The Language of Smell

  • Lilac enfleurage technique (part 2)

    Lilac enfleurage technique: keeping the panicles in cool water during the process helps the blossoms stay firm while laying them on the pommade. W...
  • Star Jasmine Enfleurage tonight.

    Trachelospermum jasminoides flowers picked by grower-perfumer from the blue hour into nightfall, when their scent peaks.Aroma: humid, lush, wet amb...
  • Making Bilberry Absolute.

    Packing bilberry absolute, one of my handmade natural perfumery ingredients, the color is that of cooked blueberries, with bumpy fruit leather text...
  • Lilac enfleurage technique: laying blossoms while cleaning the pommade.

    Lilac bloom annually for a mere 14-18 days, so getting a saturated pommade is a challenge both practically and in terms of sustained attention. If ...
  • Slash Pine Resin.

    Yesterday I visited a semitropical barrier island. I found a number of slash pine stumps coated with bubbling resin in the heat. Using a hardened p...
  • New perfume announcement: Aura Apiana. White Sage Soliflore.

    Aura Apiana ☽•☾ White Sage Soliflore (single note Salvia apiana perfume).a l c h e m y ☽•☾ Salvia apiana, bee sage. When, at the lightest touch, th...
  • A Tale of Two Incense.

    Lawudo incense from Kathmandu, which I cold extracted with ethanol, makes a seemingly paradoxical absolute of acidic richness. Tangy whiffs of saké...
  • Engelmann Oak, an endangered subtropical wonder

    The bluish-green, glaucous, and ovate leaves of the spectacular Engelmann oak (Quercus engelmannii) resemble Eucalyptus gamophylla or cinerea more...
  • New perfume announcement: Kunja. Himalayan Musk Rose Soliflore. Single note Rosa brunonii perfume with musk rose enfleurage.

    Announcing: Kunja ☽•☾ Himalayan Musk Rose Soliflore. Single note Rosa brunonii perfume with musk rose enfleurage.     ☽•☾ a l c h e m y ☽•☾The aro...
  • Fire + Earth

    Collaboration. This is Ryan, my partner in creativity, life and love. He is a gifted yoga teacher with another background from another lifetime in ...
  • Volcanic Bombs

    An 18 cubic foot lava bomb on Wild Veil's new site in De Luz.   Here, undisturbed 9-10 million year old "young," red volcanic basalt (Santa Rosa la...
  • Sage Scrub. Natural perfume fixative from homegrown white, Baja, and black sages and chaparral.

    Shown on a bed of cured Salvia leucophylla, Salvia apiana, Salvia mellifera grown from open pollinated seed in my gardens and responsible for the ...