A New Year of Artisanal Aromatics: Arabesque Aromas 2015 Scent Subscription

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Enjoy a year of botanical perfume, handmade incense and fresh-distilled floral water in 2015!

Subscribe to Arabesque Aroma’s 2015 Scent Subscription and, throughout the year, receive fragrant artisanal goodies in your mailbox:

(3) samples of my 2015 botanical perfumes as soon as they launch.
(2) samples of my handmade botanical incenses (Kyphi and Rose Petal Incense)
and
(2) 1/2 oz samples of my fresh distilled hydrosols. (Organic Peppermint and Organic Witch Hazel.)

Since 2009, Arabesque Aromas has traditionally launched one to three new oil-based scents each Spring, Summer, Fall and Midwinter. I traditionally distill 1-3 hydrosols per summer, and seasonally create handmade botanical incense.

This listing covers the cost of 6 aromatics plus prepaid shipping costs from within the US.

Note that the perfume subscription rotates seasonally into 2016, so regardless of what season subscribers purchase their subscription, they will receive one full year of aromatics. The first perfume sample to ship to current subscribers will ship in late March 2015.

Hydrosols ship in Summer of 2015. Incense ships in the Autumn of 2015.

Samples and aromatics will ship to subscribers via First Class Mail.
International buyers welcome! Please convo me for a shipping quote or email me at arabesquebotanicals@gmail.com.
Thank you!

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SALE: 3 ml Botanical Perfumes!

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Receive 25% off of 3 ml perfumes with coupon code 
DAFFODILS
now through February 1st, 2015!

 

Hello everyone!

It feels like Spring has arrived early here in beautiful Nevada County, CA. I went for a walk several days ago and was surprised to find a patch of purple irises already in full bloom! And my tuxedo kitten Cricket, pictured above, is delighted to be enjoying the scent of fresh daffodils once again.

Like our Spring, I thought I’d have my annual sale a bit early this year, too.

You can peruse my selection of 3 ml botanical perfumes here. And feel free to email me if you are looking for a scent that is not listed in the 3 ml section of the shop.

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The Fragrant Kitchen Cookbook: Culinary Recipes from a Botanical Perfumer

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I am pleased to announce that The Fragrant Kitchen Cookbook: Culinary Recipes from a Botanical Perfumer is finally here!

The Fragrant Kitchen Cookbook features a beautiful introduction by my friend and mentor, Suzanne Catty. It is a labor of love that I have been writing in both my heart and my head for several years now. The black and white cookbook with color front page illustration (pictured) is approximately 70 pages in length, 8 1/2″ x 11″ spiral-bound, soft-cover, with 48 or so recipes to suit vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

My recipes have a simple, earthy, Mediterranean emphasis to them and the cookbook features aromatic tips and recipes that are a meaningful part of my own daily life and seasonal cycles.

The book is illustrated by beautiful and charming 14th century images taken from a medieval herbal on health and well-being, The Tacuinum Sanitatis. And at the back of the book is a rich Resources section with information on where to get aromatic supplies and ingredients, a list of my favorite cookbooks and aromatic research books, helpful organizations of interest, shopping tips for avoiding GMO’s in your cooking, etc.

There are two ways to purchase the cookbook:
1. You can email me from your Paypal address at arabesquebotanicals@gmail.com and I can send you a Paypal invoice.
2. You can purchase it from my Etsy shop.

The cookbook is $28.50 plus $5.50 Priority insured shipping within the US = $34.00 total.
(If you are outside of the US, or wish to order multiple copies, please let me know and I can get you a shipping quote, make you a customized Etsy listing, etc.)

Inscriptions and gift cards are available upon request, and please note that the Etsy coupon code is not valid for cookbook purchases. The first copies of the Fragrant Kitchen cookbook ship Priority Mail on December 10th.

With excitement! And thanks!
And a warm, happy, fragrant and cozy holiday season to you all.
~Kirsten

Cover art: “Peasants breaking bread.” Livre du Roi Modus et de la Reine Ratio, 14th century. Collection: Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.

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A Note on Wearing Botanical Perfumes

It’s true that Botanical, or Natural, Perfumes are very different creatures than the more traditional, ‘Department Store’ synthetic creations that many people are used to. When making the switch our noses, and indeed our actual beauty routine, needs a bit of re-training, re-structuring and re-organizing.

