Friday, December 28, 2012

Re-Post Six Impossible Things from April 2012

Six Impossible Things

"Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things."

"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

Alice in Wonderland.
Six impossible things before breakfast. And with only a half an hour to believe them! I am inspired, even if this is a fictional character speaking. Think of the possibilities you open for yourself if you take these words to heart. Six impossible things before breakfast. A year ago I wouldn't have thought it possible that I could live on my own, but I do. I wouldn't have believed I could get a decent job, but I have. I wouldn't have believed that I could ride a bicycle to and fro, but I do. I wouldn't have believed that I could become even more enamored with scent, but I have. Four impossible things before winter. 
Learning a little about Zen is helping with my impossible things to believe. Letting go of beliefs about myself that aren't true has helped immensely. I am currently finding my true space within this NBP world. Where I fit. Who I am on the imaginary hierarchy, or if I'm even there at all. I am learning to believe it doesn't matter. Well, it's beginning to not matter to me. Too much of the ebb and flow can wash blessings up to your feet, and the next moment they are swept away. The pain that it causes to watch all the stuff that have attached themselves to us, or more true, what we have become attached to, being swept away is excruciating -- and not real. We are who we are because we believe we are. Keep telling yourself that, and make it good. In the meantime, the sweet peas bloom!
Last year I co-tinctured sweet pea blossoms and sweet orange blossoms and the results are -- interesting. Upon first sniff, it smells a bit like a puppy breath. Yup. Musty halitosis with a splash of warm milk. But as the alcohol evaporates and the scent begins to 'stick', it changes. It begins to smell of sweet pea and dried flowers, the scent there but distant, and then the oddest thing happens -- it expands. The scent grows. It's wild. Sweetly floral yet indistinct -- what flower is it? Yummy delicious crazy stuff.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dreaming in Halves

I dreamt of things in halves last night. A log left burning in the fireplace broke in half and lay smoldering in two pieces in the fireplace, an important paper from the Department of Motor Vehicles became torn in half while it was being handed to someone else who disrespectfully yanked it from my hand, a family took sides, a little girl was in jeopardy of being legally separated from her family -- it was bizarre! I came to realize the theme in these dreams as I was dreaming them, so upon waking I soaked a bit in bed trying to sort it all out. The only 'wholes' in the dream/dreams were my studio/perfumery, and my computer. Everything else had some kind of 'half of' symbology attached to it. The halving of everything created chaos, so I'm going to assume that the dream was a warning not to let these things happen -- the halving of the log caused one piece to slightly roll out of the fireplace creating a potential fire hazard; the tearing and halving of the DMV paperwork meant going through the process again of getting new paperwork; the family splitting up meant the few strands still holding them together were going to be potentially severed forever, and the little girl ... the little girl was my heart and losing her the way it was beginning to play out in the dream was painfully soul wrenching, so this was the obvious point in the dream in which I woke up before I went straight up bat sh*t crazy on someone to prevent this looming separation. Or all this symbology could mean that I'm fearful of losing control. Not that I have or had any to begin with, but fearful of things happening with or without my intervention, despite my best efforts, without my consent, against my wishes, and all that muckity-muck. Or perhaps the dreams mean none of these things and are simply a result of the chemical brain-belly connection made by nibbling a piece of raw bread dough moments before going to bed (said Scrooge).

