Sunday, November 30, 2008

Fantasy Honey

Fantasy Honey is a solid perfume made by one of my favorite perfumers, Littleflowers. It's an erotic blend of osmanthus, jasmine, linden and beeswax absolute. This isn't a sweet little confection of sticky fingered gooeyness that brings to mind honey combs and grandma's house at tea time. It's sexy. The osmanthus is gorgeous and dominates, though without the cistus and tobacco, it would just be black fig. Not that there's anything wrong with black fig. The overwhelming tone of this solid is boudoir boldness with a healthy dose of Kama Sutra honey dust. Sex-y!

I'm telling you, in the compact pictured above, it would be a gift anyone, man or woman, would be thrilled to receive.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Holiday Sale!

Le Parfumeur Rebelle's Holiday Sales'
page is filling up fast, but the sales won't last forever.

Come to LPR and peruse for holiday gifts from some of your favorite small businesses ~

Soivohle ~ Liz Zorn, Soivohle's perfumer, is offering free shipping plus 10% off all orders thru December 18th

Faerie Made ~ Tina Glen of Faerie Made is offering 15% off all orders thru December 6th

Nature's Gift ~ Marge Clark of Nature's Gift is offering 10% normally discounted products through the Thanksgiving weekend

Sunrose Aromatics ~ Rosanne at Sunrose is offering 10% off all orders over $50 to all Le Parfumeur Rebelle readers

Magickal Realism ~ Diana Rajchel of Magickal Realism is offering free shipping internationally from Thanksgiving thru January 15th

The Scented Djinn ~ Justine Crane of The Scented Djinn is offering 10% all orders thru December 5th

The list is growing daily, so check back at LPR for more holiday deals.


Sepia weeps. She laments.

Scents of powdery frail paper and resinous ink layer shy, sparkling lemons and yuzu, citrus fruit bowls overtaken by monk’s black-fingered writings.

Sepia is a perfume by Littleflowers. She evolves from thin veils of citrus over spices and leather, to dark resinous waxiness, and finishes with soft powdery sweet old paper and apothecary medicaments.

Do I like it? It's right up my olfactory alley. So yes, I do like it. Love it, in fact. It's precious and rare. Like old books written in dead languages.

Sepia ~ by Littleflowers.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey (or Tofurkey) Day!

"Everything we have is a gift from God -- even our sorrows." Joseph Farah

The American Thanksgiving tradition for years has been a time of gluttony, the beginning of the feasting and festivities which continue on through New Year's Day. The average American gains five to ten pounds between the time from Thanksgiving (some start early and make Halloween the beginning of the eating frenzy) and New Year's.

But is that what Thanksgiving is really about? Eating until the l-triptophan, carbs and booze knock you out for two days? Or is it about something else? Like being thankful maybe?

Thankful that you had another year on earth to share with loved ones. Thankful your family made it through some really rough times and are now stronger than ever. Thankful for positive, though painful, change. Thankful for love. Thankful you can hold your sweet grand baby's hand and play in the fallen leaves with him. Thankful for all your blessings. Thankful for the talent which God has bestowed upon you. Thankful for grace and happiness (even if it lasts only a moment) and laughter. And at last, thankful for the bounty upon your tables.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Le Parfumeur Rebelle Giveaway

Just a week left to enter the Le Parfumeur Rebelle monthly giveaway. November is being hosted by Mandrake Apothecary.

To enter simply follow the link above, leave your name and address, and indicate whether you want your name published if you are the winner, click the submit button and there you have it.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Attack of the Narcissists

I've had several long conversations with many different people the past few weeks regarding recent personal and professional events that have occurred, and the word "narcissist" kept popping up. I know, this isn't a perfume-related post, but please bear with me.

