Recently, I gave one of my perfume formulas a new name. Someone familiar with the scent that I developed several years ago asked if I thought it was a good idea to change the name to Flowers of Joy.
After all, it was pointed out, things in the world are rather bleak. Given the seriousness of situations all around us, the perfume’s new name may be a bit out of touch. Flowers of Joy. A little too cute. Trite, even.
But here’s the thing: I have much joy in my life, even during the dark hours. It’s not that I am out of touch and clueless. I am very aware of the sadness and trouble in our midst. However, my joy doesn’t come from things or from people. My joy is God-given, and the perfume and its name are a tribute to this supernatural joy.
And with that, I introduce to you Flowers of Joy.
Rose, Jasmine, Orange Flower Blossom, Lemon, and several other all-natural botanical essences were blended together to create Flowers of Joy. Its fragrance is floral and powdery, but as is the case with all perfumes created with pure botanical essences found in nature, this hand-blended, artisan perfume exudes an earthy quality. It’s definitely not airy and light. It is very much in the tradition of a French-made perfume, and by referencing French perfumes I mean that Flowers of Joy is not for the faint of heart. A woman who wears this scent is confident. Confident in knowing that whatever tries to throw her off-course, she will always prevail because of her supernatural joy that comes from realms unseen.
The perfume was blended about six weeks ago, and I was hoping to bottle and package it in time for Mother’s Day. Alas, the essences weren’t quite properly “married” in time for the holiday, and you simply cannot rush these things.
The perfume was finally ready for packaging, and Saturday morning I began bottling the scent. I worked at it off and on the entire day. Tonight, I put the finishing touches on the packaging, and there are five bottles of Flowers of Joy available. Yes, only five bottles. Remember: this is an artisan perfume. Everything is done by hand.
My hope is that you will enjoy viewing (see photo gallery, below) how the process unfolds, as much as I have enjoyed creating each hand-blended bottle of these lovely, liquid flowers.
- First, the bottles were sterilized. Then they were carefully dried (using a blow dryer). Getting every last drop of water from the bottles is important in order to maintain the integrity of the perfume.
- Once the perfume is bottled, each is tied by hand in the tradition of a French parfumerie where, in the past, stoppers were tied onto the perfume bottles. This is a lost art that makes for a beautiful presentation.
- A handwritten "romance card" is included with each bottle of Flowers of Joy that tells about the botanical essences used to create the perfume, along with a little note to the wearer.
- The final step: The beribboned bottles are placed into small gold boxes. Viola! C'est fini!
Click on the photos above to view the process of bottling and packaging Flowers of Joy.