Friday, March 17, 2017

Bee-ing Green


When I contemplate the “green” note in a perfume, it is so much more than just the scent. At the core are the ingredients, how are they grown, obtained, processed and then brought to the market. Is the soul of the plant, the quintessence, still contained in the material that is being used? Or have those energetic fields been stripped out, starting with the seed?


The subtle frequencies of the soul imprint, the deva, spirit guardian or angel of the plant, still vibrant...even at ppb (parts per billion)? Many of us yearn for communion with that soul essence, the botanical matrix of the plant.

Thus on this St. Patricks Day, I'm cheering for authentic green, to the pagans who were so intimately aware of these subtle energies and to all the defenders of Gaia.

Find the Emerald Green Honey Bee Compact here.

Photos & text ©RoxanaVilla


Sunday, March 12, 2017

A is for April & Alchemy!


Since we have gotten an amazing community already signed up for the Alchemy happenings in April, I thought I'd post a few details all in one place, including a FAQ's.

Here is the list of activities we have planned so far, more are in the works! For ALL these events please arrive unscented. Be mindful of laundry, cosmetic and bath & beauty products on this special day. We need to keep our palettes clear and free of odorants and be respectful of the flora and fauna we will be working with.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 20th - 7pm

Alchemy Panel Discussion
with Cathy Skipper, Dr. Florian Birkmayer, John Steele and Roxana Villa

LOCATION
Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills, CA
Precise address will be provided via an e-mail.

FEE
The panel discussion is free and open to everyone who RSVP's in advance
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FRIDAY, APRIL 21st - 3-6 pm

Distill Your Own Hydrosols
with Cathy Skipper and Dr. Florian Birkmayer

LOCATION
Details provided upon registration.

FEES
If you are registered for the Alchemy & Medicine of the Soul workshop this class on distillation is included in your tuition. To purchase la carte the cost is $40.00
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SATURDAY & SUNDAY, APRIL 22nd and 23rd
9:30 am - 5 pm

Alchemy & Medicine of the Soul
with Cathy Skipper and Dr. Florian Birkmayer

LOCATION
Roxana Illuminated Perfume in the Atrium of  Whizin Market Hall
28914 Roadside Drive, second floor, unit 219
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

FEES
Early bird registration $296
After March 31st, $350


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MONDAY, APRIL 24th
7 pm - 9pm

with Cathy Skipper and Dr. Florian Birkmayer

LOCATION
Blue Table at  Whizin Market Hall
28914 Roadside Drive
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

FEES
$40 which covers all the expenses, including the very special and unique hydrosols 
we will be sipping and exploring.

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FAQs

1. Can you recommend a hotel in the area?


Group Name: ILLUMINATED PERFUME WORKSHOP

Arrival Date: 20-Apr-2017
Departure Date: 25-Apr-2017

If guests wish to call in, they will need to provide the code IPW to the reservations desk.  
This special Group Rate is only valid until March 31st.

2. How many students will you consider a full class to be?

We are not sure yet, 23 is the maximum my perfumery can accommodate. 
If we get more we may move it to another space within the Whizin Market Square.

3. Will you be sending us a list of things we need to bring?

I will ask Cathy and Florian about this, I don’t think you have to bring anything, 
except an open heart and a curious mind.

4. Any pre-requisites?

Nope.

If you have any more questions or need more details please contact me:
roxana <at> illuminatedperfume <dot> com
or use the contact page on my website.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The 2017 Edition of Blossom is here!


“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; 
they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.” 
― Luther Burbank

Just when you thought that perhaps you had enough yummy jasmine in our lives with the hydrosol, Cimbalom, Chiaroscuro and Fleurish, I bring you the 2017 edition of Blossom. Can you tell I love flowers, particularly jasmine?


This latest batch is particularly bright and beautiful, although it did give me lots of trouble due to all the different components that are part of her chemistry. Find her here, enjoy!



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Nurture with Nature


This Tuesday evening, March 14th from 6:30 - 8:00pm, I will be giving a free presentation at the perfumery titled "Nurture with Nature" as part of Dr. Nimira's Essential Connections monthly group. As women, connection is a vital thread that keeps us whole and feeling our best.

