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

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

Bush Tea Perfume

Remember bush tea?  Many of us growing up would have had the experience of being made to drink bush tea for colds, upset stomach, fever, tape worms, bronchitis, you name it – at some point in time as a child we had to drink bush tea straight up. Of course, due to the bitter taste of many of these herbal teas it… Read More

Geranium Perfume Oil

I have a new perfume  available – Bourbon Geranium Perfume Oil – made from geranium flowers that were sourced from Reunion Island, a country that I would very much like to visit one day.  The essential oil that is obtained from geraniums by steam distillation of the leaves and flowers has a strong rosy, sweet-floral scent. I like the smell… Read More

New coffee scented perfume

This coffee scented perfume contains real Blue Mountain coffee beans from Jamaica and vanilla from Madgascar. It’s also rich in floral notes of frangipani and jasmine. The solid perfume – made with a base of soy and olive waxes – has been encased in a gorgeous, antique-style perfume compact made from solid brass and can be retained long after the… Read More

Lime and khus khus perfume

Lime Leaf & Vetiver is a citrus and khus khus perfume that has been handmade with highly fragrant lime leaves to give it a green, floral-citrus aroma. It also contains vetiver, more commonly known as khus khus grass, a tropical grass native to India and grown extensively in Barbados and other tropical regions of the world. Vetiver… 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

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