicals@gmail.com. You can pick up orders at the event to save on shipping.

I hope to see you there!

Arabesque Aromas Scent Samplers

 

My Scent Samplers are available at different price points, and in different themes, from now throughout the winter holidays. They make evocative, imaginative, & sensuous gifts. Chose a theme from my list, below, or request a custom-made sampler designed for your own aromatic purposes or pocketbook.

Scent Samplers are one of my most popular sellers each year and I am always delighted to create a handwritten note and ship the samplers direct to your loved one.

Sacred Anointing Oil Scent Sampler:
Magdalen Rose Anointing Oil, The Song of Solomon Anointing Oil, The Wings of Isis Anointing Oil***
21.00 plus Priority = 7.00 within the US $28.00

Medieval Worlds Scents Sampler:
Virelai, Veriditas, Tristan and Isolde, The One Thousand and One Nights
28.00 plus Priority = 7.00 within the US $35.00

Ancient Worlds Scent Sampler:
Kyphi, The Song of Solomon Anointing Oil, Drann, The Temple of Flora, The Wings of Isis***
35.00 plus Priority = 7.00 within the US $42.00

Literary Scents Sampler:
Merlin the Bard (from the Arthurian myth and legends), The One Thousand and One Nights, Tristan and Isolde, The Man of the Woods (from Lady Chatterley), Orlando (Virginia Woolf), Wilhelmina (from Dracula)
42.00 plus Priority = 7.00 within the US $49.00

The Arabesque Aromas ‘Favorite Scents’ Sampler:
The Holly, Moss, and Ivy, The Man of the Woods, Kyphi, The One Thousand and One Nights, Veriditas, The Star Seller, and The Green Mantle
49.00 plus Priority = 7.00 within the US $56.00

The Unisex Scents Sampler:
Merlin the Bard, The Man of the Woods, The Green Mantle, Kyphi, Veriditas, The Thousand and One Nights
49.00 plus Priority within the US $56.00

 

Samples come in a generously-sized 1.5 ml glass vial, attached to a hand-labeled card decorated with an arabesque design, wrapped in paper together, and tied with a silk ribbon.

Email me your preference/s and I will respond with a Paypal invoice.
Thank you!
Kirsten/Arabesque Aromas

arabesquebotanicals@gmail.com

 

***The Wings of Isis Botanical Perfume and Anointing Oil is my brand new Fall/Winter 2017 Scent.

See my previous blog entry for a full write-up or to purchase a sample!***

Arabesque Aroma’s New Fall/Winter 2017 Botanical Perfume & Anointing Oil~ The Wings of Isis

My Fall/Winter 2017 botanical scent was inspired by the mythology and symbolism of the ancient, beneficent Egyptian goddess, Isis. I was inspired by the beautiful, powerful wings with which she is sometimes depicted in ancient Egyptian art. She uses them to suggest blessings and protection; commonly with her beloved consort, Osiris.

Isis was a chthonic goddess, said to be so powerful and skilled in her magic that she brought Osiris back to life after his untimely death. Due to Isis’s connection to the mysteries of life, death, and rebirth, this Arabesque Aromas scent was designed to compliment the darker (but no less beautiful or magical) seasons of Autumn and Winter.

“The Wings of Isis” was blended with warm, sacred, uplifting essential oils including high-elevation Lavender (yes, pun intended) Cistus, Benzoin, Frankincense and other botanical infusions and resins. Whether worn as a simple perfume or used as an anointing oil when you are feeling low, “The Wings of Isis” was created to help nourish, soothe, and uplift the psyche.

“The Wings of Isis” is available to sample in 1 ml for $7.00, in the 6 ml anointing oil size for $40.00, or as a 15 ml botanical perfume in Arabesque Aroma’s minaret-style bottle for $120.00. Samples ship First Class Mail $3.50 Perfumes and Anointing Oils ship Priority Mail for $7.00 within the US.

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I have three pre-blended 6 ml botanical scents still available at the $25.00 sale price.
Perfume descriptions can be found here for the three scents The Green Mantle, The Man of the Woods, and Drann. My white flower Eau de Parfum “Serafina” has sold out but there is still one last 1 ml sample remaining. What a great sale! Thanks everyone!

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Samples of Arabesque Aroma’s three anointing oils, in keeping with the ongoing theme of ’emotional wellbeing’ are also available in a set which include 1 ml each of: the Magdalen Rose Anointing Oil for the (emotional) heart, The Song of Solomon featuring botanicals mentioned in the Songs (earthy/sensuous/romantic) and the Wings of Isis (uplifting/protective.) Makes a nice gift. Sampler is $21.00 plus $7.00 Priority shipping. Contact me for international shipping quotes.

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Please email me at arabesquebotanicals@gmail.com to order sale items, the Anointing Oil Sampler, or “The Wings of Isis.”

Detail of A Character of Isis courtesy of The New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Arabesque’s Etsy Shop is Closing but Arabesque Will Remain in Business…

Natural Botanical Perfumes by Arabesque Aromas

As an art historian, as well as an artist, I’ve spent the past twenty or so years of my life researching the lives of the authors and artists of Modernist Europe, all of who were thriving before the idea of an internet was even remotely conceived. Their rich, varied, vibrant lives revealed the exciting, and endless possibilities to me in designing a creative life of my own.

