Art of Botanical Perfume March 2nd & 3rd in Encino, CA April 6th & 7th in Santa Fe, NM The Art of Botanical Perfume is a level one class, an introduction to making perfume with plants. In the past this was a one day course that always felt rushed and overwhelming, thus now I set… Continue reading Botanical Perfume Classes in March & April
As I entered the Girard wing at the Museum of International Folk Art here in Santa Fe, I stopped abruptly and had to catch my breath, stunned at how much it “felt” and resembled the interior of the Neuhart house in Hermosa Beach, CA. It comes of no surprise of course, given that Alexander Girard… Continue reading Marilyn Neuhart 1930 – 2017
This journey of moving both the perfumery and our household has been epic! During the entire process I’ve been listening to a a book series proposed by my daughter Eve. Today, as I was driving from our little woodland house to my moms home in Encino, I realized that most of our personal experiences mimic… Continue reading One foot in front of the other
I’ve had an amazing team helping out with elements of the Art of Botanical Perfume online course. Greg being the principal, who acts as a art director for my brand but also my all around support person. Jeff: who helps out with graphics from time to time. I contracted him to create the pdf’s, many… Continue reading Artistry Video for the Art of Botanical Perfume
Authentic natural, botanical perfumes that are handmade require patience because since they are produced with hands and real plant materials more time is required to make them. The slow food movement that came out of Italy in relation to food and the current artisan culture, or even bee keeping and re-doing a garden with California… Continue reading Page 47, one of my most popular and best selling natural botanical perfumes, is back in the solid format!
Chiara Vigo is an elder in the south of Italy who is thought to be the only woman alive with the knowledge of skill to make sea silk shine like gold. The ancient knowledge of weaving the precious material was passed down to Chiara by her grandmother who had learned it from her mother. A… Continue reading Secrets of the Sea
The Plant Dye Workshop with Mona Lewis has been rescheduled for this Sunday, March 8th. Mona has been putting a kit together for each attendee. If you would like to be included in the circle of students please contact one of us soon so that we can prepare for you. The photos included in this… Continue reading Plant Dye Workshop This Sunday!
Today I poured Lyra solid into an oval compact for a customer in South Africa which transported me into a “pink” mood. It also occurred to me that Lyra is a perfect in between season perfume, due to the balance of warm amber with sweet floral and licorice. Here is a little assemblage of handmade… Continue reading Pretty in Pinks
The team over at Martha Stewart have a competition at the moment titled American Made Audience Choice Awards. Artisans entered the competition by selecting the category (food, craft, design, style, gardening, or technology) their work best fit into then filling out information and adding photos, some even entered videos. I submitted myself into the Style… Continue reading American Maker 2013
It was in the 80’s while attending Otis that I discovered the art of the handmade book and letterpress. There were no clues in my conscious past that I would fall in love with these mediums. Well, perhaps my attention to detail and meticulous, patient nature was a clue. Back then, when Otis was still… Continue reading The Fragility of Tactile Mediums