Friday, January 16, 2009


"Star bright, star light,

first star I see tonight,

I wish I may, I wish I might have the wish 

I wish tonight."

The solid perfume aspect of Aurora is ready. The fragrance originally came into this earthy manifestation as a liquid perfume. The notes of the creamy unguent are very close to the the perfume extrait/extract.

Here is a little snippet from a post here on our journal regarding Aurora:

"Although Lyra was released first, Aurora is the initial floral perfume I created. Back in the nineties I had sat down to recreate the aroma of carnations shortly following a Natural Perfumery class I had organized at the Bodhi Tree. Originally titled Experiment #2, Aurora has a spicy floral quality reminiscent of carnations."

The carnation quality is subtle and due to the combination of floral and spice. The main odor chemical in a fragrant Carnation flower is "eugenol", this component is found in high concentrations in the essential oil or absolute of clove.

Perhaps you have already noticed that each perfume has a color association as well as an illumination created by Maestro Gregorio. The color harmony for each perfume is chosen from our color palette. The challenge is matching the specific hue & tone in the corresponding painting, to the right crochet thread for the pouches and the wax sticks. Sometimes all this takes time to put together, it gets even more complex if  it is a new perfume that also requires a name.

The naming of a scent is a bit of a drag, very different from naming a painting. Although one can approximate a carnation type of aroma with just a few essences, our natural, botanical perfume contains over twenty. I added a bit of my precious carnation absolute from France just for Divina of the Fragrance Bouquet Blog, who in December wrote a lovely review of the liquid version of Aurora, here are a few of her words: 

"What beautiful, twinkling magic has been weaved in this amazing, heart-moving fragrance? Because it is surely magic, or at the very least the magic of art and love, that make this fragrance evolve so stunningly on the skin, going through countless transformations that seduce the senses one after the other..."

Read the rest of the review at her blog here.

The illustration we use to illuminate Aurora is a detail of Snow Faerie, an image by Greg, it is featured in his 2009 Calendar titled Divine Nature. See more of Greg's artwork at his website

Here is a site which offers carnation seeds, and this one. According to an acquaintance, I was told to hunt for the Mini spice and the Valentino mix since they contaie the most fragrance.

For the largest selection of Aurora, in all her guises, head on over to the website.

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