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|Posted on June 27, 2016 at 3:38 PM||comments (240)|
|Posted on April 11, 2016 at 3:34 PM||comments (2)|
“It is not the end but the beginning of new, a rebirth with new eyes to better see the light within you."
A fragrance created in honor of my 40th birthday that is a celebration of the cycle of life with selected scents that capture the essence of time, memories, nature and love only found within a gypsy's heart.
This is a blend that much though went into and every ingredients and material added I had a deep love and connection for so therefore all played an important role in creating something that was special and personal to me .
I started with thyme, I found the duality of this fitting that represented the time in my life of years gone by and yet to be, French lavender for my love of growing and harvesting fresh lavender in my herb garden and how therapeutic it is for me to work with and simply inhale its magick. Next was Creosote which smells of the rains in Texas as child , peach notes made up of peach and apricot fruit extracts, grapefruit , orange blossom, and osmanthus absolute, which altogether created the peach accord I was going for that again a child hood memory of the many summers I spent at my grandmothers picking peaches the backyard. Orris absolute, cedarwood for the earthy and root notes that make up my olfactory senses of walks in the forest, the smell of trees and bare feet on the damp earth. Labdanum is my absolute favorite for its dark rich resin amber notes I am so fond of working with and wearing simply on its own which to me invokes of the sense of ancient resins and mysticism .
All of this patiently and lovingly infused in handcrafted extracts and tinctures of creosote leaves, orange peels, peach fruit, thyme herbs and lavender flowers to create the end result of a grand and fabulous, magickal fragrance near and dear to my gypsy heart.
Here is to 40 or more wonderful years of love, life and journeys yet to come on this beautiful earth!
|Posted on March 30, 2016 at 11:43 AM||comments (3)|
I did not know which route to go with this one as all I knew is that I wanted the main focus to be thyme, not only for the unique aromatic properties of fresh thyme but also that it was fitting as what I was creating was to embody a sense of time. So from there on I worked around that note adding my favorite olfactory fragrances and materials that signified personally to me the essence of youth, love, strength and bits of nostalgia. A blend to capture my spirit, where I have been, where I am to journey next and a bit of something of the unknown.
Many formulas and names for this one evolved, many indeed. Until one day it came to me that for many months I had been seeing this Ouroboros symbol around a lot. So much that I began to think it was just not coincidental and should not be ignored . An ancient alchemy symbol that signifies the end of a cycle and the beginning of another. It represents eternity, infinity and renewal, cyclical transformation and the creation of life through death. I found this to be fabulous and most fitting to this stage of my life. On April 11th I will be turning 40 and so this marks the end of what to me is one part of the cycle in my life and so begins new one. No longer so youthful but much wiser and worldly,but not yet the stage of the beautiful crone either ...and so the cycle continues and this gypsy woman journeys on. A new beginning which I thoroughly embrace with open arms, mind and heart. To celebrate this milestone I had in the works for about a year this blend that was to be very personal and unique in composition of notes and experimenting with more than just a few accords; which was a welcomed challenge for me. So indeed it is finally complete and to be released April, 11th and perfectly named none other than "OUROBOROS".
|Posted on August 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM||comments (4)|
|Posted on June 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM||comments (2)|
So what have I been up to? Oh, just spending time calling the elements is all ;)
This project began about two years ago and have been slowly working on it as time allows. It has finally come together and in the next two weeks this line of elemental perfumes will be set to release along with an elemental candle set as well . Pictures and labeling are in the final stages, so plans for release are for the week before the Summer Solstice .
I have been very particular about these scents and have not been so quick to create them as I wanted them to be unique, giving them Spanish names for each element, which is different from what you normally would see from those who have similar collections. Also to allow myself time and venture into testing different types of resins. Resins I have not used before and that not only had a harmonious aroma with my chosen oils and herbs to be first a "perfume" but important that they would also correspond traditionally to the elements for those who chose to use them in workings. Blends that would not only be used to scent the body but invoke the actual scent of each element based on my own memory recall. This was tricky to balance both concepts and at times a frustrating process scratching off many scent accord groupings as I went and starting over and over, but I can say I am finally satisfied with my interpretation of each elemental scent. After all what does water smell like ...or air? Everyone has a different olfactory recall for each I know, but I feel confident that the blends I have created will still indeed take you to the place where your senses can celebrate the beloved elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. I can't wait to release these ! :)
|Posted on April 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM||comments (107)|
|Posted on March 27, 2014 at 8:15 AM||comments (4)|
MGA is having a Scented give away Thursday, March 27th! Read this post first for more information on how to win!
