I can’t believe it is September already. Where did the time go??? I feel as though I just got back from Wellfleet and it’s already well into E.’s school year (he’s a 2L at Colorado Law) and Autumn is closing in fast. I better bust-a-move is all I can say… I am sorry that I have been so remiss in terms of my blogging project but now that we’re all getting back to school / work, I hope to regain my momentum. Here’s hoping!
Last Friday I was at the Denver Art Museum for their last “Untitled” event of 2010 and we got to promote the amazing sights, sounds and smells of KING TUT at “UnTUTled”. ( cute, huh? ) I was previewing my upcoming talk about the aromas of ancient Egypt as well as explaining the first 6 perfumes in the “Secrets of Egypt” collection.
One of the new and soon to be released designs is a perfume called “Sampsuchinon” named after the Crocodile God of the Nile and the herbs associated with him, marjoram and oregano. I have actually been creating a true recipe of Sampsuchinon based on the ‘formula’ written by Dioscorides -using oils, fresh herbs and spices, honey and wine… (*see Lisa Manniche’s work for more info on these formulae) and then reworking the scent using modern materials (essential oils, not fresh herbs) to create the same style perfume but something we 21st Century folks could feel comfortable wearing. It’s also quite interesting to see people’s reaction to the old vs. the new versions.
There’s also one more perfume on the way to complete this collection: one to speak to aromatics that Egypt is known for now. I want to showcase the fact that Egypt is still an aromatic paradise. More to come about this one in my next post.
I hope you will have a lovely, fragrant day!