I’ve coined a new word inspired by my love of all things sensual and in particular the profound psychological and physiological effects of natural oils. Clairscentience (the art of fluid emotion) will be my goal when creating my natural perfumes or skincare products. I want to invoke a theme, a story, a memory. Blending oils is therapeutic and a creative process for me and it connects me energetically with nature; essential oils are considered to be the blood or life force of a plant, flower, herb, wood etc.
I have a large selection of pure essential oils as well as cosmetic grade fragrant oils, and I am currently awaiting the order of some very fine and rare pure essences which I am ready to be inspired by. Here’s a little journey into some more rare and expensive oils which I will be using:
Black Current Bud (Ribes nigrum) from France -Smells like sweet raisins, dry-fruitiness with tangy and deep earthy undertones. Adds an almost wine-like note to fine perfumes (middle note). In perfumery, Tom Ford’s Black Orchid features black current. It is rich in fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Hay Absolute (Foin coupe) from France – Smells like deep, balsamic, tobacco, grassy rich aroma of freshly cut hay. Delightfully sweet, herbaceous, tenacious. Blends well with ylang ylang, bitter orange, tobacco absolute, clary sage, lemon and bergamot.
Sea Buckthorn (organic) (Hippophae rhamnoides) from Lithuania – smells like sweet, strong musky scent. Skin benefits include aiding the healing of wounds, burns, acne, dermatitis, and skin balancing. In fact the extract is a super oil. It comprises the rare Omega 7 fatty acid, which promotes the proper cellular function and health that benefits hair, skin and nails. It is key in collagen production that slows down ageing.
Tobacco Absolute (Nicotiana tabacum) from Bulgaria -smells like sweet, slightly smoky, rich aroma reminiscent of fine pipe tobacco. Adds depth to natural perfumes, especially masculine, creating intrigue to the most exotic florals…Jasmine, Tuberose, Ylang Ylang.
Tuberose Absolute (Polianthes tuberosa) from India – smells like warm, honey-like, sweet flora aroma, peach leaf and spice-like underones. Theraputic use includes overcoming intimacy blocks, nervousness, stress, and negative attitudes; benefits intuition, creativity, sensuality, peace of mind, a positive resolve.
Carnation Absolute (Dianthus caryophyllus) from Egypt -one of my favourites, it smells like spicy, floral with strong green notes. It promotes healing of the skin and to increase vitality that not only softens and replenishes the skin, but creates a scent that many find soothing and calming to the spirit. Good for wrinkles, eczema and rashes.
Douglas Fir (organic) from France -smells like fresh, balsamic, soft aroma of fir needles -very christmassy!. It is a lovely oil that lifts your mood and acts as an antiseptic, antifungal, calmative, disinfectant, expectorant, and nervine. Great for colds and chest infections.
Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus aurantium) from Egypt -another favourite of mine, smells like an intense rich aroma of Orange Blossoms. It is very sensual and heady!! I want to try it with Frangipani and Violet Leaf :).
Jasmine Absolute (various – from Egypt and India) -One of the most comforting oils it smells like sweet floral or can be darkly opulent and spicy. Often used as an aphrodisiac, balancing hormones, good for pregnancy as it eases childbirth, antidepressant, sedative, and dispels emotional blocks. Improves the skin elasticity, scars and marks.
Poem expressing the art of fluid emotion…
The Rabbit is Dancing in the Garden
by Tiffany Anne Tondut
(inspired by the fragrance Ambre Noir by Angela Flanders)
You give me
le jardin and le lapin. Untying
with my tongue, I try:
le lapin dans le jardin.
The rabbit is dancing in the garden?”
No, the rabbit is IN the garden.
“Ah! Zhen pronounce it ‘dohn’ not ‘danse”
you mock my le’s and la’s, catch out
my stuttering accent as I
process into compounds, into
merci pour les corrections…….I blush,
dispersing blooming pheromones
of scent, evoking lingerie…
……….its girlish spread…………….
arousing words I needn’t say,
to make you twitch.