We will have Flower Bouquets this weekend. So glad! Come by, we'll be hosting you in perfect Covid Protocol, in masks, one person at a time in shops, and please be patient. Thank you for your support during this time. Much Love to all of you, and we really appreciate it. Dahlia Bouquets will be later in summer, but we have lots of pretty bouquets for you.
Hi Everyone, I just wanted to give you an update on what I've been up to these months of the Covid-19 Lockdown. Building the Perfume Camp Tincture Library~that's what. (and of course major gardening, planting, harvesting, expansion of our vegetable beds to include everything being gopher caged. More now on the tincturing efforts...
When I moved the garden from Davenport (2018-2019) (55 feet x 30 feet) to Pescadero (1/3rd of an acre) I began tincturing all of our botanicals individually. Before that I had made our Reserve Parfums for years using the Tincturing Process. All the botanicals were intuitively tinctured in the same container: a ball mason wide mouthed jar. The precious aspect of each of the Reserve Parfums is that they are impossible to re-create. They are pricey because of this aspect. In prior years I did not have the time or the space to create a tincture library. The beauty of these last few months is that I have been able to expand the library that was started 18 months ago in our Pescadero Scent Garden.
This is a direct result of starting Perfume Camp which is a relatively new endeavor where I teach my process to fellow human beings who are interested in perfume making. This is Level III ( Level I and Level II are prerequisites before taking this class).
I have a mini barn in the 1/3 acre garden which is where I tincture. The garden expanded to 30 rows of 55 feet each x 5 feet. I have been able to add more flowers, more botanicals, and that process is ever expanding. This is year two for this garden and it is looking great. The tinctures are also looking and smelling amazing. Happy now that I have each tincture as an individual ingredient. All formulas going forward can be made over and over again, making their prices more affordable.
I used to love the idea of making something that could never be reproduced again, hence the ganging of botanicals all together in the tincture jar. I just loved the idea of capturing a moment in time that would just be forever memorialized once. However, my clients who fall in love with one of the scents want to be able to buy it again, and again, with a certain consistency of smell.
When I opened my shop in Pescadero two years ago this is what I learned from my customers. They want to be able to call this their scent over time. While making Luxe Wild Raw Scent for LPO my clients realize the process is much like creating fine wine where different seasons and different years produce unique results based on the terroir (sun, weather, land etc) to be able to re-create a scent for long term purchase is a goal that the Tincture Library will help bolster.
My Life Coach who I have worked with since 2005 has been encouraging me for the past two years not to analyze, just do. This is how the Tincture Library came to be. I am just following my nose here, and creating something for the LPO Perfume Camp teaching process, as well as for the LPO Reserve Parfums.
Now, the reason I began this method of making perfumes is because of the regenerative aspect. I recognized that it takes far less botanical material to tincture, than to use essential oils. There is a superb subtly also in tinctured botanicals. As I age I am drawn to much more subtle scents, and my client base also matches this preference for a regenerative practice.
While I have some "home run" scents in my range (scents that throw a loud sillage) most of my scents are much more subtle. I always include essential oils in these tinctured parfums but with the quantum neuroscience botanical alchemy in each plant, much less is needed. You get all the health benefits of the full aspects of each plant. We have some esoteric tinctures, and some combinations that are lovely too. Like our passionflower + strawberry, our white sage + helichrysum. Some pairings are delightful.
This all grew out of my Soliflore Collection
Over the past eight years I introduced a Soliflore Collection of scents into my range that are a basic universal language. With people traveling the world, flowers speak a language that when you can not understand each other: the flower can bridge that gap. My intention with the soliflore collection is that people can mix and match these to create their very own signature scents. That is the basis behind of Level I Perfume Camp class. The soliflore collection is our bestselling, is the best price wise, and allows full creativity to the client while collecting different scents to mix and match together.
Back to the Garden
We expanded an area for vegetables this year. Last year we planted vegetables in between all our herbs and flowers. This year we wanted to gopher cage all the vulnerable vegetables since we lost many last year to gophers mid season. There is nothing more heartbreaking than witnessing the take down of a big giant zucchini that is in mid season with gorgeous harvests. We planted more sunflowers, more dahlias this season also in our rows, and everything has grown in our perennial herb beds over the past year.
Summer Solstice Event
We are planning a New Moon June 21st Summer Solstice Garden Event as a fundraiser for the Scent Garden. Please watch our twitter space at @libbypatterson and Instagram at @libbypattersonorganics for details. Also: The Tincture Library is going to be available to shop on our PerfumeCamp.com website. We are still adding, building that but you can check it out as some things are already live there.
We offer Flower Bouquets on the weekends at the shop. If you would like to pre-order a bouquet please send us a direct message on instagram or twitter. Give us advance heads up. Thanks. We will send you an invoice in advance and then provide Curbside Pick Up.
Thanks so much for reading this post, for being supportive, being a valued client, and I look forward to being able to start doing Perfume Camp classes again. Thanks everyone.
