Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tuberose Tuberosing

Remember a few weeks back I said that a single tuberose bloomed? Well, now there are two more, and I just picked one for a photo shoot. It is beautiful! And it smells like heaven. I can't wait to get these babies in the dirt (once they die back) for next year's crop. I already have the hyacinth in the ground for next season's enfleurage crop.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Exorcising Ugly Soap

I am my own worst critic. Nothing you or anyone else could say to me could possibly make me feel worse than the nagging voice inside my head does. Nothing. I tend not to trust people, so their opinions of me, or my work, mean little. But I trust myself completely, and if I say to me, hey, that last batch of soap you made was a real dud, I believe me. I was in a rush yesterday and had just finished creating a gorgeous custom soap for a client and wanted to keep up the momentum, so I grabbed what was nearby -- a jar of tuberose concrete, some rose damascene absolute in oil, a lush 10-year-old natural amber composition, and mixed them all up, put together a half-batch of soap base, threw in the scenting elements aaaaaaannnnndddd the whole flippin' mess seized in the pot! So I plopped and glopped and slopped (sounds a bit like a Dr. Seuss story) the soap into my 'signature' lotus molds and into a wee loaf mold. Hours later I popped them all out of the molds aaaaaaannnnnndddd they look like crap! They smell pretty good, though. I'm debating whether I should make a small soap base of olive oil and tuberose floral wax and chop some of this ugly soap into it and call it Tuberose Soup -- yes, soup, not soap. Or I could take this heinously-slow-to-dry orange blossom incense I made last year and create a soap from that mixed in with this ugly stuff . . . options. 

Ugly a** soap ~ smells good, though!
Needless to say, I was pretty glum for the rest of the day after this soap tragedy, to the point of near grouchiness. I even went to bed early I was so mad at myself, and I kept staring down the ugly soap, threatening its life with a swift flush down the toilet. I will chalk it up to A) I'm out of practice, and B) bad residual energy in the house. I will sage and calm myself down with a shot of gin (or two), then get back into it. Or maybe I'll just sage and take a nap and do all of this soap sorting later.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The Scented Djinn's Super Fantastic Sugar Scrubs & Tub Tonics

I never did get around to making the facial sugar scrubs yesterday, but I did get three fabulous, botanically enriched lusciously scented super fantastic neck down sugar scrubs and tub tonics done. I have spent months researching the raw materials used in these new sugar scrubs, and besides some of the scenting elements, there isn't anything in these scrubs that don't have some super fantastic skin benefit. Not only can you scrub with these, but you can toss a tablespoon or two into the bath and still reap some of the benefits of the extracts and oils without scrubbing. These are the scrubs I wanted way back when I was using other folks' scrubs, sugar or otherwise. The best parts about these -- they're natural, botanical, vegan, with a few organic ingredients thrown in, aaaand they smell really good.

Chamomile & Cardamom Super Fantastic Sugar Scrub & Tub Tonic

Chamomile & Cardamom Super Fantastic Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: Demerara sugar, non-gmo unrefined cane sugar, rhassoul clay, chamomile extract, baobab oil (unrefined), German chamomile essential oil, and Guatemalan cardamom essential oil.

Demerara sugar ~ exfoliating, contains alpha hydroxy to slough off top layer of dead skin, acts as a humectant to attract moisture

Non-gmo, unrefined cane sugar ~ exfoliating, contains alpha hydroxy to slough off top layer of dead skin, acts as a humectant to attract moisture

Rhassoul clay ~ rich in skin-loving minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium), and an excellent exfoliant

Chamomile extract ~ known to soothe and calm irritated skin, has been known to help soothe conditions of eczema and psoriasis

Baobab oil (unrefined) ~ high in vitamin C (crucial for skin's elasticity), rich in omega fatty acids, Vitamins A and B, and antioxidants, all contributing to hydrate and protect the skin

Chamomile essential oil ~ soothing to irritated skin, and it smells really nice

Cardamom essential oil ~ can contribute to the overall tone of skin, and it smells really nice too

Roses & Rosehips Super Fantastic Sugar Scrub & Tub Tonic

Rose & Rosehips Super Fantastic Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: Demerara sugar, non-gmo unrefined cane sugar, rhassoul clay, sacha inchi extract, argan oil, red rose petals, rosa damascene concrete, rosehip extract, oakwood CO2

