Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ex tempore

All aspects of Impromptu are now listed at the site and ready to be enjoyed. Each format offers a different form of enjoyment as the notes seem to sing in different harmonies depending on if the base.

Greg and I are hard at work on the LookBook, which, if everything aligns nicely will be done by the end of the week.

Impromptu: A Rendezvous with Romance

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Visions from the Minds Eye update

As you may recall, I had asked you all to chime in to find out which of Greg's images you liked best for the cover of his upcoming book. Well, it turns out he gets to use BOTH as well as a third cover for the boxed set.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


While straightening up the studio I happened across a few glass amber bottles containing Blossom Eau de Cologne. I poured them all together, then filtered to make sure any bits of the jasmine tincture and botanical extracts were gone and have listed the remnants here. This is all that is left of the 2013 edition.

The 2014 edition is now underway which will feature a tincture of our jasmine sambac blossoms from last years bloom time.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Radiant Orchids

Pantone, the self deemed authority on color , has deemed "Radiant Orchid" the color of 2014. This cool yet warm hue, which gently lounges on the fringes of red violet, has an affinity with the color harmony of Gracing the Dawn and Cimbalom. In fact, if you were to take the lavender shade of Gracing the Dawn and mix in a bit of the pigment of Cimbalom you'd probably have a match.

Radiant Orchid is within the realm of our mascot hue Purple, and thus we are rather thrilled by this as there seems to be much available in this luminous tone.

Orchids, for the most part do not have a scent, nor do we have a botanical essence derived from their flowers. We do have vanilla, the fermented paste from the bean originally from the V. planifolia that grew along the east coast of Mexico. However, when conjuring the image of this wild, tropical orchid we generally associate it with a cocoa brown color.

Thus, if we were to construct a scent from the Illuminated Perfume line that was in alignment with the "Radiant Orchid" I would choose a soft floral with both a warm and cool character. I'm feeling like Gracing the Dawn is perfectly aligned with what the Pantone folk define as Radiant Orchid. If you have a different point of view let me know, I'd love to hear it.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


I picked up the little Impromptu cards from my local printer yesterday. Thus all the orders that have been placed, along with promotional packets, will begin getting sent out today. Please note that I didn't make a huge amount of this first batch. I'm working on a big batch of the solid and liquid synergy as well as an Eau de Parfum spray.

I took a few more photographs yesterday, still have quite a lot more to shoot and then edit. Launching a fragrance, even when its a perfume that once existed, is always a bit labor intensive.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Visions From the Minds Eye

For the past year my husband, Greg Spalenka, has been working on a retrospective book of his artwork that is being published by Titan. Together with his buddy Jeff they have designed the entire book which was just submitted to the publisher in England this week.

They have created two alternate covers and are looking to fans of Greg's art to help decide which one to use. If you feel inspired please head over to the Spalenka Eye and vote for your favorite. The book will launch at the San Diego Comic Con this summer.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Three Violets

My studio right now is wafting with the violet, fern and leathery notes from the filtering the latest edition of Gracing the Dawn. It's one of my favorite fragrances of the line, I love how the notes meld together so seamlessly.

After filtering I thought I better take a few photos of the little 1 gram vial so I wondered outside and found three little violet flowers peeking out from under the leaves of one of my plants. I thought this a particularly auspicious event since the fragrance was first titled The Three Graces and there were three violets.

The formula is basically exactly the same, although I am always looking for ways to extend the base without impacting the beautiful floral heart. Gracing the Dawn contains five chords/accords with twenty five other individual essences. With so many individual chords and the amount of essences makes this perfume insanely complex. Seriously, what was I thinking! Oh, right, I was chasing the muse again, in this case three of them, filled with grace.