April Aromatics perfumer Tanja Bochnig about Precious Woods and draw
April Aromatics Precious Woods edp was made by German perfumer Tanja Bochnig in 2012. April Aromatics is a natural perfume line, all ingredients are natural and no artificial essences, petroleum or mineral oils are added. Tanja Bochning very kindly agreed to answer a few questions about Precious Woods. When asking her about the origin of Precious Woods, she explained Precious Woods was birthed after her first travel to India. Both the Mysore sandalwood oil that she smelled and the cedar wood distillery in the mountains in the north of India inspired her. There, she scented the wet, earthy air, while walking through a lush forest, after a rain storm and she was inspired by the smell of it.
Reading the official ingredients I was intrigued by Buddha Wood and asked Tanja Bochnig why she used this in Precious Woods. She choose Buddha Wood in Precious Woods Eau de Parfum, because it beautifully blended with all other woody raw materials that she used in this fragrance; sandalwood, cedarwood, vetiver. Also the name Buddha wood fitted perfectly to this Indian inspired perfume. In natural perfumery Buddha Wood can be used as a general fixative, precious woods accord, incense perfumes, forest notes and sacred essences.
According to Tanja Bochnig Buddha Wood oil is very effective for meditation and for creating a layer of protection around your aura. This oil is also very relaxing and sedating. For the physical body it is anti-bacterial, anti inflammatory and a stimulant for the immune system. It has a beautiful woodsy scent.
Tanja Bochnig continued to explain that the essential oil of Buddha Wood (Eremophila mitchelli) is also known as “Desert Rosewood” from Australia. It is a copper-red viscous liquid displaying a soft, rich deep, sweet, balsamic, precious woods (cedarwood-guaiacwood-sandalwood complex) bouquet with a delicate mossy-leathery-creamy undertone of good tenacity. It is distilled from the heartwood of the tree.
All April Aromatics fragrances contain little transparent crystals. I asked Tanja Bochnig if all her fragrances contained the same gem stones or differed ones for each scent. Tanja explained that she uses Herkimer diamonds for each of the stock bottles that all of her perfumes ripen in, (sometimes they ripen for at least 6 months). Each 30ml bottle of perfume contains about 10 rock crystals. She only uses different gems stones in her chakra oil collection, one for each corresponding chakra.
The healing power of the stones take care of the activation. She does not do anything. That is the beauty about the crystals. They are powerful on their own. By adding the stones to the essences the bouquet of the fragrance becomes complete. There is a special power in each perfume and the wearer can definitely feel it.
Give away: our world wide give away is an official 2,5 ml Precious Woods sample, provided by April Aromatics.
Draw: Leave a comment and tell us why you would like to win a sample. If you sign up for your newsletter or on Instagram you will be entered twice in the draw. You can enter until 1 March, 12 pm CET, Central European Time (Berlin, Germany).
A winner will be announced on a special post on this website and on Instagram. You have until 15 March to contact April Aromatics for your price, otherwise the sample will go to the following winner on the list.
Official ingredients in Precious Woods according to April Aromatics website: Sandalwood/India, Sandalwood/ New Caledonia, Cedarwood/Virginia USA, Cedarwood/Himalaya, Cistus, Vetiver Bourbon, Buddha Wood, Patchouli/Indonesia, White Sage, Organic Alcohol
April Aromatics fragrances can be bought online on: http://aprilaromatics.com/
Disclaimer: we were not compensated for this interview, an article discussing our experience with Precious Woods edp will be published soon.
Photography by L’Esperessence
February 24, 2015 @ 18:52
would love to sample , never smelt the scents
February 24, 2015 @ 22:00
I am very curious, I love woods in Perfume!!
