Friday, November 26, 2010

New & Improved Moringa Rose

Moringa Rose Facial Essence has gotten an upgrade! This aromatic facial elixir now includes even more skin-nourishing ingredients including organic rosehip extract, calendula and rosalina essential oil.

Still available in 10 ml size apothecary bottles through my Etsy store, a few drops of this fortified skin care oil will last a very long time!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Lime Tea Eau de Toilette

A special eau de toilette version of Lime Tea perfume is now available in my Etsy store.
A light, slightly sweet and refreshing perfume oil, inspired by a 16th century formula, Lime Tea contains notes of  lime peel balanced with lemon verbena, citrus and green herbs all hand-blended into a base of natural sugar alcohol obtained right here on the island.

I also added a little bit of lime leaf tincture from the lime tree in my garden.

Made from Barbadian-distilled sugar alcohol, the sugar canes were cultivated pesticide-free and distilled using organic, traditional and time-honoured methods.

The sugar alcohol which I was fortunate enough to obtain is pure, un-aged and quite fragrant. The sweet aroma of the sugar canes marries beautifully with the individual notes of the perfume, magically uplifting, transforming and lending an understated sugar-y accord to the aromatic blend. So local Barbados sugar canes played a vital and intricate role in the formation of this unisex fragrance.

Lime Tea Eau de Toilette is not available to be shipped overseas at this time, but it can be purchased from my Etsy store to be shipped within the island.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Wild tobacco

Tobacco flowers
While visiting my grandmother a couple weeks ago, I discovered she had some wild tobacco growing in her back garden. My gran has quite a few things growing in her garden, and I’m not sure if she was even aware it was back there.

My aunt gave me a few of the tobacco seeds to plant and told me they are easy to grow, just give it lots of water. Which I’ve been doing diligently so far, so we’ll see how it goes.

This is what wild tobacco looks like:

There are more than fifty types of tobacco. Wild tobacco (nicotiana rustica) is not the same as nicotiana tabacum – the commercial variety which you sniff, smoke and chew.

Wild tobacco (Nicotiana rustica) is indigenous to the West Indies and to North America east and immediately west of the Mississippi River and Lower Eastern Canada.

First Nation People have long possessed a strong medical knowledge of the tobacco plant and treated it with great reverence and as a sacred plant. For thousands of years, their respect for the plant prevented them from becoming addicted to it. It was also used to treat a variety of ailments including asthma and fever.

Steffen Arctander describes the aroma of fresh tobacco flowers as “extremely delicate, yet rich and sweet, spicy-floral, somewhat reminiscent of carnation with a fresher note, almost fruity.”

Dried tobacco leaves
Tobacco absolute – solvent extracted from the cured and fermented leaves - is a rare and prized ingredient in natural perfumery. Used as a base note, it is said to add a complex and sophisticated note to perfumes. It blends especially well with florals. On her website, Mandy Aftel of Aftelier Perfumes describes it as: musky, "dirty" and slightly sweet with floral undertones.”

Here is an update on this post.