Blast from the past ~ the Academy graduates are getting together this winter and spring for a formulation project -- ambits we call them -- in which we pick a classic perfume pre-1969 and attempt to create/recreate its likeness from all natural raw materials. We were inspired to delve into the classics by Amanda Feeley, perfumer for Esscentual Alchemy, who recreated the famous Djedi perfume made by Guerlain in 1927. A full, unopened 1 oz bottle (I am assuming it was 1 oz) of vintage/antique Djedi sold on Ebay just a few days ago for $3053.00 USD. Wow. There is a great deal of interest in these classics and I thought it might make for a fun project for the graduated-but-still-studying students to practice in. Some perfumers poo-poo the idea of recreating classics and see it as 'cheating' because there is a blueprint for the perfume's creation, however sketchy the information. The sad (or happy) truth is, they cannot be 100% accurate to the original as aroma chemicals were used in nearly all of them (yeah, all of them, I'm sure) and NBP's don't do that, so we have to improvise using home extractions, tinctures, and enfleurage results, which, in my mind, makes a more creatively formulated perfume than the original, no disrespect, so blueprints or no blueprints, you're still working to be creative and original. I'm considering Quelques Fleurs, but haven't set my mind on it yet. Our last ambit which ran the time span from summer 2012 to fall 2012 resulted in some damn good kyphi incense and perfumes. Kyphi was the name of the game, and we're still playing it. At least I am. I have a line-up of kyphi projects for the coming year 2013 which I will happily share with you for a small fee ~ ha!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Last Day to Order From TSD Etsy Apothecary

Tomorrow, December 19th, is the last day to order from The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary if you want to have your order shipped so that it might make it to you by the 25th. I make no guarantees. The 20th is the final day I ship before the holidays, resuming on the 2nd of January, that is, if we're all still here ...

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Herbs de Provence Salt et Patchouli Djinn Style

Just whipped up a big batch of Herbs de Provence sea salt with patchouli, just the way I like it, and will be giving out bottles as gifts for the holidays. I may put a bottle or two up on Etsy if I feel so inclined.

*Update! No bottles of Herbs de Provence Salt et Patchouli (notice the name difference?) Djinn Style, but I am putting up a couple of bags of the seasoning on Etsy -- go check it out!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Patchouli in Your Cuppa Joe Said the Olfactogustatorian

I've been indulging lately -- hey, what are the holidays for if not an excuse to go a little buck wild on the goodies every now and then? So here's the dealio ~ remember those mocha tangerine patchouli marshmallows I put up on Etsy? Yes, those ones, well, I've been taking one or two to work with me pretty much every day and have dropped them into my plain old mug of coffee for a bit of an olfactory boost when the drudgery of type-type-typing away becomes too much, and guess what? (I know, I'm full o' questions today) I feel better after drinking it. My mood is lifted. I'm not fidgety and wanting nothing more than to get up and get out of there, I have patience and the time seems to pass by swiftly. Yay! And not just that, oh, no, drinking patchouli'd coffee is such an experience -- the flavors meld beautifully, the fragrances of chocolate and tangerine and the tobacco-like smoothness of coffee all coming together and wrapping around the dark patchouli to create this rich, earthy, natural edible perfume is 'ah!' inspiring. Ok, and awe inspiring.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Attraction Love Bomb Herbal Bath Kit at Etsy

 Wanna get all loved up? Try The Scented Djinn's Attraction Love Bomb Herbal Bath Kit at Etsy.

Marshmallow Dreams

I've been dreaming up different flavors to add to my newest scent obsessions -- perfume marshmallows. The first batch I made I scent flavored with Velvet & Sweet Pea's Fleur de Caramel (have you smelled this stuff? No? You gotta, it's dreamy) because it already had that confection aura about it and I thought it would be a good match. One thing I've learned about marshmallow crafting with scent flavors is that they need a little aging as well for the scent flavor to 'set' properly. Biting a fresh mallow, as good as they are, with scent flavor added is like getting hit in the mouth with a sock full of quarters. Unmistakable flavor impact. After sealing them in a container and waiting a day or two, however, the flavor impact softens and mellows, leaving more of a vague impression of whatever perfumed ingredient was used to flavor it rather than -- yes -- that sock full of quarters experience. Unless, of course, you go bat crap crazy with the dropper and put in a few milliliters of scent flavor, in which case you might as well put the mallows in your armpits because they're pretty much useless for eating. That sock full of quarters becomes a duffel bag full of railroad spikes. So the wildest scent flavor I've done to date is the one I'm debating about putting up on Etsy -- because it's wicked tart and wildly sweet and not made for coffee or cocoa or any drink except maybe champagne or a sparkling white wine. Lemon and Orange Blossom Marshmallows are deliciously tart and floral -- there's a bit of citric acid in the coating powder which gives it a zing of sour before the sweet. Like those sour gummy worms, or lemon heads, or sour patch kids, but with a floral down tone at the end. The smaller the mallow, the more sour it tastes because there is less of the sweet orange blossom mallow to counteract the sour skin. So I cut these mallows bigger. I may just give them away as Yule gifts rather than sell them ... haven't made up my mind on that yet. In the meantime, I continue to experiment with gourmet scent flavors for mallows, some of which you will hear about, most of which you won't. Did you know the Egyptians 'invented' marshmallows? Crafty Egyptians. I stumbled upon the information while digging around on the 'net studying kyphi. Yes, the Egyptians were the first to make marshmallows, however, they made them with honey and marshmallow root. I'm seriously considering trying to make that version of marshmallows. Honey mallows sound divine, marshmallow root powder grit, not so much.