Demerara sugar ~ exfoliating, contains alpha hydroxy to slough off top layer of dead skin, acts as a humectant to attract moisture

Non-gmo, unrefined cane sugar ~ exfoliating, contains alpha hydroxy to slough off top layer of dead skin, acts as a humectant to attract moisture

Rhassoul clay ~ rich in skin-loving minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium), and an excellent exfoliant

Sacha inchi botanical extract extract ~ this fabulous organic botanical extract is a miracle! Rich in omega fatty acids and Vitamins A and E that combine to retain moisture in the skin and improve its elasticity

Argan oil ~ contains Vitamin E, carotenes, and essential fatty acids, all of which help maintain healthy skin

Red rose petals ~ rich in Vitamin C (a crucial Vitamin for skin elasticity), and an exfoliating agent 

Rosa damascene concrete ~ beautiful, all natural, rich rose scent that smells beyond nice

Rosehip botanical extract ~ rich in Vitamin C (another dose), has antioxidant and astringent properties

Oakwood CO2 ~ smells divine!

Neroli & Green Tea Super Fantastic Sugar Scrub & Tub Tonic

Neroli & Green Tea Super Fantastic Sugar Scrub & Tub Tea

Ingredients: Demerara sugar, non-gmo unrefined cane sugar, rhassoul clay, camellia seed oil, green tea botanical extract, petitgrain sur fleur neroli essential oil, bergamot essential oil

Demerara sugar ~ exfoliating, contains alpha hydroxy to slough off top layer of dead skin, acts as a humectant to attract moisture

Non-gmo, unrefined cane sugar ~ exfoliating, contains alpha hydroxy to slough off top layer of dead skin, acts as a humectant to attract moisture

Rhassoul clay ~ rich in skin-loving minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium), and an excellent exfoliant

Camellia seed oil ~ absorbs readily into the skin to help maintain suppleness, especially in mature skin types

Green tea botanical extract ~ potent antioxidant, contains Vitamins A and E

Petitgrain sur fleur Neroli essential oil ~ delicious and rich floral/citrus scent

Bergamot essential oil ~ also delicious and rich with a floral/citrus scent

So there they are, the fantastic three sugar scrubs*slash*tub teas in two sizes, 2.1 and 3.5 ounce jars.

Now to make the labels. Thank heavens the jars are bigger than the other jars I use -- how much space do you think the names of these products will take up?

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Sugar Scrubs

Big deal, right? Right. Folks tend to underestimate the value of a good, nourishing sugar scrub. Salt scrubs, however, seem to get all the praise and adoration of the masses. Yeah. But salt scrubs hurt! Heaven forbid you have a scratch or cut somewhere you don't know about and nonchalantly stick salt in them. Ow. Sugar doesn't do that. Sugar won't dry out your skin the way salt does either, and sugar melts a little quicker than salt so there's less junk on the bottom of your shower or tub when you're done scrubbing.

Here are the facts about sugar skincare -- sugar contains glycolic acid. That's an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) the stuff that was in every anti-aging serum on the market a few years back. And it's still out there in the hundreds, Alpha-this, and Alpha-that, promising to turn your leathery elephant skin into a baby's fragrant and sweetly soft bum. Apparently this stuff packs quite the punch as it is used in amounts of less than 10% in products and still works by dissolving the upper layer of skin to reveal the fresh, new, baby butt stuff underneath. So, sugar's got this.

Sugar is a natural humectant. Remember what I wrote up there earlier about salt drying out your skin and sugar doesn't do that? This is why. Sugar attracts moisture, which explains the brown sugar brick in your pantry that you're chipping away at to make those really good shortbread cookies. So, sugar's got this too.

Sugar is exfoliating. What? Who'd have thunk it? All joking aside, sugar is a much gentler scrub than salt, and one I've preferred over salt for these past 15 years or so for all the reasons above, even though I didn't know about the alpha hydroxy thing until about 5 years ago. Sugar's got it.

Sugar scrubs are great in baths. Just like salt baths, sugar can be dissolved into your bath water and you can reap all the benefits of sugar, except for, obviously, the scrubbing part. Because you've melted the sugar into the tub water. But won't it be sticky? No. You'd have to put a couple of bags of sugar in your tub for it to become sticky. Watch, a couple years from now some obscure scientific study will show that putting exactly 2 four-pound bags of plain sugar into the bath will turn a woman into Venus when she bathes with it.

