To be honest, we’ve always loved things that smell good, but secretly hated perfume. To us, the sharp high-pitched tenor of many contemporary scents is more painful than pleasant. Pursuing a study of botanical perfumery, we learned it was the synthetic fragrance chemicals – not perfume itself – that we found so offensive.
There are scents made in a lab, and there are scents made by nature.
We loved the perfume of wood smoke in the fall evening air; rich musty forest soil under a thick pine needle mulch; desert greasewood bushes that smell like rain; banks of spicy-sweet wild roses that bloom along the stream up the road. These wild perfumes were the ones we loved – the real scents of northern New Mexico.
Prior to learning the alchemy and art of extracting fragrance from plants and blending botanical essences into natural perfumes, we were farmers and chefs. We knew the scent and flavor profiles of the good food we grew and prepared and how to balance these notes into blissful perfection.
As the mouth is intimate with the nose, the transition into botanical perfumery was a natural one.
Our new goal and obsession was in capturing the incredible smells of the high desert – paying homage to Mother Nature’s real perfumes – and bringing these wild scents back into common vocabulary.
Practicing the ancient arts of distillation, enfleurage and maceration we coax the desert into little bottles, and then carefully blend these extracts with other precious botanical essences to create beautiful, wearable desert perfumes. All of our products are fragranced with our botanical perfumes.
Like the plants and seasons they mirror, botanical fragrances grow and change on your skin with time.
To experience a botanical scent -- apply to warm skin and smell. Smell first for the scent's lightest high notes: citrusy limoncillo, sweet-cool wild mint, the sharp pine of douglas fir needles. In a few moments, smell again to find its heart notes – sagebrush, wild rose and buffalo currant leaf. Finally, in an hour, smell it again to find the lingering resonance of its base notes – the deep and delicate musty perfume of oakmoss, a rich smokiness of rectified juniper wood, sweetclover’s dry hay and vanilla.
Botanical perfumes come from living things and continue their life on your skin. Your own scent will match and meld differently with our different botanical scents– try them all and see what plants harmonize best with you. Wear the wild and breathe deep.