Monday, July 14, 2014

Shipping Kyphi Incense Worldwide

The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary now ships our fabulous Kyphi incense worldwide!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

New Products at The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary

New at The Scented Djinn this week ~

Helichrysum & Hemp Serum ~ soothing, lushly fragrant, radiance making skin serum made with oils specific to troubled skin.






Solstice Soap ~ fresh, uplifting, earthy, made with a gorgeous warm vintage lemongrass oil and enhanced with vetyver, nutmeg, and Peru balsam. We added a dash of petitgrain Maroc oil to give a slightly floral twist. Made at midnight on the eve of the Summer Solstice 2014.




Coming soon ~ Wildharvested Blue Gum Eucalyptus Whole Hydrosol and Organic Rosemary Whole Hydrosol.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Coming Today



Helichrysum & Hemp Skin Serum is made with extra virgin olive oil, virgin hemp oil, helichrysum italicum (Immortelle/Everlasting), frankincense, lavender, and turmeric CO2 ~ all skin loving oils!

Lapsang Souchong Hydrosol is made with organic lapsang souchong tea, which is full of antioxidants. Slow distilled to present a more true to the tea scented hydrosol.


Coming Soon!

Lapsang Souchong slow distilled hydrosol, Helichrysum & Hemp Skin Serum, soaps, and bigger tins of our precious handmade kyphi incense.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mourning Incense In Store Now

Mourning Incense was created to help alleviate feelings of loss. It was carefully formulated to instill joy and hope.


Made without the traditional inclusion of dried fruit or the high quantity of dry herbs, this kyphi-style incense is more resinous, fluid, and more deeply sweet than our other kyphi incense. A very small bit goes a long, long way.

We began with intensely fragrant oakmoss, sandalwood chips, and orris root and soaked them in red wine for five days, then all the resins, frankincense, myrrh, white fir, elemi, and pinon were powdered and boiled in a vat of honey until they became a cohesive mass of sweet, fragrant resinified honey. We then added the oakmoss, santal, orris and wine to the honey blend during the last stages of cooking to bind all the ingredients. After the honey resin cooled, we then spread a layer of jasmine concrete over the top and began a process of weeks of kneading until the 'honey dough' was firm and more or less dry.

Use when the blues strike, or use when things are going well, as a sort of celebration of life and all her gifts. Mourning Incense creates a fair bit of smoke when burned, so beware.

*Please note that you will have to purchase charcoal to burn this, and all our other fabulous kyphi incense ~ we do not sell charcoals for this purpose. You may also use an electric incense burner. Charcoal can be purchased online or at smoke shops or wherever hookah is sold.

Monday, June 9, 2014

New Hydrosol!


Sacred Blend Hydrosol, a gorgeous and intensely scented hydrosol created using freshly cut white sage, cedar, and juniper is now available at The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary.

Our hydrosols are slow distilled in copper or glass, and we never remove the essential oil, so you get a high quality, intensely fragrant product. A little goes a long way.

This particular hydrosol is not intended for use on skin, or internally. It is a sacred blend used by Native Americans to 'smudge' before, during, and after ceremony, and is used by all manner of human folk to cleanse their sacred spaces, be it a bedroom, an entire home, or a ceremonial space. Smudging is done by lighting the dried plant material and allowing the smoke to cleanse the space of bad spirits or negativity. Now this can be done using a non-burning medium with the same result. Our Sacred Blend Hydrosol can also be used as a linen and pillow spray. Please allow the linen or pillow to dry thoroughly before using.

We're packaging this hydrosol, and the others to come, in 2.5 ounce slim aluminum spray bottles. $15.75 plus shipping and handling.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Perfume and Perfume Related Books

Interested in natural perfumery? Try this book ~ Working the Bench (at Amazon.com).





How about soap making using perfumery techniques to scent your creations? Botanical Soap Making Using Perfumery Techniques (at Amazon.com).



Cooking with perfumery ingredients? Try A Perfumer's Cookbook, a mini-primer on using perfume oils to flavor food.

Aged Patchouli

Patchouli oil, well aged and carefully stored, can become the most subliminally beautiful material in a perfumer's palette, moving from a young, fresh earthy, musky, dusty, breathless quality to darkly floral, honied, sweet, warm, sensual, euphoric.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Independent Perfume Production

Small scale, independent, niche, natural and botanical in structure, handcrafted, hand bottled, hand labeled, optimal quality ~
 The Scented Djinn creates small batches of carefully crafted natural and botanical perfume compounds. Natural perfumes take months, even years, to formulate, and then a period of time is allowed for the finished composition to meld harmoniously.
 Rare, exotic, expensive -- the origins of the raw materials that go into making a single bottle of our lush perfume span the globe -- decadent jasmin sambac, patchouli, and santal from India, cananga and vanilla from Indonesia, vetyver, earthy and dark and carnal, hails from the soil of Haiti, roses from Morocco, labdanum from Spain, orris from the southern fields of France.
 Each bottle we pour our perfumes into is carefully selected to offer optimal variety -- our 15 ml (1/2 ounce) spray bottles are lovely and decorative,  beautifully labeled, and spray a fine mist of scent; our 10 ml roll-on bottles offer a more travel-friendly option, and our wee sample bottles give the opportunity to try a few day's worth of perfume before committing to a full bottle.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Modhlim ~ Dark Floral Parfum

Modhlim, the newest addition to The Scented Djinn's perfumes is up for sale May 15, 2014.

This is a complex floral enveloped in dark, smoky tea notes, musk, moss, grasses, and savory spices.



Monday, May 12, 2014

Mourning Kyphi in the Works

For when you're feeling your Miss Havisham coming on ~


Mourning Incense is a kyphi-style incense made with honey, frankincense, myrrh, white fir, elemi resin, pinon pine resin, oakmoss, orris, jasmine sambac concrete, and red wine.

Available June 2014 at The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Ta Da!

Finally, the Rose Rock soaps are done and ready to put up on Etsy. Made with a perfumed scent formulation based around patchouli and rosey essences, this is one nice, hunky, chunky, clay spa style soap that's just waiting to make you feel special.

The base soap formula is made with extra virgin olive oil, organic virgin coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil, shea butter, and loads of skin detoxifying red clay. At just the right moment, the perfume was added, made with an aged patchouli oil, bois de rose oil, clary sage oil, bergamot, blood orange, petit grain sur fleur neroli, and lavandin abrial. The soaps have a dusky rose and earth scent to them. Very nice.



Sunday, May 4, 2014

New Summer Hydrosols


The Scented Djinn is once again embarking on a few distillation projects, perhaps reviving our famous, and famously effective, Kombu Seaweed & Lime Hydrosol. We've recently acquired a wee lovely glass distillation unit in which we are planning a few rose distillations, and we are awaiting our yearly supply of grosso lavender flowers and white sage for distillation as well. We check the local farmer's markets for anything new and exciting that can go into our little still of wonders, so watch for something you've never seen before. Our hydrosols are made in small batch distillations, carefully tended to create the most amazingly gorgeous result. It's been a few years since we've embarked upon a distillation session -- too many years -- and we're very anxious to get back to doing what we love.

We will keep you apprised of the hydrosol situation here. In the meantime, visit our Etsy Apothecary.




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.

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