Today I am opening up for you my mysterious cupboard of essences…wooooooo….sounds spooooky…
But it’s not. No ghost could ever handle the smell that emanates from that piece of furniture, or my little studio, in fact (And it’s not the smell of garlic BTW).
It’s a vintage early 1900’s sideboard that holds these little bottles of olfactory joy. I think there is no better way to house such preciousness than a piece of history, don’t you think?
My essence cupboard houses 101 (that’s an actual number, not a cliché!) plant extracts I have used in my fragrances, as well as around sixty others waiting for my inspiration to hit. And the list grows steadily every month!
They comes from far and near, from exotic tropical locations to seashores and forests and everything in between. And all of them are choses for their beauty, tenacity, quality and naturalness.
Yes, I’ve had some duds, but they have long since seen the dark passages beneath the toilet bowl (only good for disinfecting, unfortunately), but I have got some absolute beauties that have literally knocked my knees out from under me, coaxing me to pronounce aloud, “OH MY GOSH!” on first sniff.
Today, I received a parcel from the USA containing these goddess-like extracts of Kava Kava, German chamomile, Osmanthus absolute, red grapefruit and Russian clary sage. I mean, these are phenomenal. Yes, Ive smelled most of these from other suppliers before, but these ones are simply a knock-out.
Of course, now I’m just waiting for an excuse to use them!