The alchemical trinity of Chaparral

The perfume ChaparralĀ is not a reference to the creosote bush, Larrea tridentata, which sometimes goes by many name chaparral, as well as greasewood and la gobernadora. I named the fragrance after the California biome distinguished by wet winters, hot summers and drought-tolerant shrub land. This biome is also found in the Mediterranean, South America, Australia… Continue reading The alchemical trinity of Chaparral

A New Green Cloak for Spring

The last batch of the solid perfume synergy for Q ran out. As I pondered the formula and moved to make more I choose to reassemble the composition with an intention of creating a few subtle shifts. Sometimes when a fragrance formula gets translated from a liquid to a solid state the fragrance will shifts.… Continue reading A New Green Cloak for Spring

The Giving Tree

Once there were four large oak trees and three smaller ones in a grove and they loved a girl. And everyday the girl looked out at the trees but didn’t really see them. Until one day, the girl learned about the value of native plants and old growth oak trees. The girl learned that the… Continue reading The Giving Tree

Inch by Inch

The fruit of the California live oak, the acorn, matures between August and October. From there, if conditions are right, a little sprout will eventually emerge. That little sprout, inch by inch, over many years will develop into a gorgeous tree. Like the California live oak, my perfume company continues to grow, inch by inch.… Continue reading Inch by Inch

The Duir Way

“I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees,for the trees have no tongues.” – Dr. Suess The latest issue of Sniffapalooza Magazine, March 23, 2008, contains a contribution titled “The Duir Way” detailing the inspiration for the perfume “Q”, formerly known as Quercus. The word Duir means Oak, the letter D corresponds to the… Continue reading The Duir Way

The Duir Way

“I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” ~ Dr. Suess Have you ever tracked what you love, what inspires you, makes your soul sing? Recently I discovered a deep reverence for the mighty Oak, which unknowingly opened the portal to a series of botanical perfumes. Since purchasing… Continue reading The Duir Way