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 1

D for playful, intuitive and conscious Dolphin, an aquatic dweller with sonic hearing and many other attributes which humans have yet to fully understand. In general they prefer the warmer waters of the tropics, despite their thick layer of blubber. Dolphins communicate with each other through a series of parabolic sounds that to our human… Continue reading A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter D for Dolphin, Part 1

Talking Dirty: Goût de Terroir at Fragrantica

Aligned with the energetics of Venus and her guardian Aphrodite, I am thrilled to share my first piece as a contributing writer on Fragrantica. Talking Dirty: Goût de Terroir. The french term, Goût de Terroir, refers to the flavors imparted by the earth to wine. Many thanks to Elena Knezevic, the founder of Fragrantica, and Marlen… Continue reading Talking Dirty: Goût de Terroir at Fragrantica

Summoning Earth

Elemental earth is grounding and supportive. In contrast to the other elementals like air, fire and water the earth is stable. The external associations are found in dirt, rocks, caves and the ground which we walk on. The aroma is most prevalent in such pure plant essences as Patchouli, a polarizing fragrance that has become… Continue reading Summoning Earth

Elemental Earth

While we here in the City of Angels are experiencing force of the Water elementals, on our little patch of hillside elemental of Earth is also quite dominant. Living in the wooded hills seems to have its series of challenges with drainage and oak tree issues. The drainage troubles are compounded by neighbors. Sigh…so while… Continue reading Elemental Earth