The last basket of the DETOX CSH program…

Community Supported Herbalism

DETOX Spring Basket Program

Prepared by Amber Friedman

DETOX time is a great time to strengthen up your heart and healing from emotional trauma of everyday life.  We spent the past 2 months detoxing our liver, gallbladder, awakening stagnant energy in our bodies. Now the final part of the series is to bring in the love and detox from painful emotions stuck inside of us. This month you will find products that boast roses! Local roses and roses from other countries, alongside local herbs and berries to support our nervous system while detoxing and healing.

Gentle Balancing Heart Cordial.  This is one of the tastiest mixes I’ve ever made!! Yum Yum! Sometimes it helps the medicine go down when you add a spoon full of honey! Peach Leaf Tincture used to be standard gift to someone who lost a loved one, it tastes like almond extract and is really relaxing and supporting. In this combo Peach leaves are mixed with St. John’s Wort flowers, Cherry Blossoms and Hawthorn Berries. Take a dropper everyday or 2 times a day as needed.  Even if you don’t think you are experiencing grief in your current state…I guarantee you that old grief is lingering in you and it’s best to clear it, detox and free yourself.

French Clay Face Mask needs to live in your fridge. It would like you to use it as soon as possible on your face. If it feels like the right consistency slather a layer onto your face, leave it till it is almost dry and then rinse off with a warm face cloth. Once you have detoxed your face with this mask use some of your new Rose Face Cream to moisturize. Roses are an astringent for your skin making your skin very soft and clean.  Green French Clay is a detoxifying clay whose benefits come from it’s unique mineral composition.  It includes dolomite, manganese, silica, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and calcium.  The green comes from the clay’s iron oxide and decomposed plant matter.

Rose Face Cream is luxurious and moisturizing for all skin types. It is made from solar infused rose oil mixed with almond, avocado, argan, jojoba and coconut oils and rose essentials oils.  Heart healing begins with self-love and roses are here on earth to help us love ourselves and others.  Adding roses into your life is a wonderful heart medicine. If you look around you will probably find roses blooming all around you right now.  The herbs that grow in your area are often there for a reason, they are a gift of healing waiting for you to use them.

The Little Smelly Pillow wants to stay with you and bring you comfort. It is filled with lavender, roses and mugwort. Mugwort helps you to have lucid dreams. Lucid dreams are great medicine for healing, a time to ask questions, visit old friends or meet up with current friends.  Herbs are so complex and they can go everywhere, they want to go everywhere, they want to support you in your life at all times. Hold onto this pillow when you’re feeling down and relax into the shifting energies it can provide.

This is the last basket of this series. Thank you for being part of the DETOX program. I will invite you all to sign up for my next CSH basket program which starts in September and runs for 5 months. The cost is 250$ and it covers immunity, nervous system, self-care, digestion and other fun issues we all have.  Registration for the program starts June 7th 2017. Enjoy!


Amber Friedman.

2nd Basket of the DETOX program is out on May 11th 2017

Community Supported Herbalism

DETOX Spring Basket Program

Prepared by Amber Friedman


DETOX time. Springtime is known in the herbal kingdom as the time to DETOX, Spring Clean Up.  If you listen to the plants, they are all inviting you in to eat bitter roots and cleanse for the new season. Every item in this month’s basket was created to support you in your clearing process. Detoxing can sometimes make you feel a little off, because the toxins are all pouring out of your body. Take some extra time to give your body special care while you go through this detoxing monthly series.

Mineral Rich Herbal Vinager.  Apple Cider Vinager is a standard at our house.  I like to infuse lots of different herbs in apple cider vinager and use the vinager in my salad dressing recipes so that I am getting a daily dose of vitamins and minerals each day.  This combination of Nettles, Burdock, Calendula and Dandelion will work on your liver while also purifying your blood.  The herbs in this recipe also promote healthy kidney functions, and has a positive affect on your skin. Liver is connected to skin.

