I'm fussy about fragrance.
Being an aromatherapist,
I lean towards blends made with real essential oils.
They are becoming harder and harder to source as,
like wine, must be treated well and will change over time,
often deepening to a richer, warmer note.
Modern consumers don't understand this
They want their fragrance to smell the same every time, like a Big mac.
Even though today's "Chanel no 5" is a far cry from the original,
and collectors of vintage fragrances are a keen lot.
What a treat to discover a tiny boutique
cabal of alchemists in the middle
of New York called Marble and Milkweed.
Filled with layer upon layer of exquisite botanical essences,
the packaging resembles old time hand made products and ingredients.
It's very hip to blend your own tea these days,
in between raising chickens and tending your own hive,
race out and grab some Modern chai no.1,
and pretend you made it yourself.
Mouthwatering green ginger and organic
vanilla makes me feel all good inside.
Marble and Milkweed have a gorgeous blog too,
and are no slouches in sending out freebies.
My pack arrived yesterday
and out spilled a sample of their Fleurs + Cacao.
Organic green and white jasmine teas
(including the luxurious Jasmine Pearl)
is blended with rose petals, roasted cacao nibs, goji berries
and a ravishing organic vanilla from the south of India.
The resulting steep is a gorgeous golden color
with the scent of flowers and chocolate...yum.
When I read the words:
opoponax, tonka, labdanum,
my heart skipped a beat.
Labdanum, or Rock Rose is my all time favourite,
mixed with warm vanillery tonka bean, and smoky velevetty earthy opoponax
it was going to be delicious.
This is perfume serum number 3 and has made my day.
I wanted to share it with you.
I smell like a burnt caramel creme brulee and I love it.
Warning: don't visit their site when hungry.