Friday, December 07, 2012

 There has been a flurry of activity in the studio of late. I'm especially inspired and mostly doing exactly what I want instead of trying to fit a mold I had fashioned for myself in an effort to define where I fit -- am I a perfumer? A rootworker? A soap maker? A potions' and brews' formulator? A natural skincare creator? An olfactogustatorian? Yes. To all of the above. That's why today you will find soap, a meditation oil, a luxurious skin oil, natural botanical perfumes, and a couple of scentedibles for sale at the Etsy shop. This is what I love doing -- all of it. Currently in the works is a lovely hair oil with organic borage and organic extra virgin olive oil heavily scented with a gorgeous 'purple' lavender augustifolia and a well-aged patchouli absolute, and if I can find the big bottle, perhaps a dab or two of ambrette seed oil; the other project is another edible, more marshmallows, a bright sunny lemon flavored mallow with shades of neroli or bergamot petit grain. There is so much more I want to do but time is limited -- I'm working the j o b 7 hours straight five days a week, and every other Saturday for three or four hours. It doesn't leave much time to create. However, with the kind of work that I do, it allows a lot of time for the mind to wander, so I keep a notebook handy and write down every idea for a new product that I think of during the course of a workday, then go over the notes once I'm home and ferret out which might actually come to fruition. It feels good to be back in business after being away so long. I miss the hustle and bustle of it.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Perfume Treasure Bag A Clearance Sale

Clearance Sale! Out with the old! Sick of looking at 'em! The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary is currently featuring a clearance sale of 5 ml perfumes -- 3 in a bag makes it a treasure, so get your once-they're-gone-they're-gone-for-good purple velveteen treasure bags for $30 -- yep, three of TSD's lovely perfumes in 5 ml bottles for only $30 -- now that's a real clearance sale.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Frankincense and Rose Skin Elixir

Frankincense and Rose Elixir
Frankincense and Rose Elixir Frankincense and Rose Elixir Frankincense and Rose Elixir
I just have to say that the frankincense oil I used in this is so fine! (Imagine that statement in a sing-song voice). So fine ~ gorgeous Omani frankincense blended with a few drops (in each bottle) of the lovely rose de Mai and folded into a half-and-half mixture of anti-inflammatory organic borage oil and anti-oxidant (vitamin E rich) organic pumpkin seed oil. I also must confess that while mixing this little bit of heaven, I began in a bit of a funk having woken up late and then discovering the day was dreary, cold, overcast, with the monsoon rains pouring down, but by the end of the formulating session, I felt a sense of euphoria and that juxtaposed a sense of calm and the feeling that all is well and whatever gloom and doom I'd allowed into my spirit from the late morning was (and is) gone -- utterly. And also (more confessions) I've been using the half-and-half borage/pumpkin blend sans scent for the past week on my new tattoo and it is the only application of any combination of oils that has soothed my healing skin, keeping it soft and supple without any greasy residue. I adore the borage/pumpkin blend and I think you will too -- it just makes it doubly wonderful with that gorgeous, beautiful, divine Omani frankincense that is sooooo fine!