Daily Detox Tincture is a lymphatic based recipe designed to help move things through your lymphatic system to keep you healthy and strong. Cleavers, Dandelion and Oregon Grape are all wildcrafted here in Powell River, BC. This tincture will be most effective if you take it everyday 3x a day, until it is gone. You can read more about the benefits of lymphatic moving herbs here.

Juniper + Sage Room Spray was designed to clear out different energies that can linger in your space.  Sage is a very powerful cleansing plant, many people use this plant as a smudge to clear the energy of themselves and their surroundings.  Juniper is a new plant to me, it’s growing at the end of the block so I figured I should get to know what it has to offer. I infused some of it in gin for this room spray.  Juniper is also for cleansing and it also brings along uplifting and stimulating properties.

Nourishing Lip Balm is extremely nourishing for you lips because it is full of exotic moisturizing butters like Shae and Mango Butter, there is also joboba and avocado and a soft vanilla scent.  When you are doing lots of personal work and detoxing your body it is good to also bring in the self-care.  Take some extra time to give your body special care while you go through this detoxing monthly series.

Second Basket is ready for pick-up…

For those who live in Powell River, BC your baskets will be ready for pick-up after noon on Saturday, tomorrow…Oct. 29th. Enjoy!

All those waiting patiently the mail will get out EXPRESS POST on Monday…


Community Supported Herbalism

Monthly Basket Program. October 2016

Prepared by Amber Friedman

The second basket is finally here! It is full of supportive herbal products to help you relax, get your circulation working, help you to fall asleep, soothe a sore throat and support your adrenal glands.

Throat Soothing Tea Blend a tasty blend of licorice root, cinnamon, echinacea root, slippery elm bark + ginger root.  Slippery Elm comes from the inner bark of a tree that grows here in Canada, it is a soothing herb that can be used for healing inflammations, burns, sore throats and digestive issues.  I would use the decoction method to make this tea. Place a 2tsps of the tea in a pot with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil then let simmer, covered, for about 10-20 minutes. Strain out the herbs and drink. If you find the licorice is too strong, steep it a bit less.

Sleepy Oil is a really fun combination that I designed to help people to fall asleep when they are restless.  It has some sedative herbs in it like Chamomile and Tonka Bean. I harvest Cottonwood Buds in the spring and made them into an infused oil that I use for treating people who are experiencing a lot of pain from arthritis to various injuries.  It is very relaxing!  Try it behind your ears, on your wrists, or anywhere, before you go to bed.

The Douglas Fir Bath Salts are another super relaxing and decongesting mix to help you take a rest and clear your mind and body from things that may be bothering you.  Dead Sea Salt is very purifying and clears toxins from your body. If you’re not big on baths, I suggest you make some time to relax in the tub and invite some healing into your life.

Adrenal Gland Tonic  is one of my most popular products, it has been selling off the shelves since it was created.  It strengthens your adrenals by balancing your hormones and stimulating liver function.  Dong Quai is known as one of the most useful female tonics, it is nourishing to the blood, strengthens the uterus and it has a regulating and normalizing influence on hormone production. I think I’ll do a post in the next two weeks going over the health benefits of all the ingredients in this formula. It is best taken daily until it is gone.  If you have high blood pressure or are on heart medication please check with your doctor  before you take this.

Shae + Clay Soap Bar is a very moisturizing soap made with Shae butter and Australian Pink Clay. It is scented with essential oils of peppermint + rosemary. It’s a great wake up soap!  ENJOY!

Amber Friedman.

Baskets are going out in the morning!!

Community Supported Herbalism

Monthly Basket Program. Sept. 2016

Prepared by Amber Friedman


Alright this is super exciting for me! This is the FIRST basket of my 3rd session of herbal monthly baskets. I fell in love with the idea at a Herbal Gathering last summer and I decided to take off with it. I have learned so much about plants and how to make medicine with them and healing body care products. I am honored to share this experience with you. Thanks for signing up for the first time, or again!!  I made this basket a little extra large thinking that was the way to start off the year, in abundance.

