Friday, December 26, 2008

Rose Floral Essence Evaluation

9 essences diluted in organic grain alcohol.

Included with Essence Evaluation Kit are full instructions regarding how to conduct the evaluation, master code sheets with full details of essence being evaluated (code letter and #, Latin name of essence, common name, date of purchase, supplier, country of origin, dilution ratio and/or tincture information), and one pack of 100 scent strips.

Essences are provided in organic grain alcohol and bottled in 1.5 ml vials.

Mix 'n Match this kit with other kits at The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary.

Rose Floral Essence Evaluation Kit includes:
Tea rose
Rose absolute
Rose de Mai absolute
Rose damask
Rose geranium
Geranium Bourbon
Rose otto

Visit The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary.

Monday, December 22, 2008


I'm a firm believer in freecycling ~ no, it's not riding a bike naked. It's a way to recycle those things you possess which you no longer want or need but are still useful to someone, WITHOUT the hassle of yard sale~ing or ebay~ing. And I NEVER throw out books.

My freecycle item today is a near-new copy of "Perfumes The Guide" by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. I've gotten about as much as I'm going to out of it and really need to make space on my bookshelf for -- um -- something else. It's in pretty good condition -- dust jacket is accounted for, pages are completely unmarked, a nice copy.

So, send me an e-mail and I'll get this out to you probably after the 25th. Of this month.

*Update: This went fast. Somebody was quick on the draw and the book is gone.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I'm not going to wax poetical about "'tis the season" and all that, but I am going to ask you all to give. Donate. Homeless shelters are packed to capacity these days. Packed with kids who aren't going to have much of a holiday this year, through no fault of their own, or even of their parents and caretakers. It's rough out there right now.

Pack up a bag of non-perishable food and haul it down to a church or homeless shelter. Hit up the dollar store and buy $10 worth of toys to donate.

Before this crap economy hit, I thought I was doing the world a service by donating a little to the local keeping it green group, and in a small way, I was. I see a need that goes way beyond planting a tree or providing coats and shelter to a family left jobless and homeless because the powers that be played fast and loose with their futures. Give.

Beginning today (December 17th) through January 3rd, The Scented Djinn will donate 50% of the proceeds from all sales of Serj Eau de Parfum, which is also being offered to you at 50% off the regular price. So, a $65 bottle of Serj EdP will cost you $32.50, $16.25 of which will be sent directly over to the Poverello House here in my hometown.

After January 3rd, $10 from the sale of each bottle of regularly priced Serj Eau de Parfum will continue to be donated to Poverello House.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sacred Glo

Sacred Glo Candles

"One earth -- we all share it. One product -- Sacred Glo™ lotion candles. Three uses -- toxin free candle, a warm massaging body oil or lotion, surrounded by a reusable drinking glass or an elegant bathroom accessory. No waste, nothing left behind except the glowing memory of candlelight, calm, and beautiful skin."

Is this cool or what? A candle that's a lotion in a glass jar that can be reused as a drinking vessel, small bud vase or toothbrush container?

Great gift ideas ~

Friday, December 12, 2008

Gift Sets Galore

Stress Less Gift Set (and more) from Sunrose Aromatics ~

"When life is moving too fast, relax with our Stress Less Gift Set.

Includes the following:
* Ceramic Diffuser with 2 tealights
(diffusers may vary according to inventory)
* 15 ml Happiness Diffuser Blend
* 15 ml Lovely Lavender Diffuser Blend
* Terra Cotta Stone with 5 ml Calming Diffuser Blend
* 2 oz Serenity Body Creme
* 2 oz Serenity Bath, Body or Massage Oil"

Nature's Gift Perfumer's Chypre Kit

For a while now, Marge Clark of Nature's Gift has been putting together perfumery kits. The following is Nature's Gift's latest addition to the kit family: The Perfumer's Chypre Kit ~

"For more information about the history of Chypre perfumes and options on creating your own chypre blends, please see our Chypres Defined page.

Nature's Gift is proud to present two different Chypre kits for your experimentation.

First, the BASIC Chypre kit contains fifteen ml (1/2 fl oz) bottles of our Bergamot FCF (for skin safety), Labdanum Absolute, Oakmoss Absolute and Sweet Patchouli, all in 10% dilutions for your mixing and matching, to discover your own personal Chypre accord. If available separately, the four Basic Chypre Oil dilutions would retail for $35.00. Save 20% by ordering the complete set for only $28.00

Our EXPANDED Chypre kit contains the above four oils, plus materials designed to allow you to experiment with the different "families" of Chypres:

(All of the following are in 2 ml bottles, and 10% dilutions for ease of use and to blend readily with the above Basic Chypre Oils.)

