‘Femina Silvis’, The history and therapeutic uses of the ancient plant essences behind my ‘Newest Artisan & Victorian Inspired Perfume’
I am very joyful to unveil, my newest and sublime perfume scent, titled ‘Femina Silvis’ !
The Latin name I chose for this sensual, joyful and exotic blend, ‘Femina Silvis’ means ‘Lady of the Woods’.
It is a very rich perfume blend of steam distilled flowers, bark, resin and spice essences that are deeply, sensual and bright with an ethereal- woodsy and champagne- sugared note family.
The Base note, of the Resin tears of Frankincense Serrata, was chosen because of the familiar mindfulness and balance therapeutic qualities this plant resin exudes. It has very bright and citrus notes that are joyful and reminiscent of a fragrant forest.
Many who have studied the plant essences of the Family of Frankincense, have noted that the Bible was most likely referring to a Boswellia Serrata variety of Frankincense. This resin was used in the early days of Christianity in Europe. I love its rich, ethereal and dreamy scent.
I have always loved being in the woods and studying all trees varieties during the seasons. I chose to use Douglas Fir for its quintessential, sweet scent and memory of Christmas trees.
Douglas Fir needles are steam- distilled and considered a Middle note. They have anti-septic qualities and have been used through the years to support respiratory health.
Another Middle note I chose is Magnolia. I have fond memories of the flower blossoms Me and my Grandmother would pick from her large tree by the Ohio River, in Indiana.
My Grandmother, Virginia Rose, would bring them in and put into a glass vase, place them in the large living room on her antique table, where they not only glorified the room with their angelic, large blooms… but the wind coming through the open windows would send the sugary, intoxicating fragrance throughout the house. I will never forget those special summer days and the power of plant essences on my mood and creativity.
Allspice, a fruit and berry from a tropical, balmy evergreen grown in Jamaica, offers an exotic, spicy blend. This spice traveled the world and was carried on sailing vessels from the New World during the 18th century.
Europeans loved allspice for its medicinal tummy, remedy properties. The people from the West Indies used this essence for the tummy and digestive ailments.
‘Femina Silvis’ is a highly sensual, feminine perfume evoking clean and bright notes of forest, a spicy exotic floral with a champagne-sugared blend of essences and resin.
I hope you will enjoy the new sublime ‘Femina Silvis’; Sensual, ‘Victorian Inspired’ and all natural perfume as much as we do, at Angel Blue Perfume LLC. To order, please visit the link under the respective perfume title’s page.
“Live your Vision. Walk in your Light”
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DRAGONSLAYER cologne, The Inspiration behind the ‘Spirit and Essences’ of Lime, Anise, Cedar Wood, Fir and Black Pepper
As a young girl, I can fondly remember the masculine cologne scents worn by the men I adored. The colognes my Father, Grandfathers and Uncles would adorn were so masculine with their outdoor, smoky and spice essences. The warm and enticing cologne scents always reminded me of some special “holiday’ gathering full of joy and vibrancy.
As the years went by I started to notice less masculine scents that smelled toxic and sweet. The ‘manly’ commercial colognes, seemed to have lost their spirit and vitality, in my opinion. I knew I always wanted to create that magic and sensuality that was lost in the newer, commercial varieties.
Many men and women, who have tested and reviewed DragonSlayer seemed to confirm my vision and love for the carefully selected plant essences I chose in creating a distinctive and masculine cologne. A cologne with a living vibrancy and story…
It is in the ‘spirit’ of the masculine and enticing blend of earthy, warm notes consisting of ‘Lime, Anise, Silver Fir, Cedar Wood, Black Pepper and Cocoa’ that my dream cologne came to be.
Gentlemen will appreciate the distinctive, natural, artisan cologne evoking deep forest and earthy spice with sweet lime, cedar wood and anise that soften and warm to the skin. Black pepper & cocoa notes add a complex, rich sensual warmth and the fir essences evoke a spicy and crisp outdoor experience, that make DragonSlayer a very alluring and sensual cologne scent for men.
