The Tamarind Seed

I’m pleased to announce that some of my products are now available at the lovely Tamarind Seed Lifestyle boutique in Barbados. The Tamarind Seed specializes in authentic, locally made art and craft. Their range of items includes pottery, mahogany woodwork, artisanal wines and condiments made from mango, soursop, tamarind, etc. Also textiles, cigars, jewellery, bath and body, books and… Read More

A Gullah-inspired perfume

Experimenting with some ingredients for a perfume inspired by the natural setting of St. Helena and the movie and novel Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash. I’ve moved away from some of the original ingredients I was hoping to use. At the moment I am unable to source sweetgrass essential oil.  Sweetgrass basket weaving is an integral part of the Gullah people’s craft… Read More

New frangipani perfume – Haitian Frangipani

  A new frangipani perfume – Haitian Frangipani. Using slightly aged frangipani absolute from Haiti combined with vetiver (khus khus grass) from Madagascar and sandalwood for a deliciously green, earthy and liqueur-like aroma that is a bit reminiscent of sugar canes. Frangipani flowers are most fragrant at night to lure moths to pollinate them. The inspiration for this perfume first began in… Read More

Honeybush tea

Honeybush is a plant indigenous to the East and West Cape of South Africa traditionally used to make a bush tea or herbal infusion. In South Africa it is also called “bergtee”. It’s very similar to the more well-known red bush tea (aka rooibos) also from South Africa.  I love drinking green tea, but prefer to drink it before 6 pm. Honeybush… Read More

Givaudan perfumery school

Givaudan is a Swiss manufacturer of flavour and fragrance components, and considered the largest company in the industry. Their products are developed mainly for the food, beverage and perfume industries, as well as for household goods (laundry detergents, cleaning solutions, etc.) and for personal care products.  This short video is an introduction to their perfumery school… Read More