Botanical Perfumery vs Botanical Gin? Archie Rose Distillery Rocks My World

Who knew that perfumery and distilling gin could be similar? Ben from the Archie Rose Distillery, right in the middle of Sydney, takes us on a fragrant (alcoholic) journey. 

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Archie Rose in Roseberry

We met at the fabulous bar in Roseberry for a pre tour drink. The drinks menu is so big it’s like a little book. The bar serves the gin, vodka, white rye (and soon whiskey) that they distill on site, with some charcuterie plates provided by Black Star pastry next door.

Archie Rise bar – pic taken from website Best International Bar – International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards (London)

Our tour guide Ben managed to cram the entire history of alcohol into our tour while cracking jokes and serving us tastes of the really strong stuff straight from the copper still.

Ben in black on the left, entertaining us with his witty quips and extensive knowledge and passion

Ben likened the blending of gin and the individual distillates to perfumery. I had already seen the signs when I first walked in to the distillery. What really peaked my interest, was the wall of glass measuring equipment housing single botanical distillates. Ooooooooooo …… glass beakers and botanicals!!!

single botanical distillates

How excited was I to see juniper, blood lime, orange and Dorrigo pepper all lined up? 

Very, very excited!

The full rack of single botanical distillates for the gin

All these single botanicals are blended to make the gins –

Signature Dry Gin -“fourteen traditional and native botanicals, each uniquely infused and individually distilled in our copper pot still. Perfectly balanced and wonderfully complex, our Signature Dry Gin is accented by native Australian botanicals, including Blood Lime, Dorrigo Pepperleaf, Lemon Myrtle and River Mint. All underpinned with pronounced juniper berry.

This gin is smooth and soft with the beauty of juniper powering through.

 

cassia, liquorice and ginger – a perfumer’s delight!

 Cassia liquorice and ginger take their place in the lineup!

 

Distiller’s Strength Gin – An overproof gin, packed with fifteen individually distilled             botanicals, including fresh pears from Orange in NSW, rose petals, elderflower,                       pronounced juniper and distilled honey direct from our rooftop beehives.                                 Distinguished, complex and intense, with a higher ABV, Archie Rose Distiller’s                         Strength is for those who love bigger, bolder flavours.

This beautiful fragrant gin blew my mind. Floral and sweet and bold all                   at the same time. Could I actually wear this as a perfume?

 

lemon myrtle, apple and river mint

Lemon myrtle, apple and river mint ….

 

Limited Edition – Archie Rose x Horisumi

Autumn “In collaboration with acclaimed tattoo artist, Horisumi, Horisumi Autumn is the first in a series of four rare gins, which celebrate the uniqueness of each Japanese season. Inspired by a mutual respect for  nature and the hand forged, Horisumi Autumn accentuates the spice-driven notes of red miso, sesame seed and sansho pepper, making for a complex, savoury gin. With an emphasis on deeper, earthy characteristics underpinned by spice, Horisumi Autumn offers gentle warmth as the evenings begin to cool.”

This gin is spicy and warm and I’m in awe of the blender – divine!

 

tasting trays with little amber bottles of water to add to the straight gin

 

And as a perfumer and aromatherapist I was so happy to see a little amber bottle with a dropper!

Hey guess what? You can be a perfumer and gin blender yourself with Archie Rose. Simply go to the website and either choose to have a Gin Blending Experience (a class on site) or just create your own gin on the website right here!

This distillery house is pure class. They respect the plants they are working with and their passion is infused in every cask, every bottle, and every drink.

Check out Archie Rose https://archierose.com.au/

This is not a sponsored post – I just loved everything about it!

Fulfilment – A New Botanical Perfume

Hello natural beauties I hope you’re all well and happy – and fulfilled. It’s time for perfume number 5 , fulfilment, from my new range of perfumes. The botanical perfume range, called REVELATION, corresponds with my book of the same name. Each perfume represents a “Revelation Formula” from one of the ten chapters on essential oils. Bliss is all about love ….

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From the Dharma chapter in my book, I have created fulfilment the botanical perfume.

 

fulfilment 9ml roll-on bottle

 

“As the world is rapidly changing, many people are questioning their true place and purpose in this world.

