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New Orleans...you stole our hearts. Posted on 02 Mar 12:21 , 0 comments

A look inside our recent journey to the Big Easy for New Orlean's Mardis Gras, 2015.

Yoga, Live Music, Meditation and Nomaterra Fragrances this Sunday in Roslyn, NY Posted on 20 Mar 14:14 , 0 comments

Yoga, Live Music, Meditation and Nomaterra Fragrances this Sunday in Roslyn, NY

The snow has melted and the birds are starting to chirp—let's celebrate the coming of spring! Join us this Sunday, March 23rd from 9:45 am to 11: 30 am for a Nomaterra trunk show at the gorgeous yoga and pilates studio, Practice Body Mind Soul in Roslyn, NY. A special yoga and meditation class will also be held in the ambiance of live music by Ecuadorian flutist Jachamaliku Pawwkar. In addition to showcasing our perfume oils and scented candles, we'll also be sharing with you some key essential oils for awakening and energizing the soul, just in time for spring. If you have any questions, please contact Aggie at agnieszka@nomaterra.com, or call Practice at 516-858-3095.


Ingredient Spotlight: Violet Leaf Posted on 25 Oct 15:07 , 0 comments

Ingredient Spotlight: Violet Leaf For those of you who live in or around Brooklyn, have you ever noticed these leaves peeking through concrete slabs on the sidewalks or in parks? These are violet leaves, and we actually use the natural violet leaf absolute in our exclusive Brooklyn fragrance. You're probably wondering how we ever found a plant or flower to represent Brooklyn. Coastal violets and violet leaves are historically native to Brooklyn's marshland coasts. And with our impending store opening in Brooklyn, what better time than to spotlight the ever-present yet often ignored violet leaf. Violet leaf smells nothing like violets, the flowers, but adds this metallic coolness and earthy fresh cut-grass feel to a fragrance. I actually found it rather complex to work with, as it can be very overpowering and can destroy an entire fragrance if not diluted properly. We used it to create our first Nomaterra Cologne called Brooklyn Violet Leaf, which will be exclusive only to our store (you won't even find it on our website). We're OBSESSED with this scent—especially when it's worn on our men! Come check us out and try our Brooklyn Cologne and our other scents at The Shops at Kent, 240 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11249!)

DC at Night Posted on 23 Oct 14:40 , 0 comments

DC at Night

A recent trip to DC for the Nomaterra Pop-Up Shop in Capitol Hill lead to a spontaneous late night drive. We visiting some of the Capitol's most grand monuments, which resulted in these "dc in the dark" photos (taken with an iphone nonetheless). In the middle sits our DC Cherry Blossom unisex fragrance, that is ideal for night—notes like musk, vanilla, black pepper, tobacco, and citrus make this an incredibly sexy scent for a night out on the Capitol town. The travel spray comes with a replacement unit, and is priced at $86.00, available to buy on www.nomaterra.com


Nomaterra Artist Spotlight: Marta Solomianko Posted on 18 Oct 13:12 , 0 comments

Nomaterra Artist Spotlight: Marta Solomianko Nomaterra is revealing a brand new emblem, a compass-inspired circular logo, representing the Nomaterra ideology of creating luxury scents for the travel inspired, using ingredients indigenous and authentic to each location. The artist behind the emblem is San Francisco based Marta Solomianko, who also created the East Hampton, Miami, and Malibu paintings that you see on our new roll-on and candle packaging. Our task at hand was to marry the authenticity of the city-scents inside the box, with artwork representing the locations themselves, to create a cohesive movement from packaging to scent. Above you see our emblem, as well as a some of Marta's initial paintings, color work, and sketches that lead to the final artwork we have now. Marta is an abstract artist, and extremely talented in what she does. She recently exhibited at La Porte Peinte Centre Pour Les Arts in Noyers, France and travels the world exhibiting her installations and artwork at renowned galleries. I would highly suggest to check out her work on http://www.martasolomianko.com, and if you're looking to have artwork or graphic design done for a current or future project of yours, reach out to Marta at mksolomia@gmail.com.

Nostalgia Posted on 16 Oct 10:22 , 0 comments

Nostalgia

Are there scent memories that make you feel nostalgic? It can be a person, a place, or a number of other things. For us, it's the memory of scent of a place we've traveled to in the past, that makes us both nostalgic to go back, and makes us want to reminisce of the memories that have been permanently ingrained in our minds. The real question though is, is it the memory of the physical location that one feels nostalgic for, or the connections made with the people in that place at that time? A whiff of a spice, plant, or tree can instantly transport you back in time to that place, with those people, in that gratifying moment. What does nostalgia mean to you? What if you could replicate and bottle the memory of your first solo journey or your honeymoon, so you could smell it everyday, would you want to? Or would you want to protect it in the back of your mind?


