Odd title? How does this relate to Synthetic Free Perfumery, you might be asking yourself?
I think one of the most fabulous things about the time of history that I live in, is the fact that I have access to botanical materials from all over the world! This amazes me, especially when I think about in the past, when perfumers, who were mainstream, keep in mind, had only access to the things that grew locally, and were seasonal.
Photo Credit: http://www.wysinfo.com/Perfume/Perfume_history.htm
I don’t have to take the time to make any oils, concretes, or absolutes, unless I want to. I, of course, am working on learning how to do this as well, because it intrigues me. I attempted tincturing the old varietal lilacs in the neighborhood this year, and put them in the fridge until next year. I think I will give them at least two seasons before I use any of it, just because it’s a tricky one to do.
I felt very connected to perfumers of old, while I collected blooms, and removed the leaf material and then submerged them so they would release their fragrance.
Have a glorious day!