Vera Solid Natural Perfume is Back!

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

VERA Anniversary Celebration 2015

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

Botanical Perfume & Alchemy: Sage

“You are an alchemist; make gold of that.” – William Shakespeare Alchemy in the Casitas PassMarch 29, 2008 Alchemy is often associated with the art of botanical perfume due the transformation of physical matter through the process of distillation. Sandy Messori of Rivendell Aromatics and Roxana of Illuminated Perfume have aligned their passion and skills… Continue reading Botanical Perfume & Alchemy: Sage

Ojai Lavender Festival in Review

The Ojai Lavender Festival on Saturday, June 16th, 2007 was a joy to participate in. This was the 4th year of this celebration of Lavender, the 1st in 2004 with illustrious presenters including Suzanne Catty and Michael Scholes. The air was permeated with the herbaceous, fruity scent of lavender at Libbey Park when we arrived… Continue reading Ojai Lavender Festival in Review

Ojai Lavendar Festival, Saturday, June 16 1pm

Schedule:10am: Live entertainment: Dan Wilson, guitarist extraordinaire11am: Speaker: Nathan Kaehler on “Lavender in Healing: A Look Around the World”12 noon: Live entertainment: Hillfillies starring Mary Z. Wilson, Rosie Tower andKaren Orser joined by Barney Tower and Dan Wilson.1:00: Speaker: Roxana Villa, Visual & Aromatic Artist2:00: Speaker3:00: Live entertainment: Deborah Neal and the 5 Star Band… Continue reading Ojai Lavendar Festival, Saturday, June 16 1pm