Perfume Illuminated: Fire and Smoke

Round and round we go, finding our selves at the Celtic holy day and one of the fire festivals known as Beltane. It’s no coincidence that this splendid Spring point of time also falls on Arbor day. Celebrations for Beltane/Beltaine, also termed May Day, begin this evening when fires are lit welcoming the light, the… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated: Fire and Smoke

The Arrival

It has arrived, palatable to all the senses, but most to the physical body. The weekly adventure of rising at dawn, sometimes before any light is due to arrive for hours, has presented itself. Tic-toc, we have arrived at the rhythm of the school year. Soon the cool air of the autumn with golden leaves… Continue reading The Arrival


“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the budwas more painful than the risk it took to blossom. “~ Anais Nin Today is Imbolc, also referred to as Candlemas or Oimealg, the Earth Festival associated with Brighid, patroness to poets, healers and smiths. In modern times this day is… Continue reading Imbolc

Elemental Air+Fire

Friday in the late afternoon I began an intensive weekend course on Natural/Botanical Perfumery, really working the olfactory muscles in a big way. I’d arrive home after a very full day, exhausted on multiple levels.┬áSaturday night, or was it the wee hours of Sunday morning, in between bizarre dreams of fragrance families I was awakened… Continue reading Elemental Air+Fire