Originally Posted by velvetseven
Greetings, all! I'm a massage therapist, herbalist, aromatherapist, and sensualist who is just beginning my foray into the wonderful, exciting, scary, confusing, expensive, secretive, perspective-expanding and ethically challenging world of some of the historical super-high class natural fragrance components: oud, ambergris, musk, civet, and castoreum.
I've been interested in the natural world since childhood, and I'm an enthusiastic amateur naturalist. I've been messing about with essential oils for something over 20 years now, and though I've had very little professional training, I've learned a lot on my own over the years, enhanced by my knowledge of food and cooking and the chemistry thereof, and by my genuine professional training as an herbalist and massage therapist.
I've always been an enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer in my chosen fields of interest: fragrances, food, and the lapidary and jewelry making arts. My experience has been that in order to get what I want, instead of what some marketing director thinks I should
want based on my demographic classification, I have to create it myself. I've found this to be true metaphysically and metaphorically as well as in the worlds of perfume, jewelry and food.
I'm the sort of person who believes, based on empirical evidence, that the Universe is a beautiful, amazing, wonderful place, that nothing happens randomly or by accident, and that we have access to everything we need to make all our dreams of success, happiness and fulfillment come true - IF we are willing to make a sincere effort towards our goals, and meet the Universe halfway.
I've already been very impressed with the amount of useful, interesting and amusing information I've found on these boards in the last few weeks. I've got a fistful of birthday dollars doing a slow burn in my pocket, and I really want to invest in some quality oud, ambergris and/or musk that's worth the price. In keeping with my DIY nature, I'm very interested in purchasing raw materials and trying my hand at tincturing them. I have a bit of an advantage in the form of a full bottle of Everclear and my previous knowledge and experience of tincturing herbs for medicinal use.
Nice to meet you all. Wish me luck.