Ojai Wild at The Porch Gallery

Once in a scarce while, the all perfect elements come into play at just the right moment and favor falls on one's doorstep. Such is the fate that gave birth to our newest sensorial creation: OJAI WILD 

When Lisa Casoni of the Porch Gallery approached me over a year ago with the proposition of doing a perfume for the gallery we excitedly exchanged ideas and inspirations and promised to collaborate in the future, as those things go... We went our separate ways and time went by.  

February came and she called.  "We are featuring an upcoming exhibit for an LA artist Mike Saijo", she told me. "It's about exploring the history of spiritual movements in the Ojai valley through art and multi media –– would you like to create a perfume?" And so the story goes. I just got back from working with my teacher - intensive tincturing and infusing, was in need of a soulful adventure, enticing offer of back to my art roots with an exhibit, using my new lessons and bringing in the spring by really getting my hands dirty = couldn't be more perfect. 

The We Are Spiritual Machines exhibit featuring Mike Saijo's collages and our little Ojai Wild scent jewels will be up for viewing until June 30th. If you haven’t experienced these colognes yet, get on over to the Porch Gallery and have a sniff. Lisa and Heather have a few bottles left and will help you find the Ojai Wild cologne that enhances your true essence! Here is a bit about the favored:

OJAI WILD Cologne Collection

Ojai Wild was created as an olfactive expression to highlight the seductive beauty and fragrant bounty of the spiritual Ojai Valley.  Using a 17th century method of distillation called tincturing, Perfumer Janna Sheehan harvests and captures the pure, unadulterated essence of wild native botanicals in two original limited edition springtime colognes: Orange Blossom and Artemisia.

The tincturing process elicits the gorgeous fragrant ‘soul’ of the botanical, which is captured in the wild essence cologne. Each cologne essence is then accentuated with a simple accord of complimentary perfume notes to give the depth to the existing notes.

All colognes are made from wild harvested botanical essences and 100% organic cane alcohol.

Pouring the tincture over  freshly harvested Orange Flowers. These are at the peak of their fragrance.

Orange Blossom Wild Cologne

For a fleeting month in early spring, the Ojai valley is filled with the fragrant perfumed essence of orange blossoms.  As the orange flowers honey-like aroma fill the air, the carefree shimmer of Spring is christened by the intoxicating, uplifting aroma and seductive buzzing of bees pollinating the orange trees.

It’s at the peak of this fragrant bouquet that the orange flowers are gathered by hand, then tinctured with 100% organic cane alcohol to allure the delicate sunny essence to be released. Orange Blossom wild cologne is  highlighted with pure botanical essences of bois de rose and sandlewood.  

Essence: Orange Blossom

Harvest: March 2014

Batch: 20 bottles

1 oz

Price: $65.00

Sacred White Wage and Artemisia harvested March 2014

Artemisia Wild Cologne

A similar kind of wild harvesting takes place with Artemisia or California sagebrush - though, it grows year round in the Ojai Valley. We were guests of the Krishnamurti Foundation who opened their property to us to gather this exotic smelling plant.


The Artemisia pungent aroma is delightfully minty and a bit citrusy. With it’s  refreshing, revitalizing and distinct botanical aroma Artemisia is mysterious and sexy - suitable for both men and women.  We tinctured this wild botanical in 100% organic cane alcohol and highlighted the cologne with pure botanical essences of vetiver, white sage and spearmint.

Essence: Artemisia

Harvest: March 2014

Batch: 20 bottles

1 oz

Price: $65.00