Saturday, August 30, 2014

Flowering Perks

Since March 13th, when I came across my new workspace, I've been contemplating creating a campaign to get some help with the set up of the atelier, specifically the counters for the apothecary area.

I'm just about ready to debut the project which will offer rewards that are not currently available in my E-shop or website like Mellifera, a new jasmine fragrance, body butters, etc. Some of these delicacies have exotic white flowers as a common denominator, like a heavenly Gardenia item that I have in a small amount. I am also devising some perks that will be special for those who attend the grand opening.

Using an established site like IndieGoGo is an option but I am leaning more toward hosting it here at the journal and sending the rewards out immediately as the donations come in to keep things simplified.

If there is anything special you would like me to offer please leave a comment or send me a note. This week I'll be meeting with some folk to get clarity on what the minimum amount I need is to get the space finished up.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Life is a Flower

Last year in August for the Honey Love Wax Symposium I put together a talk about "Scent and the Honey Bee" along with creating a perfume titled Mellifera. The fragrance is just about ready for debut. Above is a sneak preview of one of the images that Greg finished up yesterday to illuminate the evocative potion. The photo shoot was conducted back in May at the Agoura Antique Mart with the radiant Sophie Fletcher.

"Life is the flower of which love is the honey."
– Victor Hugo

The fragrance is going to be part of the fan funding campaign I've been putting together to get the rest of my new space finished, thus it will not be available at the E-shop or my website until the Autumn. There is going to be a plethora of perfumes I've been holding off on debuting available at that time including a new Jasmine that I am completely in love with.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In Between

The work area of my new space, termed apothecary, is finally set up. Thus, all perfumes and new orders will now be created in Agoura Hills. For the time being I've set up the area like I had it here at my home studio to keep things simplified.

The whole space is still being refined, with me making subtle daily changes. I'm in desperate need of furniture, specifically counters and shelving. Its pretty amazing how many bottles of liquids I have amassed in the last eighteen years. Packing and moving all of it in made me realize just how much glass and liquids I have. What a relief that I've only moved ten minutes away.

I have a window display / seating area at the front of the space which for now I am using as a display for my sign and glass ware.

Today I set to work only to realize I have left some valuable glassware and infusions at home. It feels a bit like I'm in between two worlds.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Silver Filigree

The vintage inspired filigree perfume locket is now available in the silver finish. Perfect for travel or when you want to have something pretty to anoint yourself with without the need to reach into a bag or pocket. Since I am so sensitive to scent I find this locket particularly useful because the fragrance gently wafts out of the delicate ornamental brass filigree so there is no need to open it. Gently hold the locket up to the nose, breath and be instantly transported to a fragrant meadow, beach, etc. For further enchantment, open and apply the creamy elixir to your pulse points.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Scent of the Day: Page 47

The scent of most of my days lately has been Page 47. I can't seem to get enough of this one and yearn for it in a format that I could slather all over, not just a little dab at the wrists and neck. Thus, today, after taking a load up to the space, I am making a body butter of it.

The backbone of this fragrance is Jasmine, Champa and Vanilla. Of course the formula is much more complicated than these three individual ingredients, the trio represents the structure of the pulsating heart center.

Image composite is three raw material photos I took and the one of Eve is a selfie down at the beach, near Pacific Coast Highway and Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


The daily gathering of little white florets from for the Jasmine sambac tincture continues. Although there was a bit of a dry spell of blossoms for about a week, the plants are flowering once more.

These waxy, abundantly scented little flowers have been getting added to 190 proof grape alcohol since April of this year. Thursday morning, while filtering the tincture, I poured a tablespoon into a glass. After finishing the process and cleaning up, I studied the fragrant potion and drank. The first impression was the strong, sharp, astringent taste of the 190 proof organic alcohol followed by the most glorious floral flavor. Like a well blended, complex botanical perfume, there was a journey of notes which ended with the most delectable tang of jasmine if drinking an aspect of the soul of the plant which even the hydrosol cannot capture.

While experiencing this exotic and completely new taste sensation I contemplated how the high proof alcohol extracts botanical components that water cannot, making this format of experiencing the flavor of these delicate flowers a completely new and different adventure.

This tincture is meant for the 2015 edition of the Blossom Cologne. The 2014 edition of the fresh and uplifting cologne can be found here, keep in mind there is a specified amount of the cologne due to the finite availability of the hand infused alcohol contained within the fragrance.

Each plant material tinctures up differently, some do not not release there precious aromatic treasures while others do so very eagerly. Jasmine sambac works well as long as you can keep up the task of filtering old blossoms and adding new ones consistently for a period of three months or so. The alcohol in the tincture I've been making is just about completely saturated with aromatics thus, tomorrow I will begin doing an enfleurage with the jasmine blossoms.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


The progress on the new space continues quite swiftly and productively. It's all feeling like its coming together now and I am absolutely thrilled. The energy in the space is absolutely divine, not only from my point of view but many others who have visited.

The wrought iron trellis that was purchased at the Rose Bowl Flea Market was made into a door and hung while we were in San Diego.

Each day when I head up to continue finishing the painting of the furniture I take a basket or two of items such as books, bottles and props. All these embellishments add more of an apothecary and artistic feel to the space.

One day when Eve and I were trodding up and down the atrium stairs with boxes we noticed a glorious floral fragrance. Eventually Eve discovered that it came from one of the large trees in the center of the Atrium near the stairs. The scent was coming from a beautiful yellow flower known as Magnolia champaca and/or Michelia champaca. In India this flower is floated in water as a sacred offering.