Natural Perfume, Music and Embroidery this Trinity weave through my life. They support and give each other inspiration. It is my lifes work and profession. I think about Natural Perfume everyday. It is my reason d'etre. It brings joy, fulfills my soul. Creating beautiful perfumes from flowers, fruits and resins is superlunary. I am besotted, obsessed, deeply in love.

Monday, 26 February 2007


The Perfumery Group was enquiring after broom. It is honey scented (spartium junceum) or spanish broom and is also called Weaver's Broom and Genista. In France it is known as Genet and was used in perfumes as early as the 16th century by maceration. The odour has been described as sweet, floral, and hay-like. In commercial perfumes it has been used in Madame Rochas , Boucheron and Safari. So, haylike/honey....other similar oils would be flouve, beeswax abs, Linden Blossom abs, honey absolute. It would be wonderful in combination of a summer kissed perfume... warm sunny days......picnics, canoes down the river watching the swans, kingfishers, otters, herons......or lying on a beach near dried grasses and the smell of the ocean salty exalting watching the clouds scudding by.......... a tiny touch of ambergris.and seaweed diluted....perhaps for the sea one....perhaps some orange blossom water absolute for the river..... then tweaks with some others...... that will come....

1 comment:

Marcia Elston said...

Hi Janita,
My first visit to your blog. I was amused by the Genet post, having battled with scotch broom on our property for years. Our local county extension tells us that it encroaches 1 mile each year in all directions once it takes hold. Now that I know spanish broom also grows near, I will search it out - help erradicate it from the wild and turn it into an additional perfumery ingredient. Not that my small endeavor will completely solve the problem, but hey, every bit helps. Here's some pictures of its invasion along the Northwest coast of the US.