Greg and I have created a second LookBook together, this one took much longer than anticipated. LOVE Essence began as a seedling of an idea based on Floriography, the Victorian language of flowers. As we prepared the soil the book took on several incarnations until finally settling on this manifestation. Like a posy or nosegay, this visual poem of love, whispers a sweet melody in three acts. We begin with an orchestration of Rose, which we have attributed to the love of self from where all love blossoms. Her velvety soft petals gently open from a once tight bud into a magnificent example of an open heart. The second act introduces Jasmine, a sensuous, night blooming creature who beckons us to share our fully opened heart with another. Having opened our hearts and expanded its strings of love the Lotus takes us up through the sacred channel, opening to beauty and light for union with the divine. We hope you enjoy this journey through the threefold sensorium of our language of flowers.
Impromptu liquid natural botanical perfume is now here! The fragrance was first manifested in March and shared with a select group of individuals. The birth of the fragrance was very spontaneous and unplanned. Here are the details from the original post published in March at the journal. It all started with clearing my drafting table to do some painting.
- Main Notes: Wood, geranium, herb and camphor.
- Longevity and silage is really good.
- Impromptu is part of a new line debuting this Autumn and thus is packaged slightly differently from the other liquid perfumes. At the moment it is available as a sample in the three and six pack sets, 1 ml by weight in a small glass vial and 3.75 mls by weight in a amber glass vial pictured above and further below. The top of the amber glass bottle has been dipped in a copper colored wax and stamped with the signature honey bee seal. The wax can be peeled of easily to access the screw top. Since each bottle is individually dipped, the look of the wax and seal will vary. Sometimes they come out looking crisp, like the photos here, other times not so crisp with drips down the side of the bottle. Keep in mind this is a limited edition, like wine.
Roxana Illuminated Perfume has launched a new fragrance titled Chiaroscuro. The name of this conceptual natural perfume has its origins in the world of Italian painting, referencing tonal contrasts. The literal translation of the word is light-dark.
The perfume is sweet and dark, naughty and nice. The sweetness of the jasmine is amplified by myrtle and spice that contrasts unexpectedly with patchouli and jatamansi (spikenard). The liquid perfume represents the dark/scuro aspect while the solid is the light/chiaro side.
Chiaroscuro as a liquid perfume begins quite dark and indolic laced with notes of roots and camphor. As you journey through the night in the deep moist woods, a clearing of jasmine is illuminated with the light of myrtle. The robust fragrance features a very unusual scent evolution by moving from dark to light with deep, warm notes that linger like a dreamy lover. In contrast, the solid version of the fragrance is sweeter and more ephemeral, opening with a candied spice that unfolds into the sensuality of jasmine, vanilla and chocolate.
Chiaroscuro is available as a solid and liquid at Roxana’s E-shop in sample packs, a variety of sizes and, for $205, the glass flacon with .25 oz of pure perfume.
I assembled this image with an old postcard from my grandmother, the wax seal I use for Illuminated Perfume and an old engraving of honey bees.