Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fund the Perfumery!


In March I found a great location for my perfumery. Auspiciously things aligned themselves and the glorious space manifested into a work / showroom / teaching space. What is needed now is a helpful boost from all of you to complete it for the November 15th opening celebration. Below you will find some incentives to be one of the founders of the Roxana Illuminated Perfumery, first ever, studio/showroom! If you are new here, read more about me at this link on the website where there are a few more links to delve further.



I am in need of:
1. Counters for the perfume workshop
2. A display case for the showroom
3. Chairs and bench for the teaching space
4. Stools for the display case


1. Glass Display Case
The display case has been found and is currently on layaway, awaiting final payment. The only repair needed is to remove the glass panels that have been adhered to the side of the drawers with silicon.

2. Apothecary Inspired Counters
I've found a local carpenter to make the counters. He met with me last Sunday morning and is on track to create antique apothecary-like counters with installation taking place within the week.

3. Chairs, benches and stools
The chairs and stools are yet to be found. World Market and Overstock have some chairs that are good options.



{HOW TO}

To participate in this event click on the appropriate "DONATE" button for the item you desire if using PayPal. Donations can also be sent as via check or walking the funds into the perfumery as a check, cash or charged via square. Items are secured when funds have been received.

Most of these items being offered have no cards, special wax seals, etc., each item will have a simple label for identification.

If you have suggestions for other rewards not included here please send me a note with your ideas, I am happy to include more.

Please note that this Fan Funding Event will continue to morph and expand as needed, other items will be added soon. Check back often and share with your friends, family and social media platforms.

{ REWARDS }

Donate $1 or more
Receive copious amounts of love from all those who will benefit from having a physical location for a botanical perfumery in Agoura Hills, CA. Besides being an opportunity for a little good dharma your name will be listed on the website and in the shop as one of the supporting founders of the new space.
Estimated delivery: Immediate gratification

Donate $5 or more
Digital Wallpaper
Choose from one of five inspirational images for digital wallpaper.
Estimated delivery: Early November 2014

Donate $10 or more
Digital Wallpaper Bundle
Receive five inspirational images for digital wallpaper.
Estimated delivery: Early November 2014

Donate $20 or more  (only FIVE available)
2014 Summer Harvest of Woodland Honey from our wild feral bees.
Estimated delivery: Early to Mid November 2014
Add $5 USD to ship outside the US


Donate $20 or more
Mellifera,  Fleurish or Figure 5: Bois Solid Perfume sample
Receive a sample of the "not yet released" Mellifera, Fleurish or Figure 5: Bois solid perfume.
Estimated delivery: Early to Mid November 2014
Add $5 USD to ship outside the US



Since April of this year I have been gathering jasmine sambac flowers from the garden to extract for flowery potions such as tinctures and cold macerations. Some of the other florals that have presented themselves are plumerias and gardenias. The jasmine tincture and infusion goes into many of the fragrances such as Blossom and jasmine perfumes. The cold macerations of gardenia and plumeria are being given away. Please keep in mind that the scent is subtle and does not last for more than one hour on my olive complexion, thus the synergies are offered as a way to enhance and prolong the aromatics.

Donate $30 or more
Gardenia, Tuberose or Plumeria Solid Perfume sample
Receive a sample of the "not yet released" Gardenia, Tuberose or Plumeria solid perfume.
Estimated delivery: Early to Mid November 2014
Add $5 USD to ship outside the US

Donate $30 or more
Mellifera, Fleurish and Figure 5: Bois Solid Perfume sample set
Receive a sample set of the "not yet released" Mellifera, Fleurish & Figure 5: Bois solid perfumes.
Estimated delivery: Early to Mid November 2014
Add $5 USD to ship outside the US

Donate $40 or more
Gardenia, Tuberose and Plumeria Solid Perfume sample set
Receive a sample set of the "not yet released" Gardenia, Tuberose and Plumeria solid perfume.
Estimated delivery: Early to Mid November 2014
Add $5 USD to ship outside the US

In the mid nineties when I was first introduced to aromatherapy I created a BayRum cologne using a high proof rum infused with several herbs and spices. Over the years I've continued to make this special potion but have not offered it for sale. I have about half a gallon of the various tinctures going all the way back to the original that have been poured into one large glass container.

