Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Wishing each of you a very happy EARTH day! The earthiest of our perfumes are Terrestre, created on Earth Day and Figure 1: Noir. Read more about elemental earth here.

For a bit of validation on just how magnificent Mother Earth is, check out this video. As you may have heard, I will be a presenter as this Autumns Aromatherapy Conference up in Seattle. My talk is titled "The Tree of Life: A Mystical Approach to the Art of Aromatherapy", this video gives you a clue as to why I choose the tree as my archetype.

Impromptu LookBook

The Lookbook for Impromptu is finally done! Greg and I began working on it on April 11th when we did a photo shoot up at the Agoura Antique Market. Greg had discovered a pretty, young girl named Savannah at the gym he frequents. She is a fabulous model and we hope to use her often.

The photo shoot was specifically for a trio of fragrances planned for next month. Since we were there we decided to use our dedicated time, location and Savannah for a few images for Impromptu.

For the creation of this LookBook I mapped out a storyboard on index cards to serve as a guide. I shared with Greg the concepts I had in mind and then began to hunt for imagery on my hard drive, pull up reviews and create new text. In the meantime Greg began working on a masculine image for the fragrance. The first pages I created were the three text pages about the fragrance. I then moved onto the ingredients spread and the pages that include quotes from Gaia of The Non-Blond and John of CaFleurBon. As I did my work Greg continued creating imagery and working on spreads as well. We work very closely, going back and forth, eliminating ideas while coming up with new directions and sometimes going back to the beginning and then foraging new paths. The constant is we are always surprised how long these LookBooks take to create.

Monday, April 21, 2014


I've been working on manifesting a BHAG: big, hairy, audacious goal. The goal was not necessarily on the top of my list, but rather has occurred by a series of serendipitous events. At first it was just an idea, which like a rolling stone has gathered lots of moss and particles. It is now a big ball, appearing to be gaining speed.

“To dream by night is to escape your life. To dream by day is to make it happen.” 
~ Stephen Richards

In some ways I feel like I will be leaping from a high mountain peak with the intention that my wings will open and the air currents will be manageable. All signs point to GO and each day the goal feels more and more tangible.

Once the goal is in a more solidified form (not just a big mossy ball) I'll be back to share.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Impromptu Reviews

This is the official landing page for reviews of Impromptu botanical perfume as a constant in the line. First up is a paragraph from Sam and review Tom write for Perfume Posse, where he picks up on carnation as the primary note.

"Impromptu is a morpher; a changeling. A fragrance with layers upon layers. A beginning of herbs, wood, and a lemony and astringent quality that eventually warms and morphs into something astounding. Worn leather, sweet balsamic notes, woods and resin mingle together and create this beautiful antique quality and feeling. This isn't a perfume to become weak and subtle with wear, but instead, Impromptu only gets better the longer it is worn - and it lasts an impressively long time."
    ~ Sam, in reference to the liquid perfume extract

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.