15 mls

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Tranquility Perfumed Anointing Oil

I've been sitting on this for a couple of weeks now, waiting to spring it on you. Now that I have it seems a bit anti-climatic. But here goes:

This scent is deep and earthy and grounding and divine. I find it is the perfect anointing oil for healing meditation, pranic work, and just before bed to experience vivid and profound dreams. This oil is heavily scented and can be worn as a scent-of-the-day, or for spiritual and healing work, plus it is quite nice to the skin and sinks in with little effort.

A soap of the same oil is also being offered, Tranquil Grotto, and offers a bit more in the way of chamomile, rosemary, and clary sage essential oils added in --

The oil base for Tranquility Perfumed Anointing Oil is rich sunflower; the scenting oils are davana, patchouli, frankincense, vetyver mitti, and holy basil.

15 ml/ one half ounce in amber glass

At The Scented Djinn's Etsy shop. 

Tranquil Grotto, the sort of matching soap to this, is also up on Etsy.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The New Tattoo

I said I would, and I did. Get the tattoo I've been thinking about for months and months. I know, it's a little unorthodox, but it works for me. My reasons are my own, no explanations necessary.

That bit on the left there is bandage debris -- that was the toughest bandage I've ever encountered, it really didn't want to let go!

Now that the house has emptied out of holiday visitors, it's time to get to work. I've packaging and 'creating' to do, with the help from a slice of pumpkin pie.

Bonne odeur!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Posting Perfumed Soap

The latest batch of soap I spoke of here is taking its sweet a** time curing up. It's still quite soft -- well, the bottom portion is soft, the top portion with the clary and G. cham is solid. I always test run the soap well before I post it for sale, and this one was no different. The lather was spectacular, and more notably, the soap is super moisturizing. I tend to dry skin and this soap didn't give me any of that crackliness I sometimes get from using body soap, even my own at times (alas, the soap did not survive the week as it was too filled with water yet to maintain its shape -- plus my house is overfilled with humans bathing in rotation at the moment). Hitting that perfect balance of moisture is important, and even for a practiced soap maker such as myself, not always attainable when the oils get changed up. I'm rather slow this year getting product up for the holidays. That shouldn't be a surprise to any of my long-time followers as I'm famously unhurried. The new packaging and bottling concept is coming along nicely. I hope to introduce those before the year's end. Again, a spot on business woman would have had that done and done in time for holiday sales, but I've decided that I'm going to cut out impulsiveness and really think things through, use that time that I procrastinate to do other things to actually contemplate future business moves. I'd love to take the next few days off work to create beautifully smelly skin stuff, but I'm booked! I've finally got some kumquats picked and ready for distillation (hydrosols are on the way!) and I've got two soap scent formulations marrying in their bottles as I write this, so two more soaps very soon on the horizon. Perhaps I can squeeze in a session while everyone is napping ... I know, some of you are thinking, what's the big deal? Why can't she just get that soap done and out? Because I time things. I can't have crying babies and barking dogs and people roaming through the house; mouth breathers and 10-year-old spandex clad buttocks shimmying and shaking as the owner of said buttocks stomps through the house on a mission to pee. All that stuff makes me anxious and nervous when I'm hands-on creating. It almost feels like getting caught having sex. Almost :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving and the Upcoming Black Friday

Thanksgiving is a longstanding American tradition, and kicks off the insane frenzy of pre-holiday shopping with Black Friday (thank you Mr. Lincoln). I've always been a big promoter of small business and handmade for gift giving choices for the holidays, being a small business myself, I understand on the most basic level what a good holiday sales' season can do for me opposed to everyone rushing out to B&BW for their smelly goods and turning their noses up at my (and hundreds of others') rustic goods. So I'm going to post some picks/pics of quality handmade gifts that someone you know, or you yourself, might love to have rather than that dust-collecting X-Box 360 sitting next to the TV or the new coffeemaker to replace the coffeemaker you bought yourself last summer or the house slippers from The Wanda (aka Walmart) to add to the growing collection of other house slippers crammed in that bottom drawer you never open.

