Florapolis in Redfern – A new Urban Florist

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Hello natural beauties how are you? I was walking home the other evening and stumbled across a gorgeous new florist called Florapolis. Attached to the old garage at the top of Regent St, Redfern, you could be mistaken that you were in Europe, somewhere in the countryside, admiring delightful flowers, plants and good vibes.

 

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Info for Florapolis


Carlos has created a space that not only is supercool, but that elevates flowers to their rightful place in an urban environment. From recycled old mattress frames that make a potting shed, to old ladders and boxes it really captured me as I walked by.

A stunning posie in an old glass, wrapped with leaves

All the posies were out the front, with a special shed/office at the back for the tall flowers which included roses a plenty. It was evening so my little movie is a bit dark but you’ll get the drift.

Recycling is the key word here as Florapolis has used found objects like old pots, discarded furniture and pretty much anything you can think of that has a great look and no doubt a great story.

And this is the little posy I bought for my friend Sheila who lives in a nursing home. If you live in Sydney it’s worth a visit.

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

Pruning Lavender at Paradise Botanical Garden

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Hello natural beauties how are you? I’ve been a bit slack with my posts but I am caring for my elderly parents and that takes up a lot of time. I was happy to escape to Paradise Botanical Garden last week to get some fresh air and help the garden. My job was cutting the lavender and it was a joyous, and cold morning. Avoiding the bees was my biggest challenge.

 

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The garden on the Central Coast just north of Sydney will be having an open weekend with local businesses selling their wares, from refreshments to aromatherapy. Come and visit on the first weekend of August 2020.

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

Make 5 Quick and Easy Perfumes with Only 3 Essential Oils in Each Creation

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Hello natural beauties how are you? After my last blog with poetry about flowers, I feel we need a little bit more inspiration to unlock our hearts and minds during this weird time. Here are a few perfumes you can make in a minute with just 3 essential oils and a few drops of carrier oil.

 

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The classic Duralex glass dish is handy to make oil blends and quick perfumes in


Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first! You could use almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba, grapeseed, sunflower, and many more.

clove studded oranges


Heart

1 x drop cedarwood Atlas

1 x drop lavender

1 x drop orange


Sparkling Butterfly

1 x drop lime

1 x drop geranium

1 x nutmeg


Elemental Energy

1 x drop Siberian fir

1 x drop lemon

1 x drop amber

a fir forest in Finland borrowed from cartinafinland.fi

Sunset

1 x drop Australian sandalwood

1 x drop ylang ylang

1 x petitgrain


Fireside Kisses

1 x drop bergamot

1 x drop peru balsam

3 x drops rose in 3% jojoba * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

Rose is the Queen of oils

I hope you enjoy these easy recipes xoxo

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

Rosy Poetry for Isolation and Quiet Time

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Hello natural beauties how are you? I’ve been looking for some fragrant inspiration during isolation and quiet time. I came across some lovely poetry about flowers and picked some special poems about roses, just for you. There is something so special about old fashioned, heavenly scented roses in a garden, and that is exactly what I picture when I read these poems. I hope you enjoy them.

 

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More beautiful roses from my recent trip to New Zealand

The Rose Family

by Robert Frost

The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose.
But the theory now goes
That the apple’s a rose,
And the pear is, and so’s
The plum, I suppose.
The dear only know
What will next prove a rose.
You, of course, are a rose–
But were always a rose.




The Social Climber is pretty in pink

Nobody knows this little Rose

by Emily Dickinson


It might a pilgrim be
Did I not take it from the ways
And lift it up to thee.
Only a Bee will miss it —
Only a Butterfly,
Hastening from far journey —
On its breast to lie —
Only a Bird will wonder —
Only a Breeze will sigh —
Ah Little Rose — how easy
For such as thee to die!



A different rose, in the same park, about 2 years ago

A Red, Red Rose

by Robert Burns

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it ware ten thousand mile.

bliss with roses

One Perfect Rose

by Dorothy Parker

A single flow’r he sent me, since we met.
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet—
One perfect rose.

I knew the language of the floweret;
“My fragile leaves, ” it said, “his heart enclose.”
Love long has taken for his amulet
One perfect rose.

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.

Do you love roses too?