A man can feel good about wearing this cologne too, for there are no synthetic aldehydes, fixatives, chemicals or dyes in my cologne formulations; Just rich, wild-crafted and distilled oil and plant essences.
Men take note…this is a very ‘Masculine’ and ‘enchanting’; A sensual cologne, ladies will surely find to be exotic, fresh and distinctive!
Please visit the Dragonslayer page at the link above or visit the page here, for your 2.00, 1ml sample – https://angelblueperfume.com/dragonslayer/
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Thank you John Krotec at Green Zone Hero, for the opportunity to be a part of this special community that supports Military and Veteran based businesses! I am honored to do so at Angel Blue Perfume!
At Angel Blue Perfume, we pride ourselves on creating some of the finest, holistic, non-toxic perfumes and colognes in the world! Using a patented Polar Solvent Extraction System! There are NO synthetic aldehydes, fixatives, chemicals, dyes and we are cruelty free!
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‘A Connected Tale of the Mystery of School House 109; John Cole, Founder of Coles’ Bend in Barren County, KY; The Black Horse Tavern Inn, Midway, KY and Richard Cole Jr. Whose Progeny include Frank and Jesse James’
‘A Connected Tale of the Mystery of School House 109; John Cole, Founder of Coles’ Bend in Barren County, KY; The Black Horse Tavern Inn, Midway, KY and Richard Cole Jr. Whose Progeny include Frank and Jesse James’
By Tommie Flannery Baskis
This new tale, which I will unfold for you, is from a very old tale. It is a part of what I call “The Abandoned Story” of our time and history.
For those who know me well, you understand how very important and passionate I am about the forgotten stories and mysteries behind historical towns, places of abandonment, the ‘things and objects’ left behind that help one to acquire clarity on the people and their stories, that carved a path before us.
As a child I had a fascination with finding old letters in drawers, boxes in the attic filled with people’s treasures, dusty books and any ‘old thing’ that I could weave a mystery out of. The elation I felt for the story that would soon unfold behind that attic or basement door was an inspiration to me.
I was so fond of learning things from my Grandparents and their ‘magical’ stories of days gone by captivated me. I knew it was so important to carry on the ‘forgotten story’ and share it with others. I knew one day my precious loved ones would not be by my side and the story would become lost in time as so many have done. As a child, I listened and watched carefully…
This story, rooted deep in Kentucky history, is especially intriguing to me because it has taken me years to find information on a particular old school house, simply known as school 109 in the Coles’ Bend area of Barren County. I had taken photographs of this place over 10 years ago and filed them away for the Kentucky volume of my book, ‘The Abandoned Story’.
There was not a lot of information about this particular, old, clapboard school house on Coles’ Bend that I could find. Many of the older generation, who could remember this place, had passed away leaving it nearly impossible to find someone to speak with about the old days here.
I was very fortunate to have a couple of books given to me by a friend, Debbie Turner, a few years back, one was written in the 1970’s by Irene Moss Sumpter ‘An Album of Early Warren County Landmarks’ that was distributed by American National Bank. This wonderful and informative book added some clarity on the houses and story behind the Cole Family that came from Pennsylvania, to Culpeper, Virginia and on to Woodford County, KY before 1783.
I also want to give credit and much gratitude to lovely Sandra K. Gorin, who manages Barren County Historical Society and Gorin Genealogical Publishing. I reached out to Sandi and with my plight to discover more on school 109. She shared with me information about the Cole Family and the Coles’ Bend area. There is quite a lot of published information that came from a dear friend of hers, Vivian T Rosseau and the Citizens Bank and Trust Company in 1980 from the book “Background of a Bank”.