Without further ado ~

SeaSalted Caramel Marshmallows

Crazy Cat Lady t-shirt

Handmade Vintage Hippie Boho Bag

Watercolor Caleche Parfum Bottle

I know, nothing technologically challenging in any of these, but nice nonetheless, and special in a way that a mass produced item can never be -- unless it's perfume. And I realize that all these sellers are on Etsy, but the truth about Etsy is (or one truth) that it's got hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of sellers of every ilk who even have websites off Etsy from which they sell -- Etsy is a mall for small businesses, a one-stop internet shopping extravaganza, from gourmet luxury foods to art.

Let's talk turkey. For real. How does one cook a perfect turkey? Or any fowl, for that matter? Everyone strives for that perfectly juicy, lovely browned turkey at Thanksgiving, he is, after all, the star of the show, right? As a self-taught cook beginning at the age of 10, I've learned a trick or two through sheer trial and error, and cooking that perfect turkey is one of those tricks. And the kicker is, it is so easy, sooooo easy, that some people who've slaved over a turkey with a baster will wonder why, oh, why, did grandma swear by a baster when CLEARLY it doesn't work. Here's what works, and it's a trick I've taught all my kids, who also make perfectly cooked juicy birds ~ take one lovely fat bird and wash him thoroughly, betwixt and between, under the wing and under the tail, inside and out, then dry him thoroughly. Peel a large Vidalia onion and push it as far back into the bird's cleaned cavity as it will go, then wash and peel two large carrots and two stalks of celery, chop them up and push them into the cavity as well. Then close birdies legs and begin the massage. Some of us don't buy the injected birds because, well, we're not quite sure what they're injecting in there, so we do our own form of 'injection' -- butter under the skin. And that's butter, not margarine. Wherever you can, slip bits and pieces of butter under the skin until the bird looks pocked, then melt a few pats of butter in your hands and rub the bird's frontside until well buttered, salt and pepper and place carefully into the turkey pan. The pan is important too, the best pan being those old-fashioned black pans with the white and blue speckles on them, and a nice tight-fitting lid. It's good if you put a little turkey rack on the bottom of the pan to make lifting the bird out much easier. Tie cooking thread at four points onto the pan rack and once the bird is in the pan, loosely tie the ends of the thread over the top of the bird so you can just lift the whole mess out at once when it's done. Okay, the next step is to calculate how much time and at what temperature your bird needs to cook, set the oven, let it get up to speed, close the top of the turkey pan onto the turkey, place it in the oven, set the timer and that's it. I mean it. That's it. When the timer goes off, take the turkey out of the oven and DO NOT IMMEDIATELY OPEN THE PAN! Give the bird about 15 minutes to soak up the juices and 'settle' before opening the pan to drain the juices for gravy. Put the lid back on the pan while you're prepping the final touches to your dinner, plate the big guy and serve him. I guarantee he'll be thoroughly cooked, browned and juicy. And wear Chanel No.5 while prepping dinner, for some reason dinner turns out perfectly all the way around when Chanel is involved.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Perfumer's Cookbook Volume I

So I decided a long time ago to put all the food recipes I've come up with using perfumery ingredients into a cookbook, but the original notebook for such recipes has gone missing, perhaps permanently, due to the changes that have occurred over the past 12 months. I scrambled around and found a few loose paper notes with recipes, plus I pulled a few from the blog, and I created a couple of new ones which have never seen the light of day in print until now. Oh, until now -- yes, the first volume of the cookbooks is done and published. It should be for sale on Amazon in a week or so *it already is on Amazon! There are eight food recipes and one soap recipe. Volume II will be a slightly different concept and those recipes are being tested throughout the holidays and into the beginning of 2013. I am hoping that once the ball gets rolling, the number of recipes within each volume increases with no increase, or very little increase, in the cost of each book.

