Newsletters

2009

  • Citrus Accord Newsletter

    A Perfume Accord is generally defined as the combination of two or more aromatic essences to produce a new “well-balanced” note where none of the essences used dominates. The aspiring perfumer may enjoy creating a set of basic accords (citrus, spicy, forest, oriental, balsamic, earthy, floral, herbal, etc) which can be used to create a wide range of perfumes in which that particular accord plays a major or minor role. The first accord we will take up is citrus.

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  • Forest Accord Newsletter

    We will continue on with the theme of accords in this newsletter. It seems a nice time to present some information on conifer eo’s and absolutes as during this season their regal beauty is greatly revealed because the deciduous trees that surround them have lost their leaves. Here in the Pacific Northwest we are surrounded by their quiet and elegant presence and their precious aromas.

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  • Spice Accord Newsletter

    Continuing on with our series on accords, the one on spices is next on the agenda. Each accord theme is a delight to contemplate on every level because they are related to such divergent experiences in the life.The sunny citrus accord speaks of warm Mediterranean countries with their frost-free climates in which the rich golds, oranges, green and yellow orchard fruits ripen in the warm sun of their native countries, dispensing a delightful cheering aroma to all who venture in their presence either in fruit or flower.

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  • Blog Announcement

    I hope to be able to make 3-5 contributions to the blog each week. The personal observations on individual odors will be accompanied by literary quotations on the specific plant from which the odor originates, links to sites pertaining to that plant, other oils with which the essence blends well, etc. Also video clips will be interjected at appropriate intervals that pertain to the subject. I hope that it may be an enjoyable experience for all. Before closing I would like to remind everyone that the observations shared are those of a true novice. They are only shared so that others might feel inspired to proceed on their aromatic quest in a way that suits their unique temperament.

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  • Earthy Accord Newsletter

    We hope all of you are enjoying a fine Spring or if south of the equator a fine Autumn. Many thanks to all of you who participated in the special order for essential oils and absolutes from India. All the orders for which we received payment have been sent out. This is a great way for us to plan our orders and also pass on savings to our customers. We will continue to offer preorder specials in the months to come.

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  • Amber Base Newsletter

    The realm of amber perfumes has a distinct fascination for those interested in natural perfumes. The very word “amber” has an ancient, mysterious resonance and naturally attracts the attention towards essences that bear its name. Hopefully in this article one may find information that may assist understanding what amber perfumes might be composed of and perhaps encourage the aspiring perfumer to create an amber essence themselves. It is by practical experimentation that one eventually begins to create their own signature perfumes. To be directly involved in the creative process of perfume blending can greatly increase ones appreciation of the world of natural essences.

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  • Fractionated Coconut Oil Newsletter

    What is Fractionated Coconut Oil? Many people are familiar with whole coconut oil which is a solid a room temperature but do not have experience with Fractionated or Light Coconut oil. But if you haven’t tried it you are missing out on a truly great product carrier (fixed) oil product.

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  • Oriental Accord Newsletter

    In the past we have explored several different types of bases like chypre, fougere, amber etc. This has been followed by a series of newsletters on various accords including citrus, earth, spice etc. In this newsletter we will explore the Oriental Base which is considered a classic base in perfumery. The Oriental themed perfume family arose in Europe during the 1800’s and was created to capture the sense of the exotic world of mystery and magic conjured up in the minds of the Western cultures as the people of those countries increased their contact with the East. The East had for centuries evolved a very sophisticated world of natural aromatic essences but many of the scents captured by their traditional perfumers were totally new to the Western world and it was natural that these odours became associated with a world that was much different than known in the European countries.

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  • Daphne Perfume Newsletter

    This month we are going to diverge a bit into a new area of perfume exploration with the specific focus on a particular flower—that of Daphne odora. As fate would have it I spent my career as a professional horticulturist which included starting a fresh and dried cut flower farm with my mom in the Sierra Nevada mountains, working on a farm in India from 1971-1976, establishing a food producing and ornamental landscape for Village Homes in Davis, California and serving for 10 years as a lead gardener and assistant garden superintendent on the Filoli Estate south of San Francisco.Those who are interested in gardening may enjoy looking at the Village Homes and Filoli websites.

