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A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter G for Gryphon, Part 1 March 26 2020, 0 Comments

The letter G in the Perfumed Bestiary continues in the mythological realm, venturing once more into the realm of fantasy with the chimeric Gryphon. I've chosen to use this spelling of Gryphon, despite that the most common is Griffin with others including Griffon. Creatures similar to our Gryphon are Hippogriffs, which you might remember from Harry Potter, and the Sphinx. The word Gryphon may

Imbolc & the Goddess Brighid February 05 2020, 0 Comments

This past weekend was Imbolc, one of the markers on the Great Wheel, this earth festival is also referred to as Candlemas or Oimealg. Of the eight turns of the wheel, it is one of the minor holy days, albeit still significant. The fire we kindled at Yule (Winter Solstice) now burns bright in the bellies of the herd animals. The word Imbolc comes from old Irish meaning "in the belly" and is a

Indistractable January 09 2020, 0 Comments

Lately, especially since moving, I have had a challenge getting things done. Part of the challenge is the chaotic nature of moving and not having a workspace or home. Once the perfumery was set up and we were able to get into a better, albeit not yet ideal home situation, things improved. Now that the new year, new decade is upon us, I've been yearning to get more traction...and then, Nir

2020: The Year of Classic Blue December 31 2019, 0 Comments

Pantone has deemed classic blue as the 2020 color of the year, "instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era." Blue, that sky hue between violet and green that appears to be the most favored by most humans can span quite a range. What I have

Ring in the New December 31 2019, 0 Comments

Thank you for being part of Illuminated Perfume for all these years, whether it has been as a client, patron, student or just onlooker, I appreciate every single one of you! In the nineties, when I started creating healing fragrances from plants, I felt like a tiny, lone fish swimming upstream, it has now become a movement! At the core of true plant perfume is well being for both the planet

Shop Small, Shop Local & Shop Indie December 06 2019, 0 Comments

This is important, remember, remember, the 7th of December! Tomorrow, Saturday, is a big holiday shopping day for many attending local artisan markets. I encourage you to visit and patronize the small, indie, local artists in your hood as well as online. Perhaps mixing up some of your purchases from various venues, instead of purchasing all online from big corporations like the one named

Hydro+sol December 05 2019, 0 Comments

Hydro meaning water and sol meaning solution, the term hydrosol is the aromatic water that carries over the essential oil during the process of distillation. In some instances the end product is the hydrosol, the condensate water produced during a plant distillation, while in others the hydrosol is a by-product of the distillation of plant matter to obtain essential oil. This fragrant water

Baca Street Arts District Tour December 04 2019, 0 Comments

You are invited to the Baca Street Arts District Tour The 19th Annual Arts Holiday Sale begins at the corner of Cerrillos Road and Baca Street, everything is within walking distance. Glassblowing, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, gem stones, pottery, clothing, paintings, cards, refreshments, and so much more! I will be part of the tour at CAFECITO December 7, 2019 / 10am – 4pm

A Perfumed Bestiary Index December 01 2019, 0 Comments

Here you will find all the posts for A Perfumed Bestiary indexed for ease of reference with the original post to begin the adventure here, enjoy! A for Axolotl, Part I A for Axolotl, Part II B for Bison, Part I B for Bison, Part II C for Coral, Part I C for Coral, Part II D for Dolphin, Part I D for Dolphin, Part II E for Elephant, Part I E for Elephant, Part II F for

Gratitude Sale November 28 2019, 0 Comments

I'm so very grateful you're here, reading this post, it really means quite a bit that we get to stay in touch. As part of expressing my love and gratitude, I've created a special sale just for YOU that begins at midnight (mountain time) November 29th until December 2nd. For every purchase of a solid perfume round bee tin from the list below you can choose a second for 30% off.  The special

A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter F for Faerie, Part 2 November 08 2019, 0 Comments

Spiraling round and round to an etheric, otherworldly realm that runs parallel to our own, is where we find the sixth fragrance in A Perfumed Bestiary series, with a few drops of mischievousness and a bit of glamour. The skeleton of F for Faerie perfume is a chord gone wrong, originally intended for Gracing the Dawn and Green Witch. The name of this chord is "Fern", normally containing

A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter F for Faerie, Part 1 November 07 2019, 0 Comments

A Perfumed Bestiary heads into a completely new direction with the letter F. As you may recall from the first post, I mentioned that this new series of fragrances would stitch together many themes such as illuminated manuscripts, the cabinet of curiosity, magic, mythology, the environment, nature, animals, etc. Well, here we are at the doorway to magick and altered states with F for Faerie.

