Friday, June 10, 2011

SUMMER COLLECTION 2011 6/16 7 p.m. EST

UPDATE: Summer release will be this Thursday 6/16 at 7 p.m. EST

We are closing in on finishing up this year's Summer Solstice offerings. This collection is one of our largest to date with many of the scents offered in a variety of products. There are several new fragrances and a few return scents from last year. We hope you find something you like! The date of the release will be announced on our website home page at and on our Facebook Page. You do not need to be a member of Facebook to see our latest updates. Simply go to this page of our website where you can read all of the shop updates in real time. As a result of the large collection, we will not be offering the customary limited edition gift sets this time around. These should be available with the fall collection.

Other news: Salty Mariner perfume will be discontinued when our stock runs out. It will occasionally make an appearance in bar soap format only. Salty Mariner is being replaced by Gulf Breeze.


SAVANNAH (Perfume, Body Ganache, Whipped Soap, Sugared Amber Whipped Cleansing Scrub, Burnishing Glace, Dead Sea Salt Oatmeal Milk Bath)

Elegant, timeless, sophisticated and genteel, Savannah is a glorious combination of purple violet flowers, moss, tuberose, hyacinth, lily of the valley and a hint of crisp and cool Bartlett pear. A scent that is at once classic and mysterious, Savannah will have you recalling Victorian architecture, Spanish moss-draped live oaks, private brick courtyard gardens and strolls along impeccably manicured city squares. You may even be transported to Bonaventure cemetery for a late night martini with a certain voodoo priestess.

Savannah opens with a burst of fresh violet, mellow moss and delicate tuberose with the faintest suggestion of rain in the background. The other floral notes and pear are subtle. This is a very cool-toned, fresh and deep scent, perfect to take the edge off the sweltering summer days.

The Bath Salts are topped with our homegrown dried hydrangea and wisteria petals.

TENEBROUS MIST (Perfume, Body Ganache, Burnishing Glace)

This is the ominous foreshadowing of tumultuous weather to come. Wild seas, terror-tinged skin musk, soft spices, faint wood smoke and a mocking pleasurable sweetness. Tenebrous Mist is a complex blend featuring 16 components, each acting like crew members forming a strong cohesive unit. It is sweet, salty, delicately spiced with a soft warm smokiness and gentle blend of mild wearable musks.

These 3 mild musks blend with white amber, sea spray, sandalwood, Bay Rum EO, tea leaves and the smoke of a fire smoldering unchecked to create an incredibly unique fragrance. Tenebrous Mist is a unisex scent that wears like a second skin.

SINOPIA (Perfume, Body Ganache, Whipped Soap, Sugared Amber Whipped Cleansing Scrub, Burnishing Glace)

Sweet papaya, a mélange of tropical fruits, a touch of plump strawberries, plumeria blossoms and a subtle undercurrent of ginger root. Sinopia starts out with a bright burst of a sweet fruity medley with a slight tarty citrus note. The longer this scent is on the skin, the more it softens around the edges and becomes creamier. Sweet and tropical with just a hint of plumeria and effervescent ginger, Sinopia evokes the sensation of enjoying a fruity daiquiri on a remote stretch of beach while watching the sun descend from a sky splashed in vibrant fiery red, orange, pink, yellow and purple.

HONEYSUCKLE GREEN TEA (Perfume, Body Ganache, Whipped Soap, Dead Sea Salt Oatmeal Milk Bath, Burnishing Glace)

Thick honeysuckle vines completely cover your garden fence and their cream-colored blooms cascade in layers upon gorgeous layers. Their sweet, soft and delicate fragrance is carried on the light breeze of a balmy summer night. You languish on your back porch while listening to Billie Holiday, splayed under a fan that is simply not powerful enough for the heat. A refreshing glass of iced tea sits just within your grasp, beads of cold sweat slowly rolling down its side. Time has blurred and the days are long and lazy. This perfume captures the experience of humid southern summers.

Honeysuckle Green Tea features the same great honeysuckle blend offered in the Summer 2010 collection. This year it is paired with a delicate and refreshing green tea and a few drops of lemon myrtle essential oil. The result is a very delicate floral with a hint of fresh tea. The lemon is very subtle and adds to the light and elevating scent of this ethereal combination.

Honeysuckle salts are topped with dried calendula petals.

ROOT BEER FLOAT (Whipped Soap)

The perfect summer poolside and cool-down drink. Frosty root beer combined with a hint of sweet and creamy vanilla bean ice cream in the background. Smells just like the real thing!


A huge pile of cool ripe watermelons next to a giant crate of bananas mixes with sweet orange and blood orange essential oils, tangerine essential oil, strawberry and lemon. On cold sniff, it is a very cool watermelon, citrus and banana scent with a hint of sweetness from the subtle strawberry. Fresh and fruity and blooms wonderfully in the shower!

TEA ROSE (Whipped Soap, Dead Sea Salt Oatmeal Milk Bath)

Delicate tea roses have a softer fragrance than many of their counterparts. Exquisite and gentle, this is not your matronly rose scent. Light tea roses combine with bright and fresh green tea leaves to create a mild tea rose fragrance. Contains rose absolute and fragrance oils.

Bath soaks topped with dried rose petals.


Bright, sweet and juicy kumquats paired with fresh sliced green mangoes. This fragrance smells citrusy and a little green, reminiscent of the green scent of a slightly under-ripe mango peel. It is fresh and delicious and also contains a few drops of sweet and tart Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil.