Needless to say, but I will anyway, lush, fragrant, botanically enriched organic sugar scrubs are on the work list for today. Two types -- one for your face, and one for your body, in a couple of flavors, including rose. Watch for it.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Super Duper Extra Squishy Soft Launch

Well, that was a bit anti-climatic, but then I always work myself up doing these things and then find that it wasn't the least bit necessary. It was the turtle who won the race, am I right?

The new re-launch of The Scented Djinn reloaded was met with a single piece of confetti and a pathetic toot of a horn somewhere far off in the distance. In fact, it may not have been a horn at all, but a lonely toad near the canal. Still, I feel a sense of satisfaction that I'm back in the game, even if I am standing on the field of an empty stadium. My re-emergence into the world of luxury skincare has garnered me a custom gig, for which I eagerly await more details before the work begins. After the custom gig is sorted, I'm going to be working on more 'stuff'. Soap, more than likely, because the shop is in short supply. But then when the months become darker, the work turns inward, and more incense and perfume oils will be born. It's just how I work. But now I have assistance so the work will be organized and purposeful and less, well, disorganized and sporadic. I've actually got dry erase boards, calendars, and a cork board up in my office, things I've never had much use for in the past. I'm beginning to feel a bit grown up.

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Here's what I've got done in the past couple of weeks ~

Taking photos of product, creating labels for product, creating product itself, marketing, advertising, doing the best I can to get this re-launch in order, yet doubt still lingers. I worry about price points, are they too high? Or are they too low considering the long-term goals of this newly revised 'edition' of The Scented Djinn? I still have very little in the way of goods to sell as I've been making very, very small batches, in numbers that I can manage and still call 'fresh'. I've learned a few things over the years, like don't make too much of a single product because
you don't know how quickly it will sell, but do have the goods to recreate that product if it turns out to be a winner. I can't tell you how many times I've had to give stuff away or throw it away because it was past its expiry date or very close. Working with naturals is a tricky business. You're either in or you're not. You can't just dump stuff into a jar, slap a label on it and call it done. There's work involved. Research. Experimentation. A willingness to lose a little money in those endeavors. I have spent thousands of dollars over the years just to see if something I've thought up would work out in real life. I've pored over research papers, books, correspondences for hours on end trying to figure something about about, let's say, green tea extract. You really have to love the materials.
I've watched as people in my field have come and gone, and also watched some rise. I always like to see them rise because it gives me hope that I might rise as well, and it's possible that I have, a little anyway, and just don't know it yet. I've been in this business for over 20 years. I started with conviction when my youngest son was 9 months old. He celebrated his 22nd birthday last month. I've been in it this long and it still feels new to me. I'm still excited to receive a big box of organic cocoa butter, or a package filled with petitgrain sur fleur neroli, rose otto, and geranium oils. I still get a thrill when I open the bottles and boxes to begin evaluations. I love pulling out perfume bottle catalogs (Brosse!) and digging through the pages of a Uline
catalog for cool packaging ideas. Eco-friendly, of course. I love learning about new ideas, new ingredients, innovations. I also love the solitary and meditative life all of this affords me. And I equally love the people with whom I share this passion, perfumers who are artists and stewards of a vibrant planet, students who want to change the world one enfleurage at a time. 
Once this stage of production ends, a new one begins. The old formulation books will be pulled out, and the best of the best will be reformulated and made into oil, butter, and alcohol perfumes. And incense will be reborn. I know a few people who are waiting anxiously for more sultry sticks of The Ram. 

See you on the scented side.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Despite the Delays

Nothing ever goes as planned around here. There's always something stepping in the way of progress, usually related to jealousy and spite with a bit of paranoia (mine) thrown in for good measure. I must get beyond all that and remember that I'm running a business here! I've been so long away from the work that I feel I'm on a permanent vacation. Not a very good vacation, either. I've not gone anywhere exotic or historically significant, I've not learned anything new beyond the four walls of the houses I've been living in for the past year. The places I used to love to visit for inspiration are dessicated from years of drought or burned to dust. The world is changing too quickly for my not-so-elastic mind to keep up.

I just want to create.

