June 16, 2015

Lunar Amulet Perfume for the 6-16-15 New Moon: Dandelion


Dandelion is the lunar amulet perfume for the June 16th new moon. I have been working extensively with exotic and rare floral scents for the last few months for the upcoming new line, and to be honest, I got overwhelmed. I'm taking a break and coming back to this after some time in the mountains. Until then, here is my tribute to the overlooked treasure that is too often taken for granted. 

The dandelion is able to survive just about anything, and it is my belief that drinking tea made from the leaves will pass along that strength. I also think they are some of the happiest flowers, and I hope this scent captures some of their attitude as well. Beginning with a subtle softness, then evolving quickly to the bright and somewhat bitter greenness, into a grassy drydown that brings back summers of cartwheels and rolling down hills. Make a wish :)


There are five leftover refills in this batch that are in the Limited Edition section.

May 19, 2015

Bird's Nest Perfume -and- how to save a baby bird

On Sunday morning I walked outside to take out the compost after a badass thunderstorm the previous night. I looked down and found a tiny baby bird that had fallen 40 feet from its nest in a large maple tree that stretched over my yard. It was breathing but couldn't lift its head or open its eyes, and it's mother watched me from the nest but didn't do anything to try to deter me from her fallen baby. I went inside to watch if the mother was taking care of him but she had given up. She was busy getting worms but went up to the nest without checking on the one that had fallen.
So I made some phone calls to people who knew more than me and here's what I learned:



 - He needed to be warmed up first. So I put him in a small "nest" box filled with shredded paper and set it on top of a heat pad on medium. 
- Then I got a worm out of the garden and cut it into 1/2'' -1'' pieces. I had to hold his head up and gently push his beak open to get the worm in. It did swallow each piece that I stuck in. I was concerned that he needed water so I dipped the worms in water first.
- After feeding him a full 3-4'' worm, I left him in a safe, quiet room in his box and made sure the heat pad was keeping the bottom of the box at around body temperature. I left for 2-3 hours.
- When I came back he recognized me, let out a big cheeeep and had the strength to lift his head and open his beak wide for more worms! So I got three more worms and fed him until he went back to resting. I noticed he was breathing much faster than before.


Riverside Nature Center
Then I found out that Lakeside Nature Center in Kansas City (as well as Operation Wildlife in Lawrence, KS) takes in native Missouri animals that need rehabilitation. By the time I got him there they didn't believe that the mother hadn't been caring for him because he was so much stronger. But I convinced them to put him in the incubator with the other baby robins they had.

If I had the time I may have continued to try to rehab it myself, and then teach it to find food, then to fly... I think a lot of people don't know what to do with fallen birds and figure there's nothing you can do to help, but you can. Depending on the stage the bird is in and how concerned the mother is, there are a lot of different scenarios of what you should do. But I was surprised at how easy it was to bring this one back from near hopelessness.



And here's a batch of Bird's Nest perfume locket refills to celebrate. :)

I made this last year for the first time and it was a customer favorite. I wanted to release another batch for this spring so this is a perfect time.

If you order a locket you can ask in the message to seller to include it also. I only have a dozen in this limited edition batch, but I am considering adding it to the solid perfume line in the near future, what do you think?



May 16, 2015

Lunar Amulet perfume for the 5-17-2015 New Moon: CARDAMOM

A lot of people ask me how I learned to make perfume, and I never really know how to begin explaining my process without going into details that make eyes glaze over. It is a lot like learning sound as a sound designer, studying every aspect of a single sound track and then studying how two completely different tracks combine, then three, and so on. Eventually you know how to best adjust each track so that they work well combined together without spending days (weeks, months) experimenting.



I do a lot of similar exercises with scent, and one of these is to take one essence and create a full blend that focuses on enhancing every aspect of that single note. With complex natural essences, it is easy to get lost in just one beautiful scent, and this is what I did with cardamom for this perfume. Fresh ginger, nutmeg, and coffee bean enhance the uplifting exotic spice aspect, with sandalwood, oakwood, and hazelnut grounding the gorgeous woodsy base. I wove sweet traces of neroli, osmanthus, vanilla, and mandarin into the heart, all "happy" notes to highlight the amazingly cheerful nature of cardamom. 