This month I choose the theme of a Herbal First Aid kit, most of the herbs I used grow around my house, I love working with plants that I can harvest myself because I feel that they are here for me to use. LAVENDER! This was a really fun product to make, I went on a local plant walk and picked all the lavender that I used to make this Lavender Hydrosol (distilled lavender). Every lavender plant that wanted to be part of it is in there. Leaves, Dried and fresh lavender flowers all together! I would suggest you use this hydrosol to help calm down, to tone your face, and to use on cuts and scrapes because of it’s antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties.

Healing Salve is a group of local plants and honey that is one of my favorite salves to use on basically anything from a cut, to an itch, to eczema and it even works amazing to help clear up hemorrhoids!! Keep this salve around! It is a mix of Chamomile, Plantain, Lavender + Comfrey infused in Olive oil with honey and beeswax.

The Spiced Orange Digestive Bitters is here for two reasons…The first reason is to heal your gut and help your bodies digestive system. If your body is unable to properly digest food than it might not respond as well to Natural Medicine.  Once you strengthen your digestive system you will be healthier and able to hold in more nutrients from the foods you eat, and the herbs you take… ( 2nd reason) I’m thinking of this basket series as  bringing herbs to you that help you  reach a healthier place in your life. It only seems appropriate to start with digestion. I encourage you to start taking the bitters right away, take them after or before meals and finish the bottle!

Immune Boosting Tea is a mix of echinacea root, chamomile flowers, shizandra berries and local peppermint. Shizandra berry is an adaptogenic herb that is helpful when stressed out, it helps physical + emotional depression, increases your stamina, heals the liver and boosts your immune system.  Mixed with powerful virus destroyers chamomile and echinacea this is a powerful blend.

Chamomile is a powerful healing plant for me to work with, and that is why it is in a few of the products this month.  I wanted to send out a few Chamomile Tea Bags that you can use to treat eye infections or any topical infection in a direct application technique.  There are lots of ways to apply herbs directly to your body, like chewing up plantain and putting it on a bee string, or a potato poultice for a migraine. Brew up a cup of tea, drink the tea and use the tea bag on your body.

Last but not least…one of my favorite soaps! An uplifting soap that smells like orange, vanilla + lavender.


Amber Friedman.

Special Day making soap in the morning

This upcoming Tuesday I will be going to over to Savary Island to sell my hand-made natural bath and beauty products at their local Farmers Market…EXCITING.

I plan to sell my new lotions that have a bit of MICA in them that will make your sparkle and shimmer just a little. After Sun Lotion in a cute travel size!  One is Cocoa scented and the other is Chocolate Orange. I adore them!

I will also have a variety of soaps make from palm free recipes and local herbs.

Other products to watch for are Digestive Bitters, Face Oil, Kukui Nut Body Oil, Healing Salve and just maybe an Anti-Fungal Foot Spray.

In order to prepare for this being my first show in about 6 months…I asked to have kid free time to work in the morning. I usually always work at night 8:30-midnight, so it has been a real treat to have most brain power and do a little multi-tasking (although not recommended) while creating some new items for sale.

My soap making friend, Courtney, and I created a real stunning soap a couple of months back and we have tried to re-create it, but we failed.

Second attempt to re-create the famous soap is happening right now.


There are many reasons for me to make sure that I share this on my blog.

  1. So that I will be able to find it again
  2. This style of soap making, HOT PROCESS, rocks!
  3. The recipe I am using is easy to follow and perfect for soap makers at all levels.

Always remember safety guidelines for making soap. The most important ones I would pass on are:

  • wear gloves all the time
  • have a spray bottle of vinager and water onhand for any lye spills or splashs
  • mix your lye in a well ventilated area, best outside
  • use seperate utensils for making soap. this means, never use your regular utensils that you eat with for soap making.

Canadian Conifer Soap

16 ounces coconut oil

40 ounces olive oil

18.5 ounces water

7.8 ounces lye

at trace I added about one tbsp. castor oil and some Black Spruce and lots of Balsam Fir Essential oils from Canada.  Once I pour my soap into the mold I am going to sprinkle 1/4 cup finely ground Douglas Fir needles and then stir them into the top half of the soap.