In a roundabout way, all these years later researching this mysterious school 109 I have discovered that an older story I had researched and photographed had ties into the Cole’s Family in Barren County, KY with some history on Black Horse Tavern in Midway, KY. This tavern was also owned by one Richard Cole. Richard Cole’s son had a daughter named Zerelda Cole James, who was the Mother of Jesse and Frank James.
There is a fascinating and interesting twist to ‘the end’ of this story so stay tuned.
It has been stated from research done by William E. Pullen and Joan M. Beamis that the Coles who came from Pennsylvania made the trek to Culpeper, Virginia. After this they moved to Woodford County, Kentucky prior to 1783. They believe this date to be correct because the progenitor of the Coles, Richard Cole, Sr. was no longer listed on the Virginia tax records after 1783.
For those of you who are not familiar with Woodford County, KY it is steeped in rich history with the picturesque rolling horse fields, tobacco barns, old stone walls that meander along country lanes for miles, historic places and the infamous bourbon whiskey. It is home to Kentucky’s oldest bourbon whiskey distillery Labrot & Graham from 1812.
Woodford County was named for the illustrious American Revolutionary War General, William Woodford and was formed in 1788 from Fayette County, Virginia.
There was an original tavern in Kentucky owned by the Coles that burned in 1811. A year after this, Cole’s son, Richard Cole, Jr. purchased the tavern on old Frankfort Pike that was known as the Offutt-Cole Tavern or Black Horse Tavern. He became known as one of the wealthiest men in the country. James Cole, his son, was the Father of Zerelda Cole (1825-1911) who birthed Jesse and Frank James. Zerelda met Robert Sallee James, her husband, during the time he was studying for the ministry at Georgetown College.
This is where the history of the Cole brothers branches off and comes around to my researched ‘neck of the woods’ Barren County, KY. You see, Richard Cole, Jr. had a brother by the name of John Cole who came to Barren County and purchased a lot in the Bank Block. He would later found Coles’ Bend of which he operated Coles Warehouse on the Barren River.
The following historical excerpt was written by Jennie F. Porter, the niece of Mrs. Sterling Burton of Cemetery Pike, Bowling Green, KY in July of 1891. There are some additions by Jennie Bryant Cole from Oakland, KY 1938. It was submitted to be published in 1975 by Mr. C.H. Brakebill of Dallas, TX.
“Squire John Cole, our great-grandfather, married Nancy Hynes. He lived near Charles Town, Berkley County, Va. Charles Town was located in that part of Virginia that was cut off to form West Virginia, and now in Jefferson County, West Virginia. The Hines (Hynes) family lived in Maryland, but just over the Virginia line near where the Cole family lived.
“John Cole was a Revolutionary soldier. He came with his family to Kentucky in 1788. They traveled from Virginia on horseback. On the way to Kentucky great-grandmother was thrown from her horse with her baby, John, in her arms and was seriously hurt. The party had to remain in camp for some days on account of her condition and she was not expected to live. It was said every day during this time she would ask her husband that if she died, would he not take her children back to Virginia, but he would always tell her, ‘No, I have started to Kentucky, and I am going’. This answer was thought to have been a stimulant and assisted in her recovery.
“Her hair turned white in three days and the anxiety she felt for her children is thought to have caused it. Joh Cole first settled in Woodford County, near Midway, when he came to Kentucky. He came to Barren County sometime in 1800. They came in wagons by way of Muldraughs Hill. He left a brother, Richard, in Woodford County, who kept a tavern at Cross Roads. Richard married a Miss Hines, niece of great-grandmother Col. Andrew Hines, who settled Elizabethtown and named it for his wife, was a brother of great-grandmother. When quite an old woman great-grandmother rode horseback to visit her brother, Andrew Hines, who at that time was living near Harrodsburg.
“John Cole settled in Barren County in a bend on Barren River that has since been called Cole’s Bend. He built a log house about what he thought was the high water mark, but in 1800 a big rise came and undermined part of the foundation of his house. In 1811 he built the stone house which still stands (1833). John Cole died in 1844, his wife had died in 1834, and they are buried on a hill near the old stone house. John Cole had five sons and four daughters. The sons were Richard, William, James, Andrew Hynes and John. The daughters were: Leety, Anne, Mary and Betsy.”