Traditional Rose Teas Benefits Include:
May Cut Through Stress Levels
May Treat Insomnia
May Prevent Bacterial Infections
May Treat Constipation
May Help Urinary Infections
May Assist Weight Loss
May Reduce Signs of Aging
Good for Hair
Has No Caffeine
Helps to Clear Toxins
Relieves Menstrual Cramps
Helps to Fight Depression + Improve Nervous System
Increased Sense of Inner Peace
Cleans Gallbladder + Liver
Soothing for Stomach + Intestines
Helps with Runny Nose + Improves Breathing
Clears Acne + Improves Skin
Lots of Vitamin C
LPO has several teas that have rose in them. Love Tea, Happy Tea, Pink Rose Tea, Red Rose Tea, and Beauty Tea. You can learn more about our teas in our online shop at the button on website.
The elements within rose petals helps to protect our cells from damage, help our bodies burn extra calories, and keeps our food cravings at bay. It can also help with pain and the joint stiffness associated with arthritis. There are many many benefits that would be encouraging for us to always have a stash of roses on the herb shelf. I hope you will enjoy our herb teas.
I have grown fond of Dahlias. We grew some as an homage last year among all our sunflowers and herbs to the Pescadero Flowery who inhabited the space we now garden in. They made everything look so easy, fun and beautiful. This year we have double the number of dahlias: Nature shows us her abundance~ and today a woman came by with dinnerplate dahlias as an offering for the garden. Of course I am excited to plant these as we did not have any last year. We are looking forward to another stellar year in the garden.
Spent some of what was supposed to be a rain day today organizing, watering, and getting our shops ready for the weekend ahead. Stop by we are open every day from 11am till 4pm for your perusal. We have some healthy succulents now in the nursery and soon will have starts of flowers for you, by spring equinox.
Are you getting excited about your garden too? What are you planting?
New Batch of Detox Tea has been reconfigured to be a super light alchemical solution to our prevention of viruses and bacterial infections. So, the formula features the mullein and red clover and ashwaghanda prominently to help flush and keep throat happy.
I brew a french press (32 oz) each eve, and do a pour over a cut lemon and a blood orange which has more vit c than other oranges. I sip sip sip on the hot blend all through the eve, and place the rest in the fridge for the next morning chilled. Delish!
Try it please, it's so beautiful.
Today in the garden we will be transplanting some of our newest seedlings into larger homes. :) This time of the year is always so fun to watch instagram of our farmer friends to see how much work it takes to make our organic food. In particular I watch for best practices and the way that people we know pour so much love + passion into creating our food systems so that we are guaranteed to eat healthy. I support our local Pescadero Farmer Market which is slated to begin sometime in June this year. Small, intimate: it brings the community together with a weekly selection of the best grass fed meats, vegetables, fruits and flowers. Simplify, focus, plan on being here, and surround yourself with healhy choices. #MondayMotivation.
We fed a lot of people with the addition of tomatoes, cucumbers, and more last year. This year we hope to do the same again. Big thanks to everyone who is supportive of our endeavors and your own local farmer communities.
We grow herbs and flowers for our perfumes and herbal teas mostly in our Perfume Camp Scent Garden. When you shop with us you are supporting many farmers who we buy from of botanicals that may be too exotic for us to grow here. Thanks again. The Amazing Tea pictured below is a good one to combat a head cold before you get one, as a preventive measure. It is made from native yarrow, mints and hyssop that we grow in our garden.
Hi everyone, it was fun celebrating women's day with all of you. Come join us next Sunday for some lovely music by Robert Elmond Stone. He plays a country twang that will be on the SlowCoast Deck. Thanks. We will be open every day this week from 11 to 4pm. xo
Our March Newsletter came out. Look for it in your email, or on facebook. We do have a lot of fun events this month so we hope we will see you in shop, on the coast for some fun.
Starting Sunday March 8th we are launching our Succulent Nursery and we have a gift with every purchase over $50. We brought some of our empowerment parfums from the perfume vault. Come in to smell some of these beauties.
On Sunday March 15th please be our guest for music from 12 to 3pm on the SlowCoast Deck.
Spring Equinox weekend we have tea samplings on Friday the 20th, and Trunk Shows on Saturday and Sunday for you.
On Saturday the 21st we have The Hens with their vintage clothing line from 12 to 4pm.
On Sunday he 22nd we have Carol Ellsworthy who will have her vintage botanicals from 12 to 4pm.
We will have some baby seedlings for your garden. Come shop the garden nursery. :)
Plan to come make the most of springtime in Pescadero.
We have a target date for Spring Equinox for our Succulent and Herbal Nursery to be fully open. At the moment it is under construction behind the shops in Pescadero. It is starting to take shape little by little. The flower bouquet stand will be located here also this year for Dahlia Bouquets and More. So excited to be able to offer this here. Our nursery moved from Davenport in December, and we will have lots of plant starts that echo Perfume Camp herbs, flowers and more. xo Looking forward to this new chapter for our space in Pescadero~!
Stay tuned. There are some succulents now and more coming soon. Our Dahlia Bouquets will be in summer.
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