We are so excited to share a new project Tara has been working on!
STILLLIFE perfume is a story told in a certain place and time with a particular sound and mood. Each scent is inspired by and named for a story, poem or song that I love, that conjured an atmosphere, that I interpreted through olfactory aesthetics.
STILLLIFE perfumes are hand blended in teeny batches in my studio in Brooklyn, NY. They are absolutely all natural, purely plant derived and contain no synthetics. The scents are created using essential oils, extracts and absolutes from botanical ingredients that are harvested from the earth, such as: flowers, fruits, sap, seeds, bark, leaves, roots and wood of certain trees. Each plant isolate is ethically sourced and of the highest quality. I blend each scent with certified organic jojoba oil and package it in a roll-on bottle with a recyclable paper pouch. Each 5 ml bottle is $50.
The brand launches with a portfolio of five complex and varying scents. Dreamtiger, with citrus, ylang ylang and vetiver and named for a short story by Jorges Luis Borges, is at first sweet and floral transforming to reveal a woody, mysterious tenor.
The fresh and wild outdoors is captured in the balsam and sage Macondo, named for the remote village in 100 Years of Solitude.
The allure and floral abandon of Wild Heart, like a bouquet of fresh cut flowers, captures the essence of Stevie Nick’s song of the same title.
Argonaut recalls the intrigue of Patti Smith’s poetry with violets, clary sage and patchouli to create a fresh, bright and herbaceous floral scent.
Finally, Green Cockatoo, named for the specter of paradise in Wallace Stevens’ poem “Sunday Morning”, is a warm, sweet reminder of the fragrant, rural South with notes of tobacco and vanilla.
Created as a side project of Meow Meow Tweet, an all natural, vegan skincare company that I co-founded, STILLLIFE is a natural perfume studio free of toxins and synthetics and full of plants, rhythm and poetry.
Find out more here: http://itsastilllife.bigcartel.com/
It's been 75 years since President Roosevelt enacted the executive order which allowed the U.S. military to exclude any and all persons from an area after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Although no single racial or ethnic group was mentioned in the order, hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans were forced out of their homes and moved into camps.
I recently interviewed my grandfather about what life was like as a Japanese-American post World War II. I hoped to gain insight into a part of my heritage which I’ll never experience first hand but am saddened by. It's impossible not to see parallels being drawn between the recent travel ban and past U.S. anti-Asian policies. I can't help but feel anxiety for how the current administration seems to be playing to the fears of a bigoted populism and what can be done to counter it.
Not just your potato’s best friend, this fresh and woody herb promotes hair growth and stimulates blood circulation. The fragrant oils in the rosemary leaf also dissolve excess and clogging sebum in hair follicles to balance oil production without over-drying. Make your own herbal tea hair rinse with fresh rosemary or apply hair oil with the essential oil.