Cimbalom: Her Story

“The barge she sat in, like a burnish’d throne,
Burn’d on the water: the poop was beaten gold;
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
The winds were love-sick with them; the oars were silver,
Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
The water which they beat to follow faster,
As amorous of their strokes. For her own person,
It beggar’d all description.”

From Antony & Cleopatra by Shakespeare

Cimbalom began as a perfume I created for myself within a small window of time on my birthday in August 2008. I had taken my daughter to Shakespeare camp at the Will Geer Botanicum Theatricum and rather spontaneously decided to blend a fragrance for myself.

I got out all my favorite raw materials Labdanum, Patchouli, all the Jasmines, the vibrant Oranges and some Ginger among others and began sniffing and blending. Within two hours, which is about how long my labor lasted with Eve, wahlah a Birthday solid perfume for my day!

At the time I had no idea that this would become my very favorite and most often worn perfume, nor did I know it would be the best seller. What I learned from this experience is to follow your nose and your heart.

For the full her story of this fragrance follow this link here at the journal. During this past summer I tinctured Jasmine sambac flowers for the fragrance, read and see photos of that process at this link.

I sent out vials of the new Cimbalom liquid to a variety of fans and patrons. Three of those are joining me today to share there impressions of this sensual floriental. I invite you to board my ship as we, on purple perfumed sails travel to read the eloquent words of my two dear friends.

Donna at Examiner

Ida at Cafleurbon

The perfume in all her sizes and formats is available at my E-shop.

I have a sample vial here of .25 grams of Cimbalom organic liquid perfume. To enter the draw please leave a comment with your e-mail addy so I can contact you if you win. Only one entry per person. The last day to enter is Sunday evening at 10pm PST.

Cleopatra Painting by Jean-Leon Gerome
Photos ©Roxana Villa


  1. I couldn't agree with you more – if you know your heart and follow it, I'm pretty sure it won't lead you astray. :)This sounds very lovely and I would love a chance to try it.

  2. Hi Roxana ~ Cimbalom would have to be my favourite Illuminated Perfume – I had a lil pot of the solid from when you first created it and I'd love to sample to liquid version!I always received compliments whenever I wore Cimbalom!Warm regardsHollyhollyjae [@] gmail dot com

  3. I read the article written at Cafleurbon. And it brought me a great desire to try Cimbalom. It is strange and beautiful how scents can appear in the senses all of a sudden during a precise date or maybe after an experience that tranforms it into olfactory.

  4. I enjoyed reading about your inspiration and creation of this perfume..glad you followed your heart and your nose!!Thanks :)cyclona66 at aol dot com

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