Dear Family and Friends,
Here we are a week out before Thanksgiving. I just drove the whole coast between Pescadero and Davenport, watching a gorgeous apricot + fog sunset this afternoon. It's such a pretty season settling in here. I have been ordering my new Christmas Trees (I got three), ornaments, and organizing my Perfume Organs (three). In between running our shops (three), ordering replacements for home in clothing categories, home categories and more: I have been shipping out holiday orders from such sweet and thoughtful people, holding small Perfume Camp Sessions regularly for people who are adventurous, digging our Dahlias + Storing them for winter, weeding, harvesting artichokes, swiss chard, kale and hoping our new tribe of hummingbirds have enough nectar for winter, in between the frosts. We made sweaters for our lemon trees, and we really just are having a great time with close friends grilling steaks, champagne drinking, dessert eating, and more.
My friend Tori introduced me to a new skin care line from Australia. I have gone nuts ordering everything they make, and doing some amazing skin care regimes. In the past year I have really noticed my face aging with fine lines. I really had a very long run of youthful looks, and got carded until age 35, which I loved. Now, at age 63, I have been really taking advantage of so many ideas from this company, and got a sweet beautiful shift in taking the time during the pandemic to cleanse, tone, and do so much for my skin. I just got a lovely regenerative violet leaf aging night cream from the same company that is for someone like me fighting fine lines, etc......
When I was young I created Angel Glow Serum. I created some flower water facial toners, and some bath goodies, and I have always kept my regime simple. Now, with a new awareness, I have just been enjoying self care more, and just dove in so deep. Not my usual.....but I also started wearing make up after years not wearing anything. My friend Melissa sent me so many care packages with make up, hyaluronic acid face mask sheets, and way more goodies. It just started me off on a whole new path.
Isn't it interesting? For many many years I was stuck only wearing my own brand, now branching out to experience what other experts have created, and just having a fun time.
HA! Laughing at myself, this time we are in, and how I am changing things up. I wanted to share that with all of you just because I think it's so good to honour our intuition at this time, with all of the home stay time we are embracing.
I am usually an up at 2 - 4am kind of gal, go get em, and 12 hr days workaholic, yet during covid since March I have found a new way to be, and that includes celebrating with friends, taking things slower, finding more me time, and so forth.
I decided to move the Perfume Organs back to Davenport, after fires destroyed my home in August.
So, we spent 6 weeks redesigning shelves and we have pretty much completed this project. Today was a very interesting creative endeavor. I hosted a florist from Oakland and her staff recently for Perfume Camp a few weekends ago.....and you know I love her location. Rock Ridge. I have so many scent memories of culture that supported me there: hair updates, dinner with dear friends, groceries at the local places, skin care, and clothing shops, private parties at homes close by.....so TODAY I created a new perfume that honours that place: Rock + Ridge. Here are the notes:
Cypress, Ginger, Olive Absolute, Mugwort, Lemon Verbena, Magnolia, Lavendar, Geranium, Wild Chamomile, Bergamot, Narcissus, Mock Orange, Jasmine Sambac, LIlac, White Lotus, Heliotrope, Hyacinth, Gradenia Supreme, Firetree, Eucalyptus, Palo Santo, Violet Leaf, Myrrh and Chlorophyll.
It's setting up nicely tonight, we'll give it some time to blend in, and then ship some off to our dear friend Sarah up in Rock + Ridge for her perusal.
It is my own memory of magnolia, hyacinth, narcissus beautiful spring scents in the woodland neighborhood gardens. xo Love to you!
Other happenings: IF you are booking a perfume camp experience for the holiday season please get in touch now. Thank you!
For the shop we have new puzzles in, new parfums, new aprons, tea towels, candles, and so much more. Let me know how you are doing. We are working from Davenport Mon, Tue, Wed, and in Pescadero Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun. If you would wish a private shopping experience please reach out.
We're enjoying the one at time shoppers, with a mask on. Come prepared to smell some scents, we can absolutely apply to a stick for you, to slip up under your mask.
I hope you will all have a lovely Holiday Season, and reach out of course if there is anything we can do for you. I just created a gift pack for a gentleman for his daughter. We are able to customize for you.
The name of the skin care line I have been loving is Grown Alchemist.
The name of the florist in Rock Ridge is Wildflower and Fern.
Master Perfumer, Photographer, Painter, Entrepreneur, Designer