The personal issues have been occupying my mind of late, putting the professional issues somewhere in a fog on the edge of my consciousness, in a safe, distant place where they can't hurt or hinder what's happening in my REAL life. What I mean by that is this blog, my professional perfuming persona, is only a fragment of who and what I am. It isn't the real me, or, at least, the whole me. And this, I believe, is true of most of those who blog. For others it is this blogging, Yahoo-ing, grouping pretend-self which they would have us believe is real. It is the persona they want all of us to believe is true and valid, the one they made up by creating a fantasy world created from lies and deceit, one of false importance and relevance. And shame on anyone who dares to stand on the edges of the lime light which the narcissist owns lest it somehow diminish their imagined importance and delusions of grandeur.

"One of the most glaring outward signs of malignant narcissism is the way narcissists malign others. They are constantly improving their own image at someone else's expense." This statement interests me greatly. It comes from Kathy Krajco's blog What Makes Narcissists Tick. Yes, another blog.

There's a lot of good, sound advice on her blog about how to distance oneself from what she calls "malignant narcissists", those who prey on people using their blogs or lists and groups as the vehicle to insidiously insert themselves into someone's life, and often, ultimately, attempt to destroy them publicly.

Perfumery Without Pretension

GC analysis is the topic of this installment of Le Parfumeur Rebelle's Perfumery Without Pretension by Diana Rajchel.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Laurie Stern Interview at Sniffapalooza Magazine

One of my most favorite botanical perfume personalities, Ms. Laurie Stern, has been interviewed at Sniffapalooza Magazine.

For insights into the joy and art of botanical perfumery, you must read this interview and the review by Tonie Minsal.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

And the Kaufman Goes to . .

Lisa who wrote "this is a lovely book. i am lucky that my local library has a copy i can borrow from time to time. thanks for this opportunity to take a chance. ~lisa"

Lisa, send me your full name and address at and the book will be mailed to you as soon as possible.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Fundraiser for Littleflowers

I've know the proprietress of Littleflowers for a long time now. She's brilliant. And she's in need. If you've never tried any of Littleflowers' gorgeous natural skincare, do so now and help her through this trying time.

Try the lemon mint scrub or the spruce body butter -- luscious. She also features sweet citrusy cologne splashes that are refreshing, bracing and smell divine.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Interesting Stuff

I found this blog entry interesting.

This article seemed pretty interesting too.

This too seems like a pretty cool reference.

You may also find this one interesting as well.

So is this one.

This one from 1999 is pretty good too.

Nice one here.

You have to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to find this one.

As a person who suffers greatly from sinus infections and frequent temporary anosmia, I thought it would be helpful to explain why someone would use left/right nostril techniques to evaluate perfumery materials. It's also extensively used in wine evaluations and has been for years.

They're also just great references.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Mandrake Apothecary

Mandrake Apothecary is the November 2008 Le Parfumeur Rebelle giveaway sponsor.

Giveaway items are: A bottle of Thriae perfume, and a bottle of Hecate perfume.

"The bee is the most mentioned insect throughout mythology. She is nature's alchemist, creating a life-giving substance, of herself and flowers. Bees were seen as a bridge between the natural world and the underworld, in the ancient Near East and throughout the Aegean. They were carved on tombs, and Mycenaean tholos tombs even resemble beehives. Zeus was saved from his father Cronos by the nymph Melissa (name origin in Greek, "honey bee"), and in his gratitude he transformed her into a Queen Bee. Apollo's gift of prophecy came from a trio of pre-Hellenic bee-goddesses, the Thriae.

Beeswax absolute blends seamlessly with most florals, citrus fruits, and will add sunshine to the heart accord of a blend. Honey absolute tends to sweeten the heart and base of a blend, without making its presence overtly known or coloring a
blend significantly. Both of these add a glow to whatever they are blended with, and it is hard to not observe that as a mechanism of alchemy.

vanilla-infused biodynamic grain spirits
rooibos tea absolute
champaca flower absolute
beeswax and honey absolutes
carob absolute
carrot seed essential oil
jasmine sambac absolute
cassis concrete, diluted

