Orange blossom – my first perfume

The very first perfume I ever made was Orange Blossom, which today remains my best-selling perfume. Back in 2002 I began to develop an interest in essential oils and aromatherapy, and orange blossom essential oil (I can’t even remember how I managed to come across it) – was the scent that started it all for me. Unlike limes, the scent of orange… Read More

Papaya flowers

These are some flowers blossoming on a male papaya (pawpaw) tree in a developing garden in Barbados. Although we all know a lot about papaya fruit, the benefits of its flowers (the blossoms that eventually produce the fruit) are less spoken about, although its curative properties and use as a herbal remedy I am certain have been known for centuries. Just like the… Read More

Kenyan Black Tea Beauty Balm

Happy New Year! Thanks so much for your support for those who follow this blog (please don’t be afraid to comment), and here’s hoping for a great 2017. This is one of my products that will soon be back in stock. Kenyan Black Tea Beauty Balm is a luxurious, natural body butter infused with black… Read More

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