Newsletters

2008

  • Mediterranean Breeze Newsletter

    When one endeavors to create a perfume one has a wealth of resources to draw upon. The path one will take to realize their aromatic vision can arise in response to a particular region of the world or even a specific place, where fragrant plants grow that capture its beauty. Ones own experiences in those places and/or literary references to those geographical locations can act as a stimulus to ones imagination.

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  • Adoration Perfume Newsletter

    This month’s newsletter concerns itself with “sacred” perfume. These are perfumes that have, as part of their recipe, ingredients that have at one time or another in recorded history, been associated with the religious or spiritual beliefs and practices of peoples living in different parts of the world. Most of our written history regarding such special aromatics is confined to the more well known traditions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism etc. There are many communities that do not have written histories and to them aromatic plants used in various forms of incense, ointments, unguents, garlands etc were no less precious.

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  • Chypre Basic Accord Newsletter

    The times we live present the farmers and distillers/extractors with many challenges which we, on the procuring and use side, often are unaware of. Sudden changes in climatic conditions, cost of growing and harvesting crops, political instability, cost of fuel for running distilling and extracting equipment and for transportation to buyers around the world, all play their part in the world of natural aromatics. Yet with all these obstacles to overcome, the flow of beautiful essences from around the world continues to happen.

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  • Santosh Herbal Chypre Newsletter

    It is very important to remember though that in the realm of natural perfumery one may never be able to exactly replicate what they have done before from an olfactory standpoint because the botanical essences one uses tend to vary in their aromatic properties according to many factors including the country from which they come, the manner in which they are distilled or extracted, the year that they were harvested, their age, etc. This can be very frustrating but it can also be a source of great creative satisfaction. If one is expecting exact repeatability they best not venture into the realm of natural perfumery but if one wishes to participate in a truly lovely creative process and learn to expand their aromatic horizons throughout their entire life then natural perfumery is a source of great joy.

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  • Sugandhi and Madhuban Newsletter

    A new consignment of essential oils is due to arrive from India in mid May. This will include two essences, vetiver/Golden Champa and vetiver/Jasmin sambac(already I stock the vetiver/white ginger lily flower and the vetiver/Edward rose). The production of this new line of essences has been pioneered by Ramakant Harlalka-the person that I have traveled with many times throughout the length and breadth of India. As the prices of sandalwood have skyrocketed, he has sought a base oil other than sandalwood as well as developing a new technique to create a synergy between the two. Since he and his family are directly involved in vetiver cultivation and the fixative qualities of the oil are excellent, he thought to use this is a good substitute for sandalwood.

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  • Mala Perfume Newsletter

    One of the most lovely aromatic traditions of India centers around the act of giving and receiving garlands. At almost any auspicious event, i.e. marriages, spiritual gatherings, special social events, the aromatic flower garland plays a significant role. Also garlands play an important part in daily worship in Indian temples, indicating in their offering by the devotees, their humble devotion.The garland markets that are often located in close proximity to the temples offer an enchanting view of the ancient world which garlands represent.

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  • Royal Unguent Newsletter

    Since ancient times unguents have been used by different civilizations for a wide various purposes from the secular to the sacred.  The subject of anointing using unguents is a vast and fascinating one but here I will confine the notes to a few basic ones concerning the subject. Unguent is closely related to the word “anoint” which has a distinctly sacred connotation and is derived from Old French enoint, past participle of enoindre, from Latin inungere, in + ungere or unguere (to smear, to anoint).

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  • Autumn Light Newsletter

    Suzanne and I hope that all of you may be enjoying a lovely Autumn season. In the quiet and beauty of the Pacific Northwest we are enjoying a vibrantly colorful October and we hope that wherever you may be that you are also surrounded by scenes of beauty, great and small.

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  • Absolute Monographs 1

    We are now embarking on a new series of monographs which concern the subject of absolutes and their contributions to natural perfumery. In this series you will find simple monographs on known and lesser known absolutes, their physical and olfactory characteristics, their use in natural perfumery and the materials they combine well with. This series of newsletters will probably be 3 in number.

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  • Absolute Monographs 2

    Its use in natural perfumery is extensive. It forms an important part of fougeres, chypres, colognes, new mown hay, oriental bases, forest notes, pine fragrances, lavender bouquets, etc It lends body an naturalness as well as pleasant undertones and high fixative value in compositions which it appears. Its unique balance of olfactory characteristics makes it a great harmonizer of essences possessing widely divergent olfactory characteristics.

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  • Absolute Monographs 3

    Suzanne and I send our kind greetings to all of you. In this past month only a few new essences have arrived, many of which are replenishing depleted stocks. At this stage of our business enterprise we are beginning to focus more on essential oils, absolutes, co2 extracts and attars which have proved popular with customers throughout the years. We have determined that in the coming period of time it would be wise for us to focus our finances towards oils which we feel are going to become very rare and hard to procure like sandalwood, spikenard, frankincense, myrrh, galbanum, helichrysum italicum as well as those which may be regularly available but will certainly see significant price increases like patchouli, vetiver, geranium, rose, neroli etc.(In fact from our limited perspective there is hardly a natural essence that will not see significant price rises in the next several years.)

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  • Fougere Newsletter

    September through November tend to be our busiest months for filling orders and we have done our best to have ready stock for orders placed during the time. Sometimes, though, we will receive a large order for particular essential oils, absolutes etc which can wipe out our stock of that particular item overnight, so if you are foreseeing needing specific oils during this time we encourage you to order early. Once we sell out of an item it can take 4-6 weeks sometimes longer to restock it as the majority of the essences we carry come from overseas.

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