Recipes for Joy

Many of our deepest scent memories come from food & of those, vanilla is the most universally comforting. The science of mood-mapping (which measures the mood associations of aromas) shows vanilla triggers feelings of relaxation & joy.

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Creating a Joy Loop

This five minute evening ritual is a simple way to build a foundation of joy in your life. With two simple steps your subconscious will learn to scan for the beautiful moments in your day & you'll become finely tuned to the tiniest of pleasures.

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Cultivating Joy

You may notice yourself feeling tired, overwhelmed or anxious. Simple moments that used to bring you joy are harder to come by and there's a a little bit of you wondering where you went? 

Cultivating joy in your life requires the constant deepening of two fundamental threads - self expression & connection.

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Hope is a Forward Movement

Hope defines us. It's a state of being, a way of moving through life that determines not only what we'll achieve but how much we'll enjoy the journey. 

'Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.' MLK

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Avoiding Stagnation

Stagnation accumulates in our thinking and our body through any kind of repetitive restrictive action. It can manifest in our mental & physical patterns as a feeling of cloudiness, dullness, listlessness, fatigue, & heaviness. In Chinese medicine stagnation is held in the liver which maintains the free flow of qi or vital energy in the body.

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How to Start

Starting is hard. We're wired to keep things comfortable & safe, to stay within our bounds. But deep down we all want to create, build & share, to feel that mixture of fear & excitement, to move towards doing something in line with who we deeply are.

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A Way Forward

We can't believe we're already half-way through the year & I'm sure you feel the same!  Before we move forward we wanted to pause for a moment and reflect on the new rituals we've made space for - the things we're doing on a daily, weekly & monthly basis making life that little bit better.

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Theta Scents

Throughout history certain scents have been revered for their ability to bring us into a relaxed meditative state. The latest olfaction stimulation tests have now not only confirmed their role but also shown us how & why they work.

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Thought Sculpture

Most of us feel like we’re 'always' thinking, but in reality much of our mental life happens in the subconscious.  Even if you’re setting goals and making plans it’s often the thoughts you don’t know you’re having that run your life.

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Hyperslow Sunday's

Let yourself move with the natural rhythm of the week by creating a slow Sunday.  Dedicate this one day to reconnecting with your senses & allowing your nervous system to switch into restore mode as your mind, body & soul take a deep breath. 

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How to Wear Natural Perfume

Wearing natural perfume is an intimate personal experience different from what you may be used to with synthetic scents. Made from the essences of plants, barks, resins & flowers natural perfumes draw you in with their subtle complexity & support you with their therapeutic qualities.

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The Journey

We all share a deep desire to experience a time in life dedicated to reflection and self discovery.  A physical, spiritual or mental journey that helps us claim space, gain perspective & reconnect with ourselves and the world around us. 

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L.A. Woman

Warmth, space, light & the feeling of infinite possibilities. L.A. Woman is our second scented collaboration with cult NYC (& now L.A.) women’s wear brand Apiece Apart.

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Creating Space

We're all craving a sense of space in our lives, a gap in the daily routine to recalibrate & tap into something bigger, but how do you do it?

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Turn Your Attention Here

Year in & year out out at the beginning of practice my Ashtanga yoga teacher would point to his heart & say 'here sits a box & in this box sits Åtman (consciousness), turn your attention here.'

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Scent Terroir

If you've heard of the concept of 'terroir' it's probably been in relation to wine, but terroir's also an important part of understanding scent.

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On Presence

The science shows us that small physical acts done regularly with awareness imprint on our subconscious creating positive feedback loops and new neural pathways.

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The Come Back to Yourself Series

Cultivating a sense of connection to yourself is the key to happiness, but how do you do it? In our Come Back to Yourself series we look at the personal & universal ways we can reconnect on a daily basis.

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