A-Pay-What-You-Will-Sale…

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Arabesque is expanding!
Help my business to blossom
by participating in my
Pay-What-You-Will-Sale

 

I am excited to say that Arabesque Aromas is growing in myriad ways this year. I am working on a second book, going to school, creating a small, scholarly tour of Ireland for 6-8 people, planning a new web site, and shopping for new botanical ingredients. (Not to mention all of the new perfumes that are whirling around in my head, asking to be born… including a scent inspired by One Thousand and One Nights!)

To help fund the expansion of Arabesque, I am offering a Pay-What-You-Will Sale on digital copies of my aromatic cookbook The Fragrant Kitchen: Culinary Recipes from a Botanical Perfumer.

To participate, simply Paypal your contribution of $6.00 or more to kirstentulipani@gmail and I will email you a full-color PDF of my cookbook.

(Happy to also email the PDF as a gift with a note to third parties.)

Thanks in advance for helping me to fund the growth of my business!
I am very excited to share all of this newness, richness, and beauty with you as the year unfolds!

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Between the floral and the exotic… Arabesque Aroma’s Spring 2015 “The Temple of Flora”

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My newest scent was inspired by the title of Robert Thornton’s The Temple of Flora, a book from 1807 which first caught my attention last year via the Public Domain Review. (I am an enthusiastic subscriber of their newsletters!)

Their current newsletter makes for a very interesting Spring read, exploring the late 18th to early 19th century Romantic era attitudes concerning sex, gender, and science within the world of botany. (The illustrations in The Temple of Flora, created by a variety of Thornton’s contemporaries, and as seen above, are lush sensuous, otherworldly treasures — not to be missed!)

My botanical perfume, The Temple of Flora, is also lush, sensuous and otherworldly. It reflects the 19th century Romantic penchant for earlier times and exotic places and is made with Neroli, Jasmine, and Bergamot essential oils blended into a heavenly base of Agarwood, Peru Balsam, and Sandalwood. I hope that you will love it!

Patrons of my 2015-2016 Scent Subscription will automatically receive samples of The Temple of Flora in their mailbox next week.

1 ml samples and 1/3 oz size bottles of The Temple of Flora are also available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Finally, introducing my new sampler, The Ancient Worlds. Includes my 5 Arabesque Aromas botanical scents that were inspired by ancient worlds… makes a beautiful gift and is best enjoyed listening to the album Towards the Within by Dead Can Dance! ha ha!

Happy Spring.

(Illustrated Plate: Egyptian Water Lily from The Temple of Flora, 1807, Robert Thornton.)

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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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November News…

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I am excitedly expecting a beautiful, fragrant shipment of hand made, custom made, beautifully made soaps from my favorite soap maker, Rebecca Silence of Ballerina Farmer Aromatherapy. She is making the soaps to layer with my botanical perfume, Alexandria. The rose and cinnamon-scented soap can also double up to be used with my new and, so far, very well-received Fall 2014 scent, Virelai.

I have also just started re-stocking my Etsy shop with 3 ml perfumes. A new shipment of bottles has just arrived so if there is something you want but do not see, please email me! arabesquebotanicals@gmail.com

Finally, my forthcoming project, The Fragrant Kitchen Cookbook: Aromatic Recipes from a Botanical Perfumer will be available for purchase just after Thanksgiving. Please email me if you are interested in purchasing a limited edition hard copy. A PDF will be available on Etsy for purchase, and, for a limited time and a few dollars more, the hard copies as well…

The cookbook features fragrant recipes for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, from Breakfast, Libations, Salads, to Side Dishes/Grains, Stir Fry, Quick Fixes and of course, Desserts. It is illustrated with medieval images from the 14th century.

The image above, from my forthcoming cookbook, is called “Peasants Breaking Bread” from the Livre du Roi Modus et de la Reine Ratio, 14th century, currently housed in the collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.

I look forward to sharing more about my book with you in a few weeks’ time and in the meantime, I wish you all a very happy, warm, fragrant and delicious Thanksgiving holiday.