Special thanks to Lisa C. for the kalamata and patchouli dream -- a few months later, several experiments later, a few tweaks here and there, and I actually was able to create something deliciously edible.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Soap Batch #6337

That number is a gross exaggeration, of course. I don't know what number batch it is, I never thought to keep count. However, the soap is verrah nice indeed. The scent formulation I used, aged a week, was a combination of frankincense absolute, davana, holy basil, vetyver, mitti and old patchouli. I poured pretty much all of the soap into the mold, reserving about 200 grams for topping, and between the bottom and top portions I applied a generous layer of powdered patchouli leaf. To the topping I added German chamomile and clary sage essential oil. I don't know why. It just felt right. The scent is out of this world. There is an amber-like tonality to it with strokes of earthiness and wisps of air. It's just lovely. Next on the soap roster is a formulation of peppermint, spearmint, and German chamomile with a handful of poppy seeds. And I'm seriously considering making a strong rosemary soap this season as well. Every day on my ride to work in the morning, I brush past a drapery of rosemary that I cannot resist putting my hand into. I arrive at work with the scent of urban garden on my skin, the perfume of the day, and whatever has infused into my clothes through formulation sessions. Running into that rosemary on a daily basis has ingrained its magic into my brain to the point that I think of rosemary soap for at least an hour after arriving at work.

I reserved a bit of the soap scent formulation, sans G. cham and clary, to create anointing oils that go hand-in-hand with the soap. I based it in sunflower oil since it was handy, and also because sunflower is viscous and rich and carries scent beautifully. Doesn't hold up well in the heat, though. Tends to rancidity if left in heat and light, so proper storage (the fridge?) is required to keep sunflower from going bad. The house has been quiet of late, just me and the dog -- well, pup. A silly short-legged bully boy with severe separation issues and a penchant for eating dirty laundry. He's also very hit and miss with the potty training. One day he's an exemplary student taking his business in the yard or on the puppy pads, and the next he's pooping under the dining table giving me his best 'I didn't do it' face, while the waist cord from a pair of sweat pants dangle from his mouth. Never a dull moment around here. But again, despite the occasional puppy tangle, the house has been quiet, which has lead to a lot of introspection in regards to scent creation and to what to apply the scent. I have a bit more surface space in the studio to work with, a station of sorts, which makes working on projects much easier than before. Formulating at the 'bench', aka big perfumer's desk, works beautifully if that's all I do there. Production is a no-go there as the space, by the time I get to bottling and whatnot, is so cluttered with bottles and trial formulations and scent strips and piles of books and notes that I literally feel the urge to just lay my arm on the desktop and sweep it all off onto the floor in a heap. That will never happen, nor will it do -- can you imagine? A fragrant pile of books and glass and glistening liquid on the wood floor?

Note from my ADD: Did you know if you Google 'olfaction nude girls' my blog pops up?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Perfumed Yogurt Raisins

I have placed a few stocking stuffer sized bags of perfumed yogurt raisins on Etsy. The flavor/scents available are Rose de Mai, Orange Blossom, and White Rose Attar. They're actually pretty tasty, and the way they leave your breath smelling -- och! Delicious indulgent treat.

