About Esscentual Alchemy:
“Esscentual Alchemy’s natural perfumes are handmade from scratch by me in small batches.
When I create a perfume I do so intentionally. Being mindful of putting myself in a positive and loving, and uplifting emotional place. So that the perfume is positive, loving and uplifting emotionally as well. Each one blessed with good thoughts and wishes for the wearer.
I find people pleasantly surprised at how emotionally involved they feel while wearing natural perfume!
My personal philosophy, is that we should be aware of what we ingest into our bodies, whether we are eating it, or using a substance.
When you purchase any of Esscentual Alchemy’s natural perfumes, you are helping to support a small, home-based, female owned and operated business. Thank you for supporting my business.
How did I come up with the name for my business, you might wonder?
These three words:
Essential: refers to that which is in the natural composition of a thing.
Sensual: the enjoyments derived from the senses, especially from the gratification or indulgence of physical appetites
Alchemy: any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a substance of great value.
I am a classically trained opera singer. Specifically I am a lyric coloratura. In late 2010, I came across the image of Septimus Piesse’s Odophone: individual essences as musical notes, that was the clincher. It seemed the Universe was pulling two loves together. Thinking of making music for the nose, tantalized me. So when I started learning perfumery, it made sense to me that I should start off with classical perfume ingredients. The ones that made perfumery what it is today. To me, to jump into this field without a firm grasp on the basics, would be a tragedy. Like trying to paint without learning how colors go together. Botanicals, and Natural ingredients feel like the foundations of this art form for me. Is this to say that the synthetics have any less validity, no. There are many perfumers who straddle that line of mixed media, as I’ve heard it called. Also I love knowing that I am working with the “soul” of a flower, plant, or tree. It really fits in well with my personal beliefs. It reminds me to be grateful for this little blue ball, that we all share, and live on.
Perfume making is similar to making wine, as you must have patience to wait until enough time has passed for the alchemal magic to happen.”
Amanda uses all natural botanical oils to create these fragrances.
“Black Tea, Vanilla, Mimosa, Citron.”
“Sandalwood, Benzoin, Patchouli, Tincture of Coffee Beans, White Lotus, Clove, Ginger Lily, Litsea Cubea, Nutmeg.”
“Saffron, Civet, Ambergris, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Agarwood, Ambrette Seed, Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Davana, Cinnamon, Jasmine, White Lotus, Rose, Champa, Tuberose, Neroli, Clove, Nutmeg, Coriander, Mimosa, Carnation, Cardamom, Frangipani.”
“Rose Damask, Jasmine Sambac, Bergamot, Dark Patchouli, Ambergris, Cinnamon, Ylang-ylang, Vanilla Bean Tincture, Neroli, Gardenia enfleurage, Tuberose, Spikenard, Myrrh, Camphor, Himalayan Cedar, Fir, Frankincense.”
“Sandalwood, Civet, Elderflower, Jasmine, Ylang ylang, Rose, Rosewood, Ginger Lily, Bergamot.”
I love the idea of a natural perfume. If you’ve ever taken a look at the ingredients on a typical bottle of synthetic perfume (What you’re buying in any big department store), you’ve likely read a whole lot of long, unrecognizable ingredients. That’s because synthetic perfumes are the farthest thing from natural. Not only are they chock full of chemicals, but these chemicals are absorbed by the skin, which negatively impact your body’s toxicity.
These perfumes are very different. They actually act as aromatherapy as well as just improving your body’s odor.
In regards to each respective perfume, here is what I thought:
Come to Me: flowery, light, not overwhelming
Little Black Dress: an earthier, floral scent. I could pick out the ylang ylang and jasmine.
Kama: incredibly multifaceted and complex with scents of spice, flowers and herbaceousness (I just made that a word.)
Majanj: spicy, earthy, decadent.
Vanilla Citron: zesty vanilla perfection.
If I had to choose, I’d say I really enjoyed wearing Malanj and Vanilla Citron the most. Floral scents are pleasant but they are not for me. I really gravitate towards muskier scents like sandalwood, vanilla and patchouli. I was so excited to see that Amanda must like these scents, too–as she uses them quite a bit in her concoctions.
These little bottles of goodness would make an incredible present, especially. You could help convert synthetic perfume wearers in your circle to a natural alternative. Of course, you deserve to treat yourself as well. I recommend these perfumes to anyone looking to “clean” up their fragrance routine. There is so much thought put into creating these blends. I’m sure you’ll love them like I do!