Three different lavenders and white sage grown and distilled in Ojai are combined with orange blossom and thirty one other plant essences with two of my own complex chords go into Vera. The labyrinthine orchestration results in a sparkling, sunny, uplifting yet calming pure fume, evocative of the location in Southern California where the inspiration… Continue reading Vera Solid Natural Perfume is Back!
Nine years ago I came out of my aromatic shell 🌱 and debuted the Roxana Illuminated Perfume line, website and blog with being a presenter at the Ojai Lavender Festival. In the photo below I am chatting with the aromatherapy legend Robert Tisserand. As you can see my beginnings were very humble. “And the day… Continue reading Nine
This is a heads up to remind you of two things…. 1. I’m doing a really generous giveaway surrounding Vera, highly recommend you all get on it. I’m giving away a round compact of Vera for the person who creates the most beautiful board on Pinterest about the fragrance. Only one board has been submitted… Continue reading Giveaway Reminder
In mid June of 2007 with the help of my friend and graphic designer Terese Harris I launched the website, blog and Vera on the morning of the Ojai Lavender Festival. In honor of that blessed day, lavender and the fabulous journey, here is an anniversary celebration with something for everyone. The first part of… Continue reading VERA Anniversary Celebration 2015
As I type this it is stardate 67167 and Vera, the perfume of Ojai and lavender is trending. The word Vera means true, referencing the botanical name for lavender Lavandula vera, true lavender. Truth is a fascinating topic which appears to take on many guises. As Sonmi 451 in Cloud Atlas states “Truth is singular,… Continue reading Truth is Singular
The amethyst cases came and went and will come again, here she is looking mighty fine with Vera.
When I was a child my mother worked for a boutique in Beverly Hills. On occasion she would travel to Paris for some of her clients, if I was really lucky I went with her, if not she would always bring back wonderful treats. The treats ranged from perfume, cheese, maron glace and cooking herbs.… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated: Herbes de Provence
Four years ago on this day the journal, the website and Vera were launched at the Ojai Lavender Festival. It has been an interesting and wild ride, very much like the childrens book The Wind and the Willows. “Alternately slow moving and fast paced” is how Wikipedia describes the novel with a “mixture of mysticism,… Continue reading Anniversary Celebration!
Lavandula vera, the botanical name for lavender, is in bloom in the garden. The honey bees are enchanted and thus the lavender gets pollinated and the circle of life continues in this woodland garden. I’m honored to have my Vera natural perfume listed in a post over at the Blogdorg Goodman blog. This perfume was… Continue reading Lavender Fields Forever!
The weather has shifted here in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains and with that trees are in bloom as well as the sage and lavender in the garden. This abundance of nature also heralds in the return of Vera Solid Perfume. When artist Sands Murray was reviewing perfume at the Perfume Critic he… Continue reading Lavender Fields