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I Want to Be Her Top Five List!

I can't believe how quickly time has been flying. It is already into July and I am ready for things to slow down. It has been a busy busy time. New website, new products, new baby on the way (7 months in right now). I recently got to do a Top 5 list for the awesome website I Want to Be Her! founded by the RAD Andrea Linett. An incredible resource for all things beauty, fashion and styling. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should. http://www.iwanttobeher.com/top-5-jana-blankenship-owner-captian-blankenship/

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Beautiful photos by Rachel Barrett

Beautiful photos by Rachel Barrett
Happy Fall all! It is a mystical misty morning here in New Paltz with colored leaves floating on the trees. It was a BIG summer! We bought a house and Mila became a full on toddler. We got to travel to Big Sur, Martha's Vineyard and to Maine. It was full. We just had a visit last week by dearest friend and photographer Rachel Barrett and her little angel Lola Rose. Rachel and I have known each other since we were two and I am so beyond grateful for our deepest friendship. Rachel photographed me, our new house and my studio for an online publication (more on this soon!). I wanted to share a few incredible images of the new studio...

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Gravel & Gold Scent Laboratory Pics

Gravel & Gold Scent Laboratory Pics
This is way overdue, time has been flying, spring is happening! I took a trip to the Bay Area in the end of January/beginning of February and got to work on an installation about the natural history of perfume with Mandy Aftel for The Possible exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum. I am going to write more about that experience in my next post. I also got to teach a scent workshop at Gravel & Gold, my favorite shop in the universe, which was SO fun. I have been so focused on making products and managing the business lately and it was so wonderful to get an evening to revel and share in the joys of scent with so many...

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Interview with Mandy Aftel on Fragrantica

Interview with Mandy Aftel on Fragrantica
I wanted to share this incredible interview on Fragrantica with natural perfumer/author/teacher Mandy Aftel about being an artisan businesswoman.Mandy is a dear friend, a mentor, and someone whose practice and values I respect to the full moon and back. She approaches her work with such integrity, wisdom, passion and a deep reverence for beauty. Mandy is one of the main reasons I became immersed in the world of natural perfumery after experiencing her beautiful jasmine solid perfume many years ago, falling in love and needing to learn more. If you do not know Mandy's work, please check out her website and read her amazing book Essence and Alchemy. I also have some very exciting news to share. Mandy and I...

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