Essential Connections was designed as a once a month reboot for self-care. A time where you can create those essential connections with like-minded women and create essential connections in your brain as you learn how to revitalize your health without overwhelming your schedule.

I feel honored to be the speaker this month and look forward to sharing gathered wisdom from the plant world. Through the pathway of scent we will explore a rich and vibrant terrain which includes mythology, history, the aromatic properties of flowers and why they are associated with love, attraction and evolution.

Come and engage in my collection of rare botanical essences, learn how they are obtained and experience first hand the ability of flowers to elevate our moods and consciousness. Inhaling floral bouquets are an inspiring and uplifting way to instantly connect with nature, providing the body, mind and spirit with an anchor into the here and now. This unique happening is a way to honor oneself and the collective we are part of.

Please RSVP here.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Rain-date Sun-date


Due to popular demand...we are offering a RAIN date for our Venus inspired Goddess event! Please join us on Saturday, March 11th...for all those who were flooded, powered, or burned out from the rains!! We hope to see you on our SUN date at perfumery, everyone is welcome.

Below are the details from the original post from February along with a few additions, like chair massage! Read the re-cap of the first one we did during that crazy storm we had here in Los Angeles.


I’ve brought together some local sisters with like minds and hearts for a day of self love and nurturing! Just what you’ve been craving, an event devoted to Venus and inspiring the Goddess within each of us. 


Join a dynamic collective of women offering their wisdom and unique gifts.

Monika Peters, Goddess of Skin Care: Crafting a Seasonal Face Serum
Donna Malberger, Goddess of Wardrobe: Dressing From the Inside Out
Draza Jansky, Goddess of Insight: Practical Magic: Refining Your Intuition
Roxana Villa, Goddess of Fragrance: Scent as a Conduit

Saturday, March 11th - 10 am to 5pm
Presentation & Guava Mimosas* 11 am - 12 pm (limited seating)



FOR EXTRA SPECIAL NURTURING 

From 10am to 1pm Draža Jansky is offering 15 minute sessions starting at $25.
Read more about Draza below.

~ AND ~

Alison Savior, owner and practitioner of Transformational Bodyworks, will be offering 10 minutes of chair massage work for $15. Her customized session will take place within the lab area from 1-4 PM.
Alison's a private massage therapy and healing sessions are grounded in detailed anatomy and medical massage studies, informed by Eastern energy medicine practices, backed by 30 years of professional experience and offered with compassion, precision and reliability.
She is credentialed in ten different massage and healing techniques.
Give a gift to your self and experience her healing hands.

Book in advance to guarantee your spots
Alison Savior: tfbodyworks@gmail.com & Draža Jansky: drazadance@gmail.com

Roxana Illuminated Perfume
Whizin Market Hall
28914 Roadside Dr., Suite 219 
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

This event is FREE and open to everyone, both men and women. Keep in mind there is limited seating at the perfumery for the presentations and mimosas. If you would like to secure
a seat we recommend making a donation of $10 to reserve your spot!




ITINERARY
10 am - 11am
Meet and Greet / Shopping

10am to 1pm
Draža Jansky is offering 15 minute sessions starting at $25.

11 am - 12 noon
Presentations (no shopping)

12 noon - 5pm Shopping

 1-4 PM
Chair massage with Alison $15 for 10 minutes of customized work within the lab area.


PRESENTATIONS

"Crafting a Seasonal Face Serum"
Monika Peters is a licensed holistic esthetician and beauty nutritionist. Specializing in skin health, one on one consultancy & custom organic hand crafted products. She will do a Pre- Primavera Vitamin C Serum making demo, showcasing the maceration process while sharing his wisdom on skin health, age regeneration and seasonal skin care.


"Dressing From the Inside Out"
Donna Malberger domestically designs and produces beautiful knitted, garment dyed fabrics for her gorgeous ready to wear line of clothing. Donna will share knowledge she has learned through intimately working with master stylist and color expert Jennifer Butler on how to choose clothing that works for your coloring and body type.


"Practical Magic: Refining Your Intuition"
Draza Jansky is an Intuitive Life Coach and Meditation Teacher based in Malibu Lake.
Draza will share simple meditations, rituals, and coaching techniques to help you access and refine your powers of intuition, insight, and awareness.
Learn to use your intuition to create a beautiful life experience, inside and out.
Draza Jansky


"Scent as a Conduit"
Roxana will share a few insights into working with flowers as medicine as we experience the ethereal yet powerful message of Jasmine sambac hydrosol. Collectively we will sip this extra-ordinary floral water enhancing mind and body but also facilitating a connection to the ever present Goddess
within us.

