Hello, my name is Tanya and I am a scent-addict. I have a visceral love of fragrance, aroma, smell, perfume, scent – you name it – whatever the thesaurus throws out! From my first bottle of ‘perfume’ as a child – (‘Heaven Scent’, thanks gran) to more sophisticated but fickle choices during my turbulent teens (White Musk anyone, Anais Anais?), to audacious young adulthood (Poison, Coco, Boucheron, Giorgio Beverly Hills – who didn’t!?) and my current amours, Prada ‘Iris’ and Frederic Malle ‘Carnal Flower’, the love affair is a long one and knows no end.
The power that a waft of odoriferous molecules can have on my psyche and memory is profound; woodsmoke and bonfire transports me to happy, rambunctious childhood. The closest thing that mimics that for me is the wonderfully, deep, dark Vetiver – which I inhale on a regular basis, its my portable childhood. So, to cut a long journey short, I trained as a Clinical Aromatherapist and that aromatic path eventually led me to the study of Natural Perfumery – in which I am a mere stripling, but 5 years into my studying, smelling, experimenting and creating I feel I would like to uncap the bottle and share my whimsy with a greater audience.
So here goes, I am ‘The Perfume Mistress‘, I offer workshops, talks, private parties and I create solid/oil perfumes and fragrant unctions for body, bath and home. Join me for thoughts, aromatic musings; recipes; news; events and inspirations on all things FRAGRANT; although my passion lies in working with naturals (essential oils, absolutes etc) I am also inspired by commercial (synthetic!) perfumes and the great fragrance houses (Caron, Guerlain etc).
Enjoy your stay and feel free to join in, ask a question or leave a comment.