Ingredient Spotlight: Nanu Gardenia Posted on 04 Oct 16:07 , 0 comments

Ingredient Spotlight: Nanu Gardenia We ALREADY have winter vacation on our minds, and what better place to escape than Hawaii!? My trip to Hawaii in 1995 inspired our creation of the Nomaterra Oahu Gardenia perfume oil. I still remember very vividly being able to smell the pungently sweet and balsamic aroma of the exotic nanu gardenia, found in gardens and random locations on the island of Oahu. I also received a leis upon arriving at the airport in Oahu, which was made of mostly plumeria (also found in our Oahu fragrance). In Hawaii, the gardenia was often used for corsages or leis, particularly traditionally during weddings. It has a romantic meaning, “You are lovely,” and is also a symbol for secret love. The nanu was prized by ancient Hawaiians for its fruit, which was used to produce fade-resistant dyes for kapa (a traditional cloth made of pounded tree bark). The natural, organic gardenia found in Nomaterra’s Oahu fragrance is extracted through the ancient process of enfleurage, using only organic palm oil and organic alcohol derived from organic sugar cane. This fragile flower exudes a sweet and succulent smell that encapsulates the energy, spirit, and beauty of Hawaii. The rare species of gardenia, Gardenia Manii, also known as “Nanu” in Hawaii, is native to the island of Oahu and can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Nomaterra is back at the Hester Street Fair This Weekend Posted on 02 Oct 16:05 , 0 comments

Nomaterra is back at the Hester Street Fair This Weekend

Come see Nomaterra this Saturday, October 5th, from 10 am to 6 pm at the Hester Street Fair. Try out our newest scents--Malibu, Oahu, Boston, and Savannah. We'll finally have our candles available for sale for all of you that have started planning your holiday gifts!


Travel Shot Tuesday Posted on 01 Oct 14:30 , 0 comments

Travel Shot Tuesday

In 2010, my husband and I traveled the Argentinian country-side for over a week. We knew our one trip goal was to reach the glacier, Perito Moreno in El Parque Nacional los Glaciales and left the rest of the journey up to spontaneity and chance. We had planned to visit the national park first, but missed our flight due to what we thought was a lost passport (I'll cough that up to the plights of travel adventures). We had already checked out of our hotel in Buenos Aires, and on a whim, took a taxi to the national bus station, and hopped on a bus going to Bariloche, via Bahia Blanca. This image was shot during a 35 km bike trip in and around the majestic lakes and mountains of Bariloche. The air was crisp, the views were like nothing I'd seen before. It felt like time stopped moving, the magnitude of the sheer beauty of this place took our breaths away. I could only capture a portion of what we could see, and only the slightest fraction of what we felt at that moment. It is a place that I hope we return to one day. I hope to one day be able to capture the scent of Bariloche. It's difficult to capture such immense beauty and the memories that come along with it in a bottle. I'd need to find an ingredient or a blend of ingredients that could translate the crisp, glacier-like air. Perhaps mint, and citrus, and cyprus. A future project for sure! If you're intrigued by Bariloche and interested in this picturesque bike tour, check out the link to Circuito Chico Bike Rental: http://circuitochicobikes.com/ You bike on your own and find your own paths and secret discoveries, which is part of the fun.


What are your first fragrance discoveries? Posted on 26 Sep 15:42 , 0 comments

What are your first fragrance discoveries?

I was doing some fall cleaning, and came upon my old fragrance collection, which I started in my early teens. Some are classics, and some I'm slightly embarrassed for even buying, buy hey, I was experimenting! I think I may have even had a Gap fragrance at one point, but I threw that one out a while ago. It's amazing how my taste has evolved from fragrances like CK One and Tommy Girl, to indie perfumes, to creating my own fragrances for Nomaterra. One thing that hasn't changed though, is my joy for exploring different perfumes. There's nothing wrong with trying it all, from completely obscure brands that only ever came out with one scent, to best-sellers. Even with my own brand, I still enjoy exploring what's new, what's out there. One scent that sticks out in this collection is CK One. CK One debuted in 1994, and was revolutionary for its time due to its forward thinking ad featuring Kate Moss and LGBT activist model Jenny Shimizu, and most importantly, for the fact that is was a unisex eau de toilette, a first of its kind. It now smells like nail polish to me, mostly due to the fact that its been aging in a box for over 10 years. What's interesting though is that CK One really started a movement in the creation of unisex fragrances, that is still very much alive now. You name it, and almost every designer and niche brand has at lease one unisex fragrance. The last one in these row of oldies is Acqua Di Gio. Another renowned classic that's won its fair share of awards including a Fifi Men's Fragrance of the Year Nouveau Niche in 1998 and had been entered into the Fragrance Hall of Fame last year. This is what my husband used to wear, like many men. He's now moved on to wearing our Brooklyn Violet Leaf Cologne. What fragrances do you remember experimenting with from your childhood/teens/early years? Do you still wear them? What do you wear now?

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