There have been many Coles who settled in Barren and Warren Counties and nearby towns as the years went by. In the 1800’s, like many families in the day, the Coles begat many children and the family name became prominent. Many families were known to have, on average, between six or more children, sometimes less, sometimes more, even up to twelve or thirteen children was possible.
I will refrain from listing many of the progeny of the Cole families except for Sarah Minnie Cole, because of the connection of numerous ancestors who fought for our independence during the Revolutionary War 1775-1781. The following accounts are a few of those stories.
Sarah Minnie Cole’s Father and Mother were John Cole III and Nancy Elizabeth Martin. Sarah Minnie was born at the Family home on Coles’ Bend in Kentucky October 28, 1869 and was one of twelve children by this union.
Sarah Minnie married James Henry Blalock, a farmer from Smiths Grove, Warren County, KY.
John Cole, who came from Virginia, helped suppress the British in Boston and then would later help to defend New York City at the personal request of General George Washington. John Cole married Nancy Hynes, whose Father hailed from Coleraine, Ireland. He would eventually work at the print shop of Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia in 1747.
From Sarah Minnie’s Mother’s side of the Family are the Martins. Benjamin Martin served as a Minute Man from Virginia, as corporal and sergeant under several leaders, such as Captain Benjamin Harrison.
Benjamin Martin was at the Battle of Cowpens, S.C. of which was a decisive battle for the cause of freedom.
Captain Azariah Martin (no relation to Benjamin Martin) was from Amherst County, Virginia and commanded a company of Militia men at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina. The British won a sweeping victory.
Captain Azariah Martin had a great-great-grandfather, John Crawford, who came to Virginia from Ayrshire, Scotland in 1644. John Crawford is from the Crawford clan that had its origin in Ayrshire from 1127. One of John’s ancestors married into the Lindsey family clan of Scotland and in this lineage are two signers of the Magna Carta. The John Crawford who came to Virginia fought in Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676 and lost his life.
We now come back full circle, to my adventure on Coles’ Bend and the mysterious, old school house 109 that I took photographs and documented over ten years ago. It has been very hard to find information documented on some of these abandoned structures in America.
To bequeath or “pass on” the story from one generation to the next has always been very important to me. If this is not done, many stories, places and historical information tend to become lost in time and is not there for others to retrieve and learn from.
With this being said, there was not a lot of information about the old school house 109. Perhaps, John Cole who came to Barren County helped to start this school. It is not known by me or the others that have researched this building. I am very fortunate to have taken many photographs of it.
The feeling I get looking into the school doorways and windows is a timeless and soundless feeling. It seems to exude a grand strength that is comfortable in the forgotten, clapboard bones, still standing…still a reminder of its past. A past that was full of life, love, children, books and teachings. Those children and teachers have come and gone, now. The story has been lost a little, but for this sturdy structure that has been left for us to see as a reminder of days gone by.
This is the very interesting twist to end my story. It involves Mr. and Mrs. Clay Stephens. This lovely, young couple occupies the property that the school house 109 is on. When I spoke with Clay he told me that his Grandmother was a James, Mary Lougene James. He said she use to tell them that they were related to Jesse James. Clay told the story that some were doubtful of this but indeed checked the information and it seemed to have validity.
I found it very intriguing that within the Cole Family lineage was the Mother Zerelda of Jesse and Frank James, and now to have a distant relation of the James Family, through Clay Stephens, residing on property of the Coles’ Bend area was an unforeseen surprise.
Clay also told me a story of the other abandoned building on their property by the school. The story is from an older gentleman, Lawrence, who told Clay that he had watched films in the building as a young boy. The place inside has something that looks like a stage perhaps where plays and theatre took place.
