Today’s giveaway is from amazing new Perfume shop Virga-Botanical.
Enter to win their lovely Spice Market Perfume.
**** Congratulations to Tatjana Gruner - She Won the Spice Market Perfume ****
♡ 1. Visit Virga-Botanicals here and figure out a few things you love most.
Want to find out more about Virga-Botanicals?
Thank check out this interview i did with the lovely owner Kirsten:
1. How and when did you start making perfume?
I actually started making perfume because I *didn't* like perfume!
I remember smelling my mom's perfume bottles on her dresser when I was just wondering,
why does she have so many when they all smell the same?" Maybe I just had an un-discerning nose,
but I always found a kind of underlying uniformity to commercial perfumes that sort of made them
seem collectively boring. However, I always loved nature and natural smells
(I'd go out in the garden and just bury my face in flowers, or sometimes the grass or even tree bark!).
I've loved aromatherapy and believed in the healing properties of essential oils and naturally-occuring smells.
I decided it couldn't be that hard to make perfumes that smelled Real, that harmonized with the environment.
2. What inspires you the most in regards to your creations?
In addition to the physical level of the senses and my preference for more organic smells,
I'm constantly inspired by the more spiriual aspects of the olfactory workings as well!
I am a few weeks away from a degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,
so I make use of a lot of Chinese herbal principles in my creations.
I formulate each fragrance with more than just a pleasant smell in mind. Mystica,
for example, has a lot of notes known to be supportive of meditation,
combining woods for centering and citrus for joy and alertness.
Aromatic Greens contains a lot of no-nonsense herbals for focus and moving ahead.
Vanille - well, OK who doesn't love that?
Yin Star is very 'yin' - very inward, grounding, substantial and rich - it has a lot of vanilla too.
3. What is your favorite piece you've created and why?
The first perfume I created was Spice Market, and it is still my favorite.
When I lived in the Middle East, I loved the smell of the open-air spice markets there,
all mixed up with incense and mysterious things. I decided to try to duplicate that in a fragrance
I put all my favorite spicy, incense/resinous notes in it, figuring if I only used the things I really loved,
I was bound to be happy with it!
That worked out well, and had been very popular with others as well - my best seller by far.
And: I wear it all the time!
4. Do you have any new creations in the works? If so, what can shoppers expect to see from you soon?
I am working on one now I'm really excited about. It incorporates lotus and some other favorites I haven't used yet.
I'm basing it on an ancient Egyptian perfume formula.
And I'm always producing new skincare products, something I've been doing since I was twelve.
They take some time in the testing - I have to make sure the quality and effectiveness are optimal,
or I won't well them! Everything I make is all-natural and mostly organic.
I never use synthetic fragrance oils in my perfumes or anywhere else - only true essential oils have Qi!
Thank you so much!