Persian Love cupcakes with rose water from That Vegan Lady

Pretty in Pink & Positivity Perfume

Welcome again natural beauties. I hope you are feeling positive wherever you are and whatever season you find yourself in. I find it much easier to be positive in spring and summer – how about you? I have friends who absolutely love colder weather and don’t like the heat at all. Here are a couple of pics from my week and a reminder for a great way to stay positive…

 

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Here’s a gorgeous rose chai latte from The Rabbit Hole Cafe in Sydney

 

oh beautiful jasmine I love you

 

pretty in pink – cherry blossoms

 

Ok I’m cheating here – this was a month ago in Hanoi – but these lotus blossoms are still pretty in pink!

 

“positivity” – the perfume

 

Stay positive with positivity.

This hand-made, organic, vegan, oil based roll-on perfume, 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

Available on my website suzannerbanks.com.au

Stay positive people.

Fragrant Rosey Poetry

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Hello natural beauties! Flowers and fragrance never get old! Looking for inspiration, I’ve found some lovely poetry about roses. Continuing on from last week’s An Afternoon with Roses I hope you enjoy this romantic interlude …..

 

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The Rose Family by Robert Frost
 
The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose.
But the theory now goes
That the apple’s a rose,
And the pear is, and so’s
The plum, I suppose.
The dear only know
What will next prove a rose.
You, of course, are a rose–
But were always a rose.

Persian Love cupcakes

Persian Love cupcakes with rose water and rose petals from That Vegan Lady

 

The Grave and The Rose by Victor Hugo

 
The Grave said to the Rose,
“What of the dews of dawn,
Love’s flower, what end is theirs?”
“And what of spirits flown,
The souls whereon doth close
The tomb’s mouth unawares?”
The Rose said to the Grave.

The Rose said, “In the shade
From the dawn’s tears is made
A perfume faint and strange,
Amber and honey sweet.”
“And all the spirits fleet
Do suffer a sky-change,
More strangely than the dew,
To God’s own angels new,”
The Grave said to the Rose.

Rose

Rose is the Queen of oils

 

A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns

 
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it ware ten thousand mile.

bliss with roses

bliss with roses – a botanical perfume by me available at suzannerbanks

 

Nobody knows this little Rose by Emily Dickinson

 
Nobody knows this little Rose —
It might a pilgrim be
Did I not take it from the ways
And lift it up to thee.
Only a Bee will miss it —
Only a Butterfly,
Hastening from far journey —
On its breast to lie —
Only a Bird will wonder —
Only a Breeze will sigh —
Ah Little Rose — how easy
For such as thee to die!
 

mixed roses

A bunch of mixed roses in a cafe. The large pink rose had a mild scent but the little white ones didn’t

 

 

Stanzas to the Rose by Mary Darby Robinson
 
 
SWEET PICTURE of Life’s chequer’d hour!
Ah, wherefore droop thy blushing head?
Tell me, oh tell me, hap’less flow’r,
Is it because thy charms are fled?
Come, gentle ROSE, and learn from me
A lesson of Philosophy.

Thy scented buds, LIFE’S joys disclose;
They strew our paths with magic sweets;
Where many a thorn like thine, fair ROSE,
Full oft the weary wand’rer meets;
And when he sees thy charms depart,
He feels thy thorn within his heart.

When Morn’s bright torch illum’d the sky,
Vainly thy flaunting buds display’d
Enamell’d leaves of crimson die,
Ill-fated blossoms doom’d to fade;
So ’tis with BEAUTY, hapless flow’r,
Its lustre blooms but for an hour.

Come blushing ROSE, and on my breast
Recline thy gentle head, and die;
Thy scatter’d leaves shall there be press’d,
Bath’d with a tear from PITY’S eye;
There shall thy balmy sweets impart
An essence grateful to my heart.

Thus SYMPATHY, with lenient pow’r,
Shall bid thy fading charms bestow
Soft odours for life’s happy hour,
Kind, healing balsam for its woe!
If such thy virtues, ROSE DIVINE!
OH ! MAY THY ENVIED FATE BE MINE

beautiful rose

Beautiful rose in Wellington Botanic Gardens

 

Who doesn’t love roses?

 

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10 Essential Oil Recipes for Love this Valentines Day

Hello natural beauties and scent lovers. Today is known as Valentines Day and whether you celebrate this or not, a few essential oils for love certainly never go astray. Here are some perfume recipes, body oil recipes and more – for your ode to love in all it’s forms. And this time the recipes are all for you! Your perfume, your body, your heart. Love yourself first.

