Showing posts with label GreenWitch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GreenWitch. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Waxing and waning


Several perfumes are just about out of stock or completely out. This re-occurring new phenomena is a sign that the formulas need to be made in much larger batches when the materials allow it. I'm going to create a post that lives here toward the top of the journal titled Editions, so that you all know what edition is currently in stock, running low on etc.

Here's the latest as I type this.

GREEN WITCH

GreenWitch in liquid form is completely out, more is in the works and will be back shortly.

IMPROMPTU

In the shop currently there are three vials with 1 gram. I discovered a bigger amber glass vial with 3.75 grams of perfume the other night in the studio, however it may already be spoken for. Keep in mind 1 gram is roughly equivalent to .036oz. There is about 1/4 ounce left of the original formula, although the client that has requested the 3.75 gram vial might take it. If you want to be put on a waiting list for it send me an e-mail at roxana (at) illuminatedperfume (dot) com.
Another edition is currently in the works which will also be available as a solid. I already have the wax for this one which makes things flow much better.

VESPERTINA

There is only 11 grams left of the 1st edition, which contains many precious distillates not currently available. When I had launched Vespertina in August of 2007 the formula contained quite a large amount of essences from when I was working in aromatherapy. Regrettably these essences are no longer on the market. The next edition will shift slightly in its aromatic experience and be aligned with the fragrance of the solid since that one also is being re-constructed.

I thought I was out of the synergy for the solid, however, I am not. I apologize if I created any panic.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mutations


One of the biggest challenges for the natural perfumer who works with a restricted palette of botanical raw materials, is that they are rare aromatic gems that every once in awhile disappear off the market. I stepped into the world of aromatherapy in the mid 1990's when many essences were much easier to purchase and substantially less expensive.

Over the last fifteen years some of my suppliers have stopped carrying specific essences, others come and go like the tide. In some cases I must order large amounts if I intend to get more.

My way around all this chaos is to reconstruct the missing essence as an accord, then if the essence becomes available again I can replace it in a formula. I did this last month with GreenWitch and most recently with Cimbalom. Thus, if you notice subtle differences this is the reason.

The jasmine sambac flowers have pretty much ended their flowering season here in the woodland, next up is the violets. Thus, expect to start seeing lots of pictures of deliciously, aromatic violets.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring has Sprung!


Green is the color of the day on this blessed Vernal Equinox. In celebration I have two special items to share with you all. First, a review of Hedera helix by the very articulate Elena Vosnaki author at Perfume Shrine. Sometimes I feel like much of the artistry and subtleties that go into my work go unnoticed, not today, Elena sees it all. Hop onto a dandelion seed and transport yourself over to her blog for a delightful read and a giveaway.




Chaparral® has been selected as one for the featured perfumes in a special "Scent Dinner" taking place at the Woodward Garden in San Francisco. Chef Dana Tommasino and author Alyssa Harad will present a series of "scent courses" inspired by the artistry of California perfumers designed to wake up your nose, your palate and your imagination.


When Alyssa first contacted me she shared that her initial concept of only showcasing SF perfumers was stretched to include my work because she is such a fan. In the beginning phases it wasn't determined if they would select Chaparral® or GreenWitch. In one of the notes from Alyssa she mentioned, "Greenwitch is such an incredible green/savory/briny perfume that it lends itself to food. I've been writing "translations" for Dana and the one for Greenwitch involved black forbidden rice, seaweed, a raw oyster on the half shell and flying fish roe (all of this will get blogged about eventually). No idea what she'll come up with in the end but she did say she loves forbidden rice (me too!)." In the end Chaparral® won out over GreenWitch for the magical evening, just as well me thinks since this event does transpire within the aromatic landscape that inspired Chaparral®.

I'm thrilled to be part of this very creative exchange and look forward to reading more. Alyssa was very generous and sent me an advanced copy of her upcoming book Coming to My Sense: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure and an Unlikely Bride. Every night before bed I savor a chapter of this delicious book. The release is scheduled for July 2, 2012.


GreenWitch was begun way back in 2006 along with several chords that are featured within her framework. The fragrance took many twists and turns along the road to completion to ultimately launch on March 20, 2010. Find links about her construction here. Watch for the Greenwitch!


