As our Botanical Fragrance line continues to expand, and we prepare to release the new fragrances of Jane, Ancient and Malabar, I have become seduced working with these extraordinary little bottles of oils; essences of flowers, resins, herbs and woods, Holding herbs and spices in my hands, I sense their ancientness.  Ingredients and spices such as sandalwood and cardamom that were once carried across the desert on camels. 

 I've long grown weary of being surrounded by synthetic fragrance, and realize that our sense of smell is in need of re-training. Instead of smelling a pure rose oil, we have been smelling rose fragrance oil, an adulterated or complete synthetic. We are taught (and even encouraged) to spend our money on synthetic perfumes and fragrances. Could applying your synthetic perfume pose a risk to your nervous, immune and endocrine system?  Our perfumes and colognes, candles, laundry detergent and air fresheners are synthetic. Most, who think they are allergic to fragrance may actually be allergic to the synthetics.  

Do you realize that synthetic air fresheners and even perfumes actually kill the libido? The fake scents act as sex hormones which can lower the testosterone levels. If it effects our libido, couldn't it also be a possibility that it effects our creativity and zest for living? I want More Real, not less. More Love, not less. In the art of secuction, Cleopatra had her own perfume workshop. She soaked the sails of her ship in Jasmine to scent the air and seduce Marc Antony as she sailed her ship into Tarsus, and later held a rendezvous in a room with a carpet of rose petals, several feet thick. How could the great seduction of Marc Antony occured if Cleopatra had simply plugged in a renuzit? 

When begining to work with botanical fragrances, essential oils, perfumery; I find  the scent may need to be applied more frequently. The more frequently I apply, the more I receive. In doing this, I believe it is possible to take on the essence, perhaps even the personality of the essence, be it Sandalwood, Rose, or spicey, floral, resinous. In process, to actually become the essense, keep letting it come into you. The rose will actually begin to recognize you and know you as the rose! I like to think that  all of the trees and herbs, woods, resins and grasses will recognize us as kin. Much more alluring then being mistaken as a plug-in air freshener.