Joy In January Giveaway!


It's a joy spreading, smile inducing, uplifting blogathon project from the Natural Perfumer's Guild!  It's January and we aim to spread joy and fragrance.  January is often called the cruelest month.  Here in New England it's cold, it's dark, and the days are short.  Many suffer from the "winter blues" brought on by the lack of sunlight.

I call this particular season the Winterless Winter.  Here in Rhode Island we've had no snow.  This is bizarre.  Having lived my entire life in New England, from Vermont, to New Hampshire, to Massachusetts to Rhode Island I do not recall ever having a snowless winter.  According to an article I read online at Discover Magazine
the reason this winter is snow-free is due to an unusual jet stream pulling warm air across the country (shades of global climate change?)  Whatever the reason for the lack of snow, wildly fluctuating temperatures and frequent thunderstorms I feel the effect.  Something is off.  The trees and plants are confused.  Trees bud in the warm rain and then freeze.  I'm as confused.  The holidays felt strange with no snow.  Lighting a fire in the fireplace feels odd when it's 50 degrees outside in December.  My children ask me everyday when it will snow.  "When can we build a snowman Mom?"

So, in order to help spread cheer I look to scent.  Scents of citrus, jasmine and lilacs feel warm and happy, a reminder of impending spring.  I often find myself reaching for essences that I find uplifting when it's cold and grey outside.  I recently discovered the finest bitter orange essential oil I have ever experienced.  It's sunshine in a bottle.  Bright, clean and sparkling.  Excellent quality.  I use this bitter orange along with others such as rose, orange flower, amber, vanilla and ambrette in Divine eau de parfum.

Would you like to try Divine?  Or the incredible uplifting bitter orange essence I've found?  Leave a comment below and the chosen winner will receive a sample of Divine and the fab bitter orange!  Look for additional giveaways tomorrow and Wednesday.

Please check out all the talented generous participating Guild Perfumers blogs.  We are all giving away fabulous scented treats to brighten your January!


Jan 20, 2012

I could use some orange and orange blossom right now. It’s cold and snowy in northern Europe!

Jan 18, 2012

I’d love to try Divine—it does sound, yes, divine!
The weather has been weird here too (MA)
We had a couple inches of snow overnight (I went for a nighttime walk in the pristine powder) but the next day was warm enough that they all melted away by noon. A magnolia tree down the street was budding last week.

Thanks for the draw!

Jan 17, 2012

Would love to try Divine! thanks for the draw!

Jan 17, 2012

I could really use a sample of Divine.

Jan 17, 2012

I’d love to try Divine, I’ve read many wonderful things about it on cafleurebon and other blogs. Thanks for the draw and a great idea about January Joy!

Jan 17, 2012

Oh, crikey, my favorite spice is also cardomum! Now i feel like I’m copying you. I also love ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon – and the “chinese five spice” blend (I think the bottle we have includes star anise, cloves, ginger, cinnamon).

Jan 17, 2012

Oh, I missed this post yesterday! I remember how weird it was to be out in California for winter – I was so used to it being cold and snowy, and instead it was warm enough (for us coming from a colder climate) to be on the beach at Christmas! I’ve gotten used to the lack of snow, but I still expect it to be cold and rainy during the winter. We haven’t had much rain recently…

Jan 17, 2012

Wow, I can almost smell your post…I’d have to say that I have an enormous stash of cinnamon sticks. I stir honey in my tea with them, I stir chocolate in milk with them…and I have them in my steam pot atop my woodstove. Yes, the dreary days of winter have arrived here in the Northeast U.S. /Upstate New York.
Please include me in your drawing of the day:)

Vicki D.
Jan 17, 2012

It is very confusing not to have snow this time of year. I don’t suffer from SAD but I would love to try Divine.

Lisa BTB
Jan 17, 2012

I believe most of your scents are just amazingly uplifting(lei and indolice are so gorgeous!).. Divine sounds sublime..


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