Yesterday was very busy in the studio as I conducted a variety of tasks from making accord/chords, pouring solid perfumes, making the new purple wax sealed enclosure for GtheD (code for Gracing the Dawn) and re-organizing the studio. The reorganizing of the studio has been going on daily for awhile now, it is finally close being settle…for the moment anyway.
The solid perfumes I was working on were Aurora, Lyra and Chaparral. After filling all the pink pots with the synergy for Aurora, jojoba + beeswax combination I placed the extra behind my ears, on my neck, wrists and arms. As I slipped into the passenger side of the car my husband remarked “My honey smells good, really good, wow!” He was inhaling the silage of Aurora solid. Then he said, “I just got a glimpse of what your store will look like!”
Today I harvested what is probably the last of the jasmine sambac flowers for the tincture and am pouring Lyra solid into pots. Thus my scent of the day is richly woven with heady, delicious jasmine. This olfactory landscape will change later in the evening as Greg and I transfer the second Squirrel box of bees into the purple hive box.
I love all the bee related smells: fresh beeswax, old beeswax, the pine from the hive boxes, honey but most of all the overall perfume that rises from the hive box when I open it to do a hive inspection. The “Bee” fragrance is filled with all sort of subtle nuances from the varied fragrance families.
Tomorrows scent is a bit too far into the future for me to pin point now. Most likely it will be Chaparral laced with a bit of Benzoin as I filter the infusion. Benzoin resin has been sitting in a bath of jojoba and the California sun for over a month now. I had forgotten about it until yesterday while gardening I came upon the glass jar partially hidden by native artemisia.
I would have liked to be sharing thoughts and photos from a Labor Day getaway in an exotic location like Hawaii or even Santa Barbara, alas that it not the case. Since Mr. Grindstone is not even interested in going for a walk on the beach, I just may do it on my own. Amazing to think that the beach is so close but yet so far from yesterday, today and tomorrow.
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