Are you? 

Some are being called to change, seek, adapt, gain knowledge, share knowledge and support a peaceful evolution of humanity.

Others are being called to act as practitioners of the healing arts.

Are you?

 

Suzanne R Banks    “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils”

 

 

 

Dharma does not just refer to work, it is a sanskrit word meaning the way we live our lives, the moral and “right” way to do things, according to natural law. Our work often plays a big part of who we are but for many people their job can be dreadfully depressing because it goes against their true nature, and their higher self is driving them to break out and live!

There’s no need to restrict yourself in life, in fact we need everyone to be out there using their full potential so we CAN evolve and move to the next level of consciousness.

Are you ready? Start with this crisp tangy perfume with woody undertones to change your focus and help you with the courage you need to fully pursue the reason you are here, now.

 

“You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.”

Martha Graham,     Dancer and choreographer

 

fulfilment 1ml sample

 

The fulfilment formula combines happiness oils and some of the essential oils I have listed in the dharma and work chapter of my book. All my perfumes are hand-made, organic, vegan, jojoba oil based.

fulfilment is a bright compelling fragrance with an unashamedly, tangy, bittersweet citrus headline. Bursts of green rosy highlights are given to you by palmarosa, layered on a rich warm foundation of spices that are dancing with cedar in a faraway forest.

You are a guiding light – embrace it.

Ingredients: essential oils of *petitgrain, *palamarosa, cedarwood Virginian, *black pepper and *cinnamon in  *jojoba. *certified organic

1ml sample    $ 9 AUD

9ml roll-on     $67 AUD

 

 

Are you feeling fulfilled?

 

Bliss – A New Botanical Perfume

Hello botanical perfume lovers from far and wide. I’m excited to be introducing perfume number 4, bliss, from my new range of perfumes. The botanical perfume range, called REVELATION, corresponds with my book of the same name. Each perfume represents a “Revelation Formula” from one of the ten chapters on essential oils. Bliss is all about love ….

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Buy my 100% natural and organic botanical perfumes, and paperback book here: suzannerbanks.com.au

Digital downloads of my book Revelation! Reveal your Destiny with Essentials Oils:

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From the Love chapter in my book, I have created bliss the botanical perfume.

” Love is the beauty of the soul.”

Saint Augustine, 4th Century philosopher and theologian

 

bliss 9ml roll-on perfume

 

“When I was searching for the meaning of love I found it difficult to come up with a simple explanation. There’s romantic love, sexual love, familial love, the one love of the universe and the love of ourselves.”

Suzanne R Banks    “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils”

 

Which oils do you use to inspire love? I’m feel most people would say rose for sure, but what else? In my book I recommend using any oil that appeals to you, and remember to use your intention to invoke your feelings through the oil.

What about love spells and love potions? I have created a gorgeous love potion perfume for you to throw in your handbag and carry everywhere. Break it out whenever you need to change your focus, to love yourself more, when you feel like being in love, and just anytime really.

Love yourself x

 

 

“Now a soft kiss – Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss.”

John Keats

 

 

bliss 1 ml sample

 

 

The bliss formula combines happiness oils and some of the essential oils I have listed in the love chapter of my book.

All my perfumes are hand-made, organic, vegan, jojoba oil based.

bliss is a spicy, fruit rose with all the thorns and twigs. This rose can never be overshadowed with a base of soft patchouli and the stunning floral note of ylang ylang. Bergamot gives this alluring scent a cool finish, with a little wood creating an inspiring creamy heart.

Fall in love with everything.

Ingredients: essential oils of *rose otto, rose absolute, *bergamot, *patchouli, *ylang ylang and cedarwood Virginian in  *jojoba. *certified organic

 

1ml sample    $ 22 AUD

9ml roll-on     $187 AUD

 

 

How many ways do you feel and express love?

 

Harmony – A New Botanical Perfume

Hello natural beauties and botanical perfume lovers from far and wide. After launching my first perfume range, I’m now introducing you to perfume number 3, harmony. The range, called REVELATION, corresponds with my book of the same name. Each perfume represents a “Revelation Formula” from one of the ten chapters on essential oils. I’m excited to share them with you, one by one. Let’s go!