GULF BREEZE (Perfume, Body Ganache, Dead Sea Salt Oatmeal Milk Bath, Burnishing Glace,Whipped Soap)

Gulf Breeze smells like sand, salt, wind and ocean. It is crisp, clean and refreshing and is a wonderful unisex fragrance. Imagine standing on a dock as a storm is about to roll in...the air is thick with energy and as the sky turns grey you are splashed with salty spray from the gulf. This is the scent of Gulf Breeze. It is a very fresh and oceany fragrance with aslight hint of rain and a dominant note of seaspray.

Gulf Breeze salts contain spirulina powder and are topped with dried hibiscus petals.

KEY LIME, COCONUT CREAM & PINEAPPLE (Sugared Amber Whipped Cleansing Scrub)

Tart key limes, creamy coconut milk and a mild splash of pineapple juice combine to form an uplifting tropical fruit scent. This year’s version is loaded with even more virgin coconut oil which has a semi-solid butter consistency and a delicious coconut fragrance. It also contains real key lime essential oil and a blend of fragrance oils. The lime is the dominant note with the coconut cream and pineapple adding a tropical profile to the overall scent. Mouth-wateringly delicious.


Rich and spicy Bay Rum essential oil combines with the deep fragrance of vanilla beans. A timeless gentleman’s fragrance, bay rum is a refreshing, uplifting and sensual fragrance that may also be enjoyed by Women. This soap cures to a very dark brownish-black shade due to the vanilla component of the scent. Also contains organic vanilla bean flecks and virgin coconut oil. Avoid use in sensitive mucous membrane areas. Not for use by those sensitive to spice oils!


Not for use by Women who are pregnant or nursing or for people with epilepsy or high blood pressure.

An all-natural blend of essential oils of Lavender, Rosemary, Cornmint and Marjoram. A wonderfully refreshing herbal soap with the skin-cooling power of cornmint makes for an incredibly invigorating shower! Perfect for use after a workout, if you’ve spent prolonged time in the hot outdoors or when feeling sluggish. Window Box is a great pick-me up that will revive you. Avoid use in sensitive mucous membrane areas. No artificial colorant. Color from alkanet root powder and titanium dioxide. Contains crushed peppermint leaves and extra shea butter.


This soap smells just like strawberry jam with sweet and creamy vanilla throughout. A wonderful soap for someone looking for a strawberries and cream bar. It is scented with several different strawberry scents and multiple vanillas to achieve this mix. Strawberry seeds running throughout add to the authentic look.

SUMMER GARDEN (Whipped Soap)


Summer Garden is a blend of green and bright scents inspired by plants and vegetables that grow seasonally and year round in our garden. The fragrance is that of rubbed tomato leaf, grass and lettuce with a splash of petitgrain. Petitgrain is an essential oil derived from the leaves of the bitter orange tree. It has a green, dark citrus note. This scent is very densely green but also fresh with a little bit of uplifting brightness to it as well.

The other notes used in this blend are essential oils of carrot seed, katrafay, rare lantana oil and a touch of Egyptian musk and jasmine. It is perfect for those who love green fragrances and anyone looking for a fresh summer fragrance.

Among many herbs and vegetables, we are also growing tomatoes, carrots and lettuce. Lantana flowers are in bloom in various hues around the yard and our mimosa trees and jasmine just passed their full flowering stage.


All 6 of our summer fragrances: Savannah, Sinopia, Tenebrous Mist, Honeysuckle Green Tea, Kumquat & Green Mango and Gulf Breeze.

Gardenia Perfume update:
Some of you may have seen a mention about this on Facebook. We are handcrafting gardenia absolute from thousands of homegrown (pesticide free) gardenia petals. The mixture is curing and it is unclear how much of the absolute will remain when the enfleurage process is complete. When I have a further update as to when we/if we will have all natural gardenia perfume in the shop, I will post it on Facebook.


  1. Omygoodness!!! All of these sound soooo AWESOME!!! I don't know how I'm going to choose what to get because I basically want one of everything!!! XD And, you write the most AMAZING descriptions! I literally can smell your words!

  2. Thank you Amanda! I know it's hard to determine what something is going to smell like over the internet so I try my best. ;)

  3. wow- it all looks delicious! and the photos are beautiful too- congrats on the new collection:)

  4. I want to know the results of the Gardenia experiment!

    I love gardenias, but have never found a perfume that captures the gardenia scent. Back in the 1970s, women wore something called Jungle Gardenia. It was awful, but then I caught a whiff of a little piece of heaven one day as a woman walked past me in downtown Miami. My best friend and I chased her and asked her what she was wearing. She told us it was Jungle Gardenia. Go figure... that's chemistry.

    Anyway, Angela, I hope your gardenia brew will be FABULOUS!

  5. Thanks Sylvie. I hope it works out too! We took a small amount out of the jar to test it and it smelled EXACTLY like sniffing a gardenia flower! We'll see what happens - we only took a tiny amount out so that might not be the true situation. Hugs!

  6. You're going to pull it off. It's going to be a great White Ghost! Miss you!

  7. So many choices. How do you do it? I can't wait! Hugs to ya!

  8. Hi there! You have some lovely scents, quite enticing! I am curious though, are all of your bar soaps (including general stock) cold process soaps?

  9. Miss you too Sylvie! We need to get together. I always enjoy spending time with you and you're a riot to boot.

    Carm - lots of work! Hugs back at ya.

    Jen - thank you! All of the bar soaps are vegetable glycerine and all ingredients are disclosed on the soap listings. No CP soaps yet but one day, when we have more space... :)