As soon as I'm off this box, I'm headed to the brand new kitchen to cook up some beautiful lotion bars for the shop. Jasmine and Green Tea Extract lotion bars, to be exact. Part of a wee set of natural nourishing skincare that includes a rhassoul-based facial mask and a jasmine and green tea extract infused soap. The soap is incredible smelling! Everytime I pass the drying rack, I'm hit with the strong and intensely beautiful scent of jasmine pearl tea. Like I said, incredible.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Skincare ~ Almost There

I'm working on a small batch of soap today made with organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, raw shea butter, and organic cocoa butter enriched with green tea extract and infused with brewed green tea. To scent it, very lightly, I'm adding jasmine sambac concrete, bergamot, and vetyver oil.

Tomorrow I'll work on the solid body butter to somewhat match the jasmine/green tea theme.

All of the new soaps will more or less match the enriched masks, and the solid body butters will match the soaps.

Every day brings me a little bit closer to the finish line with this very carefully constructed natural skincare line. Once these are up and going, I will refocus my energy onto new natural perfumes and incense. 

Right now, I'm almost too tired to be doing this. We had our tea on Thursday and I prepared way too much food for the number of people who showed up. It was a fun evening, but by the end of it, I was whipped. After this afternoons soap making session, I'm going to take a bit of a rest before starting over again tomorrow.

Keep an eye out for the new skincare. I've been using these masks once or twice a week since I made them (about three weeks ago now), and my favorite by far is the rhassoul and banaba leaf extract formulation. The texture of my skin has improved quite a lot since using that one. It's just good clean skincare.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Phase 6,963

Organic apple cider vinegar brewing. This is the first batch made at the Plum Palace, and the first new batch made in over a year. I used a wee bit of the dregs from the last batch to help start this one. This stuff is like liquid gold. I used previous batches for my business as luscious infused skincare, and the soupier stuff I used at home for cleaning, as food, and as medicine. If you've got gut issues from using antibiotics or from a bout of gastroenteritis, take a shot glass of organic unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with your probiotic of choice to get your gut right again. Using it as a facial wash or toner makes your skin glowy, but you can't use it every day or you'll dry out like a prune, and it works wonders for my granddaughter's eczema flare-ups. She once had a stubborn patch of eczema that didn't respond to any of the otc or prescribed creams we used, but a couple of apple cider vinegar baths later and that stuff was shut down for over two years. Now, all of this is anecdotal as I'm not a scientist, but there is some evidence that apple cider vinegar helps with all of the issues I've brought up here. Once this batch is done, it will be divided into three jars and infused with botanical extracts for the shop, then I'm starting another batch for the house.

The rest of the skincare is coming along. I'm awaiting the arrival of a couple more essential oils for argan infused butter bars and balms, get those finished, then it's on to the soaps. I'm also going to whip up a batch of Yasmina oil perfume. I've had more than a few requests for this lush perfume in the past year, so I'm bringing it back and keeping it. And maybe a rose oil perfume too.


I've missed this.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cat's Outta The Bag

Today, my assistant and I are going to start phase two of three of the Djinn's naked natural skincare, butters 'n balms. There's also a batch of phase one product, a lovely frankincense extract infused facial mask, left to complete. And then in the coming days we will begin phase three, extract infused natural handmade soap. Eventually perfumes, alcohol, solid, and oil, will be added, as well as incense. I've got Kyphi brewing at the moment. Plus I have some compounded incense resins that were being worked on this time last year that are just about ready to go.

It's coming together -- now if I could just get the shop off of Etsy and onto the new website, it'll be legit.

Monday, October 09, 2017


Tuberose bud, Justine's garden, October 2017

I got another single flowering tuberose this year. Last year I got one that bloomed in a different pot than this one. They all grow, all the wee bulbs, but I'm not getting any flowering except for one at a time, two years in a row. So. They get their own bed now. Out of the pots, where my hope is they've multiplied, and into a permanent bed where they can be harvested in a year -- that is, if they all decide to bloom instead of taking turns like the polite little flowers they are. I clipped the single bloom last night and put it in water and set it on the kitchen counter. It has filled the kitchen and dining area with scent. Everyone keeps calling it 'honeysuckle', which kind of bugs, but what do they know? Perhaps tuberose is progressive and would link arms with honeysuckle in defense of all flowers. I'd rather think their hermit-like behavior is rooted in a strong sense of self and confidence rather than in flower class snobbery.

I just overheard someone here call them 'two bros'.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

New Beginnings

I have a Roundup neighbor.