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Buy my 100% natural and organic botanical perfumes, and paperback book here: suzannerbanks.com.au

Digital downloads of my book Revelation! Reveal your Destiny with Essentials Oils:

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From the Abundance chapter in my book, I have created harmony the botanical perfume.

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears”

Anthony Robbins

harmony 9ml roll-on

 

“Gratitude and abundance go hand -in- hand.”

Suzanne R Banks      Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils

 

Abundance, of course, does not only apply to money. It could mean you require more time or positivity in your life. Using essential oils will help change your focus away from lack and into a better feeling place.

 

“Essential oils are a fantastic medium for feeling better about things, and when you feel better it’s easier to be grateful; and when its easier to be grateful you will find more things to be grateful for and then you’ll feel even better about your situation, and see the abundant nature of the universe in every little thing.

Me – again

 

 

harmony 1ml sample

 

The harmony formula combines happiness oil and the essential oils I have listed in the abundance chapter of my book.

All my perfumes are hand-made, organic, vegan, jojoba oil based.

The scent is a gorgeous plush rosy wood in all its intricate simplicity. Deep, sweet red mandarin is the mouth-watering highlight as a touch of warm resin brings the base, finishing with a crisp light wood. A little sage leads the way to wisdom through the herbal strength of the ages past.

Attune to the abundance of the universe.

Ingredients: essential oils of Indian rosewood, *mandarin, *cedarwood Atlas, *sage and myrrh in  *jojoba. *certified organic

 

1ml sample    $ 9 AUD

9ml roll-on       $67 AUD

 

 

What helps you to feel abundant?

 

The Case Against (synthetic) Fragrance x 2

Hello natural beauties and scent lovers! I missed a post last week because I’ve been super, dooper, uber busy. I do not extoll the virtues of being busy at all – I’m more about a balance of rest and fun and work. However when you freelance and work for yourself sometimes you just have to accept the jobs and go for it! This week I want to share with you the ever growing realisation that synthetically fragranced products are not good for us. Read on… 

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I’ve always disliked all air fresheners especially stick fragrance yuck!

 

In an article from March 7, 2017, Sarah Berry from the Sydney Morning Herald, writes about a study recently released from Melbourne University in regards to the mass of synthetically fragranced products on the market today – “Fragranced products are making us sick”.  The study headed by Professor Anne Steinemann, who Sarah says is a world expert on environmental pollutants, addresses how fragranced products including cleaning products, personal care products and air fresheners are literally making us all sick!

Professor Steinemann has also headed a similar study in the USA and is about to release a similar British study too. The Australian study ” Health and effects from exposure to fragranced consumer products” states

“Contrary to popular belief, most exposure to hazardous pollutants that effect health and well-being occurs indoors (Ott et al., 2007; Brown, 2007). A primary source of these indoor pollutants and exposure is common fragranced consumer products such as air fresheners. cleaning products, laundry supplies, and personal care products…

Exposure to fragranced products has been associated with a range of adverse human health effects, including migraine headaches, contact dermatitis, asthma attacks, respiratory difficulties, and mucosal symptoms.”

Some facts from the study:

  • 33% of the general population reported one or more types of health problems associated with exposure to one or more types of fragranced products
  • 16.7% reported respiratory problems
  • 14% mucosal symptoms
  • 10% migraine headaches
  • 9.5% skin problems
  • 7.6% asthma attacks
  • 4.5% neurological problems
  • 4.1% cognitive problems
  • 3% cardiovascular problems
  • 2.9% cardiovascular problems
  • 1.9% other

Other statements:

  • fragranced products emit a range of chemicals, including hazardous air pollutants, but ingredients do not need to be fully disclosed on the product label or material safety data sheet
  • a “fragrance” in a product is typically a chemical mixture of several dozen to several hundred chemicals

mmmmmm hideous

I’ve always maintained that getting rid of, or limiting synthetic fragrance is of paramount importance and talk about it in my book “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils”.

Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils

I have author envy with the release of this fabulous new book by Australian author Kate Grenville “The Case Against Fragrance”, where she basically reports becoming sick from her perfumes and has to stop using them for good!

