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Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023
Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023

Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore. Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Rare. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge, honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet compote. October 2023

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Cestrum Nocturnum Soliflore ☽•☾ night-blooming jasmine natural perfume

a l c h e m y ☽•☾

Concentrated night-blooming jasmine natural perfume with in house C. nocturnum enfleurage and absolutes. Cestrum has a thick powdery scent halfway between heliotrope and honeysuckle. Vernix on décolletage, a cherry dirge. In fact, the outré perfume captured is a remarkable mimic of the aroma of fresh honeysuckle nectar (which is actually not present in honeysuckle enfleurage). It's like the vampire of nocturnal flowers, luring with a nauseating, but no less seductive, sweetness, and a name well suited to its fragrance: "night grave," "night hewn," "nocturnal cut." The soliflore is headier than the enfleurage (also available in house). It is more piquant, exotic, intoxicating thanks to the inclusion of organic C. nocturnum absolutes I made from the flowers in my perfume gardens. The aroma of C. nocturnum difficult to capture and rarely found in such a potent and wearable form. Limited quantity.

 Suggested fixatives: Amber, Animalic, Botanical Musk, Dew, Earthy, Gourmand, Grass, Hay, Henna, Hive, Meadow, Monsoon, Powdery, Spicy, Tea, Tobacco, Woolen. Wild Veil's natural perfume fixatives act as primers for the skin. Applied prior to perfumes, they can extend the longevity of your fragrance.

Amber fixative contains classically amber base notes from my handmade resinoids that I extracted from raw, wild resins using organic high proof alcohol. It is warm, powdery, and slightly boozy. Resinous with caramel undertones.

Animalic fixative features stunningly intense musk base notes. If you are looking to enhance the tenacity of your natural perfumes, and to fix volatile florals and top notes, this is a fixative worth investing in. Luxurious and powerful, its sleek fur coat undresses to warm amber powder underneath.

Botanical Musk fixative contains musky base notes. It is slightly dry and earthy, with intimate notes of skin, hair, and smoky roots.

Dew fixative features light, springy, and dewy notes redolent of sunrise on sprouting blades, droplets cradled by meadows, and the brief post-dawn lingering of wet cobwebs in field grasses.

Earthy fixative contains earthy base notes. It is green and smoky, with the comforting aroma of wet musk from the depths of the earth.

Gourmand fixative contains gourmand, or edible, base notes of vanilla Madagascar, cocoa, and frangipane. It is not overly sweet, but rather dark and sultry, with a hint of sugar. The compounds used to scent the paste include my handmade absolute of raw, wild cacao beans (Theobroma cacao) from Peru, and my absolutes of bourbon vanilla Madagascar (Vanilla planifolia) and Vanilla tahitensis (Tahitian vanilla). The bourbon is from vanilla beans that I grew at home on my vanilla orchid vines by hand pollinating the flowers. I then cured and tinctured the beans in high proof organic alcohol, producing a completely organic absolute.

Grass fixative, made with a mise en lieu tincture of Vermont wild grasses, clover, sun dried new mown hay, and spring greens, features soft, warm, green notes that conjure fresh cut grass and summer fields.

Hay fixative conjures the scents of sun-dried bales of hay, as well as warm, dry straw stored in a barn. 

Henna fixative is centered around my homemade extraction of the henna plant: Lawsonia inermis. I first tinctured the plant material, then I evaporated the solution naturally to create a concentrated absolute. My henna absolute is inky and rich. Although I might say it is earthy, it is more metallic and dusty than dank soil smelling. It's unlike any other base note I have encountered, which is why I thought it deserved its own category of fixation.

Hive fixative primes your skin with the sweet and musky base notes characteristic of a honeybee hive. It features my handmade in-house absolutes of raw honey, beeswax, comb honey, propolis, royal jelly, bee bread and pollen, and as such, changes seasonally depending on which extracts are fresh and mature. Some of the ingredients may come from colonies that collected nectar from Apalachicola Tupelo gum trees, North Carolina and Midwestern wildflowers, wild blackberries, sweet clover, thistle, black locust, poplar, prickly pear cactus, goldenrod, asters, buckwheat, orange blossoms, purple sage, and avocado trees.

Meadow fixative evokes yellow fields of prairie grass, wildflowers, drying husks still attached to the earth, and the sun in late August.

Monsoon fixative evokes the smell of wet earth, rain after a dry spell, geosmin, petrichor. It features my homemade absolutes of clays and soils I have tinctured for their unique aromas. These include: Multani Mitti clay from volcanic ash, Rhassoul clay from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, and sod (topsoil from my Vermont gardens). The sod from my garden has a mysterious agarwood note that becomes prominent after the soil has been upturned and left in the sun, and which I like to think of as an earthworm musk.

Powdery fixative contains powdery base notes. With notes of tonka, sweet myrrh, balsam, and ambrette musk, it tends toward dry and warm and will complement fragrances across a wide variety of scent families.

Spicy fixative contains spicy base notes from my handmade spice tinctures and absolutes: tulsi, ginger root, clove buds, true cinnamon, star anise, aniseed, and cardamom whole and hulled. Green herbs laced with anise, earth, and brown amber. 

Tea fixative blends warm, malted, fermented yellow-orange-amber teas with notes of honey, cocoa, dark woods, savory earth, caramel, and Brazil nuts. This fixative includes my tinctured absolutes of Assam Marangi, fermented Mannong Pu-erh, yellow dragon, Oolong Eastern Beauty, and roasted Oolong. This is a mellow fixative that will work well beneath just about any type of fragrance.

