I choose to use the term “illuminated” for my botanical perfume brand for a variety of reasons. Some of you may have already heard, this story in some form or other. This post is for those who may not have heard the tale as of it. It all started way back in August 2003 while… Continue reading Illuminated

How to Make a Coffee Scrub

Jade Shutes, my aromatherapy teacher, has been doing a series titled 21 days: 21 Recipes and Remedies. I’m here to share with each of you and tag along. For Day 10 Jade posted how to make an absolutely delicious sounding Coffee scrub that contains infusions of vanilla. Here is the link to my related Perfume Illuminated:… Continue reading How to Make a Coffee Scrub

Perfume Illuminated: Herbes de Provence

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

Perfume Illuminated Collected Works

All the links to the Perfume Illuminated project posts have been collected here, beginning with the post that introduces the series: Perfume Illuminated, Day 1Definition: TinctureEntropyPerfume Illuminated: VioletPerfume Illuminated: BirchPerfume Illuminated: LemonTea for TwoPerfume Illuminated: AphrodisiacsPerfume Illuminated: Chocolate, Wine and RosesPerfume Illuminated: TigerPerfume Illuminated: CannabisPerfume Illuminated: SagePerfume Illuminated: SeaweedPerfume Illuminated: RaspberryPerfume Illuminated: MarzipanPerfume Illuminated: PepperPerfume… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated Collected Works

Perfume Illuminated: Elder

In the dry, hot dessert climate of the chaparral biome a pretty white to pale yellow flower blooms in the Spring. This native dweller goes by the name Sambucus mexicana, commonly known as Mexican elderberry or Tapiro. The Elder grows all over the world in diverse conditions depending on the variety, today we highlight the… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated: Elder

Perfume Illuminated: Absinthe

“Let me be mad… mad with the madness of Absinthe, the wildest,most luxurious madness in the world.”~ Marie Corelli It seemed fitting that as we just celebrated the Autumn Equinox and Harvest Moon that Absinthe should be the one illuminated tis day. Known also as the Green Fairy, Absinthe is a flavored alcoholic spirit from… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated: Absinthe