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Summer 2014 Botanical Perfume

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Last summer, a client asked me to create a blend inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau. And I liked the end result so much that I thought it would make an excellent Summer 2014 scent. My client kindly agreed.
Tho. no. 1 is an unnamed unisex scent, evocative of lichens, sun-warmed meadows, and hushed walks on forest-y carpets of pine needles, with a hint of delicate, blooming wildflowers…
It smells rather like this photograph looks, taken while hiking with my friend Misty in Sonoma around the time I was developing this scent.
With the undiluted essential oils of Oak Moss, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Hyssop, Rosemary Pine, Carrot Seed and Neroli,  it is a perfume to be worn while musing, luxuriously, beneath the sun-dappled shade of your favorite oak tree.
(Or while daydreaming that you are doing so…)
Available in the traditional minaret 1/2 oz bottles or 1 ml samples.
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The Sainted Scents of Spring

 

 

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The Sainted Scents of Spring
My Sainted Scents Collection was inspired by the elements of myth, symbolism, and magical realism that I enjoy within the stories of saints. The early Christian virgin saints, and the famous flying saints, are among my favorites.
I have created my collection with at least one ingredient per perfume that was relevant in each Saint’s own lifetime. Below are my final two in this collection.
Melangell of the Hares
The patron saint of small animals and wild creatures (calling to mind the goddess Diana) Melangell once protected a hare being pursued by a hunter and his dogs, allowing the poor creature to take refuge beneath her skirts.
When designing the perfume, I imagined the folds, the movements of her cloak, to smell of Springtime, of fresh rain, new fruit, blooming flowers…
The botanical perfume Melangell of the Hares was blended with Sandalwood, Frankincense, Osmanthus, Jasmine, Bergamot, and Lemon. https://www.etsy.com/listing/184121596/melangell-of-the-hares-medieval-inspired?ref=shop_home_active_4
Another note on St. Melangell…
I am so delighted to share the work of a talented fellow Etsian, Kay Leverton, with you!
Above is her beautiful depiction of St. Melangell and the Hare in a print from an original scraperboard called “Safe in Her Arms.”
Kay’s print, along with many other stunning works, can be found in her Etsy shop. https://www.etsy.com/listing/99724217/st-melangell-safe-in-her-arms-fine-art?ref=favs_view_7
Joan of Arc
When I read about St. Joan, I cannot help but compare her virginity/warrior/intellect with the goddess Athena…
A Christian martyr, burned at the stake in 1456, beatified in 1894, Joan of Arc is still loved today for her passion, her devotion, her vision and her courage. It was said that, upon her death, the crowd was horrified, realizing that they had just burned a saint.
“Immediately after the execution, it was affirmed that, not withstanding the oil, sulphur, and charcoal that he had applied to Joan’s entrails and heart, he had not found it possible to burn them to ashes.”
from “Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism” by Marina Warner.
I was thinking of Joan’s indomitable heart and spirit when creating this perfume. And I was thinking, too, of her beloved France. (As I blended the formula, I recalled the sensory experience of walking through the medieval flower garden at the Musee du Cluny one May.)
A heart-centered perfume, the base of the botanical perfume “Joan of Arc” is a rich deep Rose Morocco, with subtle hints of Myrtle, Scotch Pine, Lavender, and Ambergris tincture.
Subscription
Samples of my two Spring scents ship to my subscribers on Monday.
The anticipated Summer scents will ship to my subscribers in June.
Sale
A final reminder that the sale in my Etsy shop continues until Tuesday, April 1st. Receive 28% off of 3 ml perfumes with coupon code ‘Tuxedokitty’ (In honor of my super-special cat, Cricket, who is celebrating his third birthday this Spring!)
Happy Spring!!!
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Temples, Pyramids and Ziggurats

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Follow your desires because you are alive. Place myrrh on your head. Dress yourself in the finest linen drenched in precious fragrances. It is a true gift from the gods.Multiply your pleasures. Don’t let your heart become tired. Follow your desires and your pleasures.

–Song of the Harpist, Egypt, 2000 BCE

I am just loving my return to school this Spring! My studies of mythology and ancient civilization have inspired me to make a fresh batch of that aromatic marvel of antiquity – Kyphi!

Several recipes for Kyphi, a sacred incense, still exist today. One recipe is, in fact, carved into the very walls of the Temple at Edfu in Egypt, built 237-57 BCE in honor of the god Horus. (The temple is pictured above, with thanks to Ad Meskens, Wikimedia commons.) Another recipe was recorded by the Greek scholar and physician, Pedanius Dioscorides, who lived 40-90 AD and is best known for his Materia Medica, the first comprehensive, illustrated Herbal ever recorded.