Mimosas and snacks provided by Agoura Hills Blue Table

The Birth of Venus artwork was created for us by Greg Spalenka. If you would like to have an image created of yourself please contact him directly Greg at Spalenka.com. The model is DirtFairy Morley.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Elixir from Heaven, Jasmine Hydrosol


In the nineties while studying aromatherapy I was introduced to hydrosols, which back then were considered a "by product" of the distillation process. This was just before author Suzanne Catty released her pioneering book Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy.

"The word hydrosol, ‘hydro’ water and ‘sol’ solution means water solution and refers to the fact that a hydrosol is water that contains plant molecules and is produced alongside essential oil in the process of steam distillation, it is sometimes referred to as flower water. Hydrosols are much safer and easier to use than essential oils and have great potential for use both in physical ailments and when working on a subtle, emotional level. Mankind has distilled plants in order to extract their aromatic core for thousands of years and there is evidence that all the major civilizations used this form of extraction. When artisan distillers extract their own hydrosols the plant seems to open up on another level allowing us to come into contact with its healing vibration with ease and clarity, thus deepening our knowledge and intuitive information about it. There is a time for everything and although there are herbalists that have been distilling and using hydrosols regularly for years."
~ Dr. Florian Birkmayer

This jasmine sambac hydrosol has been artisan distilled within handblown glass alembics. The very special elixir has a delicate, ethereal quality which makes one feel as if you are attending a fairy feast with Queen Mab or with the Elves of Rivendell

Hydrosols may be used as an aromatic mist for the complexion, as a spritz into water as a flower tonic or used for culinary delights such as the Persians use of rose water. John Steele states that "Drinking this beautiful floral hydrosol with others creates a shared immersive field, which makes fuels our imagination."

I am offering this beauty in 1 ounce amber bottles and 4 grams in the Eau de Parfum bottle for those who want a small amount in a pretty bottle while supplies last. Perfect for bringing in floral consciousness as we enter Spring in the northern hemisphere.

On Monday, April 24th in Agoura Hills we are having a Hydrosol Encounter with Dr. Florian Birkmayer and Cathy Skipper. Join us and be part of the shared immersive field of these gentle vibrational tonics that have so much to teach us!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

In the Studio: Ascent


New editions of To Bee, Q, Rosa, Blossom, Gracing the Dawn and a few others are all in the works. The hiccup in making more of these gems was due to having spent so much time in developing and creating the content for the online course. Once the course was finally finished I dived into distillation, then working on the Scent of the Honey Bee presentation for the Beyond Aromatics conference compounded by the holidays. Thus a nice amount of the clear, focused time needed for perfume formulation was not to be found.

When I sat down to re-create the perfumes, I noticed that chords were also out of stock, but even worse, I was out of many essences. Thus, the first task was to access which essences needed to be ordered and tracking them down. Next on the list was creating the chords that would go into each perfume. Rosa contains a leather chord which contains two other chords within its structure—chords within chords. Thus, you can see how complex making more of this fragrance can be. This leather chord is also one of the main bones in the structure of a few other perfumes as well.

Creating perfumes within the studio of my home was much easier than at the perfumery where noise and the constant stream of the freezing air from the shared system constantly assaults my senses. We are dynamic beings in a constantly moving sphere. As these fireballs, in the form of emotional, physical and spiritual challenges hurl their way at us, its good to remain grounded.  I am visualizing myself as graceful as the fictional character Lara Croft, portrayed so eloquently by Angelina Jolie, when defending her manor.


Speaking of Lara Croft, I am thrilled to hear that Alicia Vikander will be Lara Croft in an upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, an excellent choice! Image below via RedIt, wish I knew the artist so that I could credit them. If I were to scent her I'd choice something earthy but with some sweetness, perhaps Rosa, Terrestre or Aumbre, what do you think?


Of all the fragrances on the tarmac being readied for take off, its looking like Blossom will be the first to fly into the heavens and infuse your smell-scape with the uplifting scent of jasmine and orange flowers.