Darling Clandestine Autumn Release info:
Gorgeouses! The PRE-AUTUMN release will happen on SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 at NOON CST. The offerings are rife with nostalgia, with some new “mods”. And two of them will benefit some very good causes. HERE WE GOOOOO:
Fire Eater. A “culmination blend” edition that merges the finer points of the odd, hot, gasoline-flare original and the “fizzy grape” edition from two years ago. A portion of the proceeds from Fire Eater will benefit the CeaseFire program detailed at CureViolence.org. This program aims to stop violence in the community by directly intervening in the lives of people at risk. Statistical analysis seems to show that when funding for CeaseFire drops, violent incidents increase. This year, it seems they could really use some help. 15 mL bottles for $18 and Bitsies for $5.
Dewlap Valentine. A tribute to @hersplendidplumage’s iguana friends, Bob and Eepa. The original was bursting with strawberries and greens and an undercurrent of “reptile.” This year’s version dials back the strawberry and cranks up the reptile. 10 mL orifice-reducer bottles for $16 and Bitsies for $6.
Don’tGoPleaseStay. A true “natural” perfume, a slow infusion made with a fantastic cacao absolute, the very finest oakmoss, juniper berries, cardamom, just a tiny bit of ylang-ylang, a pinch of chipotle pepper, and dark vanilla.The original appeared in solid format only. This year it appears in oil format, and ONLY in 10 mL orifice-reducer bottles, for $16.
Dulcinea. A hotter and juicier version of the sugar-skull favorite. YEARS ago some of you had occasion to try the heady cordial cherry-frosted calavera brew that was Dulcinea, splashed with red wine and dark chocolate and roasted coffee and leather. THIS version, instead of cherry, has twists of mango and tamarind dusted with chile. A portion of the proceeds will benefit El Paseo Community Garden, providing education and free fresh produce to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. 10 mL orifice-reducer bottles for $16 and Bitsies for $6.
Hotel Clandestine travel set. Here’s the deal.
Confession: I love the upscale, spa-fresh commercial fragrances that hotel franchises choose for their complimentary travel-sized lotions and conditioners. They’re often intense and invigorating and stick with you throughout the day. And whether you’ve booked an extravagant getaway in a five-star luxury suite, or you’ve managed to snatch a few moments in the bathtub in your hotel room during a business trip, or if, in the blackest of night, on the loneliest of highways, road-weary, you round an exit and are lured by the VACANCY glow of a dubious establishment . . . that fragrance in those little bottles, even though it’s probably manufactured by big industry and used interchangeably in an assortment of obscure products, that fragrance adheres to the inner walls of your skull and becomes the vessel for that experience. When you were traveling, transitioning, discovering, deciding, passing a figurative milestone, passing through.
So what if I made the scent in your skull, huh? How ‘bout THAT?
I’ll offer a “hotel-sized” package that includes a 1-ounce bottle of Hotel Clandestine-fragranced lotion, a 1-ounce bottle of Hotel Clandestine-fragranced conditioner, and a 1-dram Bitsy vial of Hotel Clandestine fragrance oil. The bottles will be squeezable plastic with handy little flip-top caps. Please, no substitutions! This is a trial to gauge interest in the lotion and conditioner formulas---which I may offer in other fragrances in the future---and also to let you sample the new fragrance at a little discount.This lotion and conditioner comes scented with my newest fragrance blend, simply called Hotel Clandestine. It’s my own version of spa-fresh invigorating, with highlights of ruby red grapefruit and currant and bright garden herbs, with just enough can’t-put-my-finger on it dark nostalgia to make it DarlingClandestine.
Now, about the lotion and conditioner bases. They are not my own from-scratch formulation. I don’t like to take chances when it comes to preservative balance in organic water-based formulas, so I start with a tried-and-true base from an independent organics company, and the results are ultra-thick and fabulous, with generous blends of olive oil and babassu.
The package (hotel-sized lotion, hotel-sized conditioner, Bitsy vial) will list for $16, but if you only want to try the fragrance, I’ll also offer the Bitsy vial only for $8.