And, despite managing to live a rather exciting early life, I have lately managed to get myself stuck in the too-formulaic formula ‘for being a successful internet artist’ that Etsy endlessly promotes…  A company, and a formula, that no longer truly serves me.

So, I have just closed my Etsy shop. However, my artisanal perfume business will not close. Instead, I am relocating my store to my own web site, currently ‘in the works!’

As always, if any of my clients would like something, please do not hesitate to email me at Arabesquebotanicals@gmail.com
I can easily create a Paypal invoice for you and business can, and is, still carrying on — as it has managed to do for many artists and writers for many centuries, and in a myriad of ways, before Etsy! And will continue to do so — post-Etsy.

In the meantime, I am looking forward to better honoring my own unique creativity. (And have I mentioned that I’m learning to belly-dance?!)

A big thank you to my new subscribers, and another thank you to everyone for your patience during this exciting transition of mine.

~Kirsten

Roots!

I was really glad when Brandi, best friend and fellow foodie, came to visit me for a few days. Among other fun things, we took an overnight road-trip to Sonoma. As I gazed at the rows and rows of the carefully tended, ripening grapes out of the car window I saw that, though I myself once managed an essential oil company in Los Angeles, I needed some reminding about where my perfumery ingredients originated from! It was powerful to consider agriculture, terroir, wines, and essential oils in this light once again.

My oils, the aromatics used in my infusions, absolutes, and jojoba oil were, much like the wines we sampled, the result of the very hard and dedicated labor of farmers who toil in all seasons and with all of the elements. Like grapes, some of these crops require highly skilled harvesting, sometimes by hand, and highly skilled distillation techniques, not to mention all of the additional craft and toil, love, sweat, and patience required. A family winery in Sonoma was the perfect place to remember and to appreciate such efforts of both vineyards and essential oil plantations alike, and I went home with a renewed appreciation of both.

Me, left, and best friend, travel companion and fellow foodie Brandi, right. Behind us is the vineyards of Gundlach Bunshu, Sonoma. This family has been growing wine in this very spot for over one hundred and fifty years. The top photograph is also of their vineyards.

Brandi and I were guided and advised by another dear friend of mine, Misty (pictured, right) through a wine-tasting. It was really enjoyable to use my perfumer’s nose to identify and savor the many notes in the wines. I eyed the stills that were visible in the tasting room, and was reminded many times, and in many ways, of the similarities between botanical perfumery and viniculture.

Perhaps a fitting Arabesque scent, in keeping with the theme, is Veriditas. This botanical perfume was inspired by the medieval German mystic Hildegard of Bingen and her understanding of  ‘a green truth’ or Veriditas which she came to comprehend and define from a series of mystical visions concerning God, nature, and humankind.

Samples, 6 ml bottles, and minaret bottles of the perfume Veriditas are available in the Etsy shop. The perfume contains an inclusion of Vetiver root, from dried Vetiver roots imported from a small farm in Madagascar.

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My Sultry Summer Sale continues until July 5th. Use the coupon code SummerHoliday2017 in my Etsy shop to receive free Priority insured shipping (domestic/US parcels only, please!) on all orders $10.00 and up.
Thanks everyone! 

A Sultry Summer Sale…

I’m on my summer holiday! Let’s celebrate the dreamy weather, my blooming, fragrant garden, and the sweet luxury of having time to spare with — A Perfume Sale!

See details and coupon codes, below…

Use the coupon code SummerHoliday2017 to receive free Priority insured shipping (domestic/US parcels only, please!) on all anointing oils, scent samplersbotanical perfumes in the 6 ml Moroccan bottles, and the larger size in the Minaret perfume bottles, from now through July 5th in my Etsy shop. 

As a bonus, combine my ongoing 10% off gratitude coupon code ArabesqueAromas with this sale on Etsy and, until July 5th, you can also apply it to my cookbook, The Fragrant Kitchen: Culinary Recipes from a Botanical Perfumer. The hard copies have sold out, the cookbook is currently available in PDF format only, 4th edition. (And it was recently complimented by a professional dietician, which meant a lot to me!)

Convo me on Etsy, or email me at arabesquebotanicals@gmail.com with any questions, custom listings, or requests. My Summer Sale ends on July 5th. Scent Subscriber Shipments, and further news, coming in the July blog/newsletter…

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Arabesque Aromas artisanal botanical perfumes, pictured above are, top: The Star Seller, left: Veriditas, and right: Drann. Photography by Arabesque Aromas.

 

Vetiver Hydrosol, A Cinnamon Infusion, & Literary Perfumes

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Well, library work in Archives and in Special Collections is highly enjoyable and, I confess, there are several literary perfumes (and one very big, ever-growing reading list) swirling around in my mind as I write this! So stay tuned for summer. I’m also excited to say I have been accepted to Library School, where I will begin studying for my MLIS, Masters in Library Science, in the fall.