Now, lets take the Jasmin sambac hydrosol out of the fridge, pour it into a crystal goblet and welcome Flora in her beautiful new emerald cape and entourage of flowers. Cheers!

IMAGES
Opening painting
Le Printemps (Springtime) by Pierre Auguste Cot French, 1837 - 1883, Perfume photos ©Roxana Villa, GreenWitch illumination ©Greg Spalenka, Closing image: Flora: Spring in the Gardens of the Villa Borghese by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema Dutch, 1836 - 1912

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Be Witching in Green


“To me, a witch is a woman that is capable of letting her intuition take hold of her actions,
that communes with her environment, that isn't afraid of facing challenges.”

~ Paulo Coelho


I've been photographing the new solid perfume compacts, almost daily. Here are a few photos of the Green Witch case in silver. Each case holds a vinyl coated tin which is what I pour the solid perfume into a coated aluminum pan that fits inside with the metal compact. There is approximately 5.3 grams or 1.86 ounces of natural perfume by weight. The round compacts are manufactured and finished in America by a small family owned business. The compacts measure 1-5/8" diameter X 1/2" deep.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Elemental Water: Green Witch


On Monday, March 21st the great seasonal wheel marked the Vernal Equinox for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. The Vernal or Spring Equinox also called Ostara and/or Mean Earraigh is a transition point as we move from the darker half of the year into the light.


The solid perfume of Green Witch was launched in harmony with the day the liquid was introduced exactly one year prior. Green Witch is an ode to the sea, the sacred watery depths where Tethys the aquatic sea goddess dwells. The orchestration of the solid formula follows the exact blueprint of the liquid, the only difference in raw materials is a base of pure, unfiltered beeswax and jojoba seed oil instead of organic grain alcohol. Rather than tinctures of plant matter, I have created infusions of seaweed and hawthorn boughs and flowers.

Read a few testimonials and comments from happy customers by following this link here at the journal.


Green Witch is inspired by the novel of the same name written by Susan Cooper. In the book the women of the community gather together to build the Green Witch as an offering to the great Oceanic deity, Tethys. Today three other woman gather with me to introduce the new solid format of Green Witch and offer sample draws along with their impressions of the fragrance. Please find links at the end of this post.

“Hazel for the framework, Rowan for the Head,
The body is of Hawthorne boughs and Hawthorne blossoms.”
~ Susan Cooper


Although the raw materials of the both versions of the fragrance are almost exact the base of beeswax and jojoba change the aromatic quality of the perfume. The result is a warm, creamy Green Witch with softer, honeyed edges. On my skin the Neroli becomes one of the main notes gently balanced by all the other elementals including flowers, woods and resins with notes of fern and the sea. For more on the orchestration please follow this link to a post that goes into more detail.


The illumination that corresponds with this natural perfume has been created digitally by Greg Spalenka. For those of you wishing for a full sensorial affect Greg is offering a limited edition of the image at his E-shop.


The other ladies participating are:


Each of us will offer one small sample of the solid perfume. In keeping with the GREEN aspect of this perfume, to enter the draw please share in your comment some thoughts about the preserving the environment and/or your favorite eco tip. This giveaway opportunity ends at 10pm PST on Sunday, April 18th

You
must include your first name -or- etsy username AND email address with each entry or it will not be included.


For additional entries you can do any or all of the following, please leave a separate comment for each entry.
  • 1 entry per day of the contest: Twitter this message: RT @RoxanaVilla is hosting a giveaway of GreenWitch! Visit http://bit.ly/ehkAoM for a chance to win
  • 2 entries (total) - Blog about this giveaway, leaving the URL to the post in comments (1 blog per entrant, please)
  • 1 entry: Be or become a follower at RoxanaVilla on Twitter
  • 1 entry: Be or become a fan of IlluminatedPerfume on Facebook
  • 1 entry: Be or become a follower of this journal: IlluminatedPerfume
More fine print, learned along the way
1. If we cannot contact you we will give your prize away to someone else.
2. Entries are organized and submitted into the "randomizer" for a winner.
3. Please don't make up any new guidelines, what is outlined above is what we follow.

