CALIFORNIA CANYON - desert SW edition
| Topanga Canyon Trails in Birkenstocks |
and an immersion into the desert southwest, 2019
The trail underfoot leads to undulating waves of wildly fragrant white sage and an endless span of sky. Fingers adorned in turquoise and silver, toes comforted by cork soles and soft earth, each step is treasured. Worn flannel gets tucked away as the cool morning mist opens to hot dry noon, embracing a fleshy summit into the high heart of the desert wilderness. Feathered wings soar above the feral blooming jasmine vines. The city slinks to a faint pin down below and nothing but fresh rocks, sweet earth, and wild herbs remain.
Style: Herbal, Earthy, Dry, Floral, Bohemian
Vintage Dark Patchouli
2019 additional notes;
The Personal, The Process, The Gathered
I visited my father in Topanga Canyon in 1991. I was 16. We hiked up the trails of the Topanga mountainside and I will never forget it. The smell, the wild sage, the angle of the sun at high noon. The mineral nature of the rocks, part warm and part cool. It was sheer magic. My father burned leaves of white sage he had collected on his walks, in an abalone shell that fit perfectly in his hand. The small house he lived in was tucked into the mountainside, and the morning light illuminated his collection of crystals, musical instruments, and strangely matching piles of computer cords. California also being home to an abundance of jasmine flowers, my memories of there are laced with blooming vines.
Fast forward to 2019 .. an immersion into the landscape of the desert southwest. Soaking in the sacred waters of Jemez, surrounded by grandfather mountains, towering conifers, and bushes of feral mint thriving from the watered grounds and sun soaked air.
The never-ending lands between Santa Fe and Flagstaff; just decades of red rocks and sagebrush and thorns. It smells a lot like California; dry, mineral and aromatic, with moments of hungry sweet flowers and a woody background. The monsoons erupt without warning; fireworks of lightning and quarter inch hail to hammer in a reality check. White desert poppies open their petals and collect rain. Mallows sequester liquid in their roots.
California Canyon perfume features hand gathered and handcrafted white sage tincture and artisan patchouli leaf tincture.
100% Natural Botanical Artisanal Fragrance by GATHER perfume