Monday, November 12, 2012

No Title is the Title

This post has no title because it's about everything. Perhaps I'll choose a title from something I write further along. So, it's been a while. The last post was an attempt to get some of my readers engaged in this passion of mine. I got two brave souls to share their experiences and I think for their efforts I will choose them both as winners ~ each of the participants will receive a bar of soap, that I just this minute decided will be a bar of the soap I am making today, a concoction of patchouli, davana, frankincense, vetyver, mitti and holy basil cut fat and bulky, and an anointing oil of the same concoction, as well as a 5 ml bottle of The Scented Djinn organic alcohol based perfume. This whole year, from last September 2011 'til today I've been re-evaluating, well, everything. Whether to continue working in aromatics as a merchant, or just dabble and play and while away my days germinating, planting, harvesting, distilling, teaching, creating butaflors, hydrosols, soaps, perfumes, cooking up aromatic foods and whatnot for no other purpose than to write about them, and enjoy them. But the cruel reality is that I cannot continue to dabble and play without some remuneration, other than the .50 per book sale I currently incur from the single book I have for sale to the public, or the equally small amount of money I'd make from any other books I might publish in the future. So a merchant I remain, and now branding is the game. I'm not good at it. Awful, in fact. I've changed bottle designs and label/logo designs and remained fairly unfocused since I started all this back in 1996. Blame the ADD, blame the bad relationship, the 20-odd kids (I'm joking about that number), the bill collectors, the long days working for others, the lumpy mattress and lack of sleep, the headaches, the transportation issues, the whatever doing whatnot whenever --- oh, what a mess I've created with all these excuses. The plain fact is that I like simple. I like apothecary, oldness, dust and parchment, brown glass and corks and syrupy aromatics, the smell of old wood and the inside of antique steamer trunks. I like twine and handmade labels and handmade paper and sealing waxes and handmade incense -- Kyphi to be precise -- and patchouli powder under my fingernails, and beeswax on the air, and I especially love the old TSD logo, the lovely gypsy woman created by Kimberly Ayers just for me and my then-vision. So my then-vision is my now-vision, and I suppose my secretly always-vision (mostly a secret to me it seems) so that's where I'm going. I'm back to creating beautiful rich soaps, gorgeously dense smelling anointing perfume oils, resin blends and magic spells and good juju and mojo bags stuffed with blessings, and perfumes, perfumes, perfumes. I've got people barking at me for baby head sized bath bombs of patchouli and glitter and blue lotus balms and hydrosols and I'm listening, I am! I'm finally, finally listening. Note from my ADD: If a person barks in my town, they can be stopped and interrogated. Yep. Barking is a gang thing and can result in calls to the police from concerned citizens. So if you're going to bark at me, do it over the phone or in an email.

Today I'm making soap, bergamot petitgrain shortbread with lavender sugar dust, sugar cookies with almonds I roasted with honey and gardenia enfleurage (there are no words -- absolutely none -- that can express the joy that lives in gardenia honey almonds) and I will be doing this while drinking pu-erh from a big yellow mug, and chasing a two-year-old with serious sock issues.

YOU have a lovely day. Have a lovely life, too.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Day 84 ~ One Year, One Nose

This one is for you. A bar of October Super Fragrant Soap and a bottle of The Scented Djinn parfum goes to the winner of the random draw ~ describe your discoveries to the following exercise in the comments section of this blog to enter.

Smell everything. Keep a mental log of the most interesting things you smelled and write about them in the comments section of the Oh, True Apothecary! blog.

Example: Smell the clothes you slept in when you wake up; smell the coffee smile (or tea or milk or whatever you drink with breakfast) ; smell the clean clothes you put on before beginning your day; smell your hands; smell the air when you step outside for the first time that day; smell your car keys, the interior of your car (or bus or train); smell the office where you work, or the classroom, or the cafe; try to smell what perfumes other people are wearing and describe them; smell flowers and plants, leaves and twigs; smell your hands again to see if they smell different now than they did before --- and so on throughout the day until you go to bed.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Thinning Veil

Tonight's the night of the thinning veil, the skin between the world of the living and the world of the dead becomes less a barrier and more a sieve. It isn't a one-way trip, either. As easily as they come here, so you can go there. So batten down the hatches and put the Ouija boards away. They need no coaxing, only honoring. Burn incense, preferably something made by your own hand, and light a candle or two, set an extra plate at the dinner table, fill their wine glass to the brim.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Second Batch

The second batch of October Super Fragrant Soap is on Etsy. These were poured into a cylindrical mold and cut into half-moon crescents. Still weighing in at about 2.5 to 2.7 ounces each. There are only five in this offering. They have been blessed with kyphi and white sage smoke.

