Tuesday, August 16, 2011

You say it's your birthday It's my birthday too, yeah!

On this day back in the early sixties, I was born in the capital of Argentina, the port city of Buenos Aires. It was a Monday, Marilyn Monroe had died of a supposed overdose a week prior and on that day Ringo Starr stepped in as drummer for the Beatles.

As I've done twice in past years a celebratory perfume is in the works, following the same path as Cimbalom (originally titled BB, for Birthday Balm) and Page 47. Since the jasmine sambac is blooming and happens to be in both prior fragrances I thought I'd follow suit and use an old formula which was never fully developed.

Back on August 16, 1997 I helped organize and attended a class facilitated by John Steele. We made two blends that day, one was an aromatherapy relaxing blend while the other a perfume oil. For the perfume John had us choose our essences from his stash to create a class floral blend with aphrodisiac and relaxing properties. Keep in mind this was an "aromatherapy" workshop.

I chose to work with Jasmine, Patchouli, Spikenard, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Nutmeg, Blood Orange, Mandarin and Gingergrass. The resulting blend was very pretty, however, I have been wanting to re-work it for years. Thus, fourteen years later today, I am back at the drawing board with these same raw materials and a much bigger palette to widen the scoop.

As a gift from me to you I will share a few samples of this first formula. To enter the giveaway please leave a comment telling me what main essences you would like to see included in this new fragrance or which you would choose for a celebratory birthday perfume. If you have any suggestions for a name please chime in, thank you!

Oh...and please remember you have a once a year birthday discount here.


Lydia said...

Many happy returns to you, Roxana. My brother's birthday is in two days, I do love Leos, you all seem to light up rooms.

I would love to see some of your smoky essence in this new fragrance.

Lydia (Grace)

Illuminated Perfume said...

Thank you Lydia! This jasmine perfume is taking a bit darker and deeper journey than the other two prior, thus the smoke note will work perfectly. Happy day to your bro.

Margaret said...

Hope you have a glorious birthday, Roxana! You are so kind to share your birthday with us. I love rose, so that would be my choice! Thanks

Dominique Allmon said...

Happy Birthday Roxana!

Maggie Emm said...

Happy Belated Birthday Roxana!
I would like to smell the addition of something green, as a way of saying farewell to summer.
Maggie x

HJ said...

A belated but joyous happy birthday to you Roxana!

Ho Wood jumped to mind for me, but that is perhaps because I've been mildly obsessed with this essence for the last few years. I just adore the dry down!

Warm regards

Sujaan said...

Happy belated birthday! I'm new to your site and indie natural perfume. I'm so excited to have found you. I am looking forward to trying your scents. I love the thought of smoke or leather additions.
Happy and healthy wishes,

B. said...

Ive always loved nutmeg