Well, it has been a long time coming to finally write about this abandoned school, humbly named 109. The mystery is still there but I have been able, through the meticulous records of others, to connect a few of my older stories on the Coles’ Bend area and the Coles Family that came to Kentucky so long ago.
I hope you enjoyed this story and also the photographs that accompanied my journey to Barren County and Coles’ Bend.
Remember to share your story and thoughts with your loved ones, so that one day the story can find a place through the eyes of others. It is important to share our lineage, teachings, love and storytelling with others. In sharing, we inspire…
XO, be well always-
The children of summer sun, with the scent of burning honeysuckle and their small bare feet, run forever; so reverent and sure…
My newest luscious and ethereal perfume scent ‘Lady Lonicera’ delivers sweet notes from its namesake, The Latin word Lonicera, is found in the naming of Honeysuckle varieties.
The memories I have, as a child in summer, slowly walking up and down the honeysuckle vines that grew like magic in our large yard along the fence row, still make me smile.
The scent was not only intoxicating and sensual, it was a special “seal” of summer to touch the silky, trumpet flowers and taste the sweet nectar upon my tongue.
The scent was ethereal, sweet citrus and honeyed and I always imagined as a little girl, wanting a perfume that was scented like this.
Honeysuckle is from the Caprifoliaceae family which has a more than a hundred species. The Renaissance botanist, Adam Lonicer is where the Latin taxonomy name derives from. Most of the berries from the different species are mildly poisonous. The nectar is safe to ingest.
The task of gathering Honeysuckle is arduous and time consuming. There is a fine window of gathering, curing and using our Polar Solvent Extraction technology process to render this truly, ethereal and magical plant essence.
A true , pure Honeysuckle scent is very difficult to make linger because the scent is fleeting and airy. It is an ethereal top note but also can be a middle or heart note combination. I have added into my formula Tangerine, Sandalwood (honey notes), Peru Balsam of which is reminiscent of a vanilla, wooded forest, spicy Coriander and the real true essence of Honeysuckle from my property in Kentucky.
The formula is complex and rich for I have added a great deal of the Honeysuckle essence to create what I believed to be a sensual and luscious perfume scent like the memory I had as a child on those summer days in June.
The essence can be rendered but many labs and companies choose to not use Honeysuckle because the yield and cost do not justify the effort.
The vast majority of Honeysuckle notes one smells in perfumes, soaps, candles, lotions etc. are lab reconstituted and/or mixes of other plant and floral essences to create combinations that mimic the scent or nuance. Phenyl acetic acid lends a honeyed tonality to a perfume as well as anisic aldehyde, of which has aniseed properties and can be found in many florals that have yellow flowers. Citrus adds the green, spicy vine notes.
I have enjoyed creating this intoxicating and ethereal summer perfume blend created with the true Honeysuckle essence, that I am sure will delight and bring you joy. All of my perfume and cologne fragrances for women and men are toxin free, synthetic aldehyde free, cruelty free and “simply luscious upon the skin of the bearer”.
Visit the ‘Lady Lonicera’ page on my site to request a sample or place an order.
“Live your vision, walk in your light”
Marrowbone town is as ancient and orphic as the memory is intimate with secrets.
Light is the same at Marrowbone in the morning as it is at dusk, when the sun and star shine, upon silver sheen fog, reach the eyes.
One will find many treasures and visions among the souls of townsfolk here. You will find them waiting for you among the thorned Honey Locust trees, the sun dusted fields of thistle and vines, the river ferry whose secrets are told slowly and the abandoned places of Marrowbone town. These are the truest places when the moon is still and dreams are carried by dark wings of starlings.
Each season bears the weight of a dark sleep and rebirth called the Great Turning.
This is when the sibylline story is shared with spirit among Marrowbone townsfolk.
The story was carved deep, inside, from the dawning by the hand of the alpha light and the first warrior.
All men, women and children have the “knowing” in Marrowbone.
