April 22, 2015
Image Nathalie Fletcher
I am not good at remembering important dates, preferring to live in the moment, day-to-day. Sometimes I even question a holiday. . . of course every day should be Valentines Day! So it shouldn't come as a surprise that Earth Day would have missed my radar had I not been reminded by Michelyn. But that in no way diminishes how I feel about our planet, this unique garden (to quote my friend Dan Riegler) spinning through an infinite universe. It behooves us to set aside a day to reflect on and marvel at the gift we have right under our feet. That is, if we can cut through the asphalt and concrete of our lives.
Sometimes, when I am driving through LA, I feel like I am not really outside because every surface I see is constructed so that my feet cannot touch the earth. Susun Weed, an herbalist I admire, says we should spend a few minutes each day with our bare feet touching the earth. It helps balance our negative ions. I may not know what that feels like, but I do know when I am out of balance. Gazing at the world from the 26th floor of a high rise, coming home with more packaging than food, never knowing a dark night because of light pollution, never connecting our feet to the soil, these are signs that we are out of balance. And if we are out of balance, then so is our earth, because we are one and the same.
–Maggie Mahboubian, Guest Contributor, Natural Perfumer for Parfum LaLun, Founder of FRAGments and Author of Architecture of Perfume
Thanks to Maggie we have a draw for 15ml of her limited edition Phenomene Vert II, with all ingredients, she has hand tinctured from rare plants wildcrafted or wildgrown from her garden to a reader in the US. Please leave a comment with what Earth Day means to you. Draw closes 4/25/15.