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

Celtic Tree Month of Oak

I’ve been diligently finalizing my paper for the proceedings of my presentation titled “The Tree of Life: A mystical approach to the art of botanical perfumery” for the Beyond Aromatics conference up in Seattle this Autumn. The paper is due today which happens to be the first day of the Celtic Tree Month of Oak.… Continue reading Celtic Tree Month of Oak

Celtic Lunar Month: OAK

“With foot beat of the swift Oak,Heaven and Earth rung,Stout guardian of the door,His name on every tongue.”~ Gwion The circular door opens into the mighty realm of the Oak today, with the seventh moon cycle of the Celtic Tree Alphabet. From now until July 7th the steadfast OAK, the most sacred of all the… Continue reading Celtic Lunar Month: OAK

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