Ayala Moriel Parfums
This is not just a grin: it’s a green grin... Green grass, green flowers, a green world waking up in the spring. A reviving, fresh scent, composed of the finest flower essences: Bulgarian and Turkish Rose, Indian Jasmine and Tasmanian Boronia, which is reminiscent of freesia. Grin is elegant and refined yet playful and romantic – like stepping into a flower shop, rolling in the grass and sniffing a meadow full of flowers!
Top notes: Galbanum, Violet Leaves, Green Pepper
Heart notes: Boronia, Rose, Jasmine
Base notes: Vetiver, Oud, Oakmoss
Ayala Moriel Parfums
In a Station of the Metro
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
- Ezra Pound
Perfume In A Poem March 2008: 15 perfumers were invited to interpret one poem. Hanami is my contribution to the project.
Top notes: Cabreuva, Frangipani, Mimosa, Rosewood
Heart notes: Pink Lotus, Magnolia, Tuberose, Violet Leaf, Oleander
Base notes: Haitian Vetiver, Tonka Bean, Cassie, Siamwood, Vanilla CO2, Copaiba Balsam, Bakul Attar
Fragrance Families: Wet Woody Floral
Ayala Moriel Parfums
Velvety, deep aromas of aniseed notes with a warm base of woods and iris along with cool, green notes of violet leaf and boronia create an unusual, mysterious perfume of extreme individuality: enigmatic and reflective as the sky after sunset.
Top notes: Anise, Neroli, Tarragon, Caraway
Heart notes: Boronia, Carnation, Orris Butter
Base notes: Amber, Frankincense, Himalaya Cedarwood
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l'Écume des Jours is inspired by the perfect symmetry and profound beauty portrayed in Boris Vian's most praised novel by the same name. Cheerful Pianola top notes of cassis and freesia lead to Chloe’s deadly Lung Water Lilly. The melancholy base of green moss and watery marine seaweed reflects the tragic conclusion of the tale. l'Écume des Jours is a strange perfume of unusual harmony that inspires appreciation for the simple beauty that is found in all things – especially the Jazz of New Orleans...
Top notes: Cassis, Boronia, Green Pepper
Heart notes: Rose, Lotus, Tuberose
Base notes: Seaweed, Cedar moss, Sandalwood
Fragrance Family: Floral Green, Floral Aquatic, Marine/Oceanic
Summer is exciting time when everything seems to be just bursting with light, abundance and adventure... Many people go away on holidays and travel this time of year, fulfilling a dream of reaching and exploring a sought-after destination, or at least spend a week in a cabin or camping, as if trying out a rural or nomadic lifestyle for a limited time.
And yet again, I find myself staying close to home this summer, struggling to fill in the gaps of many commitments I had to postpone while caring for my sick child, and focus on rebuilding my life after a very trying and tiring year. The notion of packing up and going anywhere for more than a day is enough to drain my energy. And I'm longing for simple replenishing of my energetic supply levels - watching the sunset at the beach, or spending the afternoon in the shady creek, doing absolutely nothing but watching the water flow.
The long days bring a sense of limitless possibilities, yet also there is the knowledge that this will be over soon, and that one must prepare for the season ahead and can't rest on our laurels for too long. Be in jamming, canning or getting logwood into the cabin so we're well stocked for winter, turning the garden over for the next season, etc., summer is a very busy time of the year for most, except for course, for the proverbial cricket in Aesop's fable. And add to that the many family obligations that the holidays from school bring, it's very challenging to balance between all aspects of life.
Here at the perfumery, I'm still adjusting to the pace in a different climate - the eastern parts of the Mediterranean sea are very different than the Pacific Northwest!
The extreme heat slows things down a lot. Not just because moving fast is not recommended in temperatures over 30c, but also because there are some process that are sensitive to heat and humidity levels, such as crafting certain types of incense, and it's a disaster for soap curing. Drying herbs is also impossible, so I stay away from any tea blending and keep those projects for the very dry weather we get in the Autumn.
Additionally, working with highly fragrant materials, as beautiful as they may be, is overwhelming and at times impossible - heat and humidity make everything feel so heavy and unbearable. So I need to time my lab sessions carefully for the very early hours of the morning or late at night.
In time and with experience, I learnt to dedicate the summer to more subtle, quiet and refreshing activities: crafting incense into cones and sticks using materials that actually benefit from the slow drying process of the hot, humid air. The fact that I'm working with wet hands with an earthy and cool paste that resembles clay, and usually while sitting outdoors on my porch enjoying the carob tree's shade and the sea breeze; that the aromas are not so strong (except for the testing and burning phases). Also on the porch, I do some of my other crafts, which are not directly related to perfume, but which I use for some of the more fancy packaging - shibori dyeing (I made my second indigo vat this year), ecoprint and basket weaving. I try to take it slow and while building up the stock for the upcoming Seasonal Subscription Boxes, doing everything slowly, enjoying the process and preparing. All of this will save me a lot of stress later, when I can focus on the content of these boxes, and proceed to craft my perfumes, soaps, candles, teas, and other types of incense.
Last weekend, we explored the intersection between natural perfume and natural dyeing. Weld is a star dye plant whose darling sister, mignonette (Reseda odorata) used to be produced as an absolute for perfume. White Reseda (Reseda alba) grows in Israel every winter and spring: its modest weedy appearance and rather stinky leaves will not prepare you for the magical scent of the flowers - a marriage of tuberose, violet leaf, orange blossom and galbanum. It was a fragrance I was totally oblivious to growing up, and only discovered 3-4 years ago, after moving back here, completely by chance.
In the photo above is my new Reseda perfume (it was features in the 2022 Spring Subscription Box), on a stunning backdrop of weld-dyed and ecoprinted fabric by Hasia Naveh. Below is mignonette in its natural habitat in my village, Clil.