Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Creation Calendar

In four days, on the 20th of April, The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary will put up for sale that long-awaited and beautifully fragrant Lavender Kyphi Supreme. Kyphi takes time to 'become' kyphi. The fragrant materials must meld and combine to create divinity in a tiny little triangle of scent. The Scented Djinn recommends this kyphi be burned on an electric heater or old-fashioned oil burner to release the subtlety of scent and the spiritual aspects of the blend. Burning on charcoal is also an option, however this creates a great deal of smoke and the kyphi burns up quickly.

In May a limited edition perfume will be released, the first perfume by The Scented Djinn in a long time. This perfume diverges just a bit from the prior perfumes released by The Scented Djinn in that it is a bit more traditional than our other offerings. More information regarding that perfume will come about when the perfume makes its debut.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Natural Perfume Academy Class Begins April 22

The Natural Perfume Academy is starting a new class April 22. If you're interested in learning about natural perfume for pleasure or as a business venture, visit the site and contact the administrator for details. www.naturalperfumeacademy.com

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lavender Kyphi Supreme On Sale 4/20

The Lavender Kyphi Supreme, the latest in the kyphi line-up, will be up for sale April 20, 2014. Watch for it on The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary, this one is extra special and you wouldn't want to miss out on one of the finest kyphi incenses The Scented Djinn has ever created.

We started with a fat papaya, peeled and cut, then dried in a dehydrator. We then mixed the dried papaya with a nice dark, rich red wine, and let it soak. While that was brewing, we took huge handfuls of organically grown lavender buds, combined them with benzoin resin powder, santal wood chips, which we finely powdered, hand-ground orris root, and pine resin powder, and soaked them in a sweet white wine. Both the dried fruit and herb blends were soaked for three days before being combined. In a pot on the burner, we mixed honey, frankincense resin, myrrh resin, and pine resin to create a sticky fragrant binder for the incense, then mixed the binder into the dried fruit and herbs mash. Over the next few days we added more lavender buds, plus vanilla pods, tolu balsam, and opoponax. As the mixture dried, we added drops of Buena Vista, spike, grosso, and super fine lavender oils. Once the kyphi was malleable, we rolled it out and cut it into triangles and 'floured' the triangles in a mixture of finely powdered frankincense resin and lavender buds. The Lavender Kyphi Supreme pieces now rest in a copper pot covered in frankincense powder and lavender buds until the time comes to set them to burn.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Putting the Lavender Kyphi to Bed

Rolling board spread with lavender and frankincense 'flour'

Dried kyphi

Rolling board

Lavender buds and frankincense in mortar

Powdered lavender and frankincense

I actually ground the lavender buds and frankincense in a coffee grinder dedicated to resins; this little dark green ball of wax is really lavender oil and frankincense resin melted together, created by the heat of the grinder ~ burned on a charcoal and it smelled like sleepy time heaven

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Natural Perfume Academy Readies for New Spring 2014 Perfumery Course

The Natural Perfume Academy online, the school where I teach, tutor, and mentor students of Natural Botanical Perfumery, is readying for the newest course, the six-month intensive, which opens in late February and begins instruction in March. For more information, contact the course administrator at The Natural Perfume Academy, or www.becomeaperfumer.com.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Kyphi ~ Lavender Kyphi Supreme

This kyphi is not yet complete. The Scented Djinn is in the process of creating a lush, sweet lavender based kyphi incense which should be ready in about a month or so (six weeks, perhaps). Kyphi, once finished with the formulating, takes a few weeks to mature, sometimes not reaching its full aromatic potential for months, even years! It is the most amazing incense the world has to offer. So save up your ducats and keep an eye on the blog, or the Facebook page, or the Etsy Apothecary for the introduction of Lavender Kyphi Supreme.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Farat Eau de Toilette

Farat is a sweet spring themed eau de toilette featuring notes of jasmine, rose, neroli, lavender and bergamot, with rare notes of Buddha's hand citron and a lovely vegetal musk. Petitgrain and spices round out this precious scent.

Served in three sizes: 15 ml spray, 10 ml roll-on, and 3 ml sample spray.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pink Lotus Kyphi

A New Perfume Is Born

It's been a while since The Scented Djinn has presented an entirely new perfume. Years, in fact. This newest perfume offering is, we think, quite beautiful.

Farat eau de Toilette ~ with notes of rare Buddha's hand citron, bergamot, neroli, petitgrain, rustic herbs and exotic spices, lush florals of jasmine and rose, and soft, warm musk.

Watch for the announcement here when the perfume comes up for sale at The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary. We will be offering this perfume in 1/3 oz roll-on bottles, and 15 ml (1/2 oz) fine mist sprays.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Soap UP!