The house to the right of ours had been unsold and vacant since we moved in in August until about two weeks ago. The house is enormous with two master suites and 3 additional bedrooms, a large open concept living/kitchen area, and a formal dining room. The backyard is dinky, though, apartment sized. Yet the two people who moved in take turns with the Roundup sprayer shooting every square inch of their property, both the landscaped front and unlandscaped back, almost daily. I've never seen a weed phobia like this before. I can't use any of the rosemary planted on the right side of my driveway because of the Mr.'s Roundup, and I'm beginning to wonder how saturated the fence boards on that side of the backyard have become. I'm planting all of my vegetables and perfumery plants in raised beds with liners to avoid weeds, and I guess to some extent, Roundup now too. I may have to have a talk with them if they keep up with this poisoning business.

I hope and pray the neighbors on the left don't get chemical crazy. So far they seem to appreciate plants as they have a jungle of potted plants in their backyard. There is life in suburbia after all.

I'm setting up shop again in the new place. Today we begin mixing and formulating some really fantastic all natural mineral and botanical skincare. A package of organic cocoa butter arrived here yesterday and my new assistant proclaimed, as I walked in the door from being gone all day, "I don't know what's in that bag, but it smells just like chocolate!" It does indeed!

One problem I'm finding living in this new place is postal delivery. The neighborhood is so new, and so far out of the city limits that it doesn't have a regular post office delivery service but a contract delivery service. If what is being shipped to my house isn't a big box that won't fit in the box at the end of the block -- the big boxes get delivered to the door -- the contract worker will send them back to the post office marked return to sender if the mailbox parcel cubicle already has someone else's parcel in it. I've had three packages sent back because of this, so now I will be looking into getting a PO box, which, honestly, I should do anyway. I'm sure the contract worker is run ragged and probably isn't obligated to keep trying to re-deliver mail, but it's damned inconvenient not getting my stuff on time. Hence the delay in getting The Scented Djinn up and running again. Well, that and everything else that's been going on around here.

I count myself very fortunate despite these minor set-backs, because they are just that -- minor.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Getting In The Groove Again

Both classes, the natural perfume intensive and the Kyphi incense class, are full with energy and synchronicity. It feels like a bit of a let-down when I have to shut down the computer and put the courses to bed for the evening. I'm enjoying myself immensely with this new group of people.

I'm also making Kyphi again. I've yet to get to those boxes in the garage as late Wednesday I began to feel the ticking scratch of a cold coming on. I've been on 12,000 mgs of C a day, zinc supplements, plus otc meds. The sinuses are congested, but I don't feel terrible like I did when I woke up Thursday morning with a pounding headache and a sore throat. It's never a good time for a cold, is it? Such a damned inconvenience no matter when they strike.

Once I get off the computer, in about a half an hour, I'm going to get to cleaning the house. When I'm not well and my energy is petering out, everyone here scatters like rats off a sinking ship. Once I feel better, today, actually, I'm left to clean up. I know. They're all adults. But that's what makes talking to them about cleaning up after their dirty bums so difficult. I get lots of, "I know." And, "I'll do it later." So maybe not quite adults yet.

Once I'm done cleaning the house, I'm going to start the goods for an early supper, and then get to tackling boxes in the garage. It seems like nobody is concerned with what's left out there since the cupboard's are full, the laundry is washed, the dishes are done, and there's food on the table. They're like cavemen -- ha!

I'd better get going then. There's Kyphi to make, and the skincare line -- oh, yeah, I'm starting a new skincare line. It debuts mid-October. Watch for it.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall and All She Brings

Now that the mad rush to finish the course is over, and the time it takes to do daily instruction has considerably whittled down the time I spend on the computer, I can get back to the house! I've got tons of boxes to unpack, warranties to fill out and mail, repair issues to deal with, and a string of birthdays coming up. And the central valley here in California seems to have let go of summer, finally. Just in time, too, for the official change into fall. You know you've gotten way to used to hot weather when 90 seems like a pleasant break. That means moving around is easier in terms of what gets done inside and outside.

We've begun the back yard, but there's a lot of work left to do. The soil is what we here in the valley call hardpan. Basically, it's like cement. The builders removed the top layer of soft soil when they leveled the lot, exposing all that lovely red hardpan. It's a mess to deal with, and will take a while to get it in shape for planting. We'll have to add some lime, gypsum, and lots of organic compost and churn it all into the ground. This will take a few weekends of all day digging. Again, the cooler weather helps immensely. Then I can start bulbs in raised beds and get some other plants in the ground. And get some grass growing so the grands will have somewhere to play next spring.