But the sensory (not to mention the healthful!) rewards of switching to all-natural scents are numerous, and well worth it.

One common complaint is that natural scents just don’t last, or carry, like the synthetic brands do. But in my years of wearing essential oil-based perfumes, I’ve never found this to be a problem. I have strangers come up to me frequently, to tell me that I smell really good!

I think this is because I’ve always been a huge fan of layering my botanical scents. It’s when I’m in the shower that I decide which perfume I will be wearing for the day. I often have more than one body bar, and I make it a point to only buy botanical/natural/essential oil soaps that match my perfume with at least one, but preferably two, common notes.

Generally, my personal scents all have a Patchouli note in common. So I keep a large glass apothecary jar filled with Patchouli-scented bath salts in my bathroom. I bring a scoop into the shower with me and rub my neck, arms, shoulders and lower back down with the fragrant salt. It’s a wonderful exfoliant, lends an extra perfume-layer to one’s fragrance, the Patchouli smells amazing and, as we know, essential oil enhances our physical and emotional health and wellbeing. The salt feels wonderful on my skin, too.

As a result, showering is one of my favorite and most sensuous moments of the day. I always look forward to my nurturing personal routine.

And perhaps even moreso, since I’ve bee-friended the very sweet and oh-so-talented Rebecca Silence of Ballerina Farmer Artisan Aromatherapy.

Rebecca, based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is a talented aromatherapist, botanical perfumer and my very favorite soapmaker. In. The. World. (My favorite and highly-recommended Ballerina Farmer soap, btw, is the Very aptly-named “Swoon!”)

Rebecca and I have partnered up this year, creating three very pure and very beautiful handmade soaps blended to match three of Arabesque’s 2012 botanical scents; The Awakening, Alexandria, and the ever-popular Kyphi! (Which I think I’ve just sold out of, again!!! That’s how yummy her soap is, folks…)

Please visit Arabesque’s Handmade Salts and Soaps category in the Etsy shop for more information on Rebecca’s lovely creations designed exclusively for Arabesque, or visit her website to reach Ballerina Farmer Artisan Aromatherapy directly.

Also available in the Arabesque shop, bags of bath salts, custom-blended in the scent of your favorite Arabesque aroma, all made with love, by yours truly!

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My 2012 Midwinter Perfumes “The Holly, Moss and Ivy” & “The Star Seller”

“The Holly, Moss and Ivy” takes it name from the flora surrounding my exciting, fragrant new home. It is the first botanical perfume I created since my back-to-nature move to a little log cabin in northern California. My new home is a real respite after spending so many years in Los Angeles…

I think the first time I became clearly aware that I needed to move closer to nature happened when I joined the Folk Reveries Etsy team.  I thought their team description was so inspiring and beautiful, though it also made my heart ache a little, realizing that while Some of it was true for me – it wasn’t Entirely true for me. And I wanted it to be!

“Welcome to folk reveries! Here are those who want to live among the woods

beneath the stars,

who believe and are inspired by folktales and dreams, the natural world

and the magic that belongs to it,

fauna and flora with mysteries and stories to be found.”

It’s been a somewhat challenging year. But finally, here I am. A botanical perfumer who can honestly say she lives in the woods, beneath the stars!

It never gets old, pulling into my forest-y driveway at nighttime and just looking up, at the stars. The absolutely endless stars…

Which brings me to my next perfume, inspired by the Donovan song, The Seller of Stars.

I am not sure who this magical Seller of Stars is, exactly, but I suspect he does a lot of work here in the skies of Nevada County, California!

My new midwinter botanical perfume The Star Seller smells predominately of Jasmine. I chose a star-shaped flower for a star-inspired theme.

The Star Seller also contains Sandalwood and a trace of Nutmeg, giving it a cozy, winter-y skies, woodsmoke undertone. I was particularly inspired by these beautiful, ethereal lyrics.

“Wings he weaves for the fairies,
Gold of the sun you can buy
And silver flowers of frost and dew,
Rainbows out of the sky.
And delicate morning mist he sells
And pretty new songs for whispering shells.”

~Donovan, lyrics from The Seller of Stars

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