I have adapted Arabesque Aroma’s Kyphi recipe from a 2nd century Syrian receipt. The process of making the incense, and the aromatic ingredients used, remain fundamentally the same in all of the variations. The incense is a concoction of fragrant, precious resins such as Frankincense, Myrrh, and Benzoin, with spices and fragrant roots such as Cinnamon and Galangal, all powdered them melded together with wine, raisins, and honey. The incense is then formed into bricks and cured in the sun until dry.

Incense has long been used in human history to carry prayers, offerings, and supplication to the deities. Like both the sacred temple, and the ziggurat, the ancients regarded the act of burning incense — the rising smoke, the sweet fragrance, the most precious and valued of ingredients used — as a vehicle, a sacred space, a means to connect with the gods. The use of Frankincense in the Catholic mass originates from this pre-Christian practice.

I will be making this batch mid-March. Pre-orders are available now, and the Kyphi incense will ship by the end of this month.

And for those who are not lovers of smoke, even the most fragrant and decadent varieties, I have a unisex botanical perfume called “Kyphi” inspired directly by the incense.

In Further News…

Two new Sainted Scents will launch at the end of March, kicking off the 2014 Arabesque Aromas “A Year in Perfume” subscription. So stay tuned!

AND finally — I am having a flash sale from now until April 1st! Receive 28% off of 3 ml botanical perfumes in my etsy shop with the coupon code “Tuxedokitty”

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The Sainted Scents of Midwinter 2013

The Sainted Scents of Midwinter 2013 have been inspired by the wealth of myth, magic, whimsy and symbolism that I have long enjoyed within the stories of the saints.

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Saint Bega of Bees botanical perfume

St. Bega was a 9th century Irish virgin saint. She was said to have sailed away across the sea to British shores, standing upon a piece of sod wearing only a holy bracelet, when her chastity was threatened by a Northern king!

(What a beautiful visual!)

She is credited with later establishing a convent in Bees, Northumberland.
A pilgrim’s path called St. Bega’s Way can be walked in her honor, today.

http://www.langside.f2s.com/sbw/

The botanical perfume Saint Bega of Bees was blended with the essential oils of Frankincense, Scotch Pine, Agarwood, Black Currant, and Cistus.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/172770887/st-bega-of-bees-medieval-inspired?ref=shop_home_active

 

Saint Christina the Astonishing

The story of the life of St. Christina the Astonishing, a flying saint who lived in Liège in the 12th century, reflects, in my opinion, the wild woman archetype, as written about extensively by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. So it will probably come as no surprise to say her contemporaries did not treat her, nor did they write about her, very kindly.

It was said of her that she once died and came back to life. That she spent a great deal of time perched in trees, that she liked to swim in icy rivers and fly around on windmills, and that she found her fellow humans to be — stinky.

( Eeks! I do hope this scent meets with her approval!)

Christina’s life was documented in the 13th century in a book “The Life of Saint Christina the Astonishing” by Thomas de Cantimpré who writes “Her body was so sensitive and light that she walked on dizzy heights and, like a sparrow, hung suspended from the topmost branches of the loftiest trees” though Christina’s story is far more enjoyable when sung by Nick Cave in the eponymous song, Christina the Astonishing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KygSpvCd_o

The unisex botanical perfume, Christina the Astonishing was created with the essential oils of Ambergris, Clove, Neroli, Liquidambar, Black Cumin and Cedar.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/172760864/st-christina-the-astonishing-medieval?ref=shop_home_active

Both of the Sainted Scents come in a bejeweled, gold painted 6ml bottle, as pictured above.

And I have blended both of my Sainted Scents to contain at least one aromatic ingredient that was deemed sacred/ holy in the Saint’s own lifetime. I consciously created them both to evoke churchy, musty, old, and mysterious. But — in a sexy way! And I hope you will like them.

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The Sainted Scents will also come with my handmade print, “Mary Magdalen Cutting off Her Hair” inspired by a French medieval monastic text c. 11-12th century. The lino print is on plain brown paper, in burgundy ink, and will be included with Sainted Scent perfume orders while supplies last. The print can also be purchased separately, here.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/172178366/mary-magdalen-cutting-off-her-hair-a?ref=shop_home_active

For further reading on the lives of the virgin saints, pick up Giselle Potter’s delightful book, “Lucy’s Eyes and Margaret’s Dragon.”

http://www.amazon.com/Lucys-Eyes-Margarets-Dragon-Virgin/dp/0811815153/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386968376&sr=8-1&keywords=lucys+eyes+and+margarets+dragon%27

 

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