I received a shipment of oils yesterday, and, man, there were some nice ones in this lot. Cardamom CO2 is exquisite, beautifully green and fresh, with lovely floral back notes, and a slight twinge of eucalyptus. The CO2 is deeper and warmer than the cardamom essential oil from Guatamala (also in the box). The Guatamalan sample is brighter and more green with more of those eucalyptus notes and less of the warm floral note. Oakwood CO2 is a revelation. It is gourmand, warm, edible, with vanilla and cognac notes. I really love this stuff! The blue Egyptian chamomile (matricaria chamomilla) is stunning! Sweet, herbal, fruity, and surprisingly warm. Coffee CO2 is like a strong cuppa joe. Another winner. A gorgeous floral/fruity clove bud oil also arrived, reminding me of the turning of the seasons from hot to cool and the long nights spent in my garage studio creating tons of soap for the holidays. The bergamot oil, traditional, non FCF, smells brightly citrusy and sweet with hints of those famous floral notes. This one smells absolutely delicious! And last, but not least, juniper berry oil. This one is sweet and breathy and warm and fabulously beautiful. It reminds me of making Kyphi, the moment after crushing the first berries in the mortar and the sharp, sweet sting of scent that bursts forth.

Speaking of Kyphi, we're finally going to start our Kyphi batch for the course tomorrow on the eve of the new moon. I'm really looking forward to beginning this project.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

New Beginnings

The brand new International Perfume Foundation certified natural perfume course at The Natural Perfume Academy officially begins tomorrow -- well, if that isn't a mouthful. The interest in this course by the public has been astounding. Ruth and I busted our bums for months getting this new course up to par, and I think we're very nearly there. Our tutors have been working hard to update their courses, and we've begun translating the course into Spanish for a new course set to begin next year. This first six-month course will be the pilot course, and tweaks will occur both during and after the end of this run. It's exciting as hell, and a little bit scary as well. I can't help but to get a little nervous before each new course begins, but this one has me in knots. We've got videos -- with me in them (ugh) and I'm not the least bit sure of myself in this arena. We've got slideshows, which are far easier for me mentally -- ha! I've got a programmer working on a perfume formulation program for the course so the students can create their perfumes with ease -- aka, without all the maths involved. We even got an 'official' US and Canadian perfume kit supplier, Sunrose Aromatics, on board with us. We're still working on setting up the same kits with UK, EU, and Australian suppliers. Let me tell you, this isn't easy. Oftentimes, it's simply the politics that prevent forward motion. But we are persistent -- we've been doing this since 2008, so, yeah, we've learned a thing or two about how to get around, under, or barrel right through a problem.

This is where our 2017 Fall six-month course students live. It's pretty darned cool.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Garage Blues

Today I tackle the garage. Again. It's getting to the point where I don't want to anymore. Especially kitchen wares. The builders are coming out today to fix or replace the brand new dishwasher. I've been hand washing everything that comes out of those kitchen boxes because of the dishwasher being on the fritz and I'm well and done with it. I am in a rush to get the garage cleared out so I can set up my tables and shelves and get my studio wares sorted out, get some soap going and start on the new products for the shops. I'm under the gun here and it feels like I'm making very little progress. I know I said I work best under pressure, and I do, but there are only so many hours in a day, so many days until the looming deadline, and I'm moving as quickly as I can. It feels a bit like chasing my own bum.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Jasmine Sambac

So, yesterday was a shopping day, gathering things for the new house to make it habitable, or at least pretty. Things like shower curtains, trash bins, cleaning supplies, etc. While digging around the end-of-summer offerings at a popular department store, I stumbled upon an entire shelf of Maid of Orleans Arabian jasmine, aka, jasmine sambac. And, they were practically giving them away! I got three, but I plan on returning and getting a few more. In my area, this type of jasmine has the potential to bloom year-round, with the best coming in the spring. Right now, these three wee plants are blooming like mad! Especially since getting them here, setting them up on the porch, and giving them a good drenching. 

They weren't blooming like this when I found them, in fact, most of the sambac at the store had very few flowers blooming. 

The scent is heavenly. I will be getting a jar of deodorized coconut oil later today and performing an enfleurage of these blossoms until they stop giving me flowers. It's going to be very hot, around 109 degrees F, a record breaker, and it's been unusually humid -- conditions, I've read, are best for growing this type of jasmine.


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