* Floral Chypres: Rose Absolute, Jasmine Grandiflora Absolute and Lavender CO2 extractions.
* Animalic Chypres: Angelica Root and Valerian Essential Oils
* Fresh Chypres: More Citrus - Green Mandarine and Blood Orange Oils
* Green/Herbal Chypres: Sweet Basil and Clary Sage
* Leather Chypres: Choya Loban and Tobacco Absolute
* Coniferous Chypres: Atlas Cedar Leaf and Maritime (Sea) Pine Needle Oils
* Woody Chypres: Himalayan Cedarwood and Sandalwood.

Now, obviously, there are many more oils that could fit in each category. All of our floral absolutes could be used in a Floral Chypre Perfume, all of our "Wood Oils" could enhance a Woody Chypre, etc. We want you to have the opportunity to play, to see what fits your taste, and then add to your library from there.

For ease in blending and experimenting, we are including:

* A dozen disposable pipettes (in addition to the mini-pipettes that come with each of our 2 ml oils.)
* A package of 100 Perfumers Scent Strips to experience each oil singly and in combination over time.
* Blending Bottles: 3 2 ml amber bottles, 3 5 ml Cobalt Bottles, and one 15 ml Cobalt bottle.

Separately, the complete "Explore the Chypres" kit would retail for $115.00 Save 20% by ordering the complete set for only $92.00"

Jump start your natural botanical perfumery education utilizing one of these great kit combinations.

And don't forget to play the 13th Reason guessing game in the previous post -- it's open until December the 19th (enter for your chance to win a handmade poppymint soap and a frankincense and rose body butter).

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

13th Reason

I don't know what the 13th Reason is -- there are lots of potentials; 13th Amendment of the US Constitution abolishing slavery; Friday the 13th, the day, not the movie; Apollo 13; Chapter 13? Who knows? Who even cares? They rock anyway.

A free bar of Poppymint soap and a mystery butter (ok, it's frankincense and rose absolute with some other stuff) to the first person who can tell me which of the three guys in this band is my son. The other two "guys" are girls, so they don't qualify. And it isn't Sponge Bob.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Essence Evaluation Kits on Etsy

Start your natural perfumery studies through essence evaluations utilizing the kits provided here.

Poppymint Soap

Scrubby poppy seeds fill this gorgeous soap made with virgin olive oil, shea butter, organic cocoa butter and organic coconut oil scented with peppermint and spearmint essential oils. A seasonal favorite!

Order at The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary. Limited supply.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

New Le Parfumeur Rebelle Giveaway!

December's LPR Giveaway sponsor is Faerie Made Soaps (and perfumes).

Giveaway items include Faerie Made's lovely Winter Solstice Perfume ~ Playing on the theme of Amber and juniperberry comes our Winter Solstice limited edition perfume. The scent is soft like the season. Snow on the ground mutes world. Everything is soft, subtle, clear, cool. Winter.Neroli, lemon, blood orange and petitgrain tease the senses lightly. Amber resin and juniperberry essential oil are paired together with notes of sandalwood, patchouli and a touch of spicy clove coming out during the dry down. Soft, pretty. .25 oz

Ginger Grass and Silk Soap ~ This soap has ethically sourced raw silk and coconut milk added to our already luxurious soap. To top it off it is scented with an essential oil blend that includes lemongrass, ginger, patchouli, and a hint of vanilla. 4.5 oz

Enter at the link provided above.

Good luck!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Holiday Giveaway at Crushed Velvet and Roses

Two giveaways have been announced at Crushed Velvet & Roses ~ one for perfume, the other for art. Enter both here for your chance at some holiday cheer.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

LPR Holiday Sale ~ Mandrake Apothecary

Take 20% off all orders of $100 or more (free shipping at $75+ will still count!).

This sale is in effect until December 10th, midnight PST, but I cannot guarantee delivery by the Solstice, the start of Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, since USPS gets
overwhelmed this time of year.

Mandrake Apothecary.

LPR Holiday Sale ~ Soivohle ~ Liz Zorn Perfumer

Free Shipping plus a 10% discount on all orders thru December 18th

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

LPR Holiday Sale ~ Faerie Made

15% off all products to December 6th

LPR Holiday Sale ~ Nature's Gift

Avoid the crowds at the malls, shop online this year!

