A Perfumed Bestiary, I for Iridogorgia, Part I

    The letter I in the Perfumed Bestiary has us embark on a journey to the inky depths of the Pacific and Atlantic ocean for what appears to be fireworks frozen in time. Our creature is Iridogorgia, a “soft” coral referred to as an Octocorallia, or octocoral, which according to UC Berkeley is not a… Continue reading A Perfumed Bestiary, I for Iridogorgia, Part I

A Perfumes Bestiary: H for Human, Part 2

H for Human is the eighth fragrance in our compendium of scents for A Perfumed Bestiary, documenting the combined scent of extinction. The main theme for Human was the concept of greed and the note of musk. The initial attributes I had assigned to Human were pretty dark, full of shadow. Then I recalled how… Continue reading A Perfumes Bestiary: H for Human, Part 2

A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter G for Gryphon, Part 2

The seventh fragrance in A Perfumed Bestiary series was formulated by taking prompts from the mythologies and ancient texts that reference the mighty and loyal Gryphon. Have you read A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness? In the novel, her leading character Diana Bishop, has a technique of problem solving where she visualizes everything in… Continue reading A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter G for Gryphon, Part 2

A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter G for Gryphon, Part 1

The letter G in the Perfumed Bestiary continues in the mythological realm, venturing once more into the realm of fantasy with the chimeric Gryphon. I’ve chosen to use this spelling of Gryphon, despite that the most common is Griffin with others including Griffon. Creatures similar to our Gryphon are Hippogriffs, which you might remember from… Continue reading A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter G for Gryphon, Part 1

A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter F for Faerie, Part 1

A Perfumed Bestiary heads into a completely new direction with the letter F. As you may recall from the first post, I mentioned that this new series of fragrances would stitch together many themes such as illuminated manuscripts, the cabinet of curiosity, magic, mythology, the environment, nature, animals, etc. Well, here we are at the… Continue reading A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter F for Faerie, Part 1

A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter E for Elephant, Part 2

The fifth fragrance in A Perfumed Bestiary series carries the ancient beat of the Elephant, strong yet gentle with the sweetness of community and harmony. This perfume came together very easily. I began with Cypriol, also known as Nagamotha in Hindi, as the scent pairing/plant ally. Cypriol is a sedge from the Cyperaceae family that grows in… Continue reading A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter E for Elephant, Part 2

A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter E for Elephant, Part 1

The resilience of an ecosystemrelies on the delicate balanceof all species. E for Elephant, the largest of all our land dwelling mammals here on planet Earth. Elephant populations have been dwindling in numbers due to the ivory trade, animal abuse and declining habitats. These large nomadic creatures are considered a “keystone species”, meaning that when… Continue reading A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter E for Elephant, Part 1

A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter D for Dolphin, Part 2

Playful Dolphin called forth Hawaiian sandalwood as its plant ally. As I smelled scent strips and jotted down notes I choose a few, similar watery essences that are in C for Coral such as Violet Leaf, Clary Sage and Cypress. I added Seaweed and Choya for the ocean and then let the synergy sit in… Continue reading A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter D for Dolphin, Part 2