Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ah, A Little Reflection, and Some Stuff You Probably Didn't Need to Know

Life, for all it's pain and heartache, is worth it. And it's short, so don't squander. Live your dreams now. I know, it all sounds like hippy-dippy bullshit, but believe me, when friends your age start dying off, you begin to wonder why you're still doing what you were doing 10 years ago and those grand dreams are still locked in your head. I recently read an article in Elle Magazine (yes, I get 'em for the articles which are written by brilliant women) wherein a woman whose name I cannot remember had made a life time line. Every single thing she does is mapped out in years. By 2024 she plans to be president. So we shall see. The point I'm trying to make is don't wait. Write down what you want and then work to get it. If it's important, make every day a step in that direction to attain it. No matter what it is. I leave it to you to sort out the frivolity and morality of whatever it is you want. That's your journey, baby. Mine is flavored with the jeweled tones of Morocco, the spiced dust of rustic bleached wooden trestle tables and stone mortars and pestles, and the sultry smoke of love infused incenses curling up into the air like exhaled berry blush hookah. More on that later -- perhaps 2014?

So I've leapt from behind the dirty panes of confusion of the past decade toward something with more clarity, especially when it comes to business. It's not gonna work here in my lovely hometown of Fresno. Not. Gonna. Work. Online doesn't begin to delve into the richness and depth of the beauty that lies within my little studio space, and my dream is to open shop again. My studio is literally bursting its seams with aromatics and herbs and antiques relating to perfumery. I sleep in a museum. And it's not being shared because despite my very best efforts, nobody here gives a crap! Fresno's not touristy. It's not a go-to town with attractions. It's biggest attraction is, if it can be called that, the Time of Two -- two hours from Yosemite, roughly two hours from L.A., two hours from the central coast, two hours from San Francisco -- it's a hub that isn't a starting point for anything except getting out! And I've just learned recently that Fresno has been given the distinguishing title of Meth Capitol. How much more depressing can it get? Oh, the heat. Yes. Summers can be epically HOT. Like 110 for 20 days in a row. If you lived in Los Angeles or San Francisco or not in the central valley, would you leave your lovely climate to come here to hell to take an incense class? It would have to be one heck of a class! Or apprentice as a student perfumer for three months?

This I feel I must share with you ~ that new Red Kyphi is phenomenal. And a little scary. I have not burned any since that night it gave me nightmares, but I'm coming around. I'm thinking its all about your approach. If you're burning it to feel better, don't. If you're burning because you feel great and just want to open yourself up, then do. It exacerbates the dark mood if you start with one. I will share what it does if you begin with a great mood. It may well be this is dark magic we're working with here and this kyphi might be best suited for work that I'm not interested in performing. I leave it to someone else to poke a stick in that jellyfish.

Monday, June 24, 2013

About that Red Kyphi ~

So . . .

. . . burned a pinch of the Red Kyphi, just a bit of a pre-test to check the burn and scent throw. All went well until bedtime. The entire night was fraught with nightmares of deceit and betrayal -- how's that for a psychic door opening incense? I advise this particular kyphi to be used with caution. Be careful what you ask for, and hope to heaven you're not suppressing anything dark and scary in your psyche, because this stuff will introduce you to it toot sweet.

That's all for now. Still, after what? -- four days? five days? -- suffering from the after effects of those dreams.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Red Kyphi

The latest batch of kyphi is nearly dry enough to store for a while, to give it time to fold in upon itself and raise its energy and its potential. This kyphi is vibrant, more active and less meditative in its 'feel'. The Red Kyphi, as it is now being called, is meant to increase psychic awareness, and if you're not careful, open a doorway between here and 'the other side', aka seeing, speaking, and consorting with the spirits of the dead. The packaging for this kyphi will be different from the previous kyphi blends I've created -- I'm going with glass this time, amber, and I'm shooting for an 18 gram capacity instead of 9, which puts the price range at around $9 USD. I've also chosen not to shape this kyphi into balls or cones as I've discovered through burning my own and others' kyphi that a more energetic burn is achieved with a less shapely kyphi -- loose and chunky seem to burn the best, the more craggy and uneven, the better the burn. So check The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary in about a month's time for this new and fabulous Red Kyphi. In the meantime, feast your eyes ~

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Midsummer Night's Dream Eau de Parfum

A Midsummer Night's Dream Eau de Parfum

A Midsummer Night's Dream Eau de Parfum
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A natural botanical perfume embodying the sultry, steamy air of a midsummer night. This is a gorgeous floral fougere (floral/moss) featuring tuberose, oakmoss, and chocolate.

Notes include (in no particular order): vintage oakmoss, ambrette, benzoin, tonka, vanilla, lavender, carnation, clary sage, wheat grass, cassia, santal, vetyver, tuberose, cocoa, bergamot, and mitti.

Smells delicious on men; gorgeous on women.

5 mls 

$21 USD

Friday, June 14, 2013

Oh, Happy Friday!

Well, it's only just begun, but I'm hoping for a Happy Friday. It's been a loooonnng week and I'm ready for a little rest and relaxation, and a fair bit of formulating as well. The kyphi's coming along beautifully. It's been rolled and scored and broken into bits for drying, then once the pieces stop sticking to one another, they'll go into a copper pot for a month or so to 'cure', and then I'll package them up. The more I work with kyphi, the more deeply in love with the process I become. Creating kyphi is a meditative process, it forces you to shut out the static of your life, the screechy pitchy sounds of your consciousness and all the blithering bullsh*t that it buries into your subconscious -- you can't make a good kyphi if you're thinking about how fat your thighs are, or whether or not you're going to get that job promotion -- it demands your full, undivided, spiritual attention. If you give that to the kyphi while you're helping it to be born, it will give it back to you 10-fold when it arrives in all its glorious smoky fragrant beauty. It took me years to finally get up the courage to build my first kyphi. I'd read about it, wrote down different formulations, studied the process, watched YouTube videos, and I still waited months and months before attempting to crush the first resin in a mortar. I'm doing the same with Florida Water now. I have a deep and abiding lust for Florida Water(s) because most that I've smelled are so uplifting and cheery, but also because of the mirrored characteristics it shares with kyphi -- both are or were used as medicine, both are used for scenting purposes, and both are used for spiritual purposes. I have no fewer than four bottles of Florida Water in my house at any given time. I use it for everything -- I put it in wash water when I'm cleaning the floors and cabinets in the kitchen, I sprinkle it on my bed at night before I go to sleep, if it's hot and I need to cool off, I'll splash a bit into the palm of my hand and run it across the back of my neck. The scent is soothing and clear, it wipes away bad mojo and allows me to dream.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Working the Bench: A Natural Botanical Perfumery Instructional for Beginners
Authored by Justine M Crane
List Price: $36.00
7.5" x 9.25" (19.05 x 23.495 cm)
Black & White on White paper
210 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1478150213 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1478150211
BISAC: Art / General
Working the Bench is a hands-on beginners guide through the wonderful world of Natural Botanical Perfumery.
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