I have plans to pour this into a square baking pan that is lined with parchment paper and let it sit overnight or two nights and then cut it and label it.

I will post the link to The Nerdy Farm Wife page that describes how to make it.

This is the easiest soap making method you will ever find and it is very satisfying to use your soap sooner than a month away. If you make soap often you will find the benefits to each method, hot process and cold process.




The last basket of the season is out!

Community Supported Herbalism

Monthly Basket Program June 2016

Prepared by Amber Friedman



The baskets for this month are all focused around a powerful and local herb known as Rose.  You will find many supportive side to roses, they can help balance your hormones, bring heart healing and heart support, nourish your skin and feed your soul. Also Roses can be harvested at this time of year and used fresh to make rosewater, rose tincture and rose infused oils.

The Rose Tincture in this month’s basket is made from dried roses which carries more traditional rose scent and taste into the tincture. I would take this tincture anytime and take it a few times a day if you are working on a specific issue that you know roses are good for.

Rose Face Lotion  is a deep moisturizing blend of oils, aloe vera and rosewater!  Use this cream at night as part of your daily routine. You might find your skin more balances from all the rose vibrations in the cream.

The last Rose inspired product in this month’s basket is the pink bar of soap in the shape of a muffin. Heart healing comes in all shapes and forms and this particular recipe was for healing grief from any situation you might find yourself in.  I used pink Australian clay to sooth upset, inflamed, bug bitten skin. I also thought it would make a nice natural color that is the color of the higher heart in the Kundalini Dance that I practice. Scented with jasmine, rose geranium and Chinese rose essential oils.

Now for the one out of the rose bunch, Anti-Fungal Foot Spray, a creation inspired by listening to lots of my friends complain about their various foot fungus’.  I searched high and low for something that would fit my idea of how I wanted to combat this persistent and irritating thing. I knew I wanted something strong and with lots of local herbs. Rubbing Alcohol infused with Rosemary and Lavender from the garden, was the base for this concoction. I added some witch hazel and essential oils of black spruce, rosemary + geranium. Hopefully this will be able to kick your foot fungus!

Rose + Root Tea is a blend of sassafras, licorice root, hibiscus, spearmint and roses. Delicious infused at night and then put in the fridge and drunk the next day over frozen berries. Sassafras is a spring tonic and a blood purifier, mint is cooling for the hot summer, hibiscus is high in anti-oxidants, and more roses for you! Enjoy!

Thank you so much for being part of this Community Supported Herbalism basket program! This is the last basket in the session!  You can buy a share now for the next program that starts in September. The cost is 250$ for 6 months, and you need to pay in full before August 15th, 2016 in order to register. Please contact me for more details. Have an awesome summer!





Amber Friedman.

The Artistry of Scent with Anita Kalnay

I found a perfume called Hood River at my friends place many years ago.  When I tried that perfume I was instantly transported to a magical forest experience. I wanted to find out what other places might be waiting for me in other scents made by this artist,  that is when I learned about Anita Kalnay a local perfume designer on Vancouver Island, BC. Her business is called Flying Colors  and her perfumes are available for shipping.  She has a large range of scents to explore. I am excited have Anita back for a visit+ invite you to the upcoming perfume sampling experience with Anita in Powell River on July 14th at 7pm at 5672 Nelson Ave, Cranberry. It will be a wonderful time to connect to lots of smells and do some time travel.

1. What made you want to start a perfume business?

I HAD to… To keep the exploration process going, I had to start selling the ‘creations’. Natural Perfuming utilizes the most ‘outrageously expensive’ ingredients. And most of them go into ‘testing’ bottles that are only used as part of the design process. If I had any idea….. Thank goodness I didn’t approach this from a rational perspective. Call me crazy!!!! But I dearly LOVE these precious little aromatic ethers.