Peppermint Rosemary soap ready and wrapped at The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Business Rant

Perhaps I'm biting off more than I can chew here (and I probably am), but I'm a little peeved that some customers don't leave feedback at The Scented Djinn's Etsy store after their purchase. Perhaps it's a case of being too nice to criticize, which is okay! Truly. If you are unhappy with your purchase, a private message and a workable solution is preferred over a full-on negative review in a public forum. I realize that not all my wares are your cup of tea, and that sometimes they may arrive in a 'defective' state, but I am willing to fix it if it's broken. On the other hand, if you're pleased, why not say so? Where it counts. On the Etsy reviews page. Every bit matters as I spend zero dollars on advertising. I'd much rather put my money back into the quality of the products I offer. It seems a much smarter disbursement of funds. Show your love. I'll show you mine in the goodies you buy.

*How to leave feedback on Etsy. Go to 'your account', click on 'purchases and reviews', then find the item you'd like to leave feedback on. It's odd that there isn't simply an easy-to-find 'leave feedback' link clearly visible. It's almost like they don't want you to leave feedback.

Atay and Puck's Love Juice ~ Perfumes for Valentine

Atay unfolds on the skin like a blossoming flower, opening with notes of crisp ginger and bergamot with hints of cassia, then slowly undulates toward a rich, creamy, honied floral with soft rounded notes of seductive sandalwood and dark bitter tea, ending with delicious vanilla tinged honey and tuberose and more creamy santal.

Made with a year-old tincture of organic China green Yunnan Jade Supreme, a black tea absolute and cabreuva wood co-blend, an aged tincture of Swedish bee goo concentrate, fresh ginger, bergamot, ginger lily, cassia, tuberose, santal and vanilla Bourbon.

15 ml roll on bottle ~ $54.00

"And the imperial votaress passed on,
In maiden meditation, fancy-free.
Yet marked I where the bold of Cupid fell:
It fell upon a little western flower,
Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound.,
And maidens call it Love-in-idleness." Oberon

"I'll put a girdle round about the earth
In forty minutes!" Puck

Puck finds the western flower, purple with love's wound, and shook the dewdrops from it into a crystal flask, and sprinkled the juice of it over the party so that they might find love, and a bit of confusion.

Composition: wheat grass tincture, oakmoss tincture, ambrette hydrosol, oakmoss resin (vintage), benzoin resin, lavender mailette, clary sage absolute, carnation absolute, tonka bean tincture, vanilla Bourbon CO2, chamaebatia foliosa, Mysore santal, bergamot, tuberose, cocoa absolute, and cassia.

1 ml sample with bag  $4.50

Brief Summary of Soap Making in Pictorial

Rosemary oil on top, arnica flower absolute on bottom
Hand crushed rosemary leaf
Lye just added, 2 minutes into the blending process

Trace almost reached, added coconut cream


Added rosemary leaf
In the mold

Finished soap

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rosemary (Cineole) Soap With Arnica Flower Absolute

A photo of the finished soap, and the process by which it was created, was going to be posted here for our clients, but both our cameras (both!) have died and the chargers cannot be located. It's a real problem. New chargers have been ordered and photos of The Scented Djinn's creations will follow.

In the meantime, please feast your sensory organs here:

Rosemary Arnica Flower Handmade Natural Soap ~ made with virgin olive oil, expeller-pressed grapeseed oil, and coconut oil, with a dollop of delicious coconut cream, scented with Tunisian rosemary (cineole ~ eucalyptus/camphor) and arnica flower absolute. Crushed dried rosemary (verbenone type ~ menthol/camphor/celery) added for color and texture. Lovely bright herbal scent with warm ambery tones.

*UPDATE: Camera is now fully charged. Take a peek at the newest soap offerng ~

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Happiness & Tranqulity Soap

Mmmmm, this soap is divine! Creamy and soothing, made with cold pressed extra virgin olive and coconut oils, and a generous splash of coconut cream, and scented with delicious joy inspiring oils and absolutes ~ neroli, bergamot, petit grain, dark patchouli, jasmine grandiflorum floral infusion and jasmine sambac absolute, plus a few drops of vetyver oil ~ again, mmmmm. What's most amazing is that the rose damascena flower buds which grace this soap smell delicious too! A super floral, super lovely soap for your super skin.

Why Happiness and Tranquility? Because neroli and bergamot and rose inspire joy, and vetyver and patchouli inspire tranquility. A most peaceful soap. And those spots? Those are made from drizzling a wee bit of the scent oils over the top of the soap as it cured.


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