Tobacco fixative features my organic handmade absolutes of organic cured leaf: American Virginia Flue, Burley, and Canadian Virginia Flue. I also infused the raw beeswax and propolis (used in the base) with my aged tabacum tinctures to deepen the husky warm qualities of the composition. Sweet, amber, blackberry and mulberry notes with the anticipation of hand rolled smoke. Depending on the season and availability, it may include extractions of my homegrown nicotiana leaves and flowers.

Woolen fixative features funky sheep, meadow, and pasture notes from my handmade raw wool absolutes. These I concentrated by cold evaporation method from three types of unwashed sheep fleece that I had tinctured in high proof organic grain alcohol: Romeldale, Icelandic, and Churro. The unwashed Romeldale fleece is unbelievably soft. Romeldale-California Variegated Mutuant is an endangered breed of American sheep that produces high lanolin, very fine, multicolored wool. The resulting absolute has a creamy spring field and pasture scent. It’s sweet and reminds me of candlelight. The unwashed wool from a black Icelandic wether is funky and animalic. It is by far the oiliest and fattiest smelling of the three fleeces. Even with the barnyard leather overtones, it is warm and inviting. From another rare breed, the Navajo Churro wool has alfalfa notes amidst a southwestern desert profile. It's as if the heavy aroma of lanolin has been lightly dusted with sand and sage, and baked by the Arizona sun.

About the Enfleurage Component ☽•☾

An organic, handmade, botanical soliflore (single note). This solid perfume has been produced by hand using the slow artisanal process of cold enfleurage from my personal gardens of Cestrum nocturnum. Please note, this is indeed a truly organic and pure floral fragrance-- a rarity.
 
Literally, "in flower," enfleurage is a very traditional and pure method of extracting fragrance, utilizing only fat and plant material. To learn more about the enfleurage process generally and at Wild Veil, please continue reading the section below. Here, I have used enfleurage to capture the seductive exhalation of blooming Cestrum nocturnum. This "pommade" (highly scented solid perfume-- not to be confused with pomade for hair!) consists of thousands of individual organic night blooming jasmine blossoms that I gathered from my perfume gardens, laid onto an emulsion of organic avocado butter and raw beeswax. I repeated this process to reach a degree of fragrance saturation. Each repetition is a "charge," and this enfleurage was charged the traditional 36 times. The enfleurage is joined with the honey musk of raw, organic beeswax melted at low heat. It is very much the opposite of the shrill, overpowering version of a synthetic floral you find at the fragrance counter. Only you and those closest to you will be able to smell it. Apply to pulse points.
 

Aroma: honeysuckle nectar, dark sweet cherry compote, powder, heliotrope, Louisiana sidewalk.
Note: middle.
Strength: medium.
 

Photos: fresh Cestrum nocturnum flowers charging enfleurage pommade and in the Wild Veil Perfume gardens, liquid perfume in 5ml amber glass, solid perfume in 5ml and 10ml black violet glass jars, and liquid perfume in 5ml and 10ml black violet glass roller ball bottles.


s i z i n g ☽•☾
Liquid perfumes are available in sizes of 1ml (a sample of approximately 20-25 drops), 5ml, and 10ml. All liquid perfumes are packaged in glass vials or glass bottles. 1ml comes in a sample glass perfume vial with an applicator cap. PLEASE READ: 1ML IS A SAMPLE. 5ml and 10ml sizes come in a brown amber glass bottle with a lovely white cap with orifice reducer. 10ml is also available in a frosted glass roller bottle.

Solid perfumes are available in sizes of 1ml (a sample of approximately 20-25 drops), 5ml and 10ml. 1ml (sample size) comes in a hinge top pod. 5ml comes in a clear glass jar. 10ml is available in a glass jar or a round tin.

Black violet glass options are also available in 5ml and 10ml sizes.

Please make your selection from the menu.

r a w ☽•☾ m a t t e r
Wild Veil natural perfumes are composed by me, Abby, using homemade, wildcrafted and organic aromatics in Vermont. These include my handmade enfleurage, tinctures, enfleurage extraits, absolutes, resinoids and concretes, and floral waxes. I spend as much time growing plants and foraging as I do composing perfumes.

l i q u i d ☽•☾
Wild Veil oil perfumes are suspended in an odorless base of organic MCT coconut oil. As they do not contain water, liquid perfumes do not expire, and may improve with age. While the volatile top notes (the ones that hit your nose first) will fade after a year or more, the base and heart notes will deepen and grow more complex.

s o l i d ☽•☾ b e e s w a x
In solid perfumes this silky transparent base (above) mingles beautifully with the earthy, honey musk of organic beeswax. Raw beeswax traps the aroma molecules, releasing them over time for an intimate experience.

h o w ☽•☾ t o ☽•☾ w e a r
The best way to experience a natural perfume is to apply it to well-moisturized skin, without rubbing in (absorption only shortens the wear time of fragrance) and without scrubbing off. Natural perfumes are dynamic and take a minimum of 2 hours to reach their final stage, or dry down. Enjoy the alchemical changes as they unfold from the initial intensity of top notes, to the warmth of the heart, to the depth of lower base notes. For more information on how to wear natural perfumes, see my "About" shop section.

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☽•☾ All aesthetic material copyright Abby Hinsman 2023 ☽•☾