Old man Caedmon says to me “it was never taken from us, just forgotten”
This story is best shared through the eyes and thoughts of two special young souls in Marrowbone….Angel Blue and Einar
All townsfolk in Marrowbone live in joyful light and storm, doing what they do best…creating thought for the highest good of all.
This gift was the beginning.
The gift could never be destroyed or taken. It could only be hidden…
Angel Blue loved to form thoughts in the forests, creeks, winter moon autumns and abandoned houses.
Angel Blue was from the one before the beginning. She is silver light, deepest fire and the most potent thought creator Einar has ever known.
The dark-eyed Junco tinkles a silvery song from a high loft as it watches her presence slowly move close to old man Caedmon’s barn.
Einar is waiting, with silence, shadow clad and cedar smoke.
The shadows that envelop Einar are primal, fierce and protective.
Einar is a watcher and grand seer from the first warrior. His lineage was boldly carved in a secret storm; a watcher in the dark was his seal.
His gift as a seer was to protect Angel Blue in her time of Vision.
This bond was silent but forceful between them.
Even when she lay upon the feathered mattress, listening to the metallic whistle of the midnight train through a dreaming Marrowbone, did she feel Einar’s watching.
He is always the protector of the dream vision, like an invisible silk web shrouding her moonlit flesh.
Angel Blue and Einar walk together with moments bathed in charcoal star skies smoke and clove scented woodlands, and abandoned places in the season of knowing.
A Loggerhead shrike glides swift through the ether of falling dusk, capturing a field mouse in its talons.
Angel Blue and Einar watch the dance with death as the Loggerhead shrike impales the mouse on a long Honey locust thorn.
Einar tells Angel Blue “The watcher knows the mystery in the living, dances close to what we promised to not remember…”
The vision will be dreamed through the season of knowing…
The vision will be passed on to you and me…
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Here are some of my artisan, luxurious scents that are best sellers for Spring time!
Angel Blue, is my divine and elegant signature scent with dreamy & luscious notes of sugared mimosa, cinnamon, German chamomile and vanilla! The sensuous notes chosen create a spicy floral balanced by sweet wood notes with a touch of warm sugar finish!
Lady Scarlett, with a warm, sensual southern charm that carry notes of sweet orange blossom, Moroccan rose, woody vetiver, complex ylang ylang, vanilla sugar and cinnamon. This is a truly rich, elegant and bewitching perfume that is a true ‘Victorian Inspired’ creation.
Wildchild County, will raise some ‘dust and desire’ with this luscious, sensual floral that has a warmth of new spring flowers basking in the sunshine! This perfume carry the delicate notes of sweet orange, vanilla bean, exotic mimosa, sandalwood and ylang ylang to stir the senses with its floral and complex brightness. It is a truly joyful and sensual scent!
DragonSlayer, is an earthy, sensual and very masculine scent for the Menfolk with notes of lime, anise, silver fir, sandalwood, cedarwood and black pepper that will surely entice…
Ash Rose Moon, is inspired by evening walks through ‘Smoky Angel Hollow’ as the last golden rays shimmer on the cinnamon dust path before you… many delights await with sweet notes of yuzu, magnolia, melissa, rose, vetiver and cassia! This elegant and distinctive scent embodies pure lusciousness with rose, tart magnolia and citrus yuzu, sweet warmth from notes of spicy cassia and melissa to be grounded by earthy and wooden notes of vetiver! A true classical perfume scent!
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‘Angel Blue’ Victorian Inspired Perfumes, are Creating Lovely Alternatives to Synthetic Aldehyde Fragrances
Ever since I was young, my appreciation for the ‘real’ things in life were very important to me. I always loved the taste of real butter on my food, real heavy cream in my coffee, natural honey and sugars compared to synthetic alternatives and natural spices, scents of garden herbs and flowers.
As a child I would make concoctions of vanilla and almond extract, crushed cinnamon and clove mixed with oil to apply on my skin. I just loved the sensual nature of these beautiful spices and natural scents!
