Ends of the Earth • Geranium Leaves Soliflore. Photos show my handmade Pelargonium leaves absolute, and my various scented geranium plants.
This is a single note Pelargonium solid perfume from 10 varieties of scented geranium. Smells so good, nothing like the essential oil from the same genus. The aroma is singular, somewhere between Lawudo incense, Indian agarwood, and pepper. Handmade with home tinctures of their leaves, infused and replaced with new material daily, for the entire summer. I then used old fashioned, non-industrial processing to naturally concentrate the extract into an absolute. This unique extract forms the essence of Ends of the Earth, and the technique reflects the perfume's name. Unlike the processing of fresh geranium tops by steam distillation, which produces geranium hydrosol and essential oil, I use the dead or dying leaves in my tinctures. The desiccated plant tissue or cellulose concentrates aromatic oils without being upstaged by competing leafy aromas. This state of decay actually amplifies the incense profile. With significantly less water content than the living leaves, the drying and dried leaves have no noticeable green-swampy scent. I love using ancient, non industrial techniques to extract scent. You don’t burn off the top notes during processing, it’s more sustainable (less plant matter used), and better for the environment (low waste, low manufacturing footprint, and the natural deadheading of the plants promotes flowering and higher output of oxygen into the atmosphere, and thereby consumption of co2 by our plant friends). The cultivars included in my Ends of the Earth perfume are:
• Black Flower (Pelargonium glaucifolium)
• Wildwood (P. quercifolium, P. panduriforme and/or P. pseudoglutinosum hybrid)
• Apple (Pelargonium odoratissimum)
• Apricot (Pelargonium scabrum)
• Grey Lady Plymouth (Pelargonium graveolens)
• Attar of Roses (Pelargonium capitatum)
• True Rose (Pelargonium roseum)
• Roger's Delight (Pelargonium domesticum)
• Ginger (Pelargonium torrento)
• Nutmeg (Pelargonium fragrans)
Ends of the Earth is sustainable, organic, and gender neutral. This solid fragrance is composed exclusively from whole plants and is set in organic plant butters and very raw beeswax. Color may vary.
Photos: my scented geraniums; my single varietal organic geranium absolutes made from tincturing my plants.
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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.
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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.
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