Midnight Gypsy Alchemy  - Natural Perfume Apothecary for the Enchanted Spirit & Gypsy Soul
 
The Gypsy Alchemist 
   Hello, my name is Nina. I create natural perfumes and scented apothecary products that invoke a sense of ancient alchemy and gypsy lore using gifts of nature and transforming them into beautiful sensory moments.  A shop where all those who seek the uncommon in scents may find their journeys end here, guided by the gypsy in all of us. 
 
Each scent creation is designed and inspired by old world ways of hand grinding herbs and macerating fruits  in a mortar and pestle and setting oils in a window to infuse by sunlight in old apothecary jars...making sure to be blessed with a sense of magick by the hands that made them.
 
This is my small; one woman ran business where all products and scents are made in my home based apothecary studio located in Roanoke, Virginia “The Star City” which is quaintly nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains .  I am a modern scent alchemist who finds fascination in the unknown  and mysteries  of life .  I have a love for natural perfumery, crafting,  gardening, opera , the theatre ,old homes, history and am a constant dreamer who has a deep love for the night air, star gazing and moonlight . Walks in nature and study of herbal medicine are a favorite past time and I  live in an old cottage style bungalow home built-in 1918.  I am also a mother of 3  and wife to a wonderful and supportive husband whom I have been with since our days in junior high.
 
 
I come from a large Hispanic family and our roots go back to Spanish Gypsy decent.  Flamenco musicians and street vendors from Spain who came to the US  bringing with them their old ways  and  the practice of herbal medicine. My family has a very strong belief in natural and spiritual healing not to mention superstitious and deep rooted into Spanish folklore. They used what they had and could find to take care of any ailments on their own by the use of herbal teas and salves. This practice was passed down from generation to generation and I am proud to have learned the art of brewing herbal teas and making oil infusions from my mother and grandmother. 
 
 
My business came to be when I discovered during pregnancy that my body  was severely reacting  to  commercial  perfumes and anything that was fragrance, from soap, to shampoo and even detergents. This carried over even after I had given birth and sadly had to give up many store bought items  including perfumes  which was devastating to me.  So determined to find something to be able to wear as a fragrance  and not have a reaction I began to read  up on  natural botanical perfume making . This  opened the familiar door of  family herbal remedies and infusions  and I combined what I had discovered  into creating perfume oil infusions changing a few aspects to perfect my recipes.
 
I learn and create by instinct and by what moves me, all the while teaching myself the magick and alchemy that is natural perfume making.
 Every product and perfume oil offered is created in small batches by hand using only quality pure essential oils and naturally derived aromatic and botanical substances  I can find to create my natural perfumes. These are grown and wild crafted either by myself or from reputable organic suppliers. 
Shipping is always  free  for  US and International orders and all is carefully and lovingly packaged in hand made card labels and wrapped in recycled gift bags and paper adorned with  satin ribbons .This is a labor of love that I so very much enjoy doing for my customers so that they too can enjoy a touch of alchemy and gypsy magick.
 
It was wonderful to have you stop  by.
Gypsy Blessings,
~Nina.