Unfortunately Kate actually thought she was allergic to dating but later realised it was the dastardly spritz of her French perfume that did her in!

The Case Against Fragrance

 

Kate intensely describes being so overwhelmed by synthetic fragrance in a hotel she was staying in, she had to duct tape the door and lock herself in to block out the intensity of the scent and to try and save herself from debilitating health issues like migraines.

I do realise the essential oils are made up of different chemicals and can also effect people too, however if we all eliminated synthetically fragranced toxic products from our lives not only would our senses become more refined, but we can then use a little essential oil with great health benefits and results.

Perfume is one of the greatest culprits – sorry perfume lovers – hence the need for 100% pure natural botanical perfumes. Let’s get back to nature. Let’s eliminate the scourge of synthetic fragrance from our every day lives.

It will be worth it.

Believe me.

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Thanks. What do you think about all the fragranced products in our world?

banks botanicals – My Little Perfume Shop

Hello natural beauties and botanical scent lovers everywhere! I’m happy to announce my shop is now open! I’m nervous and scared and excited at the same time and I hope it is the humble beginnings of something grand. Here’s what you’ll find when you click the link:

 

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The Book

Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils.

I am now selling my own book yay! It’s all about essential oils and how they can open your mind and soul to true potentiality. I have created 10 Revelation Formulas which guide you in making your own essential oil concoctions, depending on what energy you need right now, and what oils you prefer.

This book forms the foundation of the perfume range, and each scent is a Revelation Formula in itself!

My wonderful book

My wonderful book

 

The Perfumes

This range of botanical perfumes is my first! Based on the book, you’ll find 10 scents designed to transport you within, create magic in between the spaces of your cells and allow you to soar through the multiverse. Imagine a perfume that can do all that! Botanical perfumes are very different to conventional perfumes – you might like to check out my article about it here: The Beauty of Botanical Perfume – A Beginners Guide

All perfumes are based in organic jojoba oil, using organic essential oils where possible.

All perfumes are available in a 1ml sample size and a 9ml roll-on bottle.

 

double happiness sample

double happiness sample

 

double happiness is a fun, fizzy combination of rose geranium and mint. Melissa brings complex lemon drops with a splash of sparkling citrus by may chang and white grapefruit. Patchouli deepens the finish of this scent with a softness that creates a heavenly, pretty perfume.

Just one whiff will brighten you day and add some extra happiness to your being.

Ingredients: essential oils of white grapefruit, rose geranium, *spearmint, *patchouli, *melissa, *may chang and *peppermint in *jojoba. *certified organic.

 


 

oneness is the earth mother, the Empress. Hints of humus rich garden beds and dark woods at dusk are created through the meeting of bushy Australian sandalwood and cypress. Lovely orange gives lightness and happiness while spikenard gives deepness and introspection. A drop of nutmeg in frankincense is the key to this sensual perfume.

Be at one with yourself and the world around you.

Ingredients: essential oils of *sweet orange, Australian sandalwood CO2 extract, *cypress, rose geranium, *frankincense, *nutmeg and spikenard in *jojoba. *certified organic.

 


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harmony is a gorgeous plush rosy wood in all its intricate simplicity. Deep, sweet red mandarin is the mouth watering highlight as a touch of warm resin brings the base, finishing with a crisp light wood. A little sage leads the way to wisdom through the herbal strength of the ages past.

Attune to the abundance of the universe.

Ingredients: essential oils of Indian rosewood, *mandarin, *cedarwood Atlas, *sage and myrrh in  *jojoba. *certified organic

 


harmony 9ml roll-on

harmony 9ml roll-on

 


 

bliss is a spicy, fruit rose with all the thorns and twigs. This rose can never be overshadowed with a base of soft patchouli and the stunning floral note of ylang ylang. Bergamot gives this alluring scent a cool finish, with a little wood creating an inspiring creamy heart.

Fall in love with everything.

