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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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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The Golden Bough

Medieval Pilgrim's Path, Kaiserslautern, Germany, 2011.

Inspired by the labyrinth walk to reach the gold at the center, and the medieval pilgrim’s sojourn, this floral and sweet botanical perfume was made to assist one in going ever higher and ever farther.

The Golden Bough botanical perfume. Photograph by Louie Martinesse.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/93800559/the-golden-bough-botanical-perfume-oil-a?listing_id=93800559&listing_slug=the-golden-bough-botanical-perfume-oil-a

The Golden Bough is the fourth perfume in the Arabesque Aromas emotional well-being collection.

“The deeper significance of the pilgrimage through a labyrinth – which is equally true for any pilgrimage – is that it symbolizes the inner pilgrimage we make to the center of our Being.”

~ Jean Hani, “The Enigma of the Labyrinth,” from A Chartres Cathedral Publication.

A sample of The Golden Bough can be ordered here.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/48799681/one-natural-perfume-oil-sample-by?listing_id=48799681&listing_slug=one-natural-perfume-oil-sample-by

Walking a replica of the 12th century labyrinth in Chartres cathedral,
Forest Lawn, Glendale, California. 2012.

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