I love wearing this one, especially in the warn weather. It's perfect for late spring while not being predominantly floral. There are six leftover from this batch and they can be found in the limited edition section here. <3 a="">

April 18, 2015

Lunar Amulet Perfume for the 4-18-15 New Moon: Pansy

I'm into floral anything right now. I can't stop. I want to recreate and capture every bloom that isn't available as its own extraction. My friend brought me a pansy a few weeks ago and it wasn't long before it was surrounded by amber bottles of essences. The pansy is soft and powdery with a faint honey sweetness. This one takes a few minutes to settle in to the skin, and once it does I think my lunar amulet wearers will be in love. *There are no leftovers from this batch


April 10, 2015

GARDENIA Limited Edition locket refill batch - natural perfume

Many customers have asked me over the years if I could make a natural gardenia perfume, and I finally decided it was time. Since I moved back into my house in August I have been collecting house and yard plants like a crazy plant lady - and right now a  Gardenia is blooming in my kitchen waiting to be planted. I have immersed myself in the scent, noting the changes that take place from the moment each bloom opens to when it turns a darker ivory and withers. 
This is a limited edition batch, and although I may make more in the future I cannot be sure yet, so stock up while you can :)
The bright green opening commands your attention, leading into the clean white floral that decays into sweet honey undertones. 

I am very happy with how this turned out, as it is made from many botanical essences to emulate a single note perfume.

March 20, 2015

Lunar Amulet Perfume for the 3-20-15 New Moon: Greenhouse

Greenhouse captures sweet overtones of vegetable seeds sprouting inside the glass walls of trapped sunlight and thick, humid breaths of water filtered through soil. Herb leaves are sprouting in rows from peat moss but the blooms and fruits are months away from their entrance. This is just the beginning; a tribute to the Spring Equinox.

There are a couple leftover from this batch that can be found in the Limited Edition section of my shop here.


February 18, 2015

Lunar Amulet perfume for the 2-18-15 New Moon: Tank 7 Tribute

We don't have great wine, but Kansas City has amazing beer. I call Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard the wine of beer because it has a gorgeous, well balanced bouquet and it has about the same alcohol content. I usually make the lunar amulet perfumes on each full moon, and as this time approached a couple weeks ago I began looking around for inspiration. And this time my midwestern-ess just couldn't resist making a perfume tribute to my favorite ale.

This opens with pink peppercorns, coriander, and cardamom in a bed of citrus. A smooth floral base rises through the citrus steadily over time, the thick hops tempered with sweet chamomile and osmanthus. The dry down has just the slightest note of hay soaked in mandarin orange peels.

I really want some Tank 7 fans to try this, but I think it is pretty hard to find a bottle of this outside of KC. There are five extra refills from this batch in the limited edition section of my new web shop now.


January 22, 2015

New Stones for Perfume Lockets

The Solid perfume jewelry is always evolving and this is the latest lineup ~ Each is a natural stone that lends its vibrational energy to the contents of your locket. 
Mahogany Obsidian • Russian Serpentine • River Stone 
Rose Quartz • Black Onyx • Green Aventurine





January 20, 2015

Velvet Corset - lunar amulet scent for January 20th, 2015 new moon

Velvet Corset is a blend I made beginning with the Satin Corset perfume from my line, and I added in darker flowers and dirtier musk notes until it was thick and textured. The sweet overtones are pulled down into a heavy fabric.

These are a limited edition at a great price because I am about to switch the limited edition section to my new website, and these have to be gone first!

January 8, 2015

Perfume Category Chart for FSW

This was a bit hard to do since some perfumes smell spicy on one person and sweet on another, and some perfumes begin with a burst of fruit or florals, and then evolve to something woodsy or resinous. I did the best I could using the dominant notes of the blends. The single notes and companion notes were a bit easier to categorize since they do not have as much evolution. I hope this helps with the difficult search that I know it must be to find your favorite scent without being able to smell them through the computer screen!

January 7, 2015

Strange Perfume Navigation Chart

My perfume line now has a much wider selection than it used to, and I have been working on ways to to more easily navigate the choices. Here I have ordered every perfume in my line (roughly) into a list of the sweetest to darkest.



December 21, 2014

Happy Solstice AND New Moon! Lunar Amulet perfume for the 12-21-14 New Moon



The Dec 21st new moon's scent is inspired by the winter decor that surrounds us in December. To me, bringing evergreen foliage and pinecones indoors is one of the greatest nostalgic connections that we experience with scent - especially in the cold, dormant midwestern winter.

Sweet douglas fir and eucalyptus create an uplifting opening to the blend, opening to juniper berries and soft elderflowers. The heart of this perfume weaves the branches of evergreen needles with fir balsam, cedar, elderflower, juniper berry, and pinecones....Lots of pinecones.

I listed the extras from this batch in the Limited Edition section early this time and they were gone within the hour. I may make another batch of this next year because I really loved this one... and I didn't keep any from this batch for myself. :(

Enjoy the holidays, enjoy the dark days of the solstice, the dark nights of the new moon, and remember that it only gets brighter from here.