Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Perfume Giveaway


I feel as if I've been out of the game for a long, long time. Perhaps mentally and emotionally I had pulled back from my love of perfuming due to personal issues ~ in fact, yes, that's exactly what I did. As much joy as formulating and sharing perfume brought me, there was this niggling little voice in the back of my mind asking, "What's the point?" Sacrilegious, yes? I thought so too. It pains me to admit it. The point in the broader sense, I suppose, could be that perfume and its construction is art, and art doesn't need a practical reason to exist, unless one defines beauty and spirit and love and passion in practical terms. In the personal sense the point was quite ill-defined. It's very difficult for me, as a caretaker 'type', to set aside time for personal aspirations when someone close to me is spinning out of control, and worse when it is a whole herd of people dealing with various and sundry life hurdles. Taking the time to work perfumery, and the necessary concentration and focus one needs for that task, became nearly impossible, fraught with bouts of guilt and what seemed like terminal failure with every experiment I played out. So then I was dealing with two issues; my guilt and black cloud mentality due to taking the time to formulate, and the potential loss of my mojo! This stretched across the spectrum of body beautiful art I was creating, and revealed itself more prominently in my latest soaping endeavors. No more dark and gloomy soaps were ever made than what I had produced from about May of 2011 until the following September. Even the classes I was giving during the summer seemed soulless, the soap created uninspiring.

Since I have not created anything of note lately (though that may change in the next few months as inspiration gels and takes on a more solid, tangible form) I am offering as gifts a coffrett of some oldies but goodies from the treasure chest of aromatic wonders here at The Scented Djinn ~ 5 ml bottles of Serj eau de Parfum, Atay Extrait, and Amber Extrait for your olfactory pleasure.

Make a comment publicly here on Oh, True Apothecary!, or send me a private message via to enter your name into the drawing. The name of the winner will be chosen Thursday, December 15 and mailed immediately in case you want to give the 'fumes away as gifts. Open to those living within the continental US (sorry to those of you not within those perimeters ~ future giveaways here at OTA will include all the planet's human inhabitants).


  1. So glad that things are looking up! It is a treat following your blog, and thank you for the kind giveaway!


  2. Thank you so much for your generosity Justine!

  3. Linnea Wiedeman11:13 AM

    Live is so hard sometimes, I know this all too well. It is good that you are going to begin what you love to do again. More than likely it will help you heal. I hope more inspiration comes to you. Thankyou for a chance at the giveaway. best wishes Linnea Wiedeman

  4. What a lovely and thoughtful giveaway, thank you! I hope that you start to feel better soon; this year has been hard on so many people, I think, and you deserve to have both your mojo and your peace of mind and heart back. I'm sending you lots of well-wishes.

  5. Art is like this.
    It cycles.
    Especially if at all soul connected.

    I read "gloamy" soap and thought, yea-ah, I'd like me some gloamy/glow-me soap ;)

    Thanks for the draw - it'll brighten spirits. And, look forward to smelling your work.
    lunar ecalypso California

  6. Thank you all for entering the draw! And thank you for the well-wishes -- they are much appreciated.

    As for "gloamy" -- not a word (yet) but part of a word ~ gloam, which is from gloaming, meaning twilight. The last light before night. Very nice. Love words.

  7. "Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life." ~ Henry Miller (who was rather a misogynist twat but got a few things spot on.)

  8. thanks for the giveaway
    Happy Holidays :)

  9. You'll find your muse again when you least expect it or so the cliche goes. Seriously, any true artist has their ebbs and flows. So just ride those waves and always make time for your imagination.

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

  10. I find that whenever I'm feeling this way I take the time to reassess and come back to my loves with a new outlook. Welcome back, and thank you for the draw. I wish you the best this season and always.

  11. So happy you've returned. All the best.
    Thanks for giveaway. :)

  12. thanks for being so generous in this transitional time, Justine. lots of ups and downs this year in my world as well. take good care of yourself! (then you are fortified for the challenges, ;-) )



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