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  • Sweet Pea Perfume Newsletter

    The season of fragrant sweet peas is upon us in the Pacific Northwest. This spring I helped my mom plant a long row of the old fashioned climbing types and now they are in full bloom exhibiting their rich fragrant beauty and elegant butterfly forms with their rich pastel colors. This flower and its fragrance has been dear to me since the time over 25 years ago when my mom and I had a small half-acre flower farm in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Sweet Peas were one of the first flowers we grew for the local farmers market. In the beginning our land was very deficient in organic matter and nutrients and in the space we allotted for growing sweet peas, we only were able to pick 25 bouquets the first year. But within a couple of years the same area was yielding 250 bouquets of exquisite fragrant blossoms due to improving the soil with compost and grew manure crops. One of the vivid memories of that era was sitting in my room on the 2nd story of our turn of the century renovated farmhouse in the evening as the cool of evening approached and being washed in an aromatic bath of sweet pea aroma as it wafted into the room on the breeze.

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  • Gardenia Perfume Newsletter

    In my life as a gardener/horticulturist I have had the opportunity to tend gardenia shrubs growing in the gardens of my friends and customers.  I received a lot of pleasure in working near this elegant plant with its immensely fragrant, creamy, white blossoms.  In California where I spent a good deal of my horticultural career, gardenias did quite well if carefully tended but when I encountered them in their natural growing climate in the warm humid areas of India it was yet a different experience. There, with little care, the plants thrived and produced heavily scented blossoms which saturated the moisture-laden air with their presence. It was no wonder that in India they bore the name—“Din ka Raja” (King of the Day).

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  • Fairy Flower Perfume Newsletter

    In the late spring, here in the Pacific Northwest, one finds in the mixed conifer forest the lovely, delicate twin flower growing over crumbling logs and fallen trees. From above the small rounded glossy green leaves of this creeping sub-shrub, rise up tiny, nodding, pinkish-white flowers, appearing in twin sets, off a single stem which branches into two. Thousands of these elegant botanical treasures may appear in certain areas, scenting the air with an ethereal essence that is of a rare and precious beauty captivating the heart with its simple innocent, purity and sweetness. As one goes through the forest one may first detect their precious scent upon the air, and if they are not acquainted with its source, wonder where such a fragrance originates. Then when one beholds the myriads of tiny flowers illuminated by the slanting rays of light piercing through the evergreen forest canopy and falling upon these small gems, and bends to inhale their sublime beauty, one becomes enchanted and falls under the spell of the fairy land which they inhabit. In its bouquet one perceives notes of almond, citrus, rose-jasmine-orange blossom accord, frankincense and a very high ethereal note as is sometimes found in blue lotus.

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  • CocoaTonkaNilla Newsletter

    Nowadays the range of natural botanical materials available to the person who wishes to give this added visual dimension to their perfumes is greatly increased from the past. There are many companies that specialize in these types of materials and taking the time to explore their offerings can be a very inspiring experience. One can quickly discern by perusing their online catalogs that with a little creative imagination one could create wonderful visual perfumes that could be a joy to behold and smell. During the next few years I will occasionally present a recipe for a visual perfume with hopes that it might inspire others to create even more original and beautiful creations.

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  • Winter Radiance Newsletter

    Another year has passed and we hope that many precious, deep, and wonderful things have happened to all of you and will happen in the times to come. We continue to enjoy our interactions with all of our customers that include people from around the world. In truth, our enterprise is a modest one, but somehow folks in different parts of the world have discovered us and have become our friends and customers. We are very grateful for the many kind people who are supporting White Lotus Aromatics through procuring the various aromatics that are part of the palette of what we offer.

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