Author Archives: The Perfume Mistress

About The Perfume Mistress

"If the eyes are the windows to your soul, then the nose is the doorway to your imagination" The Perfume Mistress Hello, by day I am a clinical aromatherapist and tutor, with over 10 years of working with natural materials and essential oils, by night I delve into the art of botanical perfumery, reading and smelling all things olfactory. I have set up the 'Nosetrodami Club' offering scentsory talks, discussions and master-classes on all topics and themes olfactive. I also offer one and two day workshops in the art of natural perfumery, natural and organic body & skincare. My inspirations range from the mundane to the metaphysical, the hum-drum to the hyperbolic which you may see reflected in my posts.

Secrets from the Walled Garden – beauty workshop bookings open

Hi there, I am running a morning workshop with Fulham Palace in November, its a beautiful place with a fascinating history and a secret oasis in the metropolis.  Join me for some ‘kitchen alchemy’, drawing inspiration from the Palace Gardens … Continue reading

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Shop, Read, Eat Chocolate

“Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power. It is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.”  Baron Justus von Liebig A little retail therapy might just be in … Continue reading

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Her Dark Material – Cacao absolute

“Cacao flowers were ingredients in perfumed baths, and thought to cure fatigue in government officials and others who held public office,” says the Badianus Codex, published in 1552 The Cacao tree flowers’ bloom in 2 cycles of 6 months the … Continue reading

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For the lust of Chocolate

“I know of nothing that stimulates my stomach and excites my mind  more voluptuously than the aromas of the these delicious dishes as they caress the imagination and arouse feelings of desire”   La Nouvelle Justine ou les Malheurs de … Continue reading

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Secrets from a Walled Garden

Create botanically-inspired products at my new Autumn Workshop Fulham Palace is wonderful horticultural haven in West London, the historical home to the Bishops of London and with a rich botanical history. The site has been the home to a long … Continue reading

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Bite sized chocolate info ..

… some low down on the ‘Food of the Gods’ A recent piece of research from New England Journal of Medicine compares the number of  Nobel Laureates per a country’s capita to that of its chocolate consumption, no surprises they … Continue reading

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Beauty Secrets Workshop

Creating natural products inspired by the Renaissance beauties of the Stuart court.   Here is a belated write up of my morning workshop in August at Hampton Court Palace, as part of the events to run alongside their ‘The Wild, … Continue reading

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