Chia Seed, Coconut Chocolate Pudding

As I typed the title for the post I wondered if anyone had distilled chia seeds, because if so these could be the ingredients for the start of a comforting, gourmand perfume! Ever since tasting a sample of a chocolate vegan pudding from the Erewhon Market in Agoura Hills, I’ve been experimenting with making one… Continue reading Chia Seed, Coconut Chocolate Pudding

I heart you

Happy Valentines Day everyone! Intending you are all practicing random acts of love today, most especially on your self. Self love, in my opinion is the key to happiness and attracting more love into your sphere. “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson I’ve written quite a… Continue reading I heart you

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: Lime

Perfume Illuminated is back with zesty and cheerful Lime! Might as well return in style with the marvelous little accent this green fruit offers to both fragrance and flavor. Originating in the tropical and subtropical areas of Asia the Citrus aurantifolia is a small spreading tree similar to other citrus bearing plants of the Rutaceae… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated: Lime

Aromatic Journey: Lip Smacking Goodness

In the new Aromatic Journey post over at the Lillyella blog I posted a recipe for a handmade, all natural lip balm. This is a great alternative to the petroleum laced products on the market. Support creativity, handmade and NATURE! This recipe will also work for a solid natural perfume. Below are links to the… Continue reading Aromatic Journey: Lip Smacking Goodness

Ending week festvities

The past two weeks have been spent in much artistic splendor while my daughter Eve has been on her Spring break. We did a variety of creative and fun tasks together including cooking, painting, shopping, looking through old family photos, contemplating items for the house design, watching films, listening to books on tape, taking photos… Continue reading Ending week festvities

Perfume Illuminated: Pepper

Pepper, known as the King of spices, features prominently as the main character in tales of the spice trade. Botanically named Piper nigrum this warmth inducing berry began its journey across the world from India some four thousand years ago. A tropical vine, native to of the southern region of India, Piper nigrum produces a… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated: Pepper

Perfume Illuminated: Rosemary

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”(Hamlet, iv. 5.) Rosmarinus, meaning “dew of the sea” in Latin, is the first binomial name for Rosemary. The full botanical name is Rosmarinus officinalis. Part of the Lamiaceae (previously known as Labiatae) family, this evergreen flowering shrub has it’s origins in the Mediterranean, specifically Spain and Morroco. At today’s installment… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated: Rosemary