Good Luck everyone!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

In with the Green



The first comments for GreenWitch solid natural perfume are in...

"The beautiful scent of Roxana’s Greenwitch solid perfume is a magical spell of hope and rebirth …a reminder to look within, to find the joyful wildness that lurks inside our hearts …to become undomesticated at last. In doing so perhaps we will finally discover that we are the only ones who can save ourselves before it's too late."
~ Beth Schreibman Gehring from a review at the Windesphere Witch

"Lord, do I love this scent! So glad it's out now in solid form!"
~ Private, customer

"Mmm, how I love Greenwitch.
I fell for this scent in the liquid form when Roxana released it last year.
So fresh and invigorating. Now in the solid, I think I love it more.
The scent is rounded out with a creamy delight. Greenwitch is full of energy form the sea and the forest recharging my chi from this deep slumber from the cold winter's past."
~ Private, customer

After wearing this scent several times, I finally realized that it reminds me of the scent of a Caribbean island garden. Sun warmed dark green, chlorophyll-rich, saltiness. I love this perfume. Thank you for creating it! Oh, and delivery was very quick and the packaging sweet.
~ Private, customer

More comments, testimonials and reviews arriving soon.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Song for Spring


The Sacred Earth wheel has turned once again this time arriving with a gift from the deep teal taverns of the sea. GreenWitch, the gift for Tethys, has manifested in a creamy solid unguent heralding in the Spring.

Enhanced with the potent sunlight energetics of beeswax the solid perfume expression of GreenWitch embodies all that we love in the liquid and more. The melodic notes of the siren are slightly softened with a resinous heart beat. GreenWitch as a solid sings the song of the sea in a different tone, despite the same synergestic orchestration of accords and botanical essences.


For the base of the perfume Jojoba seed oil has been infused with Hawththorn leaves and flowers as well as Seaweed. The oil is combined with unfiltered, local beeswax and the same pure, natural essences contained within the liquid. The list of these essences is vast, including several accords as well as accords within accords. Read more about the Making of GreenWitch by following this ink here at the journal.

Using authentic language GreenWitch is not a botanical perfume but a natural perfume both as a solid and a liquid. This is due to the minuscule percentage of Africa stone in one of the accords and the beeswax used for the solid. Both expressions of GreenWitch use whole ingredients, I refrain from using disembodied isolates or animal ingredients such as Civet. I have never bought, promoted the use of or utilized these materials nor do I intend to.

The creamy unguent is perfect for travel, tossing into ones purse or layering over the organic liquid. I also like using the cream perfume on my arms and hands as a lotion and for anointing myself with an intention.


GreenWitch is a song to the sea, an offering to Tethys and filled with the intention that human beings will recognize their connection to nature and respect her gifts. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the flacon go to GreenPeace. When the body butters are released and the compacts return a portion of those proceeds will also be gifted to GreenPeace.

Get your GreenWitch solid sample here and the Honey Pot here. Other renditions such as the liquid or the for your perfume locket can be found also be found t the E-shop or requesting an invoice.

Images: GreenWitch Illumination ©Greg Spalenka, photos of perfume by Roxana Villa.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Inspiring Luck


“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”
~ Anon

What green fragrance are you wearing today? I'm working on the GreenWitch Solid on this blessed day of the land of Ire. The intention is to release the perfume on Sunday March 20th, for the Spring Equinox and start sending the creamy unguent out on Moonday the 21st.


"I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. " ~Thomas Jefferson

Plants associated with luck fall under the influence of the largest planet in the heavens, Jupiter, also called Jove referring to Zeus, the King of the Gods. Jupiterean plants have regal, majestic and bold traits. The aromatics tend toward rich and warming, making Aumbre and Sierra Solid Gold a nice fit into this scheme on this Jupiter day.


I've got a little luck of the Irish in my blood via my mothers side of the family. Although I was born in Argentina my ancestry is European stock from Italy, Ireland and Spain.

Happy Saint Patties Day to each of you! Breath deep and visualize your most expansive dreams as you anoint yourself this day with an inspiring fragrance.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

GreenWitch gets Gold Star


The sea chypre handmade natural perfume offering to Tethys has garnered some gold stars. Green Witch was selected as a Best Natural Perfume of 2010 by Trish at Scent Hive, Donna at the Portland Examiner and Gaia at The Non Blonde.


