new in January


I’ve had great fun planning some wonderful things for 2015. Here’s a peek at what’s new in January and the year to come:

35 new oils to profile and 2 new suppliers – for my birthday back in November, I asked for one thing: new oils! I couldn’t think of any “thing” I wanted more! 17 of of them are no more than 1ml samples because I really wanted to explore new scents before committing any serious money to new oils in future. Since their arrival I’ve been sleeping with a different one on my night stand every night. It’s a wonderful way to experience a new oil as it filters through the subconscious during sleep.

industry interviews – i finally took the plunge and just started with an idea I had about a year ago to interview perfume industry insiders from a perfumer’s perspective. So the goal is to get out there and chat with (visiting them would be even better) essential oil suppliers about extraction and distillation methods etc., chemistry experts to demystify some of the organic chemistry conundrums perfumers might encounter, indie/niche perfumers, and many more!

five new tinctures – and of course some cool new tincture material that I got from one of these new suppliers.

aromatic profiles – this is the heart of Her Two Scents and so, of course, nothing will change here, other than more new profiles. Which I I can never get enough of!

the scentscape – a scented landscape of words, an olfactive dictionary, a compilation of words, that I’m working on that will culminate in a book (due out late 2015 early 2016).  Beginning January 2015 I’ll be introducing one new word or group of words strung together to describe an aromatic impression or profile that I will break down in my own terms, of course, of what that word signifies for me, what it reminds me of, or connects to in my brain. This will help you begin to create your own way of communicating your olfactive impressions with confidence.

New Year’s goals – for as long as I can remember I’ve been making lists of my goals for the new year . When my daughter had just moved out to start university and before meeting LV and moving to Italy I would sit in my tiny living room on New Year’s Eve or thereabouts with a cup of tea, Christmas tree lights twinkling, T.V. off, Mario Bocelli playing like a lullaby in the background and me safely tucked under a warm blanket… then with a tilt of the head and hand on the chin I would allow myself to dream. What I wanted from the year would flow from my heart to my head to my hand to the paper and thus would begin the manifestation of my ideal life. It was one of my most favourite times of the year.

It’s come to my attention over the years, that the trick to making lists of goals is to leave enough room for Life to surprise you, to make the list and some how let it go, to set markers and then set about the task of living. Trusting. That’s the trick.

With that said, my list of objectives for 2015:

Her Two Scents 2015 objectives

P.S. I’ll be back on January 12th with my first post and the first industry interview featuring Saskia Wilson-Brown of the Art and Olfaction Awards and the Institute of Art and Olfaction, don’t miss it!

Have a wonderful start to your new year!