Chemerical: Redefining Clean For A New Generation

The documentary film Chemerical premiered tonight in Vancouver, as part of the Projecting Change Film Festival. The film documents how a family is trying to detox their home from chemical in all cleaning and body care products, which is no small feat!

You can watch the trailer for Chemerical here.

For celebrating the premiere of Chemerical in the film's after-party, Ayala Moriel Parfums also donated a soywax candle of ArbitRary, a mini of Rainforest and a Bois d'Hiver tealight candle.

Vetiver for Haiti: Online Relief Effort

Haiti was always one of those magical places that when I hear about it, I feel like I have a connection with it even if I haven't been there yet. From paintings of Gaugin to working with one of it most important essential oils: Haitian vetiver. Not to mention the legendary Tiare flower and Monoi de Tahiti. I feel as if I have bonded with this island olfacatorily from a long distance... One of my students went for a visit there last year and told me so much about just one grapefruit she ate and how fragrant and flavourful it was. It may seem weird to be so obsessed about a grapefruit but it must have been something special. And it must also have something with the soil of this volcanic island. Which of course comes at a very heavy price. A tragedy that we have now witnessed all around the world through the internet, television, radio and newspapers.

The Examiner and Now Public have published its resources and recommendations for which charities are most trustworthy to donate to that will immediately and directly help the aggressive earthquake (7.0 on the Richter scale) that shattered the island of Haiti January 12th, 2010. These two publications have also made a promise to match the amount donated by their team of writers around the world; and being among them makes me even more motivated to contribute to the effort - knowing that it will be raising an even greater sum of money to bring some hope and relief to this tragic moment in human history.

What I am proposing is this: for every bottle that you order that contains Haitian Vetiver, I will contribute 45% of the retail price (up to $75 depending on size of bottle purchased) to Doctors Without Borders. Because we are pressed for time, the sooner we get this money out, the better. So I am extending this offer until Monday only - and than I'm going to see what else I can do to lend my (very little) hand to help out.

Participating fragrances:
Vetiver Racinettes
Bon Zai
l'Herbe Rouge

The organizations that are supposed to be trustworthy and effective for this tragic event - to which you can send your donation or contribution on your own ASAP are:

Charity/Organization What you can do More info
Red Cross Text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 RedCross.org
Doctors Without Borders Donate to help medical aid workers DoctorsWithoutBorders.org
CARE Donate miles for food distributors Care.org
Partners in Health Donate to support their field hospitals PIH.org
Salvation Army Help send boxes of rice, soy, vitamins SalvationArmy.org
World Vision Send supplies: blankets, tarps, etc. WorldVision.org
Oxfam Donate to help stationed volunteers OxFamAmerica.org
UNICEF Help children in Haiti UnicefUSA.org
IRD Help supply sanitation, medicine, etc. IRD.org
YĆ©le Foundation Text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 Yele.org
Soles 4 Souls Donate your shoes to Haiti victims Soles4Souls.org

P.s. I couldn't bring myself to post a picture of the earthquake here on this blog. It's devastating beyond belief. I'm sure you've seen the pictures already, but if not you can click here.

Draw Winners Announcment + Food Drive Outcome

I'm very glad to say that the food drive was quite successful - we've raised $21 to Greater Vancouver Food Bank, which will in return buy people in need in the Lower Mainlad $63 worth of food (that can make one giant meal for at least one family!).
Thank you for participating, and buying truffles to support this cause! I will match that amount and donate a total of $42 to Greater Vancouver Food Bank, in hopes that no one will go hungry. All we need to do is spread the wealth that we have and share it - and the world will be a better place to live.

Also, we have winners for the draw!
1) The Gift of Beauty - $25 towards an Organic Facial @ Belmondo Skin Care Studio - the winner is Cathy
2) The Gift of Health - 1 week unlimited classes @ Beyond Pilates - the winner is Audrey
3) Fragrance Sampler - gift box with 8 of Ayala Moriel's most coveted perfumes - the winner is Ainslegh
4) The Gift of Choice - $65 gift certificate towards a purse roll-on or towards any other purchase from Ayala Moriel Parfums collection - the winner is Colene

Congratulations to all the winners!

I will be holding another fun draw at the Holiday Soiree coming up Sundary, December 21st at the studio (6-11pm). Hope to see you there!
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