I came across a pin on Pinterest the other day that stopped me in my tracks and took me back to a time in my life of things that I used to created pre- MGA .This pin led me to my old blog from 2007 which I thought I had closed back in 2011 and to my surprise is this very much active. Oh my, did I go back down memory lane. You see many may not know that I used to make handmade art dolls under the name of "Gothic Southern Belle Art and Southern Gypsy Moon Art. I sold these on eBay for the longest time and all the pictures and post of every doll and creation I ever made is on this blog along with years of life events from, moving to babies, trips and family losses. I reminisced of thing years long since passed on this for quite a while and revisited the memories of creativeness that went into my dolls. I saw how my thoughts, taste and style has evolved but still somehow have stayed the same... not as dark minded as I once was. I was very much a Romantic Goth at the time who enjoyed Dark Victoriana decor and dress, was intoVampires, Victorian Spiritualism , Mourning ,the Macabre and Poison dolls and Little Widows who poisoned people with cookies and tea…yeah...wow! You can read and browse all this and see my old creation here at http://gothicsouthernbelleart.blogspot.com/but here is the question you must answer to win and what this give aways is all about .
Ok,here it goes. Many may also not know (there are few of my customers and followers that do) but not only did I make art dolls I ran another business too. My first perfume/ bath and body business that due to illness and changes in life, sadly I could not keep running . I ran this business from 2003 to early 2008, until I took on a new venture and opened MGA .
This name is mentioned in a post on this blog somewhere, "WHAT WAS THE NAME OF MY OLD BUSINESS? The first three people to post on MGA"s FaceBook page wall what the name of that business was, will receive a free 3.oz candle in Mandrake Garden and a Perfume Vial set with Black Velvet, Earth and Wild Roots, Into the woods , and Feather Heart samples. This is for one day only, today Thursday, March 27th and as soon as I have three different people post the name then the giveaway will be over. So, go to the blog mentioned above and search away.
Do be warned , it was years worth of blogging so it may take a while and you may find yourself, amused, amazed,when browsing the pictures of my old art dolls post and at times confused on some asking yourself “What the ..?” Hey, what can I say? Creativeness has neither boundaries nor rules ...Good Luck!! ~Nina.
|Posted on March 10, 2014 at 12:23 PM||comments (110)|
|Posted on January 3, 2014 at 3:57 PM||comments (2)|
Life for me has finally settled down and I can again breathe the air of new ideas and creativity once more. My thoughts are alive and full of the zest and wonderment they had before pregnancy and I do so very much look forward to sharing with you what is to evolve from my scented world in the months to come:)
A new year and a fresh start indeed as I introduce a new logo and look for the shop and product labels, as well as a much needed update to my pictures. This new look will slowly be replacing the old one on the website and Etsy shop in the next week. I found a new face for MGA as seen in the picture above , she represents my work and branding much better and I absolutely love it !
Lotions and candles have been added back and are now available again for sale here and the Etsy shop and bath salts will return soon as well more toward the end of the month as I am giving those a packaging and product face lift as well. Sadly, powders and soaps with not return, I plan to discontinue those permanently. After much deliberation I found these are too costly to make for the price I sell them at in supplies, time, and amount of oils it takes to create them so they will not return. Keeping my product line and stock of materials simple allows me process orders much more quickly giving a turn around time of 3-5days instead of 8-10 going on 15 days in some cases. A new year’s resolution I am pushing myself to fulfill for 2014 ....faster turn around time :)
In the works are the Valentine scents, out by the end of next week available until the end of February. Returning is the sensual favorite "Love Alchemy” along with two new seasonal scents in which the good old romantic box of chocolates played the inspiration for.
An addition of a new style of locket is underway which will be released as soon as stock in supplies for it is secured from the new supplier I have found for these. Moving into Spring and Summer there will be an introduction of 5 new scents in a collection that is still in the works involving Alchemy and the Elements...more to come on that as this project progresses.
So see much going on here at MGA and glad to be back to my old gypsy self ;)
|Posted on August 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM||comments (102)|