It only seems right and natural that I would study medicinal plants and Taxonomy as I grew older. I was influenced by the ‘green thumb’ my Father had; The first man who taught me about the value of a garden.
I loved researching the ‘old ways’ during the Victorian times on perfume making. I studied the workings, ideals and information of the wonderful Shaker women and men, also.
Through the years, my long hikes through the Mid-west seasons taught me much about plants and trees.
I dreamed of creating fragrances from the leaf, flower, wood, spice and oil of plant essences; the things that deeply inspired my creative passion as a child.
I have worked very hard on my artistic endeavors, writings, photography of abandoned places, cemeteries and old river towns in the Mid-west and wanted to make my dream of an holistic and artisan fragrance company come true!
Angel Blue Perfume LLC came into being upon years of dreams, passions and delivering a fine product that would be a safe and alternative choice to synthetic, chemical laden perfumes and colognes of today.
The information I could write about on this subject is extremely extensive and I will only focus on a few synthetic variants and chemicals. Especially two of them that I do not have in my formulations.
Angel Blue Perfume LLC does not use any synthetic aldehydes, petro- chemicals or Phthalates (diethyl phthalate).
An aldehyde (alkanal) is known as an organic compound that contains a functional group with a structure – CHO, that consists of a carbonyl center ( a carbon double bonded to oxygen) with the carbon atom also bonded to hydrogen and to an R group, which is, or can be any generic alkyl or side chain. The group not containing the- R – is the aldehyde group, also known as – Formal group.
Aldehydes are very common in organic chemistry. There are many fragrances that contain aldehydes.
This being said many aldehydes are naturally occurring, especially in essential oils, plants, spices etc. The word aldehyde was spoken by Justus Von Liebig, an intelligent scientist who actually invented the first nitrogen-based fertilizer. It is taken from the Latin, Alcohol Dehdrogenatus (dehydrogenated alcohol).
Aldehydes are not always synthetic, it is important to understand this. Nature has produced many natural occurring aldehydes, such as decanal. It can be found in citrus, conifers, some flower oils, coriander and much more. Some of these are very strong in odor, some are pleasant and other are just down right offensive.
Tran-4,5- opoxy- (E)-2 decanal gives a metallic aspect and taste to our blood.
During the early 1900’s many scientists were hard at work to synthesize ‘new’ materials for creating ‘synthetic’ aldehyde fragrances. Aldehydes were heavier compounds, that are often soapy smelling and they are cheaper to synthesize. Most all of the modern perfumes and colognes have synthetic compounds that lengthen the odor or make the fragrances last longer.
Before the early 1900’s perfumes were based on natural products and real substances from flowers, spices, woods, citrus and musk.
Perfumery goes back 5,000 years with the Egyptians who used perfumed oils for religious ceremonies such as the scented gums of myrrh and frankincense.
A fragrance house can supply a manufacturer of scents over 3,000 base ingredients. Diethyl phthalate (DEP), is used as a solvent and fixative in fragrances to make the scent last longer. Diethyl phthalate is a plasticizing agent that was created to make plastic more flexible.
According to the – Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. many of these chemical compounds have been shown to be allergy causing and hormone disruptive. There are several phthalates that have been listed as endocrine disruptors and attention has focused on their potential cumulative effects on woman, men and reproductive health.
There are different ways of making perfumes. In creating natural perfumes it can be an arduous and long process depending on the formulations and process that is chosen to extract the essences from the natural substances.
Some of the processes are a combination of Extraction/Distillation. I mainly use this combination in my creations.
Distillation can involve heating the desired material to a certain temperature and condensing it into a vapor that is collected.
Maceration involves a process of ingredients soaked in water, oil or solvent to draw out the fragrant compounds. This can be difficult and tedious but some essences are best done this way along with other processes.
Expression involves compressing materials and squeezing out the aromatic oils.