An Incandescent Power October 31 2019, 0 Comments

"Think of yourself as an incandescent power, illuminated and perhaps forever talked to  by the Goddess and her messengers." ~ Amended quote by Brenda Ireland As we spiral into Samhain, the final turn of the Great Solar Wheel of the Year, the light from the sun diminishes, and cooler temperatures arrive. Nature perceives this as a lullaby. Trees display their new cloaks of vivid color and

A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter E for Elephant, Part 2 October 19 2019, 0 Comments

The fifth fragrance in A Perfumed Bestiary series carries the ancient beat of the Elephant, strong yet gentle with the sweetness of community and harmony. This perfume came together very easily. I began with Cypriol, also known as Nagamotha in Hindi, as the scent pairing/plant ally. Cypriol is a sedge from the Cyperaceae family that grows in moist areas like along riverbeds, ponds and in

Chamisa distillation October 18 2019, 0 Comments

Last week, during a filming session at the perfumery for an upcoming feature, I distilled the beautiful golden flowers of Chamisa with my small glass still. The result is an enchanting, mellow yellow hydrosol that smells of liquid sunshine. The main notes are from monoterpenes like d-limonene, which contributes to the warm, sunny scent. There is a darker yellow rim of the hydrosol which

A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter E for Elephant, Part 1 October 08 2019, 0 Comments

The resilience of an ecosystemrelies on the delicate balanceof all species. E for Elephant, the largest of all our land dwelling mammals here on planet Earth. Elephant populations have been dwindling in numbers due to the ivory trade, animal abuse and declining habitats. These large nomadic creatures are considered a "keystone species", meaning that when they go other important aspects of

Autumn Fest at Lena Street Lofts September 26 2019, 0 Comments

On Sunday, October 27th members of our community at Lena Street Lofts are opening up their studios and spaces along with a host of sensory events events including: Live Plant Distillation (me!) Polaroid Photo Booth with Jesse Freidin Goddess Art by Greg Spalenka Pumpkin Carving at Iconik Coffee S'mores Pit Chocolate and more I'll update this page with all the studios, shops and

Figure 1 Noir Autumn GIVEAWAY September 18 2019, 0 Comments

To celebrate the grandeur of Mother Earth as we enter the luminous season of gold I have a luxury giveaway for you of Figure 1: Noir Solid Perfume in the Round Compact of your choice! If you aren’t familiar with Figure 1: Noir and the benefits and plant perfume, test it out in our super cute solid perfume sample sets. Here's a quote from a customer: "You have outdone yourself with this

A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter D for Dolphin, Part 2 September 14 2019, 0 Comments

Playful Dolphin called forth Hawaiian sandalwood as its plant ally. As I smelled scent strips and jotted down notes I choose a few, similar watery essences that are in C for Coral such as Violet Leaf, Clary Sage and Cypress. I added Seaweed and Choya for the ocean and then let the synergy sit in the dark to meld labeled D1. Meanwhile, the tragic news of the burning Amazon forest had me

The Golden Cloak of Autumn Arrives to Santa Fe September 09 2019, 0 Comments

A few of the sign posts signaling the arrival of Autumn here in Santa Fe, New Mexico have been sighted. We begin with a flowering native commonly referred to as Rabbitbrush, Chamisa, and Rubber Rabbitbrush,  the latin is Ericameria nauseous and/or Chrysothamnus nauseous. Chamisa Above: Chamisa in June I find Chamisa particularly interesting to watch through the seasons. In early

A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter D for Dolphin, Part 1 September 06 2019, 0 Comments

D for playful, intuitive and conscious Dolphin, an aquatic dweller with sonic hearing and many other attributes which humans have yet to fully understand. In general they prefer the warmer waters of the tropics, despite their thick layer of blubber. Dolphins communicate with each other through a series of parabolic sounds that to our human ears appear as clicks and whistles. ‘it is of

Getting Dirty September 05 2019, 0 Comments

Before my friend and muse, Mona Lewis, arrived in Santa Fe for the Poetry of Scent & Color workshops, I had been foraging for dirt, rocks and plants to run some tests. The dirt and rocks were to be used for creating pigments and the plants for eco printing onto fabric, as shown below. Heading out to find these materials heightened my connection to the land and enabled a new way of

A Perfumed Bestiary, Letter C for Coral, Part 2 August 14 2019, 0 Comments

The full "Sturgeon" moon of August takes place Thursday, August 15th in the morning, thus Wednesday evening will be the best night to gaze upon its silvery splendor. The varying names of the moon come from the first peoples around the world and generally relate to an event taking place in the natural world, such as the catching of the sturgeons in the lakes or harvests like "Green Corn Moon",

Poetry of Scent & Color August 07 2019, 0 Comments

Poetry of Scent & Color The Alchemical Union of Plant Dye and Aromatics A Workshop with Mona Lewis and Roxana Villa Seats are limited sign up here All materials provided. Early bird registration $296 / $350 after August 25th _________________________________ “There's something about materials like copper, woods, stone, trees, shells.  You walk outside and these materials are part of


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