Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ask the Perfumer - Sunday, November 27, 2011 - until 10 PM EST

Looks so sweet, yes?  Smells like s**t at night. Jasminum auriculatum.  Harvest during the day for tincture or enfleurage.  Obviously!
I have lots to do in the garden today.  I'm repainting the ironwork post by the front door.  Since the jasmine auriculatum was dug up and planted by the back fence, I'm readying the post for a jasmine grandiflorum plant. The auric was a little too fecal smelling at night! Not a nice greeting for visitors, LOL.  Plus, the more delicate foliage of the grandi will lighten up the spot.  That post is the one I'm posing by  in the photo, and I'll take a new one next spring when the pruned grandi has a chance to grow up. Oh, and I'll also be transplanting lots of veggies into the garden out back.  Collards, cabbage, tomatoes, lettuces, parsley, thyme, mint, zinnias, etc.,etc.  We're having beautiful weather, so it will be enjoyable.

The j. auric foliage was just starting to fill in here.  It became a thick mass of dark leaves.  It smells beautiful during the day, but very funky at night.  Banished to the back fence now.
Enough about gardening.  Do you have any perfumery questions today?  I'll be here until 10 PM EST.


  1. Hi Anya!

    You are surely blessed with your garden. Unfortunately I live in an apartment with a small balcony in Seattle where the weather really doesn't favor a lot of fragrant plants used in perfumery, but I do enjoy the huge amount of conifer trees we have and the abundance of Lavender, Rosemary, and other herbs and plants that can survive the winter here. Anyway, I guess my question today has a little to due with both gardening and tincturing. I read on your Facebook page that you recently dug up your vetiver plant and were going to tincture or distill it. I've been thinking about tincturing vetiver for a while but I wasn't sure if the material had to be fresh or if I can use dried vetiver roots sold online? I'm daring enough to attempt to grow a vetiver plant here but from my understanding they are quite big and I don't know if the weather here will allow it to grow.

    Thanks again!

  2. Hi Anya,
    When you offered your Food and Drink EO's at a
    discount I ordered some. Where I work food is not provided and there is no time to go out.Bringing lunch gets so boring.I
    was hoping to add a drop to my drinking water,and also to my lunch before microwaving.
    Is this an appropriate use? I was considering
    buying a set for the lunch area as a group gift. How do they differ from your perfume eo's?

  3. Hi Eliam:

    You can grow vetiver in Seattle, and I recommend getting a BIG pot, at least 20" tall and with an equal diameter. I think I got my little plants from Companion Plants, you can find them via google. In 18 months you will have a HUGE stand of vetiver. Write back then and I'll give instructions on unpotting/cleaning it. ;-)

    In the meantime, be adventurous and buy some dried stuff online. Try small amounts from different suppliers, and decide which one is the most fragrant. Tincture away!


  4. Hi Denise:

    I think you missed the discount code with your order yesterday, so I'll check, and issue a refund for the difference, if necessary.

    You certainly can add a drop or two to your water. I make soda and alcoholic drinks with mine, and you can click on the links on the F&D page for recipes from bloggers.

    I might add an oil *after* microwaving, but I suppose it would depend on what you're eating.

    The F&D oils are the same I use for perfumes! They're food quality, and I pack them under strict sanitation, including UV sterilization of the bottles and caps.


  5. Thank you Anya! That was very helpful.


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