Tuesday, January 8, 2008


“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.” ~ Anais Nin

Eve and I are voracious in our appetite for good stories. Sunday evening we decided to check out the new Arclight Movie Theater and see the film Atonement. Our hunger was fulfilled with multiple courses of love, wit, beauty and tragedy.

As I put on sheaths of silk and woolens this morning with an intention of staying warm while blending, I contemplated the importance of layering. Layering in all aspects of life adds complexity and thus creates interest. This is evident in the mastery of the film Atonement as well as the storytelling of the TV series LOST.

When creating botanical perfume we create layers of similar notes, called chords or accords, and then blend those for the final orchestration of the perfume opera. I've created several chords to work with including variations of wood, floral, rose, citrus, leather, spice, green, amber, musk, jasmine, carnation and velvet. Some of these are simple perfumes, soliflores in their own right.

Multiple chords in perfume, are like those wonderful layers in great storytelling, seamlessly blended to create a synergy greater than the sum of its parts.

See how Greg creates his lovely illuminations, including Lotus Fairy,
clicking on the Bouquet button here, at right:

Cheers to the Bards!

Atonement, the movie

Ian McEuwen

Image above: One of the many layers used to create the final image Lotus Fairy, by Greg Spalenka. The Bouquet button is an image he created for his website.


shelbi said...

Hi Roxana,

I am so happy that you connected with me...how wonderful that it led me to your beautiful website and blog. it is apparent that we share much of the same passions in life :)

we are also not too far from one another :) are you at the ojai lavender festival every year? how wonderful that magical place is to me. i have some friends who live there and i love visiting there.

i joined your mailing list and would love to hear more about your perfumes...i am a big time lover of lavender and covet any good scents that i can find ('crabtree and evelynn' being my life long crush) do you make any lavender scents?

have a truly blessed and beautiful day roxana...


ps...the movie 'atonement' was amazing was it not!

Illuminated Perfume said...

Hi Shelbi,
Thank You for visiting the site and blog. Indeed, let's cheer to magical threads that connect us.
I love attending the Ojai Lavender Festival and encourage everyone to go. The experience of "All Things Lavender" in a blessed setting old growth Oaks is magical.
The the second phase of the website is just about complete, we are SO EXCITED. More content, pretty pictures and easy and secure shopping. YAY!
I am so grateful for our new kinship. Cheers to the art spirit!