2. What title do you use to describe yourself in your Artistry of Scent business?



3. How many years have you been working in this field?

I started in 1992 exploring aromatherapy and making blends for myself and then eventually my clients. At the time it was a brand new industry. In 1994 I made a 150% commitment to be self-employed as an Aromatherapist. We lived in a small isolated community on the BC North Coast that doesn’t even exist anymore – Kemano, which was the hydro-electric plant site for the Alcan Smelter in Kitimat. I wanted to be able to go on holidays with my husband who was a Teacher, so I quit my job in a one-industry town. That was the beginning. My interest in the field grew and I began to explore more and more essential oils moving from 50 to over 500 now. I’m obsessed, but I started slowly getting to know them, one oil at time.

For my 50th birthday I decided to take Perfume Lessons as a gift to myself – at the provocation of a Teacher who commented – “Anita – you are only operating at 1% of your potential”. The artistry of scent was the last frontier! Synchronicity has been my best friend all along this journey and in 2008 I started Perfume Studies and an Apprenticeship with Ayala Moriel – out of Vancouver. Its now 2016 and there are over 22 perfumes in the Flying Colors Collection as well as fragrant Body Butters. 2016 is a celebration of 22 years – full time in the aromatic business!

4. Who makes your labels?

I have an awesome Team! My labels are designed by Shelly Stanchuck of Tailfeather Graphic Design. They are printed ‘as needed’ which allows us to create small batches at a time. Shelly is incredibly intuitive and we have done our best to create each label in a way that it conveys the energy of the scent as part of the design. They are all color-coded in relation to the colors of the chakra system, which energetically correlate to the effects of the perfumes themselves. … Flying Colors!

5. Tell me a little bit about the process of designing your perfume Mysteriosa?

Mysteriosa is a rose soliflore perfume – which means – ‘scent of a single rose’. My Dad’s hobby was cultivating roses. We had 138 varieties in one city lot. Although they are all beautiful, I always loved the lemony scented roses best. Every now and then you see one growing naturally and I’m captivated.

6. Could you rattle off some of the essential oils you used in making Mysteriosa?

Five different gorgeous rose distillations were used including Moroccan, Bulgarian, Persian and Turkish roses. Of those, I am a big fan of Moroccan rose absolute, which is a bit more fruity. In making a Soliflore – rose scented essential oils also fill in the scent. Those can include palmarosa, rosewood and rose geranium. To get the lemony scent I explored the addition of grapefruit, lemon, and litsea cubeba. Juniper C02 adds an outdoor freshness and base notes that I considered include cedarwood, tolu balsam which is vanilla like, benzoin – a warm bridge note and ambrette seed.

Interestingly, I cannot secure that same ambrette seed anymore. That is the ongoing challenge of being a ‘natural’ perfumer. I have three other distillations of ambrette and it is ‘back to the drawing board’ as to how to capture Mysteriosa – along with at least five of the other perfumes in the collection – and rebuild a new ambrette base note accord that can be used in each.

Each batch in a Natural Perfume is always a little bit different. Nature supplies the ingredients and the fragrance of the plants relate to their growing conditions and adaptations. Although I LOVE all of the perfumes, just the way they are, I am looking forward to the challenge of making each one, just a little bit lovelier than the last.

7. Do you ever make a perfume that you don’t really like?

Oh yes … your skin is the last ingredient in any natural perfume and some of them just don’t smell good on me. I need to work with someone who really loves spices as those are my least favorite to make. Although I have made some nice ones, I feel that is my growing edge. Spices are often featured in the Oriental Perfumes. In Ayurveda my constitutional type tends to be already warm and dry so many spices tend to ‘overheat’ me. I naturally gravitate toward more cooling scents. That is why it is always such a treat to make a custom perfume for someone who is very different. They naturally love scents that I might not gravitate to and that is a great learning experience for me to help them create something they truly love.

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8. Do you think your perfumes have magical abilities and if yes could you elaborate on that?

