Nectar Essences Aromatic Sprays


Nectar Essences creates lovely aromatic sprays, handcrafted with 100 % natural essential oils and tinctures of flower essence. They are to be used on your skin, linens and throughout your home to promote a healthy environment. I have found them to be quite exceptional, and while technically they are not fragrances, their scent lingers gently on the skin for up to two hours, perfect for work or other “scent averse” situations. Each aromatic spray was designed for a purpose and the following three were the ones I tested: Sleep for relaxation, At Home for grounding and Balance to ease emotional ups and downs.

Spraying Sleep on my pillow, hair and neck has become an integral part of my nighttime ritual. Its soothing scent of lavender, neroli and jasmine is perfectly balanced. Jasmine’s lush and soothing essence is the most prominent of the three, but lavender gives Sleep an undeniably herbaceous quality and neroli enhances the sparkling citrus aspect of jasmine. Quite simply, it’s really beautiful and adds a relaxing and ceremonial touch to bedtime.

At Home is centered around silver fir, lemon petitgrain, jasmine and clove with silver fir and clove being the most dominant, but in a subtle way. At Home is not an overbearing pine scent, the fir/clove blend is fresh, rich, and woody with a spicy floral tone reminiscent of carnation. I’ve enjoyed using my At Home sample around the house as an air freshener and have found it grounding as the Nectar Essences literature suggests.

Balance is the gourmand of the collection as chocolate is its stand-out essence. It’s a rich and bittersweet chocolate with a little citrus from petitgrain, woods from cedar and a pinch of spice from nutmeg. I’ve been carrying Balance with me in my handbag, and spray it on my face and hands for a refreshing and delicious break from errands or work. It would also work well to shake up your evening’s routine since it’s a cozy fragrance that beckons for some cuddly downtime.

Nectar Essences Aromatic Sprays are available at the Nectar Essences website. $28 for 50mls.

Posted by ~Trish

Disclosure: Samples were sent to me for consideration by Nectar Essences. The opinions in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.


Scents & Serendipity; Ayala & Persephenie Part II

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If you live in Los Angeles or are planning a trip anytime soon, you must call and make an appointment to visit Blunda Aromatics or just stop by on a Saturday. The studio is magical, as is the creator Persephenie Schnyder. She offers private lessons in natural botanical perfumery, bath and body care, aromatherapy, candle making and more. Blunda also specializes in a wide range of natural botancial perfumes, essential oil pharmacopeia, exotic herbs, roots, and resins from around the world, educational showcasesand lessons, and last but not least, collectible treasures.

Just a brief wend through the space during Ayala Sender’s Hanami’s showcase, and one small area caught my attention — a group of narrow shelves featuring five vastly different types of Frankincense from Ethiopia, India and Somalia, along with Myrrh, Costus Root, Agarwood, Labdanum, and a small nugget of Ambergris.

Because I am new to this, I had to Wiki and Google many of these substances. And it was a strange and whimsical gift to look them up, I have to confess. Now I know Agarwood (also known in the West as “oud” or “oude”) is a highly aromatic resin that is produced from several types of Aguilera trees — large evergreens — once they become infected with a type of mold or fungis. The trees immune response creates a rich dark resin in its heartwood which in turn impedes the spread of the fungus, and the result is a very prized and rare fragrance.

And I’ve learned the hilarious traditional harvesting process of Labdanum, an essential component of chypre perfumes. Labdanum is a sticky dark resin originating from two types of rockrose shrubs. Perfumeshrine has an excellent entry on this healing miracle substancehere. Although the modern method is far less imaginative, the old school harvest of Labdanum involves running herds of he-goats through groves of rockrose shrubs so that the beautiful, rich fragrant resin collects on the goat’s beards and is then combed out and saved. That’s right! According to some legends, ancient pharaohs would cut the goat beards and wear them because of the resin’s rich odor.

And lastly, there on that shelf was a small nugget of rare Ambergris. With its sweet, earthy, animal and marine odor, Ambergris is created by waxy, solid grey whale spit-up that turns black and crusty after years of floating on top of the ocean. Amidst all the gentle chaos of the Hanami showcase, Persephenie took the time to explain the origins of Ambergris to me and to invite me to smell it — and anything else in her studio of wonders. This world of rarities and exotic substances sounds sublime, doesn’t it? You can be sure I’ll visit again.

~Please visit the Blunda website to discover Persephenie’s offerings.

~Also see Part I of this article here.

~Written by guest contributer, duVergne Robert Gaines: a neophyte to the odor order, is a professional feminist and occasional poet. She lives in Los Angeles near the La Brea tar pits with her partner David Riley Shackelford and their two cat children, Trotsky and MadX.

Posted by ~Trish