New Jewelry

Just in time for holiday giving, a selection of new Aromatherapy Jewelry by a talented new artist. Karen Bye, the talented glass worker who has made our amphoras for the past several years is no longer practicing her art, and we have searched long and hard for a new artist. (We have a TINY array of Karen's earlier work still available, mostly just one or two of each, so if you have had your eye on one, visit our Aromatherapy Jewelry page while they last.)

The following new lampwork amphoras all have 16" - 18" neck cords of black Greek leather, with sterling clasps. They are created from imported glass (mostly Italian) and kiln annealed for durability. They only *look* fragile! Each has a spiral shaped silver dauber, which makes them perfect wearble perfume bottles for our anointing oils or dilutions - anything that is skinsafe and ready to apply.

The pictures are representative, as individual works of art, each will vary slightly. All are delightful.

We are packaging each Amphora in a small decorative bag, and including a mini-pipette for adding your chosen oil or blend. More . . .

LPR Holiday Sale ~ Sunrose Aromatics

SunRose Aromatics is offering a
10% Discount to ALL LPR readers on ALL orders over $50.00 (this does not include shipping & handling)

Valid thru December 20, 2008. To qualify for the discount, read LPR and find the discount code here.

LPR Holiday Sale ~ Magickal Realism

Magickal Realism offers free shipping internationally
through January 15th.

Introducing the following sampler packs:

Men's sampler pack
Real Magic sampler pack
Shis-shis sampler pack
(including Book Dust, Sex and Politics, and a few others)

Magickal Realism

Monday, December 01, 2008

My Son Wears Angel

About the time I started seriously studying natural botanical perfumery, my now 20-something son started wearing mainstream perfume. Real perfume. Not cologne. Not body spray. Perfume. His first perfume experiment was with a sweet little confection called Candies. Why he ever chose to smell like a teenage girl on prom night, I’ll never know, but it might have something to do with sex appeal. His words, “Females dig it.” So we have this macho boy, District Champion in wrestling, fledgling football player, all-around bad boy, wearing Candies perfume to attract girls like bees to honey. And it worked. So well, in fact, he moved on from his first olfactory love to his second: DKNY’s Be Delicious.
He was delicious for two years, until he bored of smelling like fruit bowls, and found his third olfactory love, Prada. Surreptitiously lifted from his younger sister’s dressing table, Prada found a new home in my son’s locker. But he was forever on the hunt for something new. He never turned down a trip to Sephora, and never refused perfume samples that I gathered from various mainstream perfume houses. He found love again, for the fourth time, with Premiere Figuier Extrême from L’Artisan. He saved money for two months to buy his very first full bottle. Three point four ounces of scentastic bliss. The bottle didn’t last long as all his “girlfriends” fell in love with Mr. Figuier too, and generously doused themselves whenever they’d come by for a visit – he soon tired of smelling like everyone else.
One day, after sharing lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, the son and I decided to walk across the road to Sephora. The son is a big samples’ freak and asks for two or three every time he visits Sephora. We wandered around and then I noticed the trademark ice-blue, wonky star-shaped bottle with its shiny silver cap sitting on a high shelf. I remembered that my friend Kimberly loves Angel, so I decided to give it a shot. Yeah, I never tried Angel before. I’m not a lover of the overtly sweet, cotton candy, high floral gooeyness that I’d heard Angel was based upon. My son walked past me as I sprayed Angel onto a strip.
“What is that?”
“It’s Angel. You won’t like it. It’s too girlie even for you.”
He grabbed my hand, the one waving the scent strip soaked in Angel, and snatched the strip. He closed his eyes and drew the strip under his nose slowly. I started looking around to see if anyone was watching this embarrassing display, when he shouted, “Wow! I have to have this!”
He then grabbed the sample bottle and sprayed it on his wrists, waved his arms about, and began inhaling at his wrists in long, gulping sniffs.
“It smells magnificent,” he said, his eyes closed, wrist at his nose.
“Magnificent? What’s the matter with you? It’s way too girlie for you!” I said, trying to pull his arm down from his face.
“No, it’s not,” he said. “Smell it.” He extended his arm and brought his wrist up to my nose. I inhaled, fully expecting something gawd-awful sweet and sticky, and was pleasantly – no – astoundingly surprised to find that it smelled rather masculine. Yeah, the sugary sweetness was there, but so was something else, something dark and not-so-sweet. Something very male.
The son smiled at me and asked, “Samples?”


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