Sunday, September 25, 2011
Yesterday I was on the phone with a Guild member in Ohio, talking gardening. I gave him a tip about compost tea - to spray on the plants, not drink! You never know where a question may take you, and the answer might surprise you. The compost tea was the result of him asking if I use Miracle Gro to spray on my tomato plants. You may want to ask about tinctures and we'll segue into ultrasonics.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
"Of course they visited the parfumeries and indulged in all manner of mingled fragrances, cunning fards, and rare oils. Some of the scents were made from real flowers, others from mysterious unnatural blossoms, whose odours were full of the intoxications of desire. There was Jasmine, full of intangible charm, refined and delicate as a Schubert melody; Geranium, curiously reminiscent of withered loves; unblended Ambergris, that had the power to excite the most anaemic virgins; Civet; Saffron; Benzoin; Stephanotis; Kiss-me-quick; Frangipanni; Cul-me-to-you; Bouquet des Amours; Peau d'Espagne; Fleur d'Amour; Jicky; Bouquet Largillerie; Jardin de mon Curé; and Bosom-Caresser." from Count Fanny's Nuptials by Simon Arrow, 1907
Posted by Anya McCoy at 9/18/2011 03:10:00 PM
It's been a fragrant week in my garden, with Miami's hot and humid summer providing a richness of blooms that are almost - almost - overwhelming. The dozen or more blooming trees and shrubs have provided a lot of materials for tinctures and enfleurages. It's very satisfying being an alchemist perfumer, transforming the botanical fragrance into a liquid, usable fragrance. Then there's the next step in alchemy, the synergy of artfully blending those liquids into a beautiful perfume. If you have any questions about any of these steps, leave a comment.
Posted by Anya McCoy at 9/18/2011 10:51:00 AM
Thursday, September 15, 2011
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I love perfume, and I love design and I love fierce, and they all come together in this fan. It was created by artist Sylvain le Guen for the Anniversary crystal edition of perfumer Francis Kurkdjian's perfume. The fan was, of course, scented with the perfume. It may be viewed at the The Fan Museum in London. 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ER. Of course Lond has a fan museum! Wouldn't you love one of these? Do you think it's inspiring you to make a similar one, of your own design?
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Ask the Perfumer will return next week. Today is a day spent remembering 9/11.
Sunday, September 04, 2011
I hope everyone is enjoying the long Labor Day holiday weekend in the USA. I'm relaxing and working in my garden, which isn't really work at all, especially when I'm harvesting a variety of fragrant flowers. Enfleurage and tincturing are my methods to capture the scent, and nothing could be easier. I'll be checking in to see your questions throughout the day, so drop me a line and let me know what's going on in your fragrant garden, or whatever is on your mind.