Sunday, August 29, 2010

Scent of a Lion

We’re driving deep into the bush one morning when the Jeep shudders, swerves, and we go spinning off to the right.

What happened?

We nearly ran over a lion sleeping in the middle of the road. The lion sits up and stares with an expression that says, You woke me. His head is enormous. His eyes are the color of lemon-lime Gatorade.

The smell of him is a musk so primal that it makes us lightheaded.

- Andre Agassi from his beautiful book OPEN

Lion Photo: Ltshears

4 & 11 September 2010 Online Isolate Workshop

There is a lovely place in California called Carmel.

It is by the Pacific ocean.

Clint Eastwood was its mayor for some years.

Paul Anka has a home there, filled with original Andy Warhol paintings.

Perfume artist Shelley Waddington sculpts
in the medium of air, using a palette of scent molecules to bottle the fragrances and history of her native Carmel-By-The-Sea.

Offering an
online course this coming week, there may still be room to join...

The $175 (plus postage) includes a kit of natural isolate samples and reference bibliography.

Information here

Natural Isolates is a current trend in natural perfumery.

Waddington's course teaches the basics of what an isolate is, how it is produced, how to incorporate isolates into perfume compositions.

4 & 11 September 2010
includes Question/Discussion time after each session

Seating is limited

Shelley Waddington, MA
11 years as a classically trained perfumer
8 years experiences with online seminar training
holds a California Teaching Credential

photo: What Do You Sea? lastor
part of an upcoming installation

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cocktail, Anyone?

Summer's Almost Gone

Growing up in New England, nature's four seasons clicked to distinct rhythms. As bees' buzzing died, light and leaves crisped and darkened, smells heightened from lazy towards winter sharpness.

summer's not so gone we can't enjoy a tasty Summer Cocktail inspired by garden goodies, in this case gardens in Brooklyn, New York ...

Inspiring infused recipes here at Herbal Alchemy and here at indieperfumes.

Summer's Almost Gone lyrics by The Doors
its softness and refrain haunt as season turns to season ...

Summer's almost gone
Summer's almost gone
Almost gone
Yeah, it's almost gone
Where will we be
When the summer's gone?
Morning found us calmly unaware
Noon burn gold into our hair
At night, we swim the laughin' sea
When summer's gone
Where will we be
Where will we be
Where will we be
Morning found us calmly unaware
Noon burn gold into our hair
At night, we swim the laughin' sea
When summer's gone
Where will we be
Summer's almost gone
Summer's almost gone
We had some good times
But they're gone
The winter's comin' on
Summer's almost gone

- The Doors

September 2, 1965 demo recording from the World Pacific Jazz Studios Los Angeles.
Rick & the Ravens - Jim Morrison - vocals, Ray Manzarek - piano/background vocals, John Densmore - drums, Rick Manzarek -guitar, Jim Manzarek -harmonica, Patricia "Pat" Hansen -bass guitar (née Sullivan; of Patty & the Esquires the band she had with Chuck Hansen whom she later married).

And, from The Doors' album Waiting for the Sun the version I grew up on

Salut! Amor! Dinero! Cheers! To You!

photo: Drink Me lastor

Monday, August 16, 2010

You Do Something To Me


Do do
that voodoo
that you do so well For you do something to me

-Cole Porter

What is it that smell does to us?

It makes us jump, it makes us happy, it makes us want to smell more, it repulses us, it intrigues, entertains, lingers, disappears, reappears, informs, dresses and undresses. It makes us want to do, to not do ...


Fireworks in a Small Town on the 34.595N Latitude: lastor