An Odoriferous Potion

The last week or so I’ve been craving a “stinky” note in perfume, not only to wear but also to include in formulations. This must be why I love Chaparral so much, it has it. What is the stinky note, called “rank” by perfumistas? Well, for moi it has an element of oud. It’s earthy,… Continue reading An Odoriferous Potion

In bee time

The new perfume I have been working on will debut on June 21st, the Summer Solstice.I have chosen this date because of the affiliations with the SUN which is an important component to our little honey bees. As mentioned in last years post the honey bee is often referred to as “The Queen of the… Continue reading In bee time


Serendity came by for a visit resulting in a new member of the illuminated tribe of perfumes. The new fragrance is titled Aumbre alluding to three other words: Amber, the Spanish word Hombre and the mystical Aum. Amber + Hombre + Aum = Aumbre. Amber is one of many linguistically challenging words in the world… Continue reading Aumbre

Faux Cuir

I’m in the process of making more of my leather accord, which is extremely complex and is present in a few perfumes including Rosa. This accord was created in May 2008 as part of a group blending project where several natural perfumers came together and created a leather. Mine is completely natural with the only… Continue reading Faux Cuir

Perfume Illuminated: Duets

“On hearing that sonata,I could no longer tell whether I was breathing music or listening to scent.“~ Guy Maupassant Perfume borrows much of its linguistics from music, the aromatic field blooms with words like accord/chord, note(s), orchestration, composing, organ, tone, harmony. Perfume is illuminated today by the concept of duets, another musical term. A duet… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated: Duets

Perfume Illuminated: Nasturtiums

The nasturtiums along the south side slope of our yard are finally returning with vigor. A few years back when the other neighbors lived there they decided to replace the fence and in the process the brutes pushed loads of dirt and stomped the nasturtiums and Santa Barbara daisies to death. Steadily, despite the gophers,… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated: Nasturtiums

Perfume Illuminated: Dandelions

Roses are red, Violets are blue; But they don’t get around Like the dandelions do. ~Slim Acres The above than normal rainfall this year has produced splendid hues of green throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. The native Quercus agrifolia remain green all year while the other species of oaks commonly found here, Quercus lobata, lose… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated: Dandelions

The REAL Dirt

“A healthy social life is found only,when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection,and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.” ~ Rudolf Steiner I have a dirt accord, it was created for a bespoke (custom) perfume. The notes include those associated with the scent… Continue reading The REAL Dirt

Equus caballus

The most Equine, horse-like, fragrance note in my palette as a natural, botanical perfume artist is Amberi Attar. Other notes that impart an overall impression of horse are those found in the following groups: leather, agrestic, grassy, coumarin, balsamic and animalic. The perfume I am developing with Michelyn Camen based on my birthplace of Buenos… Continue reading Equus caballus