Monday, March 30, 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Anya's Garden Perfumes Kaffir Reviewed on I Smell Therefore I Am

I'm very touched that Kaffir Perfume, a Lime Leaf and Leather perfume from Anya's Garden, was reviewed on I Smell Therefore I Am on March 27, 2009 and received a rave. Abigail is a perfumista with a skeptical nose about natural perfume, and the diffusivity and longevity of Kaffir has won her over - horray! As she notes, so many think that when you say "lime" that it'll be like the citrus fruit, but no, kaffir lime leaf is an aldehyde of a different sniffa - a chemical tweak on the typical (-) citronellal, being a (+) citronellal.

I pushed the envelope with the opening blast of this unusual and fascinating citrus oil, and it's a great springtime scent because it embodies all the green sprigliness of the awakening of earth. Abigail then really "got" the leathery woody drydown, because after all that green hormonal surge and floral heart of sexiness, you need some good, unctuous long-lasting grounding ;-)

When Kevin of Now Smell This reviewed Kaffir last year, he said he thought it would be great as a cologne in a bigger bottle, and I'm working on this for a summer release. The EdT or Cologne strength will be a slightly tweaked formulation, with a lovely surprise. Stay tuned.

Now through April 4, 2009 - use the code kaffirlime at checkout and receive a 10% discount off any Anya's Garden purchase.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Anya's Garden Wins Top Florida Environmental Yard Award


Anya's Garden of Perfumes is Named
a "Golden Oak" yard

for environmentally-sound practices

I'm honored to announce that the perfume-centric garden that surrounds my home in Miami Shores received the highest award that the University of Florida's Friendly Yards and Neighborhoods program. I was the 17th person to go through the evaluation process back in 2003, the first in my village at that time. They recently revamped the program to reflect three levels of environmentally compliant gardens, and the Golden Oak award is the highest. A yard has to achieve at least 50 points, and I had 65 ticked off my checklist.

Barbara, the State of Florida rep who came to evaluate my hard walked around asking questions about my irrigation practices, fertilizer use, grouping of plants according to water usage and function, and many other subjects. The program is meant to encourage water conservation, discourage the use of invasive plants, protect the waters of Florida from fertilizer and pesticide runoff, encourage wildlife refuge and generally show that it is possible to have an attractive, ecologically-friendly yard.

I had the original sign in a pot containing a sweet kumquat tree in the front yard until today, when the new sign I'm holding will replace it.

What does my garden look like right now? Well, the little bit of "lawn" remaining in the front yard is brown, almost dry. I'm slowly replacing it with bushes and trees that are fragrant. We're not in a drought right now, but we've only received .25" of rain since January. Nothing is irrigated except new plants, so they can get established. The property line plantings on one side of the front yard were recently replaced with flowering, non-fragrant, non-edible plants because the neighbors on that side began to use a lawn care company who applies noxious chemicals. The fragrant plants there were moved to the interior of my property, where they'll be the backbone of my new planting arrivals.

The back yard is shaded by two huge heritage Live Oaks, and the ground is maintained is a sort of natural woodland state - if a woodland was surrounded by a living wall of different jasmines, a vanilla vine, cherries and other fragrant shrubs. It's a very calm, shady, serene garden, with little lizards, hummingbirds, honey bees, butterflies and other wildlife.

I can harvest some fragrant or edible materials from my garden almost every day. This time of year is not the most productive - that will come in the summer. The University rep loved the scent of the Aglaia odorata tree in bloom, the musky, aldehydic liftof the Thai Life leaf, the minty zing of the Himalayan savory bush. Some jasmine sambacs were in bloom today. It's not the blooming time of year for most plants, at least the non-stop blooming period. That'll start in a month or so, and continue through until next November or December.

A small portion of the garden is being readied for the summer veggie garden, and that area will receive irrigation when necessary. I'm already looking foward to the cherry tomatoes, okra, summer beans and squash and others that I'll tuck in when the seeds sprout.

I just wanted to share my award with y'all, and most of all share my philosophy that Anya's Garden is a true reflection of my passion to grown as many plants for my life and for my natural perfumery business. All this is done in a way that truly shows that you can tred lightly on the Earth and harvest its lovely bounty.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Dispute over the Invention of "Cologne" Settled


UPI reports that a centuries-old dispute between two Italian families as to who could claim their ancestor invented Cologne has supposedly been settled by the discovery of a note found on a bottle of Cologne by a researcher.

You just have to love the intrigue that goes on in the perfume industry!