 

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heart of stone?

heart of stone?

 

Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!

“Heart of Stone”

Ylang Ylang      1 drop

nutmeg             1 drop

orange              1 drop

 


 

“Love in the Fairy Grotto”

Indian rosewood      1 drop

Peru balsam             1 drop

palmarosa                1 drop

 


 

“Spice it Up”

black pepper     1 drop

ginger                1 drop

rose 3%            3 drops   * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

 


 

oil blend for your body

oil blend for your body

 

Nourishing Body Oil

For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil. It’s always best to patch test first, before you apply all over.

***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.

For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”

 

“Softness”

mandarin    3 drops

geranium     2 drops

patchouli     2 drops

juniper         1 drop

 


 

“Openness”

Neroli 3%                            6 drops  * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

Australian sandalwood        2 drops

bergamot                            2 drops

basil                                    1 drop

 


 

“Sensuality”

jasmine 3%              6 drops   * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

orange                     3 drops

fennel                      1 drop

everlasting               1 drop

 


 

bath with petals

bath with petals

 

Soak in a bath

I don’t often recommend adding too many essential oils to a bath as they are difficult to disperse and can cause minor skin irritations when combined with the heat of the water. If you do like to use them in a bath, try 4 -6 drops in total and add the drops to another medium like sea salt, coconut milk, other milks or a water dispersible agent.

Add a few rose petals too:

“A Rose is a Rose is a Rose”

rose 3%                      6 drops

rosewood                   1 drop

palmarosa                   1 drop

rose geranium             1 drop

 


 

Lilly diffuser

Lilly diffuser

 

Scent Your Space

In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil

 

“I’m Number One”

petitgrain                       8 drops

French lavender             8 drops

Vanilla CO2 extract         5 drops

cedarwood Himalayan    4 drops

 


 

“It’s Lovely Here”

lemon                 12 drops

frankincense         5 drops

patchouli              4 drops

cinnamon             4 drops

 


 

“Multi dimensional Movement”

lime                     10 drops

rosemary               5 drops

melissa                  5 drops

clary sage              3 drops

vetiver                   2 drops

 


 

Roses by me

Roses by me

 

Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention.

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My Jasmine – Spring has Sprung!

Dear lovers of natural scent, the jasmine buds have finally flowered! Spring has sprung with these tiny little flowers packed with the most delightful scent. My last jasmine post was 2 weeks ago and I had predicted I would have had flowers by then, but was disappointed I didn’t. A day after the article, a lone flower popped out….

 

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At first there was one

lone flower

lone flower

 

And then there were three

three amigos

three amigos

 

And now

my jasmine

my jasmine

 

The plant is still only a couple of years old so I’m looking forward to more flowers next year.

Spring has sprung. I’m now counting down to summer!

What season are you in?

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My Jasmine – A Countdown to the Southern Spring ~ Week 5

The jasmine chronicle continues into week 5, after I spotted buds on the vine at the front of my place. I was wrong – which is unusual because I’m usually right 100% of the time (hehehehe). I predicted little flowers this week but was thwarted as we were plunged back into the dead of winter, with cold temperatures and rain. Here is where my potential flowers are at:

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A slightly blurry pic, but you can see some of the bigger buds are turning a much lighter pink:

A bit blurry but still cute

A bit blurry but still cute

 

It’s definitely winter rain falling on those little buds:

 

It's definitely winter rain!

It’s definitely winter rain!

 

Come on you little beauties!!!!!!!

 

Come on little ones!

Come on little ones!

 

So here we are at the end of another week and nature is in control. I’d like to go out on a limb and predict flowers next week – but my last prediction didn’t end so well. I’m going to say 1 week to 10 days, and I’ll have jasmine flowers. I will be so happy when that time comes.

Spring! Spring! Spring! (That’s my chant).

 

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My Jasmine – A Countdown to the Southern Spring ~ Week 4

My countdown continues as we take a close up look at the jasmine buds on the vine at the front of my place. Jasmine is sweet and sensual, and tells me summer is on the way! And yes, the buds are getting bigger still ……

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pink and promising

pink and promising

 

Who would have thought the little white flowers could be born from such deep pink buds?

 

nice!

 

My prediction is that I will have flowers next week! Stay tuned.

 

happy little buds in the sun

happy little buds in the sun

 

More next week.

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

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