I'm super grateful for their nods of approval and all the fans and patrons that adore this completely natural and organic perfume. Here are some snippets for you to savor...

"GreenWitch is unquestionably a chypre as oakmoss, galbanum, violet leaves and rose petals greet you from its start. After a bit, it gets a nutty, salty air from vetiver and tonka with floral nuances like boronia and honeysuckle. Honeysuckle is not in the notes, so I’m guessing the mimosa, ylang ylang and beeswax create a hybrid honeysuckle accord on my skin, and I love it. It smells like a day at the beach when you are blessed with warm skin, salt in your hair, and suntan lotion that barely lingers on your body. Green Witch has incredible sillage and staying power which lengthens the fragrance’s evolution, and it might well be Roxana’s most multi-layered perfume yet."
~ Trish, Scent Hive


"Roxana Illuminated Perfume - GreenWitch. This botanical perfume is a green chypre. It took me a few weeks before I could hear the ocean when wearing it, but all of a sudden it was there. Remarkable and original, a must-try for chypraholics."
~ Gaia, The Non-Blonde

"True chypre perfumes area vanishing breed due to ingredient regulations for the European perfume industry, but that doesn't stop this American indie perfumer from making a truly stunning elixir like GreenWitch, a scent in the green chypre style with an added twist of real seaweed. With perfumers like Ms. Villa working today, we need not mourn the loss of chypre scents from the big perfume makers quite so intensely."
~ Donna, Portland Fragrance Examiner


Find GreenWitch at my E-shop:
A sample set of three glass vials containing .25 grams of perfume.
1 gram in a glass vial
and Perfume Flacon

Solid Compact arriving this year, fingers crossed it will be ready for the Spring Equinox.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

GreenWitch


Once again the sacred seasonal wheel reaches one of eight markers, signifying a transition. Today marks the Vernal Equinox, Mean Earraigh, where day and night are balanced as we celebrate Spring and fertility.

Aligned in the spirit of community my friends and fellow bloggers have joined together in a circle with thoughts and impressions of GreenWitch natural perfume. The fragrance has been reated as an offering to Tethys, the Greek aquatic sea goddess. At the bottom of this post please follow the links to each of the blogs participating.

I've chosen this day to officially launch the perfume because of the story which inspired its creation. GreenWitch by Susan Cooper is a book published in 1974 as part of the authors Dark is Rising Series. In the story a group of elder women from a community in Cornwall gather to create an offering, "for greeting summer and charming a good harvest of crop and fish.”1
In the story we learn that the gift is to the White Lady, Tethys, who governs and rules the sea. GreenWitch, the character and the perfume, defies genre as it is neither feminine nor masculine. As a gift to Tethys, it's mother, the framework of the effigy is Hazel with Rowan for the head and Hawthorne boughs and blossoms for the body.


Once the large looming figure of the GreenWitch is complete local maidens approach, touch the image and ask for a wish. Only one young maiden makes a selfless wish. As the first light of dawn is seen out on the horizon, the fisherman cast the intention filled mass of bough and blossom down into sea to the White Lady.


Tethys, daughter of Gaia, is one of the Titans in Greek mythology, mother to thousands of daughters called the Oceanids. GreenWitch, beholdent to Tethys and the Wild Magick journeys to the deep to see her mother with a secret.


This story moves my soul each time I read or listen to the audio book, obviously it has struck a resonant chord deep within. I've learned to follow that gong inside in creating art and thus bring you this new fragrance.

GreenWitch as perfume follows the formula of a traditional Chypre where Oakmoss and Labdanum in the base are balanced with Bergamot in the top. Balance is one of the main themes of Mean Earraigh as the light is evenly matched with the dark. As you anoint your self ask for a wish and know that a percentage of the profits from the flacon support GreenPeace. The perfume is available in the quarter ounce flacon pictured in the photos, 1 gram vials and in sample packs here, if it has sold out be patient I will re-list it shortly, no worries.

I wish you happiness.