The bar I 'stole' from the first batch is still going strong, even being as small as it is. It's been used daily and refuses to give up. I guarantee it will last a good long while so long as you keep it dry between bathing/showering. 

For other products from The Scented Djinn, search sapobubbles at Etsy.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sage Wands and Herbalariums

I've gotten rid of Artfire as a primary site for selling my perfume and other products. I just wasn't happy with it. I've set my sights back onto Etsy for now, then as I slowly build my website up by adding new perfumes, I suppose I will sell only those discontinued perfumes on Etsy. Etsy drives me mad, but it works. And now Facebook is charging to add feed you want your subscribers to read, which is so not going to happen for me. So I'm getting Twitter-pated. All my short blurbs are going to be there on Twitter, links to blogs, sales, giveaways, et cetera.

I got my hands on some primo white sage grown by my friend in her garden herbalarium. She grows just about everything and when it's harvest time, I offer my services for trade. The sage was bundled into wands and is selling at the Etsy shop. Also have about two quarts of lavender buds I need to deal with. I'm thinking of doing a little tea blending for the holidays ...

Anyway, I have more projects going now than a person can shake a stick at, and I'm running on fumes at the moment -- not perfumes, but energy -- not getting goodly amounts of sleep and I can feel myself stressing over the coming holidays. I've been burning a lot of incense to alleviate the stress, but stress is a creepy creature, tightening the neck and shoulder muscles even while sleeping, foretelling doom and disaster in ominous dreams. Hence the no sleeping.

I'm hoping after a few cups of Earl Grey saffron tea my outlook changes for the better.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Been Away For Too Long

I know, man, I get lazy and post pictures of stuff to keep you occupied while I do -- well, not much. No writing to be found. Sad. So, so sad.

But here I am, hot and sweaty and just in from the j-o-b translating and cleaning toilets and whatnot. We won't go into what exactly the 'whatnot' is ...

Then when I get a shower (in a bit here) I'll be off to the other other job to do some data entry, then home to burn some incense and veg -- that's the plan anyway.

Broke as a joke and happy as all hell I am! Oh, no, not because I'm broke, but because it just doesn't matter. I have what I need. What more can a person ask for? Oh, yeah, everything -- and binders of women to boot. No, I'm not going to go there.

The incense class last Saturday went swimmingly. Beautiful. Spiritual, really. And I didn't get a single damned picture or second of video! We just started and forgot to get the cameras and video going and about 10 minutes in the videographer came in and said, "Hey, do you want me to start now?" I was on a roll so I declined -- it was a private matter, this kyphi class. There were some really special students in the group (all of them) and we were having a moment during the class. I just love it when the room is in consensus -- everybody 'got' it, the spiritual bit of kyphi, and it wasn't something that I felt should be subject to public consumption. Having said that, I will be doing a demo video on the construction of kyphi within the coming weeks, along with a bit of text so anyone unable to make it to the class can at least see what we did, sans the praying and reverence and the multitude of hands stirring the pot. I promise it will be something worth watching.

I got another review for Lylli Bleu, my submission to the Primordial Scent Project, written by the lovely Diana Wiener Rosengard on her blog, Feminine Things.  I meant to post a comment there but every time I tried the robot catcher kept telling me the code I was typing in was incorrect -- about 10 times in a row, so I wasn't able to leave her a comment -- sorry Diana! Here is what I wrote to her on Facebook:

Such intense memories, vivid and enrapturing. I truly felt the moment. Thank you for the review of Lylli Bleu -- it pleases me that all the water elementals you received manage to embody aspects of water with which you find a connection. It is difficult to do, and you're absolutely correct about most water scents smelling very little like water. It takes a project like Primordial Scents to get perfumers to dig deep and create scents with soul. Thank you again for supporting the artisan/niche cause. Blessings.

I'll try to write scents more. Right now I'm more concerned with that shower ...


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