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.


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