Please take the journey to the listed blogs where more scented tales await.

Ida at BitterGrace Notes

The Non Blonde

Tom at Perfume Posse

Perfume Shrine

Portland Examiner

Scent Hive

The Windsphere Witch

1 GreenWitch by Susan Cooper

Related journal entries:
The Making of the GreenWitch and the original post at Sniffapalooza Magazine .
Vernal Equinox: Blossom by blossom and All things Spring

Images:
GreenWitch ©Greg Spalenka
Photo illustration of GreenWitch Perfume bottle by Roxana Villa
Les Océanides (Les Naiades de la mer by Gustave Doré, French, 1832 - 1883 via ArtMagick

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Making of the GreenWitch...


“The making of the greenwitch....is an old spring rite...
for greeting summer
and charming a good harvest of crop and fish.”
~ Susan Cooper

The Vernal Equinox arrives this SaturnDay, heralding in the long awaited Spring time. In the old pagan traditions of creating an offering to a divine deity for a plentiful harvest, I have created GreenWitch, as a gift to Tethys.

GreenWitch is a liquid, natural perfume in the Chypre fragrance family. The scent began as a recreation of a traditional Chypre. At the time of the formulation I was listening to the book on tape GreenWitch by Susan Cooper which inspired a different navigational course for the fragrance.


In general I create perfume for me. All my early fragrances: Q, Lyra, Aurora, Chaparral® and Sierra, as well as others: Cimbalom, Rosa, Terrestre, Page47, Peace and Smell Me were formulated first according to a specific topic like "Oak" for example and secondly with the intention to satisfy my own perfume aesthetic. Vera, the Chocolates, Vespertina™ and now GreenWitch have not been developed according to my own personal fragrance aesthetics. Perhaps you will notice how the fragrances are different from the first grouping I mentioned?

GreenWitch began without a name, as a study on a classical Chypre formula from the book "An Introduction to Perfumery." As I sketched and the story worked it's magic on my pagan soul, I veered in the direction of a "green" Chypre and then added specific elements from the story. Last year for the Spring Equinox a small amount of the perfume was released as a trial edition. Read a much more in depth herstory of the creation at this link at Sniffapalooza Magazine.

“Hazel for the framework, Rowan for the Head,
The body is of Hawthorne boughs and Hawthorne blossoms.”
~ Susan Cooper

The first edition is close to the trial version but with more sea notes woven in. I think the sea elements and the evolution of the fragrance are my very favorite aspects of this perfume. Here is how I interpreted the basic formula from "An Introduction to Perfumery" by Tony Curtis and David G. Williams:
  • Bergamot Oil, FCF >>> Bergamot, Italy
  • Sandalwood Oil, E.I. >>> Sandalwood, Mysore
  • Vetivert Oil, Bourbon >>> Vetiver, Haiti
  • Oak Moss Absolute, Decol >>> Oak Moss Absolute
  • Rose base >>> Monsoon Rose Attar, Geranium Absolute & Rose Otto, Iran
  • Jasmin base >>> Jasmine Sambac Absolute
  • gamma-methyl ionone >>> Orris Root C02
  • Patchouli oil, light >>> Patchouli, Indonesia
  • Musk ketone >>> Faux Musk Accord #1
  • Clary Sage Oil >>> Clary Sage
  • Neroli reconstituted >>> Neroli, Morrocco
From there I looked at other formulas like the one in"Perfumes of Yesterday" by David G. Williams. Besides the ingredients listed above the Williams formula also contained:
  • Bitter Orange
  • Tuberose >>> Tuberose
  • Clove
  • Cassie >>> Cassie Absolute, Egypt
  • Ambergris >>> Labdanum
  • Castoreum
  • Civet >>> Faux Civet Accord
  • Tonka Bean >>> Tonka Bean
  • Vanilla >>> Vanilla C02
  • Ambrette >>> Ambrette C02
  • Pimento
  • Oppoponax
I then evaluated both formulas and created a Chypre Base with:
  • Sandalwood, Mysore
  • Vetiver, Haiti
  • Patchouli, Indonesia
  • Oak Moss Absolute
After deciding to move toward a Green and Sea based Chypre I added these elements to my Chypre Base Accord:
  • Labdanum Absolute
  • Seaweed Absolute
  • Celery Seed
  • Choya
  • Peru Balsam
To further the Green element I added an accord which I call Fern due to it's very green imprint. This accord contains 29 different plant essences including:
  • Boronia
  • Tuberose
  • Lavender
  • Violet Leaf
  • Mimosa
  • Musk Rose
  • Parsley Seed
  • Pine
  • Galbanum Absolute
  • Ylang Ylang
Faux Musk Accord #1:
  • Ambrette C02
  • Cassie Absolute, Egypt
  • Africa Stone
  • Spikenard
  • Cumin
  • Beeswax
Once I had my accords I combined varying amounts of each and added:
  • Tonka Bean
  • Orris C02
  • Elemi
  • Geranium Absolute
  • Jasmin Sambac
  • Katafray
  • Galbanum Absolute
  • Parsley
  • Lemon
  • Bergamot
  • Petitgrain, Lime
After this synergy matured I added the tinctures and the Organic grain alcohol.
The tinctures in this edition are: Kelp, Hawthorne flowers, leaves and berries.