It depends on what you call ‘magic’. Magic is usually the creation of something through ‘intention’. In order to enhance the effect of that – often correspondences such as astrology are considered. Whereas once the word ‘magic’ did scare me I now realize that co-creating is in itself pure magic!

Do the perfumes have ‘healing’ qualities – absolutely! Like a ‘genie in a bottle’ the pure essence of the plant does communicate with our own essential nature in some magical way. As a result, we can experience magical moments of ‘awakening’.

9. How do you stay inspired in creating scents?

This is a great question. Sometimes the craziest thing is the motivation and other times the hardest work. Often I’m inspired by something unique that I haven’t smelled before. It leads to an exploration of the plant itself and eventually ends up in a bottle. Wisteria was inspired while cleaning up an old cabin on Cortes Island in the spring. I’d never even seen it before and I was captivated by its heady euphoric brilliance!! Kokoro was inspired by the scent of wild azaleas at the Hot Springs near Mount Shasta. We just happened to be there for a yoga retreat at the height of blooming season. Such an amazing scent and wild fragrant azaleas are unique to that area in North America.

Hood River was inspired while mountain biking through the Oregon forest near Mount Hood in the summer. The wild mock orange was blooming and warm resinous sappy earthy piney scents surrounding us as we flew through the forest. It was pure magic!

Other scents just drop into the bottle of their own accord and I feel like the arms and legs that allow the process. Such was the case with Prosperity and Adventure. And others have synchronistic lives of their own and come into their own over time such as Shibui, which took over two years to resolve. Shibui means ‘eliminating the un-essential’ and I had to learn that lesson, in order to make that perfume. And ‘magically’ it works!!! If you ever want to streamline your life and eliminate the unnecessary, Shibui is YOUR perfume! It is my go to scent for yoga on the beach and the only perfume in the collection made in an oil base, which works perfectly for it.


10. If you had to pick a few favorite base, middle + top notes, what would they be?

They change, because I like to explore really unusual notes like shiso, which is featured in Shibui. I love mint and am one of the few Perfumers that I know that enjoys working with mint. It can be a challenge as a perfume note, but I LOVE mint!! I even have it as a top and middle note, which is a penetrating but softer absolute. Divine! Sweet Naam features a bergamot mint top note. All of the square stemmed labiatae family herbs cross-pollenate fairly easily with each other and I am growing quite a few in my garden. I now have shiso-mint, which makes a nice tea.

Strangely enough I love tagetes marigold. It’s tenacious to be sure, but also a pure offering to the gods in the Vedic stories and still to this day in India. I grew up with marigolds planted under my bedroom window.


Ong Namo, a yoga perfume infused with the Kundalini Yoga chant of the same name, features tagetes along with tuberose and rose. Divine!

Lemon Verbena was my favorite scent forever and I am growing it in my garden. Global warming has created the perfect conditions for it to over winter and I also cultivate it for a tea. The new perfume Prana features lemon verbena, nutmeg and bitter, sweet and green notes. It’s cooking!! I love to make my version of Thieves vinegar using herbs from my garden including white roses, thyme, hyssop and lemon verbena. Shiso also makes a wonderful infused red vinegar dip for sushi.

As a top note I love douglas fir, which is featured in Wisteria. It’s so ‘west coast’ fresh.

I prefer jasmine sambac over jasmine grandiflorum myself and I love the Indian rhu gulab rose. My absolute favorite heart note is the rare and precious gardenia along with tuberose.

My perfume Teacher used to call Hina my ‘signature’ note. The Hina that I have is a Shamana attar which is a complex Indian attar made over a two month period and can include over 60 notes in itself. I love Oud way before it got famous, and woody base notes like vetivert and balsam fir.

And on….. 

11. When you start to design a scent, do you have an end goal in mind? If so, what would it usually be?

Yes, of course, because you need focus to be a designer. Having said that, curiosity is also your best friend. When I am making a custom perfume – the most important factor is ‘does the energy of the perfume match the person’ and that’s where I have often taken the road less travelled and shifted gears in the middle of an exploration and gone a completely different way.

