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Priestess Perfumes: From France to Persephone

Priestess Perfumes: From France to Persephone

I believe in destiny and taking giant leaps of faith. This is what led me to study perfumery in France last year. It is something I had dreamed of and talked about for many years, but the urge became undeniably strong early in 2018, and before I knew it I was registered at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery and on a flight to Marseilles.   I arrived in Provence on June 22 at the height of the lavender, immortelle, sunflower, wild broom and clary sage bloom. The countryside was flush with purples and yellows as far as the eye could...


Essential Oils are Fragrant But They Aren't Fragrance

Essential Oils are Fragrant But They Aren't Fragrance

When I started natural skin care formulating in 2004, I was immediately freaked out about using essential oils because there were so many warnings out there about pregnancy, epilepsy etc. I enrolled in an aromatherapy course and got my certification within 6 months. I needed to practice safety with people's skin and wanted to use these wondrous oils in the most effective way possible. Since that time, my education has expanded on the daily. I've read so many books, I had to Marie Kondo them last month to make room in my office (which is now being overtaken by books...


Protect Your Barrier

Protect Your Barrier

Changing temperatures and indoor heating means a huge dip in moisture levels in the skin. For dry skin types, this is when things can get problematic. Your skin has a protective layer of oil, sweat, and dead skin cells called the barrier or acid mantle. It is a thin film with a pH of 4.5 to 6.2 that acts to combat bacteria and viruses. It also keeps moisture in. When the barrier fails, it can cause chronic dry, flaky skin and lead to more serious issues like eczema. At this point, your skin will need some TLC and the harsh...


Our Definition of a Natural Fragrance

Our Definition of a Natural Fragrance
A breakdown of our definition of natural fragrance (because their is no official one).

Perfume Launch 2019

Perfume Launch 2019
I have always blended aromas as an aromatherapist for skin care. I was more interested in therapeutic properties than their scents (although that is always a factor). With perfume, it's about telling a story. Creating a layered experience that evokes an emotional response, hopefully a blissful one.