Pictured above is a glimpse of my very favorite shelf in the Tsakoupolos Hellenic Special Collection at CSUS. When I walk by I always pause, admiring the rows and rows of 1001 Nights & The Arabian Nights. They are so beautiful and rich, displayed together in English, French, Italian, German, and Arabic languages and in all of their illustrated volumes, ages, and editions. I’d absolutely feel inspired to make a perfume from this collection except — I’ve already designed a scent inspired by Scheherazade and her storytelling powers, (and the sheer power of storytelling!) almost two years ago. You can find a sample here!

In other news, my good friend and mentor Suzanne Catty has opened her own Etsy shop so I wanted to share the link. She sells the finest in hand-crafted botanical infusions, and for you sun-worshipers, Californians, or especially, those of you who are both, her Golden Brown (food for sun-kissed skin) is a particular delight. Also included in her shop is her cookbook centered around tea. So – do take a look!

alambiccus

In other news, my Spring 2017 Rose Geranium hydrosol is already sold out (Scent Subscribers had first dibs!) but my Spring/Summer 2017 Madagascar Vetiver hydrosol, which Suzanne taught me how to make several years ago, is now available.

Please note that it comes in a spray-top bottle unless otherwise specified upon checkout.
Hydrosol is distilled in the Alambiccus Gaggia upon receipt of order.
Shipping turnaround is 7-14 days.

alexandria

Lastly, Alexandria is back!
I haven’t been happy with the quality of cinnamon oils I’d been finding so I stopped making Alexandria for awhile. Fans of my Alexandria botanical perfume may find it slightly different as I’ve swapped essential oil for a botanical infusion made by me, from the spice itself! Hopefully, you’ll find it to be better than ever. Samples and the perfume are now available in the Etsy shop. Each perfume is handmade to order; shipping window is 7-14 days.

Introducing Arabesque’s Summer 2016 Scent~ Armoise

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My Summer 2016 scent “Armoise” is named for the perfume’s main ingredient, Mugwort, or Artemisia herba-alba. “Armoise” is inspired by the Artemisia family of herbs and their connection to the goddess Artemis. The perfume is composed of a variety of fresh, almost fruity, green florals like Tuberose, resting atop the exotic green notes of the organic, Moroccan Armoise, built on top of an even greener layer of earthy, heady base notes in an organic Jojoba oil. It can be sampled in 1 ml vials, here, or purchased in the 1/2 oz. size here.

The photo above is of a nook in one of my container gardens.
Pictured behind the Nasturtiums, and next to the Bergamot, is an Artemis tile that was gifted to me by my mom, who taught me how to garden. If you look to the left of Artemis’s face you can see one of her main identifying symbols, the moon. Despite the elements, and the seasons, I always keep this plaque outside in my herb garden, where ever I happen to be living, in honor of the feminine principle. Many of the plants in my garden were grown from seeds or cuttings given to me by female friends, too. Several of the plants in the Artemisia family have a very old connection to women’s bodies and women’s health. The Goddess Artemis was once thought to preside over childbirth and her symbol, the moon, is synonymous with women’s reproductive cycles.

My favorite Artemisia herb to cook with is Tarragon.
For those of you who are interested in learning more about the folklore and the benefits of the Artemisia family, here is an Herbal Fact Sheet from the Herbal Society of America.

Arabesque’s Solid Scents

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Now your favorite Arabesque scents are available in solid perfume form.

The solid perfumes, blended into a 1/2 oz. base of beeswax and organic jojoba, are available in the following unisex scents: “The Holly, Moss and Ivy” “Drann” (inspired by ancient Ireland and the Celtic love of trees), “The Man of the Woods” (my DH Lawrence-inspired scent) and the first perfume I ever made, an earthy fougere called “The Green Mantle.”

Select your choice at checkout.

*Note: For those of you in California and other regions with extreme heat, don’t leave solid perfumes in your car or any place where they may melt. Keep them cool and protected at all times. And use your USPS tracking information when ordering to prevent perfumes from sitting in a hot mailbox upon arrival.*

 

Natural Botanical Perfumes by Arabesque Aromas

Scent, smooth, and condition your facial hair with Arabesque’s Aromatic Beard Oil. A diluted version of my botanical scents, the beard oil is available in 1/3 oz. minaret bottles in the following unisex scents: “The Man of the Woods” “Kyphi” “Merlin the Bard” “The Green Mantle” “The 1001 Nights” and also by custom request.

Select your choice at checkout.
And/or sample these unisex scents via my Masculine Scents Sampler.

 

turkish coffee

Just back (mostly) from a dreamy summer trip where I visited an old, dear friend in Olympia, Washington. We had tea, we had sipping chocolate, we had more tea, we had Turkish coffee with baklava and Turkish delight, we collected seashells and sand dollars on the beach of the Puget Sound, we took a train trip to Portland (where we met with another dear friend) and had yet more tea…

I hope everyone has as much delicious fun, this summer, as I’ve already had!
Midsummer 2016 Scent and Scent Subscriber updates and parcels are coming soon.
Cheers!

~Kirsten