Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Anita of Happy Herbs Soap has conjured the magic and mystery of an autumn's evening in the deep of the woods of Spruce and Pine. Exquisitely packaged in a test tube with intricate lashed cording and convenient hanging loop, "Woodland Spell" contains 12 small sculptural crow figures, fashioned completely of resins and herbs. The presentation alone is vastly imaginative, and lends itself to setting the sylvan, enchanted atmosphere. With the excitement of a child, I remove one tiny crow incense figure and place it in my carved bowl. With no need for charcoal , I merely light the beak of the crow and let the magic begin!
Immediately as the smoke curls through the air, I am transported to a mysterious forest after dusk, with the scent of dried fallen leaves mixed with earth, the resinous, warmth of Pine and Cedar, beautifully balanced with a hint of herbaceous green. Lighting these precious little crows, magical figures, long regarded as symbols of metamorphosis and transformation, it indeed feels like that of a very ancient ritual. Given that the first perfumes were incense made of resins and herbs, "Woodland Spell" seamlessly couples the ancient ritual experience of scent with the holiday atmosphere of today.
To experience the magic of "Woodland Spell" Incense as well as all naturally crafted soaps and oils, please visit www.happyherbssoap.etsy.com. You can also visit Anita at www.happyherbssoap.blogspot.com.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
In a world where competitive fierceness and the bottom line often eclipse mutual support and community, I feel fortunate to have connected with gifted and giving people and groups both online and in person. The Natural Perfume Movement as I would call it has been spearheaded by such visionaries as Anya McCoy, who not only creates gorgeous natural perfumes, but also has developed one of the most comprehensive training courses in natural perfumery worldwide. As a student of Anya and also as a friend, I have found so much support from her, students and other professional natural perfumers. It is my belief that the old paradigms of rabid competition may be shifting. Social media certainly has contributed to the mutual sharing of not only our personal updates, but our entrepreneurial ventures as well. I take great joy in supporting an independent perfumery that uses natural ingredients versus an over saturated planet of synthetics. I can literally sense the spirit of the botanicals , resins, and extracts used in a beautifully composed perfume. I can also feel the essence of the perfumer herself in each fragrant masterpiece. Sharing each other's work is a way to grow this movement, not hinder it. And, given the plethora of scents that can be created, there is room in my opinion, for everyone to succeed! In the following weeks and months I will be spotlighting natural perfumers from all of the world, who through their craft, and their intuitive alchemy, make life more beautifully, naturally fragrant!
Friday, October 12, 2012
Anya's Garden Perfumes: Problem Solved! An Easy, Effective Room Fragrance ...: Do you make candles with essential oils and absolutes? Do you wish they had more 'throw'? (For those who don't know the term 'throw' - it'...
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Holistic Body Therapy's " Celebration" is a profoundly beautiful creation I have had the privilege of reviewing. Andrea Shanti, Founder of Holistic Body Therapy has combined the full, luxurious gourmand scents of cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon ,with warm, joy inducing fir needle. Immediately upon smelling this bountiful holiday spray, I am reminded of a snowy winter's evening, red bowed fresh wreaths on wooden doors and trimmed trees bursting forth with soft white lights. Andrea has created a remembrance of the best of what holidays have to offer, the sharing of hot cocoa with a hint of sensuous vanilla, cinnamon sticks to be stirred into a warm cider, and the happiness that is indulging in the scentual beauty of each unfolding moment with loved ones. Her inclusion of Mountain Shasta's pure waters makes this ambient blend ever the more sacred. It transcends any one holiday practice, and brings this outstanding green glass bottled creation to a profound, spiritual level. I cannot stop spraying " Celebration" as I feel each chakra dance, from the tribal based energies of the root, to my heart and to the etheric crown. "Celebration" is to be experienced! Visit the amazing Andrea Shanti at www.holisticbodytherapy.net.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Vintage Vixen Radio Show: Nymphea Poudre Box This past July, I ventured away...: Nymphea Poudre Box This past July, I ventured away on an odyssey to France, where I was fortunate enough to see many beautiful litt...
Perfume and beautifully crafted bottles have been a passion of mine since I was five years old. I remember vividly when my parents purchased a miniature of orange blossom perfume for me at Sea World in Florida.That tiny rectangular bottle housed inside the very essence of a tropical day with the balmy, warm floral scent. I was hooked! What alchemy this world of fragrance. Forty years later I can still remember precisely how that perfume smelled like, and to this day I am drawn to sunny, sultry golden fragrances with a hint of citrus. It is the closest thing to bottling an exquisitely warm day. It is the scent of childhood wonder, the scent of happiness. I welcome you, dear reader, to journey with me into the passionate world of perfume, from distillation to distribution, from bottles to baubles! Let us begin our perfumed journey!