14 August 2013

Classic Perfume Interpretation

Narcisse Noir on the right
Back in December of last year I joined a few other indie perfumers in a perfume project where we were to build a natural interpretation of a classic perfume. But as time passed the project fizzled.  My choice was Caron's Narcisse Noir.  Now I've never smelled this perfume so to build my interpretation I only had a handful of reviews to go by. A challenge yes, but I preferred it this way. Narcisse Noir was created in 1911 for the House of Caron by Ernest Daltroff. It has been described as fruity floral or floral oriental. The floral oriental description is why I chose it (and because it was also described as one of those dirty little perfumes that a lady wouldn't be caught dead wearing). I am pleased with how my perfume has come together, though it needs one more tweak. Although this project started out going in one direction my perfume has moved in another. I think I abandoned the idea sometime ago when things started to really slow down within the group.  With that said, look for this to be available in the fall (on or around the Autumnal Equinox). In the meantime I think I'll try to track down a sample of vintage Narcisse Noir. More updates later.

26 July 2013


It's no secret that I love tuberose. I fell head over heels the first time I smelled this bundle of loveliness. The sweet intoxicating fragrance always puts me in a good mood. This year was my third attempt at growing tuberoses. I purchased heirloom bulbs this time from a micro garden in nearby Ann Arbor. Watching the leaves emerge and grow was exciting but the anticipation of smelling the flowers was driving me crazy! I could hardly wait for the flowers to pop open. This morning, however, I got a real treat. Taking a peek out back I saw this beauty and I immediately strolled over to take a whiff. Natural perfume! The weather early this year just didn't seem to want to cooperate.  While we had little snow the temperature stayed below what is ideal  for planting.  Instead of waiting I decided to use plastic sandwich bags as a "greenhouse".  It worked but a waste of bags really so I'll have to come up with another option for the next season.  

Mexican Single bulb
Leaves emerging
Mexican Single buds

Along with the singles I purchased the double Pearl Tuberose but those are moving a little slower.  A lot of greenery but no flowers yet. Fingers crossed!

Double "Pearl" bulb
Double Pearl buds

Also from the micro garden I bought Abyssinian Gladiolas. I hadn't heard of these before but they were described as being the only gladiolus that had a fragrance. The scent is  lightly sweet with a mildly powdery note. It's a beautiful flower that took about three months to get to it's 2 foot tall state.

01 June 2013

Sweet Smell After The Rain

This past Thursday turned out to be the third rainy day of the week.  There were several downpours throughout the day with short periods of calm. During one of those quiet moments I stood by the back door to smell the fresh air. A very familiar scent wafted lightly past my nose.  A sweet creamy almond vanilla floral with mild herbal notes.  It took awhile for me to pinpoint what it was.  Heliotrope! I don't know where it came from but it was being carried through the air. I know my neighbors don't have any and I hadn't bought any this year. Then the rain came again. It was nice while it lasted.

01 July 2012

Aegis of Neith, Primordial Scent 2012

Wiki Commons photo by Rama

She is the mythological Egyptian goddess of war. 

She is shielded by an aegis made of metal. 

Her name is Neith

Aegis of Neith is my PS2012 METAL inspired perfume. 

23 June 2012

Primordial Scents 2012

The Primordial Scents 2012 perfume project kicked off earlier this month on the 1st. This event organized by Monica Miller of Perfume Pharmer brings together 26 independent artisan perfumers and  26 perfume writers/bloggers. The premise was to compose perfumes based on the elements earth, air, fire, water, metal and aether/space.

Project Mission Statement:

Primordial Scents 2012 seeks to promote PEACE and UNITY in our MINDS HEARTS and ACTIONS

We seek to create positive feelings across the GLOBE in the mediums of SCENT, ART, MUSIC, WRITTEN and SPOKEN WORD

We intend that the use of our ELEMENTAL Perfumes will inspire and support the best in each INDIVIDUAL touched by them and touched by THEM…and on and on…

We want LOVE and JUSTICE

We want NATURAL RHYTHMS to harmonize with our songs.


We want FOOD and SHELTER and LOVE for ALL.

We want




Launch Date June 1st 2012




You can hop over to Jen Sunderland-Meade's blog This Blog Really Stinks as she has posted an introduction that captures the essence of what this project is all about.

The Facebook page dedicated to my "metal" perfume Aegis of Neith. "Like" and keep updated.

The Primordial Scents 2012 community project page on Facebook