Notice that this fragrance contains Africa stone, technically not a botanical ingredient. I used a dilution (tincture) of Africa stone absolute, Procavia capensis. Africa stone is one of those particularly odd ingredients that has made it's way into the palette of natural perfumers. It is the fossilized urine and excrement of a small African mammal called the Rock Hyrax. Before going into a perfume the substance has gone through a number of alchemic transformations. Africa stone adds an animalic quality to a natural perfume, or in this case an accord. In GreenWitch the ingredient is barely in the perfume since there is minimal amounts of the Faux Musk Accord, however, I wanted to let you all know that it is there.


Once the fragrance was solved it was time to decide on the color harmony. Green was the obvious choice, however what shade of green? Q and Sierra already had the two greens in the palette, what to do!? With the help of my mother Martha and my little maiden Eve, we decided on the pastel tone of teal because it "felt" most appropriate to GreenWitch. The photo below is of Eve, which she took using her camera remote.


From there Martha created a sample for the top of the pouch, which resembles the rolling waves of the ocean. The little star fish charms were chosen last year while in downtown Los Angeles.


The illumnator of our perfumes, Master Gregorio, is developing a new image for GreenWitch. He has been quite busy with Artist As Brand thus the illumination may not be ready for SaturnDays debut. We shall see, please hold a strong intention that it may manifest. In the meantime there are plenty of other images that will suffice, including this one pictured below.


Please return to this journal on Saturday when friends join me for another blogorama event with their impressions of the first edition. In the meantime...Watch for the GreenWitch!


Photos and images ©Roxana Villa, ©Eve Neuhart and ©Greg Spalenka.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Celtic Lunar Month: Hawthorne

"Youngthes folke now flocke in everywhere
To gather May buskets and smelling Brere;

And home they hasten the postes to dight,

And all the kirk pillours eare day-light,

With Hawthorne buds and sweet Eglantine."
~ Spenser

We now find ourselves in the sixth moon cycle of the Celtic Tree Alphabet. From now until June 9 the benevolence of the Hawthorne, also known as Whitehorn, bestows us with wisdom and protection. This mighty evergreen has been utilized extensively as a protective hedge plant due to its thorns and is part of the Rose family. The small, rosy apple-like fruit, or berry, is utilized in medicinal preparations as a cardiac tonic.

Like most of the trees in the Ogham calendar, Hawthorne is native to Europe as well as Africa and Asia. The species prevalent in the time of the Celts was the Cratcegus oxyacantha. The animal totem associated with the Hawthorne is the crow. The Hawthorne is one of the three triads of trees, along with Oak and Ash. It is said that the Hawthorne tree may provide a portal to the realm of the Fae and has this sentence equated with her; "Her power is to open what is shut; to shut what is open." Be mindful, the fey folk do not wish you to cut the flowers of this sacred tree.



