Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Hydrosol!

We attempted to create this hydrosol on two occasions. The first time around we blew the still pot completely off the heat source and spent three hours cleaning up the mess. We're still finding evidence of little crumbs of the burst pot, so the cleaning hasn't officially come to an end.

The second time around we lowered the temperature on the still, and didn't fill the still up to the fill line, giving the raw materials inside plenty of room to roll around.

So what's this explosive new hydrosol? A beautiful co-distillation of Hawai'ian sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum) and Omani frankincense (Boswellia sacra). The scent is fresh and warm with deep notes of sacred temple frankincense embraced by sweet woody notes of sandalwood. It's really a one-of-a-kind creation, and possibly the only time we make it here in our stillroom.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Beard Oil #1

Though not quite ready for production, we've got the scent base and the oil base down, plus we've designed new labels to go with the new beard oils ~

Friday, February 13, 2015

Beard Oils ~ In the Works

We've been toying with the idea of creating something special for the boys. Beards are all the rage these days, and we say, yay! to beards -- it's hard not to notice the bearded ones as they're so darned handsome! The best beards, long or short, are those that are carefully tended, trimmed and perfumed (think Babylonian kings). After a few months researching the best ingredients to use in beards, we think we've hit upon the perfect beard grooming solution.

It's nice to be building something for the boys again. Back in our more formal business days, when we were co-owners of the lovely store Delicia in the Tower District of Fresno, CA, we created a number of lovely skincare goodies for the guys -- Tesla, a beautiful after shave skin balm that just screamed manly manliness, and our Himalayan cedar body butter, and then there was a gorgeous, deep, smoky, earthy, dirty soap using loads of Haitian vetyver root oil. We had a customer, a man, who would come into our shop every Friday (presumably payday) and he would purchase a bar of vetyver soap and a jar of our luscious lavender & sandalwood body butter. He told us once that he wore the butter like cologne and the girls 'were all over' him at the club.  So there you go. Good for-man skin and hair care has its benefits.

We've got two beard oils in the works, they're not quite done but they're very close.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

New Old Items Back in the Apothecary

Serj eau de Parfum is back in the shop after a few days off. Serj is one of our original edp's from our first true classical perfumery line from 2008.

"Serj is a deep, resinous, floral scent with old world appeal. Smells delicious on both men and woman. The fir balsam in Serj gives it a deep and fruity sweet coniferous forest feel which is bolstered by the freshness of the orange essence and the deep floral creaminess of the hyacinth evulsion. The dry down is lush earthy patchouli and labdanum with hints of benzoin and vanilla.

Key Notes: Hyacinth, osmanthus, fir balsam, orange juice, and labdanum

Head notes ~ orange essence, aglaia flower, violet leaf, coriander seed and frankincense carterii

Heart notes ~ hand tinctured blue hyacinth, osmanthus, clove and jasmine auriculatum

Base notes ~ ruh khus, patchouli, oakmoss, labdanum, Siam benzoin, vanilla and fir balsam "

It's a very sensual and sexy scent, warm and primal.

6 ml for $18

Pywacket, A Black Cat Parfum is also back in the shop after a few month's hiatus. Pywacket features dark aged patchouli, vintage tolu balsam, sparkling bitter orange and bergamot, with deep myrrh-like star anise, and lovely creamy vanilla in a 10 ml roll-on. Py is an oil-based (organic jojoba) perfume and is known to last on the skin for 24 hours.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Back to Basics

In recent years, The Scented Djinn has been focused primarily on perfume. Prior to that, years and years ago, The Scented Djinn was Delicia, and before that, Sierra Soapourri, and we created lush natural skincare

-- body butters, soaps, body scrubs, balms, and anointing oils. Since experimenting with kyphi incense just three short years ago, we've slowly evolved (or re-evolved) to our roots, with a lot more experience in scenting under our belts. This year, 2015, we are focusing on all manner of decadence and healing, and are going to be producing more natural skincare (scented just right) than ever before. We will continue to create beautiful one-of-a-kind perfumes, and will be expanding our incense lines, both for the home/temple and the body. Since we are a small artisan business and enjoy experimenting with natural elements in their raw state (flowers, barks, leaves, resins), we will be offering many limited edition healing aromatics -- beard oils and face oils featuring jasmine and honeysuckle pommades created in our lab; small batch hydrosols made from locally grown organic produce and wildharvested raw materials, and on the occasion, small wee bitty batches of superior frankincense hydrosol will be highlighted. This year we've got our eyes on an enormous Cecile Brunner tea rose tree that grows along the fence of our favorite plant nursery in Los Osos. With their permission, which we received last year, we will be harvesting and distilling for hydrosol those lovely tea roses in a bath with whole vetyver root from India.

The dream of the Thurifercorium lives on.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Inspiration in the Rain

Rain pooling on the silken petals of an oversized calla lily blossom

Raindrops reflecting life


Thursday, February 5, 2015

New Soaps On the Horizon

Coming soon, within a week or so, are two new soaps, both therapeutic, both lovely in their own right ~

Lavender & Tea Tree Soap with, well, lavender and tea tree! As usual, we make our soaps using only the best base materials, in this case, organic virgin coconut oil and organic cold pressed virgin olive oil.

Bamboo Charcoal & Organic White Rose soap ~ super simple, and so gorgeous! Made with a base of organic virgin coconut oil organic red palm oil from Ecuador, and organic virgin olive oil to which we add activated bamboo charcoal and ethereal organic white rose hydrosol from Bulgaria, and just a touch of our rare and beautiful organic rose otto from India.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sacred Body Incense ~ Up for Sale at The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary

Djinn Fleur ~ Djinn Fleur is made with fragrant Hawaiian santal, and guava powders infused with jasmine sambac, St. John's bread (carob extract), tuberose, neroli, hyacinth, vanilla, and petitgrain to create a deeply floral, sweet, and exotic scent.
Apiana Sacra Sacred Body Incense is a unique blend of white sage, frankincense, and santal. Our Apiana Sacra is a beautifully meditative scent, perfect for ritual, prayer, and clearing sacred spaces.

Apiana Sacra Sacred Body Incense is made with Hawaiian santal, white sage, superior white howjary frankincense, and makko (Japanese bay). The scent is intense and transporting.
Oudh & Roses Sacred Body Incense is a fragrant gem! Deep, rich, dark, and primal with oudh and valerian root extract, rose petals and rose otto, and vintage orris root -- a genuinely one of a kind olfactory experience.

Our Oudh & Roses Sacred Body Incense is made using richly fragrant agarwood finely ground in our studio, to which was added organic pink rose petals, a beautiful vintage orris root powder, and an equally beautiful Hawaiian santal powder. Then we added just a pinch of Ceylon cinnamon. We enhanced the powder with a rare valerian extract, and drops and drops of organic rose otto.


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