A Book Is a Garden, an Orchard…
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
― Charles Baudelaire
When I was creating the first perfumes, it was poetry and its language that inspired me to bind together the aesthetics of a word, botany and scent. Poetry in its many forms and languages, free or rhymed, it is the beauty, the melody and the rhythm which makes you enjoy a few verse lines again and again. Botanical perfumes must possess the harmony as well. Blurring the boundaries between poetry and natural perfumery is what makes our perfume collection unique.
But why is it so often difficult for some people to describe and find words for a certain scent?
The reason is that we need not only to train our nose but our language too. Reading can expand your vocabulary extensively, while writing down your thoughts can create a structure and fix what you have learnt. Poetry is a concentrated form of writing, full of sentiments. It is perfect to learn the beauty of building sentences and to create metaphors.
Read poetry every day of your life. Poetry is good because it flexes muscles you don’t use often enough. Poetry expands the senses and keeps them in prime condition. It keeps you aware of your nose, your eye, your ear, your tongue, your hand.
- Ray Bradbury
We have made a list of books which beautifully blend into the season, our vision and are highly recommended for long autumn nights. Those are not all poems but written by the masters of the language, poets who used different forms including prose poetry. They say autumn is the favourite season of poets for its beauty. For us, it is the time to ponder and appreciate the little moments and things we have.
- Emily Dickinson Letters by Everyman’s Library
A collection of letters written by the poetess to her family and friends. Full of sentiments, love, lyrical descriptions of seasons and country life, these letters are so warming and touching.
- A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
Writing on daily moments and nature, Mary Oliver will take you on a long journey of modern yet beautiful poetry which will make you want to read all her amazing collections.
- Beneath My Feet. Writers on Walking. Notting Hill Editions
Isn’t autumn perfect for long walks in the nature? Walks bring inspiration, new experiences, clear your mind and can broaden your scent vocabulary too!
- Villanelles by Everyman’s Library
(It) is an intensity that can be both haunting and powerful; it is this intensity that leads the villanelle to most often be used in the dramatic creation of strong emotions, or deeply emotional themes…
How to Write a Villanelle, by Dusty Grein. The Society of Classical Poets.
Villanelle is a song, a dance, a repetition and a classic form of poetry. Explore the different variations of Villanelle, you will be surprised to find out the poems you knew before are in fact villanelles too.
What about writing? What is the best way to put down your reflections on scent?
Writing comes when you start writing. It is true it is difficult to start from a blank sheet of paper. But keeping a journal for yourself and allowing yourself to make mistakes and write whatever comes to your mind, i.e. let your thoughts and words flow smoothly on paper is the only way to write.
Start by experiences new scents: spices, leaves in a forest, autumn air, skin, etc. Anything available. Make one entry a day to your journal and describe what you smell, what it brings to your mind (memories, associations), which notes you can distinguish. Scent is personal and there lies its beauty. You do not need to give the exact notes and write like an expert. It is about a free style writing which allows you to stay in the moment, focus on the intangible, the elusive. You will be amazed if you keep your journal for some time and go back to the earlier entries to find out that your language and vocabulary have so much improved.
The important part of your writing is to keep it in pair with reading. Do it regularly or whenever you feel inspired. Reading and writing before sleep is a good activity to transition into a calm night. You can read one poem a day and write down a couple of sentences to start. I promise your perspectives on scent, verse and writing will change!
In the next Journal post we will talk more about keeping a scent and mindfulness journal.