I have always loved perfume since I was young, since both my parents used it daily. The complexity of the scent and the images it evokes, the tangible effect upon ones aura all enamored me deeply enough, that at one point I got my first distillation equipment and dove into exploring essential oils, their origin, making and use in perfume.
Over time I discovered Floral Absolutes, Resins, Flower Waxes and Concretes as further material to use in my natural perfumery.
My studies in alchemy opened up entirely new doors and perceptions regarding the art of perfume making. Not only did it open up a new plethora of ways I could create my own ingredients for my perfumery from natural herbs, flowers, spices &resins, but also how to potentiate these materials, take them to another level, in which I could turn the perfume into a true communication device between the one wearing it and the spirits of the plants and herbs that were used.
The fragrances I make differ from the synthetic perfumes you encounter in the shops. While those are aesthetically beautiful and can smell divine as well, they are dead. They are if anything filled with the intention of profit and a quick buck. They are mass-production intended for a consumer who no longer gets to come in contact with the high-quality materials that are now limited and restricted to high-end boutiques.
These perfumes I craft are intended to be magical potions that merge and meld with the aura of the individual wearing them, energetically attuning to him and imparting its lessons subtly among the evolving notes that dance from start to finish in and out of perception.
A synthetic perfume can be quite a linear experience, while it does evolve as it progresses, it is a lot more subtle than the way a natural perfume behaves on the skin. The Journey is much more defined, progressing from the top notes that are bright and clear, into the depth of the heart, that is rich with the worlds above and below meeting each other. As most of the top notes fade eventually, we venture into the domain of the base, colored by the dark, earthy, woody aspects which begin to shine through and gently fade out into the end.
Parfum, Eau De Parfum, Eau de Toilette and Hydrosol Differences
In the world of perfumery we have different versions of fragrances. The basic difference among the names is the concentration of the perfume concentrate (our mix of essential oils, absolutes, resins, tinctures) to alcohol/carrier oil. Except for Hydrosol which is a Flower Water.
Parfum or Extrait de Parfum: +30% Perfume Concentrate. mixed into <70% alcohol (1-2% of the alcohol can be substituted with distilled water) (Most Luxurious Form, expensive due to high quantity of precious materials, lasts longest, due to strength much less is needed)
Eau De Parfum: 15-30% Perfume Concentrate, mixed with 70-85% Alcohol
Eau de Toilette: 5-15% Perfume Concentrate. The weakest and most diluted form of a perfume. It is the most popular, but doesn’t last long, nor does it have as complex of a scent.
Hydrosol: This is produced during steam and hydro-distillations of plant material in the production of essential oils. Since I make my own materials partly for the perfumes, this includes my own distillation of certain materials, I will be selling the flower waters obtained from those, which are great used as a cleansing tool. The water that passed through the plant material traps some of the essential oils within its matrix of molecules, making this a very fragrant water, carrying the plants scent creating a potent astral spray. Clearing emotions, clearing thoughts, taking a moment to jump into a fresh burst of living water imbued with the scent of rose, lavender, mint, thyme etc…They can also be added to a drink for a subtle connection with the plant they contain.