February 24, 2015 @ 20:36
Ahh yes, without a doubt Precious Woods would have been practical for me today after a traumatic tooth extraction 🙂 It sounds so delightful and Im happily wondering if I could convince my husband that a purchase would not be “not another perfume, you dont need anymore” but an “of course darling if it will help your health” as Im always saying painkillers do nothing. Perhaps its wishful thinking but if I won the sample then I could be so calm and relaxed for 48 hrs that he would be telling me I had to order it … there is always hope and he does think my San Francisco Rose is rather gorgeous so maybe Im halfway there already? There is something inherently wonderful in feeling a perfume can also help your health 🙂
February 24, 2015 @ 20:54
Everything I have sampled from April Aromatics so far has been very interesting. Looking forward to trying Precious woods too, moreover because I love many of the notes 🙂
February 24, 2015 @ 21:17
Would love to test this One. I fo Love all Precieus and also woods 🙂
February 24, 2015 @ 21:57
Thank you for doing this giveaway! I would love to win this sample as cedar is one of my favourite notes, and I’ve never tried April Aromatics before. Time to add your blog to my list of daily reads!
February 24, 2015 @ 22:27
Would love to try this as it is something very different for me
February 24, 2015 @ 22:39
I am very selective (almost picky) about what fragrances I like. Precious Woods is one of the better ones and It would be nice to own a bottle….or just a sample. 😉
February 24, 2015 @ 22:47
This sounds amazing–I’d love to try it, as I love woods in my scents
February 24, 2015 @ 23:22
I am seriously interested in trying this scent. Please count me in!
February 24, 2015 @ 23:41
Enter me please! I would live to try the line as I only read marvelous comments about it! Thank you 😉
February 25, 2015 @ 00:01
Thank you for the generous draw!
I know some of April Aromatics fragrances, and I am deeply in love with Calling All Angels, but I haven’t tried Precious Woods, and I really haven’t the slightest idea how Buddha Wood oil smells like! That’s why I wish I could win the sample.
February 25, 2015 @ 00:24
I think this fragrance sounds so beautiful….I have been a longtime collector of stones and truly believe in their potency and properties…Herkimer diamonds are so powerful…what a magical way to create a perfume…I would be honored to wear such a beautiful labor of love. I work with alot of special needs children and I know that they can sense the powers associated with fragrance and crystals…this would surely benefit us both. Thank you for this opportunity.
February 25, 2015 @ 01:32
Thank you for a generous offer to try your scents. Just getting into perfumes, I’m discovering new scents I never knew I loved. I’m not yet familiar with woods, so that would be a fantastic opportunity to test some out.
February 25, 2015 @ 02:18
I haven’t tried any yet, and have a burning desire to try your Linden Flower!
February 25, 2015 @ 03:14
I recently tried Nectar of Love. I am so in love with it, I ordered a bottle. It is just gorgeous, the tuberose in this scent is exquisite! I would love to try something else from her line!!
February 25, 2015 @ 03:29
I keep hearing about April Aromatics in all sorts of fragrance community venues. I’d absolutely love to try Precious Woods. Most of my favorite fragrances are either wood or incense based.
Thanks for the chance!
February 25, 2015 @ 03:39
I’ve tried Bohemian Spice and Calling All Angels. Both are marvelous. I’m intrigued by the concept of precious woods. Putting those various scents together sounds gorgeous and I would love to try it.
February 25, 2015 @ 04:01
I tried and enjoyed San Francisco Rose and welcome a chance to sample Precious Woods, about which I have heard many good things! thank you.
February 25, 2015 @ 04:42
I have heard only rhapsodic raves about every April Aromatics scent. I’d be grateful to try this.
February 25, 2015 @ 05:41
I have tried Calling all Angels from this line and it is gorgeous. I would love to try Precious Woods. Thanks!
February 25, 2015 @ 06:05
Thank you for hosting a draw for a sample of Precious Woods. I adore the April Aromatics line but have never tried this perfume. The notion of protection of aura is very appealing. I also enjoy all of the named notes and would like to experience Tanja’s treatment of these wonderful ingredients.
February 25, 2015 @ 08:34
of all the natural perfumery brands, I hear the most about April Aromatics, thus, it is only natural to be interested. thanks so much for this draw