Enfleurage is a two step process drawing out fragrances into a fat or oil base and then one must extract it with an alcohol.
It is going to be an exciting year for me and Angel Blue Perfume LLC as I work to create and bring to market some of the finest, natural, sensual perfumes that are oil, leaf, root, flower & spice plant essence inspired perfumes and cologne. They are toxin free, synthetic free and never tested on animals!
I do hope you will follow me on my journey of truly distinctive, niche perfumery at angelblueperfume.com
Live your vision, walk in your light-
Tommie Flannery Baskis
Angel Blue Perfume LLC
The excerpt below is from a writing published by Dr. Mercola, a distinguished and reputable osteopathic physician. In 2009 he was named the Top Ultimate Wellness Game Changer.
I caution against using any synthetic perfume or cologne, or any other synthetically fragranced personal care product, as they’re almost always loaded with synthetic chemicals that have been linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies, and more.
And although the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually has direct authority to regulate harmful ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products, it doesn’t exercise it… The Environmental Working Group (EWG) explains:1
“When you see ‘fragrance’ on a personal care product’s label, read it as ‘hidden chemicals.’ A major loophole in FDA’s federal law lets manufacturers of products like shampoo, lotion, and body wash include nearly any ingredient in their products under the name ‘fragrance’ without actually listing the chemical.
Companies that manufacture personal care products are required by law to list the ingredients they use, but fragrances and trade-secret formulas are exempt.”
What does this mean for a health-conscious person like yourself? When you purchase a fragrance, it could contain any number of the 3,100 or so stock chemical ingredients used by the fragrance industry. What blend is in most products you buy, exactly, is virtually impossible to ascertain, aside from testing it in a lab – and this is actually what the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics did…
Hello to everyone out there! I hope your days are filled with good cheer, a full spirit and magical moments this Holiday Season!
Thanksgiving is soon upon us and this fine year is coming to a close. I want to say a few things and remind everyone about shipping dates , domestic and international.
I am wishing a wonderful Thanksgiving to all of our Family, Friends and Clients from Angel Blue Perfume!
A sincere thank you to all who have supported me in my dream to create some of the finest “Victorian inspired & holistic perfumes and colognes on the market today! I am truly grateful beyond words.
It has been a fine year with many domestic and international sales. I have had the good fortune to sell my fine perfume in several independent retailers, too! With this being said, I have been extremely busy, learning so much in the laboratory. I have quite a few new scents in the works and will be excited to unveil them in 2018, including our very own harvested and distilled honeysuckle.
I love the Winter Season and the spirit of love, gratitude, baking, gift giving, joy and time spent with Family and Friends! To me, it does not get better than that.
Decorating my home with a tree, garland for the fireplace mantel, the lighting of candles, with their wishes and prayers, wrapping gifts for my loved ones and baking is pure heaven. I love to see the joy and smiles we all give to one another when we give of our time.
Be good, be kind to yourself and to others and remember to create magic and joy by decorating your place with love and cheer!!
I want to remind everyone that if you are sending Christmas gifts this year to your loved ones, the dates for Domestic and International shipping are below :
International Mail – Send no later than December 9th for Priority Mail.
International Priority Mail Express – Send out by December 14th
International Global Express – December 19th
Domestic Shipping- (Send No Later Than)
First Class Package – Retail – December 19th
Priority Mail – December 20th
Priority Mail Express – December 22nd
“I hope each and everyone of you enjoy this Season with Family and loved ones near! Raise a glass of cheer, to you, yours and neighbors far and dear…”
Autumn is perfect for Angel Blue Perfume; holistic, sensual, plant essence perfume and cologne that you can enjoy without toxins and chemicals!
Gorgeous scent creations and names such as Antique Slip, Summer Midnights, Lady Scarlett, Angel Blue, WildChild County, DragonSlayer and more!
Each scent is ‘Victorian’ inspired and reveals an intimate story upon the skin of its bearer!