Up ahead you see the steaming stall on the edge of the river walk. You head towards it and watch them pour the warm drink, handing it to you with a contented smile. You hold it with two hands and enjoy the perfect blend of apple, cinnamon and lemon, as you continue on you journey.
Top: Fresh, fruity green apple.
Middle: Honey, cinnamon bark, nuts, creamy caramel, maple sugar, cider spice.
Base: Warm French vanilla.
Birch & Fir
The forest is damp and chilly, but full of a life-force that is almost palpable. You've chosen your tree; your symbol of family and community and hope. You watch as your symbol is felled, saying a prayer for the sacrifice it made, but reassuring the place that you will take care of it's bounty and return their offering with immeasurable amounts of love and joy; propelling it into a world that so desperately needs it.
Top: Eucalyptus, Mint, Lemon Peel, Cypress
Middle: Pine, Evergreen, Cedar, Birch
Base: Tonka Bean, Smoke, Fir, Amber, Moss
The cafe is bustling with life. It's a dreary morning in Edinburgh, but it's exactly what you need in this moment. The cinnamon and spices mix perfectly with the fog and glistening footpaths outside, and you listen intently as the Scots chat around you, talking of everything but the weather they're so used to.
Top: Cinnamon, Cardamom, Orange Peel
Middle: Cream, Nutmeg, Pepper
Base: Black Tea, Clove, Vanilla
"Wandering around the lush, green orchard, you wonder how the arrival of autumn could get any better. You see the children running through the trees as you make your way into the thick of them, marvelling at how the weather has turned perfectly crisp; the humidity of summer having finally faded. You could eat a dozen of the fresh, juicy apples, right here, but instead you load up your paper bags, taking home as many as you can carry."
Top: Green Leaves, Apple
Base: McIntosh Apple
All you did was walk by, and the simple waft of the Cécile Brünner rose brought you back to summers with your Grandma. She taught you everything you know about gardening, and you can see her hardened hands in your mind's eye as your rush to where you're going. But you have time. You go back to the flower and take a moment; smiling as you pause to remember the sun on your face, the perfume in the air, and your grandmother hard at work in her Eden.
Base: More Rose
"Lavender is… Lavender. It reminds each of us of something different; rolling violet hills, a deep bath with a single candle, or spending the weekend at Grandma’s (who would sneak the delicate flowers into your pillow). Lavender is exactly what we need it to be, and that is why it is so special to us.
Top: Bergamot, Lemon
Lemon Peel & Date
The air is moist, the ground is warm, and the trees are swaying gently in the breeze. This is the island holiday you've been dreaming of, and it's everything you hoped and more. The fresh food, the crystal clear waters, the abundance of smiles - this is what tropical life is. You can't help but wonder... do you really have to go back?
Top: Fiji Dates
Middle: Lemon Peel, Citrus, Rainforest Greens
Base: Sugar Cane
"Spending summers on the coast meant a few things: time with holiday park friends; riding bikes through the bush trails; hiking hills that felt like mountains; the ocean; and lots and lots of ice cream. Every summer you and your friends would frequent the same beachside tuckshop for your favourite Paddlepop, and every year they got better and better."
Top: Fresh Banana, Kiwi, Strawberry
Middle: Pineapple, Bubble Gum
Patchouli & Oud Wood
You found the place by accident. It was tucked away between a bookstore and a toy shop that stocked hand-made wooden figurines. Through the unassuming bead-curtain doorway, there was a world of interesting knick knacks, titillating scents and sounds, and captivating philosophical conversation with the owner. You finally leave and wonder if it was a real place, or just somewhere you needed at the time.
Top: Dark Patchouli and Asian Oud Wood
Middle: Geranium, Lily of the Valley, Agave Nectar, Jasmine, Myrrh
Base: Precious Woods, Tobacco Flower and Cedar Wood
You travelled thousands of miles to get here. The sun is shining through the streets -- a mix of old and new, arts and industry, homes and offices. You're meeting your online friend for the first time, and as you round the corner you think you see her. She's absolutely beaming, and your nerves turn to excitement as you sit down and order "the cafe special, please." It's Melbourne after all -- the coffee is said to be incredible.
Top: Coconut Milk
Base: Chocolate, Vanilla
They call us witches, but they do not know of what they speak. We are but humble servants of the earth; our mistress. Our magic is her magic. Magic with which we use to spin the most modest of harvests into the most magnificent. Our spells and potions are but recipes passed down and down again. If our spices and our pies are magic? Then we consent: we are indeed witches, and you are under our spell.
Top: Creamy pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, cardamom.
Middle: Vermont maple, rum.
Base: French vanilla and caramelised sugar.
Under the big, blue Texas sky, the wildflowers are blossoming. Bluebonnets cover every vacant field, filling the air with their unique blend of gardenia and jasmine and frangipani. There’s nothing else like it, and nowhere you’d rather be.
Top: Gardenia, Frangipani, Lemon Peel
Middle: Tuberose, Jasmine, Green Floral
You realise it is eerily quiet and look up from the book under examination in its cradle; everyone else has gone home for the night and you wonder how long you’ve been alone. Stretching your neck, you look up at the thousands of ancient, dusty pages, bound and resting within their mahogany shelves. You inhale the earthy air scented with leather, sandalwood and musk, and with a contented smile, your focus returns to the tome before you.
Middle: Cedar, Leather, Earl Grey Tea
Base: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amyris, Dark Musk
It's sweet, it's warm, it's comforting. Vanilla is reliable. Vanilla doesn't let you down. Vanilla reminds us of how sometimes the simple things in life can be the best things in life.
You watch your big sister ready to go out with her friends. Her hair is perfect. Her clothes are perfect. She's fun and bubbly and sweet. You want to go with her, out with her friends, but she says, “Not today. Maybe another time.” so you steal a spritz of her favourite perfume and waft her, sweet, fruity, citrus scent all the way to your room.
Top: Tropical Fruits and Sugared Citrus (Oranges, Lemons, and Limes) with Violet Leaf, Sweet Japanese Quince,
Middle: Sun Ripened Cassis, Sparkling Pomelo, Sun Weathered Driftwood, and Redolent.
Base: Lightly Exotic Mountain Greens.