"The fair maid, who on the first of May,

Goes to the fields at the break of day,
And bathes in the dew from the hawthorn tree,
Will ever strong and handsome be"
~ A Beltane chant


Teachings of this May blooming tree, represented by the letter "H" for Huath, center on cleansing, protection and defense. Emblematic of hope, fertility, protection and peace. During this month consider creating protective charms, amulets or bouquets with the bundles of the thorns or leaves. Make sure that it is of the pleasant smelling variety, some species give off a rotting corpse-like stench once cut. I use the dried leaves and find there is no ill odor.

As we conduct Spring cleaning in our homes and gardens now is the time to evoke the Hawthorne to facilitate clearing out our inner cobwebs with her powerful magic. Use the leaves of Hawthorne if you are interested in creating a "flying ointment"; a magical salve intended to open the doorways of perception. Here is a recipe to create your own infusion. Once you have an infusion you can use that as your "flying ointment" or take it a step further and use the infusion as the base oil in a solid perfume.

There is a dualistic aspect to this tree which manifests itself in various interpretations. The glorious blossoms that present themselves just in time for Beltane celebrations, are found amidst thorns. Symbolically seen as containing yin and yang aspects, this is where the concept of balance enters. We are asked to accept this dualistic Earthly realm we reside in by embracing the union of opposites within each of us.

"Do I contradict myself?
Very well, then, I contradict myself.
I am large, I contain multitudes."

~ Walt Whitman, Song of Myself


I am tincturing Hawthorne for the perfume Greenwitch. Thus, the Scent of this day shall be the botanical perfume devoted to the White Lady known as GreenWtich.

Culinary and Medicinal Uses from the GardenGuides website:

Both ancient and modern herbalists have successfully used hawthorn for its food and health benefits. Modern science shows that hawthorne contains chemical components which are sedative, anti-spasmodic and diuretic. If you intend to use it for medicinal purposes, look for C. laevigata, C. monogyna, or C. pinnatifida, as these hybrids are known best for their medicinal uses. Read how to make a tincture or an infusion using hawthorne flowers or berries.

The hawthorne berry is one of the best cardiac tonics available, and is often used to treat high blood pressure.

Hawthorne berries are used to treat childhood diabetes. See Cautions.

Hawthorne flower tea is a safe diuretic.

Hawthorne berries, dried and crushed and made into a decoction, eases diarrhea and dysentery, kidney inflammations and disorders. See Cautions.

The young hawthorne leaves can be used as a safe, and non-nicotine tobacco substitute for those who desire to quite smoking. Enhance the flavor and help heal the throat by adding yarrow, mint, coltsfoot or mullein.

Chewing the hawthorne leaf has been known for centuries as a safe way to give nourishment, revive energy, and a feeling of well-being. That is why it can be used to treat those who have problems with apprehension, insomnia and despondency. Chewing hawthorne leaves takes away that "tummy grumble" when you"re hungry. That is why the hawthorne became known as the "bread and cheese" tree, giving as much sustenance as a plate of bread and cheese.

The hawthorne leaf-buds are good cooked (10 to 20 minutes) and have a similar taste to lima beans. They make a great addition to chilis and soups.

You can make jellies and fruit sauces from the berries, just make sure you strain the sauce. Hawthorne berries contain their own pectin so the sauce or jelly will thicken nicely.

Hawthorne flowers are edible and make an attractive addition to salads and other dishes.

Hawthorne seeds can be roasted and used in a manner similar to coffee.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Scent of the Day: Sniffa


The Scent of the Day is GreenWitch in honor of the latest issue of Sniffapalooza Magazine. Raphaella, the editor in chief, has published my write up about creating the botanical perfume GreenWitch. Take a journey on over by following this link.

Raphaella Brescia Barkley currently publishes the online magazine twice a month. A true labor of love on her part. It is a literary feast for our olfactory imaginations.

The New York City Sniffapalooza Spring Fling takes place in just a few weeks on Saturday, April 4th and Sunday, April 5th.

The gathering includes many of the luminaries of the perfume industry guests with multiple presentations, visits to shops and lots of freebies.

Image above is one of the many photos I took of the 1 gram bottles of GreenWitch. Later when I edited the pictures I realized that the cool little sea horse might turn folk off. Opps, the artist sees things differently than the consumer. A lesson I continue to work on.

Watch for the GreenWitch at Sniffapalooza Magazine
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