Thriae brings the height of summer, and the hum of bees in the garden, into the darker days of the fading year. It is a light at the end of the tunnel."
Sara Philips, Mandrake Apothecary

"Hekate is not an Olympian deity in the Greek pantheon but rather a Chthonic deity, and originates in Anatolia. She was a goddess of childbirth and the wilderness in Thrace, but most of us know her as the goddess of witches and sorcery. Queen of the ghosts. Medea and Circe were priestesses of Hekate. She was also known as the guardian of thresholds and of the crossroads. Being a Chthonic deity, she is closely associated with the underworld and the earth, or rather the place beneath the earth.She predates the Greeks, and was written into the pantheon where it was easy to embroider her in via indigenous tradition and folk tales. She's an attendant at the birth of Zeus in one telling, for example, going so far as to hide the infant from Cronus with the other midwives. In other myths, her powers are a gift of Zeus.

Organic golden jojoba
blue lotus
amber spikenard
henna attar
clary sage
Turkish rose

Mystery, the ethereal realm, and deep ancient
places in the world. Ghostly and forbidden
knowledge. The oracle at Delphi breathed in
vapors from cracks and deep fissures in the
rocks, and this was formulated to create a
meditative state with essences of the ancient

Blue lotus breathes and whispers florals into a
woodsy and earthy heart of spikenard and sage
tempered with rose. The attar and the
frankincense are the incense smoldering in
the censer, while the dry dusty flowers and
sage waft into the atmosphere.

Hekate is the long cool midnight of winter, that
deep cave of the soul where many treasures
await and charm, if one is brave enough to
venture into the darkness."
Sara Philips, Mandrake Apothecary

Enter. This. Giveaway.

Obama Nation

I couldn't let this pass without commenting. How about that Mr. Obama, eh? Oh, Mr. President (-elect), that is.

Laugh or cry, you've just witnessed an historic event of enormous proportions. And for some of us (quite a lot of us, it appears), we can finally exhale.

God Bless the World.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election Day

"T'was Halloween and the ghosts were out
And everywhere they'd go they'd shout
and though I covered my eyes I knew
they'd go away
But fear's the only thing I saw
Three days later was clear to all
That nothing is as scary as Election Day."
Norah Jones My Dear Country

Have to go vote. I'm nervous about this day. Very nervous. The weather is odd, windy and cold under a painfully clear blue San Joaquin Valley sky. I can smell wood smoke every so often, not something you usually smell down here on the valley floor. Most people don't have much reason to burn wood for warmth. Some days we're not allowed by law to use our fireplaces. I'm just hoping there won't be a line at the polling place because I don't do stinging windy cold very well.

What I'd love to be doing instead of what must be done is tincturing more aromatics. I currently have a gorgeous raw organic cacao bean tincture running through the zapper for its 20th hour. I'm using grain alcohol as the menstruum. It has a distinctive grain alcohol scent; not sweet at all. This tincture, at about hour 15, took on a distinctive fruity wine tone. It smelled like a triple folded organic grape alcohol. Then the alcohol burned off and left a remarkable dark chocolate essence. I'm going to get as much as I can out of this little tincture.

I'd also love to work on a winter perfume -- something warm, but not spicy; floral, but not intoxicating; enveloping, but not suffocating. Doesn't really say much, does it? I'll have to work on the vocab.

Just read Trygve's blog here -- man. Trippy.

Don't forget I'm running a book giveaway (see previous post) ~ William Kaufman's Perfume. The photos are fabulous.

Monday, November 03, 2008


I'm an avid book collector. I just love books. All kinds of books. And sometimes, my obsession with books gets a little out of control. For example, I have five (5) copies of William Kaufman's Perfume. I have one that I read and use for reference and enjoyment; one which is slated for deconstruction to harvest the gorgeous photographs for framing; and, um, three additional copies . . . for the fun of it?

So I'm giving one away. Just comment here, or at, and I will randomly select the winner from the comments around the 15th of November.

NowSmellThis posted a review of this book back in 2005 -- go have a read.


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