Donate $70 or more
BayRum Cologne, limited edition
There is 6 grams by weight of this BayRum cologne within the glass, spray bottle which measures just over 3.25 inches tall x 5/8th's wide with the cap on. According to the supplier the bottle is 1.5 thick and has a capacity: 1oz / 30ml.
Estimated delivery: Early to Mid November 2014
Add $5 USD to ship outside the US

While moving items to the new space I discovered several bottles of fragrances that have been gently melding in a dark box. Now seems like the most auspicious time to share them and create space for the new!

Donate $75 or more (only FIVE available)
Vespertina Perfume Sketch
Classic rectangular bottle with 4 grams by weight of a rendition of Vespertina. This perfume was created with many of the same essences as the namesake in our ready-to-ware line however, this version features prominent "lilac" notes which the other does not. The perfume has been poured into a classic, rectangular bottle which is placed in a velveteen pouch, contained in a pillow box with three informational cards. The little bottle measures 7/8 inch wide x 1 3/4 inch high, the capacity of the bottle is 1/6oz (5ml). Four grams is equivalent to about 0.141 oz.
Estimated delivery: Mid-November 2014
Add $5 USD to ship outside the US

Donate $95 or more (only FIVE available)
Fern Perfume Sketch
The glass vessel contains a floral fern fragrance which was never taken to a finish. The perfume has been poured into a classic, rectangular bottle which is placed in a velveteen pouch, contained in a pillow box with three informational cards. The little bottle measures 7/8 inch wide x 1 3/4 inch high, the capacity of the bottle is 1/6oz (5ml). Four grams is equivalent to about 0.141 oz.
Estimated delivery: Mid-November 2014
Add $5 USD to ship outside the US



Donate $100 or more
Mellifera, Fleurish or Figure 5: Bois Solid Perfume in a round tin
Receive a tin containing approximately 8.7 grams, over 0.3 ounces by weight of the creamy natural perfume. The tin measures 1 and 3/8" x 1/2" deep and is placed in a small colored pouch within a cardboard pillow box.
Estimated delivery: Mid-November 2014
Add $5 USD to ship outside the US

Donate $150 or more
Gardenia, Tuberose or Plumeria Solid Perfume Perfume Round Tin
Receive a round tin containing approximately 8.7 grams, over 0.3 ounces by weight of the creamy natural perfume. The tin measures 1 and 3/8" x 1/2" deep and is placed in a small colored pouch within a cardboard pillow box.
Estimated delivery: Mid-November 2014
Add $5 USD to ship outside the US


Donate $200 or more (only ONE available, possibility of being divided into smaller parcels)
Pikake Infused Body Butter
Four ounces by weight of hand infused body butter, created during the Summer of 2014 with fresh Jasmine sambac flowers (called Pikake in Hawaii) placed on a bed of organic jojoba oil and local beeswax.
Estimated delivery: Mid-November 2014
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
Add $50 for the addition of the Fleurish solid perfume synergy to your Pikake Body Butter


Donate $250 or more (only ONE available, if no one selects this item it will be divided into smaller parcels)
Gardenia Infused Body Butter
Four ounces by weight of hand infused body butter, created during the Summer of 2014 with fresh Gardenia flowers placed on a bed of organic jojoba oil and local beeswax.
Estimated delivery: Mid-November 2014
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
Add $50 for the addition of the Gardenia solid perfume synergy to the your Body Butter


Donate $250 or more (only ONE available, if no one selects this item it will be divided into smaller parcels)
Plumeria Infused Body Butter
Four ounces by weight of hand infused body butter, created during the Summer of 2014 with fresh Plumeria flowers placed on a bed of organic jojoba oil and local beeswax.
Estimated delivery: Mid-November 2014
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
Add $50 for the addition of the Plumeria synergy to the this Body Butter


Adopt a Chair $250 (only SIX available)
The Cocoa Paige Round Back Chairs, currently offered at World Market, have the perfect feel for the perfumery. We will add an engraving of your name to the back on this chair, which means that when you come to visit us or attend a class at the perfumery you will have your very own chair! Included in this reward is a sample set of six solid perfumes of your choice from our current line and/or Mellifera, Fleurish, Figure 5: Bois, Gardenia, Tuberose and Plumeria.