I would say I am a ‘concept’ Perfumer. I usually explore the ‘feeling’ that the essences present and interpret that in the design itself. Most of the time, if I ‘stay out of the way’ it presents itself. However, I have learned that the ‘artistry’ is also very much a co-creative venture. There are ‘choices’ to be made. Not everything can go into the bottle. You have to be very precise or it turns to mud!

12. Could you tell me about some memorable times where you made perfumes with other people?

One of the easiest ones, was a young lady who was an exchange student from Germany. Although she was only fifteen years old, her nose and selection of notes was astonishing. It was the inspiration behind Namaste perfume and she was the pure embodiment of its grace. Together we decided to share that one with the world.

Another very interesting custom perfume went to a woman of strong character who is a ‘powerful elder’ within her own Wiccan community. It perfectly embodied her presence featuring saffron and other dominant notes that many people might not be able to wear as easily. At the same time, I had been experimenting with making Zafran perfume, which also features saffron and ylang ylang – two very dominant notes together. Often there is a synchronicity of events that seem more noticeable when the creativity of the design process is engaged – a natural flow of information. Did I use saffron because I was already working with it? No, rather it was the building block to being ‘able’ to use saffron in her perfume.

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13. Are there perfumers that influence your lines? If yes could you tell me about who they are and how they influence your perfume designs?

Not really. As a matter of fact – I don’t really even like conventional perfumes. Not that I don’t appreciate the artistry that went into them, but rather that I prefer the pure ingredients of nature.

Perfumers are few and far between and I work alone, so I am not really influenced by others. I actually think that is good, creatively. However, I do order perfume samples from my friends online and there are a lot of really great natural perfumers out there. Like artists, we all have our unique style and you either relate to it or not. I love that about the industry because we are also each others best buddies and cheering team.

I would say my Teacher, Ayala Moriel, was my biggest influence in ensuring that I was aware of the history of perfumery and the design categories and notes in each major perfume family. For that I am grateful. I don’t think I would have figured that out on my own and would have wasted enormous amounts of product learning.

14. If you could recommend one book that has something to do with perfume, what would it be?

Ayala Moriel’s Perfume Book “The Foundation of Natural Perfumery”! The girl is a gifted Teacher and writer. Her information is conclusive and her technical detail very helpful. That and a book that I found in the rare books library of Powell Books in Portland called “Perfumes and Cosmetics” by W.A. Poucher – original 1923 edition. The recipes are wonderful and you can infer and compare the chemistry with gas chromatograph profiles of natural ingredients.

As much as I am an Intuitive Designer, I also really love chemical correspondences as a source of information, especially in working with naturals. Robert Tisserand’s enormous book “Essential Oil Safety” is a very good source of the chemicals and safety considerations in working with natural ingredients.

15. What were the last 5 essential oils you bought?

Green mandarin, which is emerald green – absolutely gorgeous and I am going to consider it in a Tuberose perfume that is on the design table as we speak.

Turkish rose absolute, which I could not find and had to be ordered from Niche Perfumer Mandy Aftel – stunning and gorgeous!!

A rare amber that is likely going to become obsolete very soon. Amber is a blend and this one is particularly lovely for its effect on emotional balance during massage treatments and is used in some perfumes

Believe it or not ghandi root, which I have not really had a chance to explore yet.

And a set of 25 essential oils by my Spiritual Phyto-Essence® Teacher Dr. Bruce Berkowsky. High quality vibrational essential oils all hand selected from suppliers around the world that will be used in an upcoming blending process for a course that I am involved with online.

16. What essential oils are you dreaming of acquiring?

Jo-Anne Bassett used an odd oil in her perfume Opulence (which is truly a favorite of mine – as is JoAnne) – I’d not heard of it before and it twigs my interest – Aglaia absolute. My nose is picking out something rare and interesting in that perfume and I think that’s what it is??? 

… and tomato leaf absolute.

17. What is the furthest destination you have ever mailed your perfumes to?

Sharjah – UAE