New Sugar Cane Syrup Soap

soap5The first in the series of sugar cane syrup soaps is now available. It was made from a homemade glycerin soap base that has been infused with fresh hand pressed sugar cane juice, cane sugar, and ylang ylang essential oils. Five scented mini soaps in a beautifully illustrated gift box.

The sugar cane syrup is first obtained from the freshly pressed juice of sugar cane stalks during the harvest season, and then blended into a base of coconut, olive and castor oils using traditional soap making techniques. Essential oils and botanicals are also added.

The soaps are then set in moulds and left to cure for one month. This exclusive formula contains only the finest quality ingredients that impart a gentle, creamy lather to the soap. All-natural, completely biodegradable and manufactured under environmentally-friendly conditions.


Lime notes in perfumery

  Limes come from a small, thorny evergreen citrus tree with dark green leaves and small white flowers (blossoms) which turn into the fruit. Native to South-East Asia, it is naturalized in many tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world. In the Caribbean, for example, it’s common to see a lime tree growing in the backyard of… Read More

More thoughts on frangipani

I decided to re-analyze the frangipani absolute from Haiti for the first time since I wrote about it here and what a difference a year makes! The aroma straight from the bottle has definitely mellowed a lot, and it is now more floral, sweet and fruity. I am also able to smell frangipani flowers on… Read More

Chocolate Cosmos – cocoa scented flower

There are many scented flowers out there, but some of the most intriguing are those that smell like chocolate. Who wouldn’t want their garden to pack a little cocoa power! Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) is one flower I am dying to smell in my lifetime. Native to Mexico, it’s also known as ‘Chocamocha’ and smells… Read More


I’ve started a board on Pinterest dedicated to all things fragrantly jasmine: Jasmine Tea Jelly - Better Homes & Gardens Jasmine & Golden Plum Iced Tea - Miss Mallory on Flickr Jasmine-Scented Tapioca Pudding with Kiwifruit -Williams-Sonoma Old World Jasmine Flower Water - Crabtree & Evelyn    

Mother’s Day Giveaway – win a free fine art print!

Update: This competition closed on Tuesday, May 6th and a lucky winner was chosen. Hi everyone, For a chance to win an exclusive Hibiscus Tea botanical print for Mother’s Day, please visit the wedding blog Bajan Wed for more details and enter to win! This giveaway is open to a worldwide audience and closes on May 5th. The winner… Read More

Grenadian Chocolate Perfume

Inspired by the complex, aromatic cocoa beans found growing on the island of Grenada, Grenadian Chocolate Eau de Parfum features notes of rich, bittersweet dark chocolate (obtained from natural cocoa absolute), citrus, white flowers and a hint of spice. Top: Lime, citrus Heart: White floral and rose accord, clove Base: chocolate, vanilla, woods Fragrance type: Gourmand/Floral Available as an… Read More

Agarwood in the Bible

Agarwood is mentioned five times in the Bible. Four times in the Old Testament (Numbers 24:6; Psalms 45:8, Proverbs 7:17, Song of Solomon 4:14) and once in the New Testament (John 19:39). It is sometimes referred to as aloes or aloeswood in these passages, which has  nothing to do with the aloe vera plant that we know of… Read More

Sugar Cane Juice with Rose Tea & Lime

  It’s sugar cane season here in Barbados and this is a quick and easy drink recipe using sugar cane juice. It’s sort of a take on classic iced tea, except the sugar cane juice takes centre stage and is infused with rose tea and lime. Sugar cane juice is obtained by crushing the peeled… Read More

What is tincturing?

Tincturing is when you take flowers, fruits, herbs, leaves or any other plant materials (fresh, not dried) and soak them in undenatured alcohol for a long period of time so that you can extract and capture their scent. The alcohol solution is usually stored in a clean, sterilized wide-mouth jar in a cool, dark place and at regular intervals - for… Read More