Thursday, April 05, 2007

Innovation and Discovery

I've learned a lot over the past few years about scent and people who create scent. One of the most surprising and pleasant discoveries was that they're not all in it for the money, or the fame, or even accolades on a small scale. Some are in it because they're artists. Mostly unschooled, but definitely not uneducated, wildly talented, and almost completely unthreatened by those others, the pushers and pimps and glory seekers.

I have a great deal of respect for those who draw outside of the lines and still manage to create something innovative and unexpected and completely beautiful. And then they move on. They don't beat to death their last shining moment; instead opting to discover the next one. So maybe it isn't good business acumen to seem so indecisive. Maybe, just maybe, that isn't it at all. Maybe these blessed souls are tapped into some higher power that stretches beyond the all mighty dollar. Maybe it isn't business at all.

Diluted mate absolute about a week ago -- what a special scent it is. I used to burn mate smudge sticks and loved the way they smelled. Almost like vanilla or tonka, but herby and green and pot-like.

Also hooked up with hiba wood. Very spiritual. I 'get' temples and incense when I smell it.

The famed 'Ivy Challenge' is finally, definitely and completely (for me, anyway) done. The last bit of the puzzle was the mate.

Innovators of the Week:
Sheryl Karas
Laurie Stern
Sara Phillips
Roxana Villa

Discovery of the Week:

Mate absolute blended with orris root butter.

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