Journal

Cultivating Vanilla in Queensland. An interview with grower fiona george from broken nose vanilla.

I discovered Broken Nose Vanilla when sourcing ingredients for batch II of Antiquarian. Whilst the first batch had premium vanilla also sourced from Queensland, when I smelled the voluptuous beans grown by Fiona George and Matt Allen I fell in love. They were deeper and woodier, with an intense vanillin hit every perfumer dreams of. The caviar inside was ample, and when processed into a tincture the aroma truly undid me.

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An Interview with Bridget from Granite Bar Rosemary

Bridget Nicholson has been growing Rosmarinus Officinalis “Herb Cottage” since 2016 in Welshpool, Victoria. She follows organic methods, using only physical labour and rainwater to distil the most beautifully fragrant EO and hydrosol in copper alembics imported from Portugal. The hydrosol is akin to burying your nose inside a rosemary bush warmed by the sun, and is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

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Botanical Perfumery – A Brief Overview of our processes

Botanical Perfumery is the art of blending perfume from 100% natural ingredients; a slow process that falls somewhere between art, design and science. Sondrine has a clear vision of what she would like each perfume to embody before she begins to formulate. Her inspiration comes from the landscapes around her, as well as the lush materials she works with.

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Like Mountains – A Conversation with Anri Manderson

Founded in 2019 by Anri Manderson, Like Mountains is nestled in the South African Lowveld where organic rose geranium is grown and distilled by women. Endemic to South Africa, the evergreen leaves and stalks yield a heavenly essential oil that is emerald green in colour.

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Lemon Foot Bath

The scent of a lemon is well recognised by most, having traversed our neural pathways plenty of times, holding memories and evoking different emotions for all. For many, the aroma is cheerful, nostalgic, invigorating and uplifting.

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