Ingredients: essential oils of *rose otto, rose absolute, *bergamot, *patchouli, *ylang ylang and cedarwood Virginian in  *jojoba. *certified organic

 


 

Fulfilment is a bright compelling fragrance with an unashamedly, tangy, bittersweet citrus headline. Bursts of green rosy highlights are given to you by palmarosa, layered on a rich warm foundation of spices that are dancing with cedar in a faraway forest.

You are a guiding light – embrace it.

Ingredients: essential oils of *petitgrain, *palamarosa, cedarwood Virginian, *black pepper and *cinnamon in  *jojoba. *certified organic.

 

fulfilment 1ml sample

fulfilment 1ml sample

 


 

flow starts with a big burst of honey-sweet chamomile softened with ancient healing herbs and the deep earthy roots of vetiver and patchouli. A twist of blood orange and lime highlights the sweetness of life in this beautiful perfume.

Chill baby.

Ingredients: essential oils of *Roman chamomile, *lime, *blood orange, *lavandin, *palmarosa, *patchouli, *marjoram and vetiver* in  *jojoba. *certified organic.

 


 

positivity is a green, sappy, delicious fresh scent with basil leading the way. Supporting basil’s cool positivity are tangs of lemon and lemongrass, highlights of rich feminine geranium, the cedars of two continents and a secret, soft, barely there, warmth of liquorice.

Be kind to yourself and exude positive vibes.

Ingredients: essential oils of *lemon, *basil, *geranium, *mandarin, *fennel, *lemongrass, *cedarwood Atlas and cedarwood Virginian in  *jojoba. *certified organic

 


 

purity is sweet resinous fragrance that is as comforting as a balm and as cleansing as an autumn shower. Peru balsam is your sensual heroine with crisp sophisticated juniper highlights and lo-fi sprinklings of thyme and may chang. Add pretty pink grapefruit and inhale the divinity.

Cleanse and fortify your force field.

Ingredients: essential oils of *pink grapefruit, Peru balsam, *juniper, *may chang, *pine and *thyme in  *jojoba. *certified organic.

 

purity 9ml roll-on

purity 9ml roll-on

 


 

Immortality captures an indulgent scent of neroli and bergamot conjuring long, sunlit days drinking floral fruit punch in an infinite garden. Frankincense and everlasting daisy take you into the warm summer evenings and a little spice cajoles your heart into loving the true essence of your creative being.

The fountain of youth is within you.

Ingredients: essential oils of *bergamot, *neroli, *frankincense, *everlasting and *clove in  *jojoba. *certified organic.

 


 

strength opens with a bright orange smiley splash, underscored with the intoxicating floral fragrance of jasmine. Indian sandalwood and cardamom offer a deep creamy baseline that lingers through the spaces of your cells, bringing a sense of strength and softness. A drop of lavender whispers the song of solidarity to your soul.

Be strong. Leap to amazing new heights.

Ingredients: essential oils of *sweet orange, *jasmine, jasmine absolute, Indian sandalwood, lavender and *cardamom in  *jojoba. *certified organic.


 

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Thanks lovely readers if you have any questions please leave a comment.

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The Fragrant Plants of Late Summer in Sydney

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Hello natural beauties I hope you’re all well and happy. As the stinking hot edge to summer starts to taper off in Sydney, there are still so many beautiful flowers to behold. The scent is the draw card for me and here are a few pics I’ve taken in the past week. Long live summer!!! 

 

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frangipani, Sydney

frangipani, Sydney

Of course the frangipani is still rockin, and will be for a while too as we’re in for a mild autumn!

Murraya peniculata

Murraya peniculata

 

The star of late summer is always the murraya, sometimes known as orange jessamine.  There’s no stopping this tree from blooming the intoxicating scent of deep jasmine mixed with gardenia and a little spice thrown in for good measure.

I never want to live without it – just like this bee!

 

 

And look at all the petals on the ground! So delicious, its a treat to walk outside.

murraya petals on the ground still smell so sweet

murraya petals on the ground still smell so sweet

 

And of course there’s always geranium to be found.

Geranium ad Anne and Martins place in my street

Geranium ad Anne and Martins place in my street

 

If you’re in late winter/spring what scented delights have you found?

Thanks again dear ones and remember to appreciate the little things in life, like scented flowers, you will remember these moments fondly in the end.

Peace.

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