This past weekend was Imbolc, one of the markers on the Great Wheel, this earth festival is also referred to as Candlemas or Oimealg. Of the eight turns of the wheel, it is one of the minor holy days, albeit still significant. The fire we kindled at Yule (Winter Solstice) now burns bright in the… Continue reading Imbolc & the Goddess Brighid
Last week, during a filming session at the perfumery for an upcoming feature, I distilled the beautiful golden flowers of Chamisa with my small glass still. The result is an enchanting, mellow yellow hydrosol that smells of liquid sunshine. The main notes are from monoterpenes like d-limonene, which contributes to the warm, sunny scent. There… Continue reading Chamisa distillation
Since we have gotten an amazing community already signed up for the Alchemy happenings in April, I thought I’d post a few details all in one place, including a FAQ’s. Here is the list of activities we have planned so far, more are in the works! For ALL these events please arrive unscented. Be mindful… Continue reading A is for April & Alchemy!
Wow, it’s been since last January when I last hopped onto my bloody soap box and preached about correct word usage and definitions in the perfume industry. Thus, before another year arrives without me raging against the dying light, let’s get on with it! A few months ago a friend sent me a link to… Continue reading Word Rant Wednesday
I am excited to share that a beautiful, cooper alembic has been sent to me. I have chosen to name the still “Spiritus”, since the word was one of the names given to the first distillates which were made with wine, herbs and citrus. Now that the course is finished I have been getting my… Continue reading Spiritus