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Guest post by Anna from The Creative Flux
A little over a month ago, I met The Fragrant Man via the blogosphere. The world of scents is such a mystery to me, and always has been. I find reading the thoughts and insights of those immersed in the perfume industry to be both intriguing and educational – mostly because their expertise is in a subject to which I have intuitive, spontaneous reactions, yet know so very little about.
My questions are many;
What is it about perfumes that make some people adore what others abhor?
Why do they smell radically different on different users? How is it that your olfactory senses can send you reeling with the powerful memories they provoke?
And, why do I find it so damn difficult to find a fragrance that truly is trued to my senses, body chemistry, and preferences?
Why do I even have those preferences in the first place?
While I still don’t know the answers to those questions – if there even are any answers shorter than a dissertation – I have made a some vital discoveries in the process. The realities of niche perfumists mirror those of artisans and sustenance purists the world over. For their rare and exotic ingredients, they battle everything from climate change, species extinctions and the subsequent shortages of materials, to corporate giants strong-arming the competition and pushing often harmful chemical substitutes over naturally harvested essential oils, and then lobbying for legislation that conceals any cause for liability. The despicable tactics of the mono-corporatist giants echo those of Monsanto v/s the smaller, individual organic family farms and co-ops, and the political stranglehold they and many others have on our health, environment.
I find it endlessly intriguing and encouraging that there are those around the world, who will make it their life’s mission to grow, and sustainably harvest, Mysore Sandalwood trees from root cuttings in a climate zone, North Australia, comparable to that of its origin – India – where the few trees left are now protected. And I’m inspired by the Afghan farmer who recognizes the value of growing and producing roses for top quality rose oil, as opposed to poppies for heroin. The quest for quality and sustainability reigns supreme, and those who value it know it is worth every penny.
Ecological Conscience – Perfumery
Philosophy of Perfume – Part 1 – by Abdes Salaam Attar
The End of Oud – sustainable cultivation
Mysore Sandalwood – sustainable cultivation
Making Perfume not War – growing roses instead of opium poppies
Afghan Woman – Orange Blossom Harvest
60 year old Agarwood tree – Single Tree Harvest Alert
Ecological Conscience – Bees and Trees and More
Bees – Let them Bee
Wood Preservation – from shou-sugi-ban to acetylated wood
Green Roofs – Part One
Green Roofs – Part Two
Paneling made from agricultural waste – From Field to Finishes
Ipé is not really sustainable – It’s not easy being green
Three houses out of just one tree – How cool is this German magic?
The Creek – Living on 600 acres of Australian Bush
Previous Posts by Anna
Fragrant Distractions – Part One
Fragrant Distractions – Part Two