Donate $600 or more
Join Roxana at the perfumery for a 90 minute scent experience touring her palette of rare and exotic botanical treasures. This special sensorium can be offered just for you or a group of friends.
Available: Mid-November 2014

Donate $1200 or more
Join Roxana at the perfumery for a three hour scent experience touring her palette of rare and exotic botanical treasures. This special sensorium can be offered just for you or a group of friends up to four people, includes lunch at the delicious Blue Table within the Whizin Market Square Atrium.
Available: Mid-November 2014


Donate $00 or more (coming soon)
Eau de Parfum sprays in a variety of scents (Page 47 and Chaparral are ready!) and sizes including my new Petit Perfume goblet bottles.

Donate $00 or more
Salt / Coffee Scrub (coming soon)

Donate $00 or more (coming soon)
Salt Scrub

Donate $00 or more
Coffee Salt Scrub (coming soon)

Please share and help make this happen, feel free to use my images when promoting. Isn't my new logo sweet.



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Introducing Fleurish


Fleurish, a play on the french word fleur for flower and flourish a design embellishment used in calligraphy, is a luxurious jasmine solifleur with abundant notes of the indolic heady white floral laced with honey.

The fragrance was initially one of the trials for Figure 8: Coeur de Jasmin, which some of you may have received as a sample last year. Fleurish is an extremely fresh and velvety floral with a duration of at least six hours with a intoxicating jasmine threaded through the top, middle and base of the fragrance. The formula not only contains three types of jasmines but also a bit of the Jasmine sambac tincture/infusion from my garden. A plethora of other sacred and precious ingredients such as a ten year vintage of Mysore sandalwood are intricately stitched like precious gem stones inlaid in a golden ring. As with all my perfumes this has been constructed using ONLY high end botanicals, absolutely no animal ingredients or isolates are included.

Fleurish is one of the items offered in the upcoming Fan Funding Event, and thus for a time being will only be available through that venue. It will be available for sniffing at the upcoming celebration of the new space on November 15th.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Introducing Mellifera


Mellifera, meaning Honey (melli) Bearing or Maker (fera) is the second part of the name for our little honey bee. The entire name is Apis mellifera, apis being the genus.


I began the fragrance Mellifera in the summer of 2013 for the HoneyLove Wax Symposium held in Culver City. The fragrance is based on everything that makes up the realm of the honey bee including herself and tribe members, the hive (as in To Bee), the landscape where she forages and other interesting bits about her.

The orchestration was initially composed by listing everything relating to the honey bee in terms of scent and then pairing essences to those words. For example:

Queen bee: Lemongrass

Forage bee: Based on research regarding the hone bees "nasanov" (scent) gland secretions that have components related to Melissa officianalis and Eucalyptus citriodora Melissa, Eucalyptus citriodora and Geranium.

Honey: Ylang ylang and Mimosa

Propolis: Resin and spice

Hive: All of the above plus musk and wood

Landscape: Herbs, flowers and tree sap.

After that I took birds eye view of these ingredients and began to weave them together with other notes to support them, keeping in mind perfume structure. The final composition of twenty two ingredients, all botanical except for the beeswax absolute. The orchestration includes woods, resins, leaves, flowers, herbs, rinds and roots. One of the featured ingredients is helichrysum both from Croatia and Ojai California.

I found this interesting bit on the wordnik blog: "In Latreille's system, the fourth family of aculeate Hymenoptera; the Anthophila; the honeybees." and this bit from Wikipedia: "The first Apis bees appear in the fossil record at the Eocene–Oligocene boundary (23–56 Mya), in European deposits. The origin of these prehistoric honey bees does not necessarily indicate Europe as the place of origin of the genus, only that it occurred there then. A few fossil deposits are known from South Asia, the suspected region of honey bee origin, and fewer still have been thoroughly studied."

I have many healers and intuitives come by my new workspace in Agoura, one of them mentioned to me that honey bees originate from Mars, as do all colony based creatures.


When this little forager was named they believe that she was a male and thus many songs and poems refer to her as such, for example:

“The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee; A clover, any time, to him is aristocracy.”
~ Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems


The main image for Mellifera is the crown, with the color harmony being antique gold and iconography related to the Goddess since the honey bee is mostly female. Greg took a some beautiful photos of my fellow "Summer essence sister" Sophie specifically for Mellifera, including this one which was previously shared.


Mellifera is one of the items offered in the upcoming Fan Funding Event, and thus for a time being will only be available through that venue. It will be available for sniffing at the upcoming celebration of the new space on November 15th.

