Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Essentially Me Open Day was a success!

Alec's beloved motorbike and our poster in Burford.

Our open day was really an opportunity to make ourselves known to the local community. I whizzed round the Cotswolds putting up posters to supplement local radio and newspaper coverage. Sian had the difficult job of deciding how many chocolate brownies to make as we had no idea how many people would show up.

We had a steady flow of people throughout the day and visitors were taken into the lab and encouraged to smell all our natural aromatics. Every time I do anything hands on with the public most of them ‘get it’ straight away. It’s like opening a little window into a world which they didn’t know was there. Almost without exception people are surprised by the richness and depth of floral absolutes, the delicacy of orris, and the warm softness of beeswax, labdanum and hay.

The stories that have accompanied these aromas down the ages build an imaginal bridge connecting our sensuality with that of our ancestors. Most people irrespective of age, gender or background respond with amazement to the colourful history of natural aromatics. A powerful testimony to how little is generally known, how interesting the history is and how important natural aromatics have been to our species.


  1. So sorry I missed it!
    Your poetic descriptions are truly inspiring.
    I have cupboards full of essential oils, but never knew anything about their history.
    When are you going to write the book?!

  2. Already have!

    Artisan Perfumery or Being Led by the Nose is available from Essentially Me on