The fragrance Chaparral is just not a reference to the creosote bush, Larrea tridentata, which typically goes by many title chaparral, in addition to greasewood and la gobernadora. I named the perfume after the California biome distinguished by moist winters, scorching summers and drought-tolerant shrub land. This biome can also be discovered within the Mediterranean, South America, Australia and South Africa. The phrase chaparral comes from the Portuguese and Spanish phrase “chaparro” which means evergreen oak shrub land.
Again in 2006, when this Chaparral was conceived and launched, my intention was to convey consciousness to this neighborhood of crops that are very undervalued in Los Angeles the place residents go for pesticide and water hungry lawns and non native palm timber, relatively than the native sages, artemisias, oaks, and so forth.
In creating the fragrance Chaparral®, I weaved collectively my love and dedication to the indigenous crops of California with abilities in fragrant plant preparation and the artistry of fragrance formulation.
“Artwork arises when the key imaginative and prescient of the artist
and the manifestation of nature
agree to seek out new shapes.”
~ Kahlil Gibran
My husband, Greg Spalenka states that there are three fundamental parts of nice artwork which applies to the complete spectrum of the sensory realm together with visible, auditory, culinary and olfactory orchestrations.
He adheres to those three parts as a trinity of “Thoughts, Physique and Spirit”:
Thoughts; the thought and/or idea
Physique; representing the supplies
Spirit; the love, ardour, integrity and/or soul nature
In alchemy the trinity is Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt, code phrases for what can also be known as “Soul, Spirit, and Physique”
Sulfur = Soul = Consciousness
Mercury = Spirit = Thoughts
Salt = Physique = Mineral
So if we return to Greg’s trinity, I’ve overlayed Greg’s trinity with that of alchemy on this manner, substituting Greg’s phrase Spirit for Soul/Love.
Thoughts; the thought and/or idea / Mercury = Spirit
Physique; representing the supplies / Salt = Physique
Soul/Love, ardour, integrity and/or soul nature / Sulfur = Soul, Consciousness
All these parts, working collectively at a excessive stage of sophistication and consciousness, create a synergy, the place every element turns into greater than the sum of its elements.
In fragrance the thoughts facet (Mercury) is the idea that the perfume is constructed on, encompassing far more than a scent based mostly on a perfume household or kind. The physique facet (Salt) is manufactured from the supplies contained throughout the fragrance, the artist’s palette. Soul (Sulphur) is the burning ardour of your creation, that is the place the true artist weaves their very own authenticity into the constructed paintings utilizing their consciousness. Every is necessary and is required for the completed artwork to transcend the atypical, to succeed in the heights of the chic.
Over the past twenty years I’ve come to eager realizations concerning California natives and their worth. The journey starting with guided educational walks led by herbalist David Crow again within the 90’s when he would lead nature walks within the Santa Monica Mountains. Davids introduction than deepened with classes from speaking with the mighty Oaks on my property and its environment, after we lived within the Santa Monica Mountains.
The California native Coastal dwell oak was the one who spoke to me and revealed the worth of native crops simply as I started organizing my neighborhood to guard 4 massive timber on an lot subsequent to us. In an try and safe the security of the timber I created a fragrance dedicated to them. The fragrance is known as “Q” for Quercus agrifolia and was the primary in a collection titled Californica.
The second fragrance within the collection, Chaparral® was birthed in October 2006 once I was researching incense. Incense was utilized by a wide range of cultures relying on the plant materials of their specific area. The indigenous folks of California use the sacred white sage, Salvia apiana, to clear an area or fumigate a person. I selected to create an incense themed fragrance dedicated to the California indigenous folks based mostly on the crops of the realm.
The trinity talked about above works in Chaparral like this:
Thoughts/Idea | Mercury/Spirit: The native crops of California, the chaparral.
Soul/Love: The soul nature of this fragrance is expressed by the conscious harvesting and preparation of the plant materials. The perfume is created by hand with an intention to develop consciousness of native crops.
Physique/Materials: precise, very important plant materials utilized in tinctures and important oils to characterize an “genuine” perfume of the areas native crops.
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