“Perfume is liquid emotion. A great perfume is a work of art. It is silent poetry, invisible body language. It can lift our days , haunt our nights and create the milestones of our memories.” (Michael Edwards, Fragrances of the World, 2000)
My natural botanical perfume making is facilitated by my study of music, particularly opera. This language also achieves the status of the above quote. Music speaks to our souls, just like Perfume. It pleases me to no end, that I can combine the two, into something more than they would be on their own.
“Natural Perfume, created from natural materials and aromatics is a multi-layered phenomenon:In a breath, we are able to reconnect with the natural world and ourselves in new and profound ways.” — Mandy Aftel
I started learning this craft, with a DIY kit. Mixed it up, had fun, and waited the appropriate amount of time. When it was “done,” I smelled it, and thought, “Huh, that turned out pretty good…” Ordered another. Then I ordered Mandy Aftel’s book, Essence and Alchemy. I was entranced for most of the book, though when I got to the image of individual essences as musical notes, that was the clincher. I majored in Music in college, specifically studying opera. It seemed the Universe was pulling two loves together. Thinking of making music for the nose, tantalized me. Then I started ordering all sorts of fun substances to play with, from reputable businesses.
It’s very spiritual for me, working with these plant materials that have been used for thousands of years, and by such people as Cleopatra. It grounds me, and connects me to the Earth. I’m finding people pleasantly surprised at how emotionally involved they feel to a natural perfume!
My personal philosophy, is that we should be aware of what we ingest into our bodies, whether we are eating it, or using a substance. The skin is our largest organ, and it’s frightening how many chemicals we dump on it during the course of a day, especially women.
Perfume making is similar to making wine, as you must have patience to wait until enough time has passed for the alchemal magic to happen.