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, playing piano and study of herbal medicine are a favorite past time and I live in an old cottage style bungalow home built-in 1910. 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, by what moves me and not really following the conventional methods of note blending ,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 all is carefully and lovingly packaged in hand made and cut card labels that are wrapped in hand made envelopes and packaging out of recycled paper and adorned with satin ribbons and tiny rhinestones . 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.