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Thursday, May 27, 2010

May Flowers, Madam: Vera by Roxana Illuminated Perfumes

By Tom

Perfumer Roxana Villa finds new ways to both personalize and make more organic and local her scents; they are distillations of Southern California. She wrote me:

"Many of the essences are from plants grown AND distilled in Ojai. The beeswax is from bees that gathered pollen from the farm where the lavender and other essences were grown and distilled. There is also a tiny bit of beeswax from my bees."

Vera is about lavender; akin to the bright, sunny lavender found in Tauer's Reverie Au Jardin. While Reverie is cool however, Vera is warm. Fields of lavender in the sun, orange blossom and a slight saltiness like sun-kissed skin. It's as much Ojai as "The Pink Moment. Need I tell you that Vera is part of the California series? I'm going to petition her to do one for my part of LA...

Available at her website.

If you would like to be entered into a drawing for a sample of Vera solid, please leave a comment. Drawing will close Sunday at 11:59 EDT The draw is closed.

Please visit the other participating blogs (note: written in advance so I don't have exact URLs):

Scent Hive
Windsphere Witch
Portland Examiner
Indie Perfumes

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me for the drawing! I've had my nose on Roxana for some time...

12:19 AM EDT  
Blogger Tama said...

That sounds like a great scent - I'd love to be in the draw.

2:19 AM EDT  
Blogger Kay Tyler said...

Hi, I've purchased a sample selection of solid perfumes and liquid and at the time Vera wasn't available in solid. I'd love to enter the competition to win the solid as I absolutely love the liquid! Thanks :)

3:48 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would LOVE to be entered please!! Have been living in London, now finally coming home to LA (after a lifetime, seems like, abroad)...and an eau de LA...sounds like bloody heaven...thnx thnx thnx

3:59 AM EDT  
Blogger Ida said...

The packaging looks lovely, and the scent sounds intriguing. I'd love o try it. :)

4:18 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Please include me for the drawing. I'm interested to test this perfume.

5:06 AM EDT  
Anonymous Nancy C. said...

I love to try a Roxana. Please enter me in the drawing.

9:29 AM EDT  
Blogger Olivia said...

Ohhh I've been wanting to try a perfume by Roxana for quite some time!! And Vera sounds lovely for summer! Please include me in the draw? Thank you! :-)

9:42 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to be included too. Bee's wax. Ahhh. Love bee's wax candles. such a warm comforting smell. Cheryl.

10:17 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for entering me. Alica -

10:43 AM EDT  
Blogger Katherine said...

I looooooove lavender and I have yet to try one of Roxana's scents. Please enter me in the draw. Thanks!

11:02 AM EDT  
Anonymous hotlanta linda said...

Your words always make the longing for scents become severe NEEDS!! :-) Please put my name in the hat! Roxana needs to publish a gorgeous coffee-table book, yes? :-)

11:10 AM EDT  
Blogger Princess Ellie said...

I am very interested in Vera in the solid. I have tried it in liquid and it is beautiful. Please enter me.

11:59 AM EDT  
Anonymous Mary Beth said...

Warm lavendar? Salty skin? I've been waiting for a Roxana to try. Please include me

12:28 PM EDT  
Anonymous lilacskin said...

yes, please!

12:48 PM EDT  
Blogger Veroushka said...

Oooh, this contains some of my absolute favourite notes. Please enter me in the draw. :D

3:20 PM EDT  
Blogger tally said...

I would love to try this beautiful lavender! Please enter me in the draw!

4:45 PM EDT  
Blogger sunnlitt said...

please enter me in the drawing. It's been many years since I've been to Ojai, and I'd love to smell Vera.

11:41 PM EDT  
Anonymous zeram1 said...

Sounds interesting, and I love the "organics" movement. Please enter me in the drawing.

2:39 AM EDT  
Anonymous CynthiaL said...

Hi, Please enter me in the draw. I own Sierra, and was coveting Vera, but Roxanna was out at the time I ordered.

3:49 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

enter me in the draw.

6:58 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

OOoo! Exciting. Please enter me into the contest:)

11:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Lisa Abdul-Quddus said...

I'd love to have my name entered into the draw. Thanks for the opportunity.


11:29 AM EDT  
Blogger very married said...


please enter me - i'd love to try it!

11:32 AM EDT  
Blogger Illuminated Perfume said...

Tom, thank you for the gift of your words, I'm so grateful. Now...tell me about "your part of LA"? I'm intrigued and here to serve.

11:47 AM EDT  
Blogger Jenn Milt Art said...

please enter me, I bet it smells wonderful!

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

12:23 PM EDT  
Blogger TopHat said...

Ooh! I'd like to try this!

hrfarley at gmail dot com

12:35 PM EDT  
Blogger BEadECLECTIC said...

I hope I win!

2:11 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great giveaway count me in.Thanks fingers crossed. Helen

3:07 PM EDT  
Blogger Peg said...

I would love to be entered to win the new Solid Vera sample. The liquid version is divine. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!


3:15 PM EDT  
Anonymous Marian said...

Salty, orange-laden lavender sounds very inviting, as I sit here melting on my sofa. No need to enter me n the draw, though. Think I'll just mosey around Vera's website for a while :-) Thanks for the introduction!

5:05 PM EDT  
Blogger Julia said...

Sounds lovely, I've just moved way up north, so a little sunny scent would be great!


5:41 PM EDT  
Blogger orchidfae said...

I would like to enter for this scent please!
orchidfae at gmail dot com

7:08 PM EDT  
Blogger ruricloth said...

Roxana has been one of my favorite shops for some time. I'd love to win a sample!


7:21 PM EDT  
Blogger HavannahSoy said...

please enter me! i love aromatherapy!


7:55 PM EDT  
Blogger Samy said...

Please enter me! I adore her products :)

samyrocks92 at msn dot com

8:26 PM EDT  
Blogger deltay said...

That's pretty cool :)

lucidconspiracy at gmail dot com

12:39 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ooo - sounds great. Please enter me.
jswandrn at gmail

2:38 AM EDT  
Anonymous Crystal said...

My mom is a big fan of Lavender and i think she would love Roxana's perfume!!
cyclona66(at) aol dot com

5:14 AM EDT  
Blogger fisiwoman said...

Enter me please!


8:53 AM EDT  
Anonymous gypsy416 said...

Please enter me too! Would love this! Thanks! :)

10:22 AM EDT  
Anonymous Eternal*Voyageur @ Venusian*Glow said...

I´d love to win !

the_eternal_voyageur at rediffmail dot com

3:55 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perfume is always good, thanks for the giveaway.

ananemone at gmail

6:54 PM EDT  
Blogger Bekah said...

This sounds wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway!

7:11 PM EDT  
Blogger X said...

My fav scent is lavender I would love to win this one! Thank you for the giveaway!
kimhigueria at gmail dot com

9:37 PM EDT  
Anonymous Lavanya said...

sounds lovely! would love to be entered- if I am not late..

12:22 AM EDT  
Blogger AmbreRose said...

Heck ya, count me in! ambrerose(!at)aol(dot)com

1:17 AM EDT  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I love orange blossoms.

3:20 AM EDT  
Blogger United Payment Services said...

I like the sound of this scent

2:55 PM EDT  
Anonymous Ann Flowers said...

I just recently discovered your blog and am so glad I did. What a sweet post!

7:13 AM EDT  

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