Three perfume ingredients

It’s been a while since I wrote about some of the perfume ingredients that I have been experimenting with in perfume blends. GERANIUM ABSOLUTE is extracted from the leaves and tops of geranium flowers. It’s a natural material from Egypt, but much more potent and penetrating than the better-known steam-distilled geranium essential oils. Fresh, sweet,… Read More

Scented sugar cane soaps

My range of custom scented sugar cane soaps will be available once again from May 2017. It’s a unique line of handcrafted, aromatic soaps which takes the essence of sugar cane – its juice – and pairs it with rare and beautiful botanicals and essential oils to create scented products that have a classic, artisanal elegance. These… Read More

Avene thermal spring water

Bathing in sea water has always been recognized as having some type of beneficial value for the body. Since childhood a sea bath in Barbados has been the natural recommendation for ailments such as colds, joint aches, eye and skin conditions. So although it’s just water and nitrogen, I believe there might actually be something to Avene Eau Thermale (Thermal Spring Water) from France that… Read More

Vegan solid perfume recipe

This is a simple recipe for a solid perfume base that contains no beeswax or animal products, so perfect for those who are vegan or vegetarian. It’s made in the same manner as a traditional solid perfume base, except soy and olive waxes are used in place of the beeswax. This is the perfume base… Read More

Star jasmine

Been seeing this little beauty in the late afternoon for many years now, and only recently did it occur to me to look it up. Star jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) also known as Confederate jasmine or Asian star jasmine, is native to China and Japan, but is not a true variety of the jasmine species (Jasminum). In Barbados I usually see… Read More

Geranium de La Reunion

  Hi everyone, just a quick update to let you know that I have decided to re-name the Bourbon Geranium perfume currently being sold to Geranium de La Reunion. There are still a few bottles left of the original Bourbon Geranium in my Etsy store and at Andromeda Botanic Gardens. But when those have been sold out I… Read More

Organic gardening at Andromeda Botanic Gardens

Some great things are happening at Andromeda Botanic Gardens, one of Barbados’ premier natural attractions. The six-acre tropical gardens – complete with shaded pathways and a unique collection of trees and plants of diverse origin – not only continues to be a beautifully designed and maintained botanical retreat, but is also fast becoming an important centre of sustainability and horticultural learning with the introduction of organic gardening… Read More