Here is what Sarah said about it when I put a little sample in with a locket she ordered:

"I applied some Mellifera mid-morning, and it's still lingering (4+ hours later). Initially it smelled of sweet vanilla + pepper, with beehive (i.e., beeswax + sun-drenched pine wood) notes. A bit like a sweeter + lighter Impromptu. Now, a few hours after application, it smells like a sweeter, lighter Aumbre, which is FANTASTIC, and may account for its longevity on my skin (Aumbre lasts forever for me)."

The scent is most similar to the fragrances in the line that have earthy, resinous, herbal notes like Impromptu, Aumbre, Terrestre, Chaparral, etc. Some noses might perceive it as "medicinal" due to some of the spicy camphor notes.

Then there is what happens to the scent when it comes into contact with each persons chemistry expressing itself on our skin. Everyone experiences scent so vastly different, depending on the olfactory terrain that they are accustomed to. If you have smelled Mellifera please include your experience in the comments or e-mail them to me so that I can share with the rest of the tribe....or should I refer to us as a hive?

Related posts here at the Journal:
HoneyLove Yellow Tie Event: August 2014
Life is a Flower
HoneyLove Wax Symposium

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wine and Cheese


It's been a bit of a desert here at the journal, here's whats been happening lately. For the most part all my energy is going to making perfume, packing orders and getting ducks in a row at the new workspace. The ducks include the Samhain decorations, the Fan Funding project (which is rather massive in scope), organizing and then re-organizing the workshop, new products, perfumes, logo, packaging and planning the opening. Everything fits together a bit like a puzzle as I need the funding to get some counters, the display case etc. but time is running out as I am intending to have the Celebration for the new space on November 15th! YIKES!!


Yesterday I met with Gina of Blue Table, the wine and cheese bar at the Whizin Market Square where the perfumery is. The intention was to do a little mind melding about what to serve at the opening and check out options. Right now we are considering either a spiced wine, a Vermouth beverage or Sangria with a infused water for those who don't drink alcohol.


We also discussed cheese and different herbals pairings. I love Blue Table and eat there quite often, probably more so than Hugos. My staple there is the beet and goat cheese salad. While speaking with Gina she served me a gorgeous Vermouth paired with GingerBeer. I've never been much of an alcoholic beverage person, but am sensing that may change.


Blue Table reminds me a bit of Il Piatto, a deli my mother had with a friend during the 80's while I was attending Otis Art Institute in downtown. Il Piatto was located on Melrose, back when it was really "happening" in that part of Los Angeles. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NEWS: French Glass Flacons


At this moment in time the French glass flacons with the flat tops that fit into the crochet pouches are no longer available. The photo above is the last of them which was bought by a fan on the east coast. I do still have some flacons left with your choice of three tops like the rectangle above, the round pictured below or the one I call V-neck.


In the meantime I'm working on some labels for other bottles to offer as an alternative and changing all the listings online.

The redesign of the logo and bee has been an ongoing project for a few years now, worked on by several very talented folks but never quite to my standards. Last month I found a new gal who is in the process of working on it. If all goes well, those designs may be showing up quite soon.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hearted



In the midst of herding all the elements for the Fan Funding Event together, the extravagant grand finale jasmine blooming cycle I came across a glorious glass apothecary cabinet for the new space. Although I thought all I needed was a simple glass case, when I found THE piece I realized no, this is the statement piece for the front section. Not only is it beautiful but evokes my great grandfathers apothecary in downtown Buenos Aires magnificently!


Of course its going to cause great chaos within the space. All the existing furniture and hangings will under go a massive shift, but I'm okay with it. Above is a simple photo of the piece taken hastily with my mobile, more soon.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Autumn Community Event


On Saturday, October 11th, the yoga studio directly across from the perfumery has asked me to participate in a community event on the second floor of the atrium within the Whizin Market Square.


Although the perfumery will not have its official opening quite yet, we will have a special sneak peak on that day. I invite you to stop by and inhale deeply while seeing the progress that has taken place in and enjoying the wonderful community within the atrium.

Greg will be doing signings of his beautiful new book as well as have prints and other ephemera for sale. This is a great opportunity to get a head start on the holiday gift giving season!

Yoga Everyone will kick off the day with a meditation at 9am followed by free yoga classes.

Other participating vendors includes: KIND bars, Blue Table, Raw Love Bites Chocolates, Pivot Wellness and more!