Passionate about providing women with the tools to prove that natural beauty products are just as effective as their conventional counterparts, Tata Harper’s luxurious products are 100% natural, organic and completely free of synthetic ingredients. In line with this months theme focused on all things aroma – we caught up with Tata to talk all things flowers, fragrance and formulas. Read on for our exclusive interview with one of natural beauty’s most respected pioneers.
April 19th, 2014 § 0
April 19th, 2014 § 0
Jasmine is a member of the olive family also known as Oleaceae. The small white flowers of this vine-like evergreen shrub are intensely fragrant and found in most modern perfumes. Similar to Tuberose, Jasmine is often referred to as ‘moonlight of the grove’ as its seductive, complex and intriguing scent has long been known to reach its peak late at night.
The flowers are typically white or yellow, sometimes appearing in a slightly reddish colour. The flowers are born in clusters with a minimum of three flowers carrying about 4 to 9 petals. When in full blossom their fragrance seems elegant and feminine. The fruit of the Jasmine plants are berries and turn black when ripe.
There are approximately 200 species of Jasminum that are native to tropical and sub-tropical regions of Asia, Africa and Australasia. Only 1 species is native to Europe. Some botanists now agree that the plant originated from the northern parts of the Himalayas in India as well as certain places in Egypt and Persia. Jasmine has been thought of as the “queen of flowers” since ancient times and the name Jasmin is derived from the Persian word “Yasmin” meaning fragrant flower. During the Sung dynasty (960-1279 AD) the Chinese emperor had Jasmine in his palace grounds so he could enjoy its fragrance. In the 14th century Jasmine was also planted for kings of Afghanistan, Nepal and Persia. This fragrant plant found its way to places across the ocean, beginning from areas along the Arabian Sea, such as Persia and India, then crossing the Red Sea into Egypt. Before spreading to areas along the Mediterranean Sea and Western Europe in the 16th hundreds, reaching the territory around the Aegean Sea. Later in the 17th century, Jasmine was introduced to Britain.
April 18th, 2014 § 0
This month we have been delving into the world of all things aroma – books included! We think the following are must-reads for anyone interested in the alluring, the redolent and the sometimes outlandish world of smell.
Examining the role of smell in English towns and cities, Urban Smellscapes highlights the perception of scents within the city setting and its contribution towards an overall sense of place. With case studies from factories, breweries, urban parks, and experimental smell environments in Manchester and Grasse, Urban Smellscapes identifies the processes by which urban smell environments are managed and controlled.
Essence & Alchemy: A Book Of Perfume, by Mandy Aftel
Written by one of the world’s best natural perfumers Mandy Aftel, Essence and Alchemy is perhaps our favourite book on perfume. In this book Aftel takes an in-depth look at the history of perfume and its social and metaphysical legacy. Tracing scent history from the spice trade to alchemists, Aftel archives the scents used everyday from the places of worship to the bathroom and bedroom, educating us on the art of perfume-making along the way. The book additionally features many of her own recipes, offering insights on the relationship of scent to solitude, sex and the soul.
April 18th, 2014 § 0
If chocolate eggs aren’t your thing, try this delectable vegan recipe for Pistachio & Rosewater Biscotti, pictured top right and created by 21 year old vegan blogger Alexander Harvey for Chickpea Magazine. Pair these delicious treats with a cup of Ceylon and Rose Tea for a flower scented Easter Afternoon Tea.
April 17th, 2014 § 0
Need even more proof that Abel Organics debut fragrance is as natural, pure and organic as they say? Then here’s your evidence. Below is a recipe for an antioxidant rich, cooling iced tea infused with their debut fragrance Vintage ’13. Perfect for springtime garden parties or picnics in the park – try it out and experience the versatility of this delicious scent for yourself.
*Disclaimer – If you want to get creative with Essential Oils, you’re a big kid – do some research: Essential Oils are potent, so use sparingly and always diluted (Vintage ’13 is diluted in food-grade non denatured Alcohol). Vintage ’13 is crafted using only the highest grade organic essential oils and alcohol (see full list of Vintage ’13 ingredients here). Not all essential oils are the same and many pharmacy brands contain synthetic ingredients and carriers – hence are not recommended for digestion. If you are pregnant or under the care of a physician, please consult your doctor first.