This is a perfume I have been wanting to make for a long time and I love how it came out. Iris is one of my favorite flowers, and although understated, the scent is amazing. This blend incorporates a heavy dose of iris rhizome with an interpretive accord to imitate the blooms.
Unfortunately there are not any extras this time around again, but I will likely make a little batch of this again someday because I am going to want it for myself as well ;)
Sorry this post is so late! I was traveling and now am in the process of moving... and you were surely all intrigued by the new lunar amulet refill so here it is ~ Southern Veranda conjures a lazy summer day in the southern US. It opens with a sweet, cold glass of lemonade, evolving to a heart of mimosa and magnolia trees blooming nearby. The wind brings warm hints of these soft blooms to your hammock that hangs from the intricately carved wood surroundings of the veranda. There are two of these leftover from the batch which will be in the limited edition section of the Etsy shop.
This perfume was none other than an excuse to play with a delightful extract of Oak wood that I have been obsessed with lately. Oak has an effect on me that is different than other woods. It offers a sense of strength and stability but also an uplifting warmth and comfort. This gorgeous wood is accented with hints of oakmoss, amyris wood, and balsams to enhance the full aroma of walking up to an old growth oak, hugging the trunk, and feeling your energy grounded deep into the earth through its roots. There are only three of these locket refills leftover from this batch and I have claimed one for myself. I hope they find good homes :)
Synesthesia is the cross-sensory perception that transforms our experience of sensory impressions. Sounds, scents, visuals, tastes, and tactile information can cross borders between one another in the brain to create a more complex interpretation of a subject.
This perfume, blended from nine plant essences, was designed to represent the harmonies and sound qualities of the companion song, also featuring nine instruments. Each element reveals the synesthesia I have experienced with music and perfume creation.
I have been working on this installation and scent workshop since January, and I'm so excited to reveal the project at Artosphere this Friday. I am also teaching a two hour workshop about natural scent which you can get tickets for here if you live in the Fayetteville, AR area. Space is limited!
This song and perfume were created as an installation funded by a partner grant from the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the Artosphere 2014 Festival.
Bass: Fossilized Amber Resin
Koto: Bergamot Orange Essential Oil
Glockenspiel: Lime Petitgrain Essential Oil
Acoustic Guitar: Rosewood Essential Oil
Piano: Peru Balsam Essential Oil
Vocals: Neroli (Orange Blossom) Essential Oil
Violin: Labdanum (Rose of Sharon) Gum Absolute
Hand Drums: Nutmeg Absolute
Shakers: Black Pepper SCO2 Extract
I love that it has found a home in the enchanting Oracle Fine Curiosities shop here in Kansas City.
Last month I visited New Mexico, where Garnet and I worked on new perfume amulet designs in between hiking through sagebrush and Piñon trees! Taos is certainly the land of sage, as you can see in this photo from the last time I was here in 2009. Taos is filled with a spiritual energy that the unaltered landscape holds deep within it. The rest of my time there we spent in Santa Fe, and I was glad to arrive pre-tourist season because as soon as I arrived the world seemed to go back into fast motion, not stand still like in the mountains of Taos. We had a fireplace every night with Piñon logs burning, and Garnet wanted to be able to wear the sweet, uplifting scent of this tree that she had come to associate with her year living in Santa Fe. So we went out for a walk one day to take photos of products while gathering resin that had poured out of abrasions in the tree trunks and dried into incense. I brought the resin home and got to work infusing it into an oil base, then added some essential oil distilled from the wood. This solid Piñon perfume is sweet and mellow, and although it doesn't last long, it is able to do amazing things to my mood and my state of consciousness in the time that it dances across my skin.
This new moon's lunar amulet perfume is Bird Nest, blended with pure plant oils and extracts woven into a sweet bouquet of woods, grasses, hay, and leaves. Hints of sweetgrass, lemon myrtle, and vetiver open to a heart of juniper, cedar, and oak twigs, then to dry hay padded with feathers and leaves.
A tribute to spring.
A tribute to spring.
I was excited about this perfume and had to put in some beeswax/soy container candles too. These are topped with sweetgrass and labeled with a gorgeous letterpress printed illustration by Kelly Louise Judd of swanbones.
This has been the longest, coldest winter EVERRRR! This New Moon, I am focusing my energy on the upcoming arrival of warmer, brighter days, beginning with a burst of Grapefruit and Basil. In this solid perfume, White, Pink, and Red Grapefruit essential oils are bursting from a base of basil EO and absolute. This does not last on the skin for more than an hour, but the scent is full of energy and bright, juicy, hypnotic citrus throughout its life. There are a few left in the Limited Edition section of my Etsy shop, for anyone needing an aromatherapy form of sunshine.
I handmade each of these over the course of several long nights at home as a way to take a break from perfume and appreciate the meditative nature of working with leather. I love working on projects that are completely different from what I usually do because it adds more depth and consideration to everything else I make.
These black leather medicine pouches are limited edition amulets that I handmade to hold an antiqued silver finish perfume locket featuring a large black onyx stone. The black onyx is known to protect from negative energies, and here it protects the pure essences distilled from three varieties of sacred sages living inside the locket. This energetically cleansing natural solid perfume and anointing balm is captured in a base of beeswax and tinted with bamboo charcoal.
There are six of these available, each cut from an up-cycled vintage leather skirt and detailed with charms of black bone, black onyx, black tourmaline, black rooster feather, and dark silver findings.
The sage perfume is powerful, herbaceous, dark, and lovely to wear. It is like having a smokeless smudge wand to carry with you in times of reflection, energy cleansing, spirit cleansing, and meditation.
For a while I resisted expanding my offerings beyond perfume- But when I began making face oil for myself and offering it to friends I ended up with a legion of addicts. For the past two years we have been testing every type of oil on our skin and hair and I finally settled on this recipe. Then it got even better - Swanbones (Kelly Louise Judd) created a gorgeous illustration to adorn the bottle. Then it got crazy - the first batch was gone within the first week of listing it online, and now I'm hoping the ingredients for the next batch arrive in time to ship your orders on time! I can't wait to hear your feedback and I hope it offers some relief from this long winter.
Tonight's moon is a black moon (second new moon in a month) as well as a supermoon as well as the lunar new year. Happy year of the Horse! Be sure to concentrate on your intentions tonight and use the moon's power to enhance, focus, and manifest your visions. The horse may hurry them along faster than expected. ;)
To finish the tea series, this cycle's perfume is Jasmine Tea. A classic scent, a simple blend, and a delight to wear on any skin type. The smooth green tea leaves are infused with fresh Jasmine petals and brewed with honey. It has been quite a winter and I have tea on my mind 24/7. But I promise the next moon will have a drastically different theme for you. (And there are just 2 extra jasmine tea refills...message me if you want one! They won't be listed)
AND, To celebrate the year of the Horse, the 20% off Horse cologne special will continue until February 3rd.
I have been working with Scarlett Garnet on a revamped line of Black Forest Amulets. I love the evolution of these designs and the new full face stone lockets incorporated into them. I'm also especially in love with the Dark Heart of the Deep Woods Amulet, which arrives with your choice of wood oil inside, tinted black with charcoal, and displayed on a chain meticulously wire wrapped with tiny gemstones by Garnet.