My relationship with natural perfumery is organically developing all of the time through a sensitive, privileged and exciting journey of discovery and anticipation.
Essential oils, absolutes, concretes and resins are the botanical essences that make the perfumer’s vision into a reality.
Their chemistry is built upon the infinite complexity of nature’s design and as Paracelsus described it… Spiritus vitae (life spirit) and quinta essentia (spark of divinity) is within.
We too share with all life on earth this original spark within. Through the window of pure plant essences we can recognise our own connection and deepen our relationship with humility and gratitude.
Through our sense of smell natural perfumes can interact with our subconscious, transcending a language defined by words, triggering memories, emotions and sensual impulses.
Mindful of this, the perfumer’s journey is guided by respect for the plant essences produced and the person experiencing them. There is no compromising in this process… yet within the art form, the science and adventure is endless.
By Richard Howard