1-ounce glass atomizers of 100% pure & plant-based fragrance in an alcohol base.
Dry Desert Air, Juniper, Horse Sweat, Old Leather, & Sagebrush.
This is a great gift for yourself or someone you know who aches longingly for parched open spaces. Even greater is that this gift is two-fold: 10% of this purchase goes toward the Institute for Applied Ecology's Great Basin Sagebrush Project, a nonprofit initiative that connects prison inmates with nature by teaching them to cultivate sagebrush for the species that rely on it for food and shelter. Read about this wonderful program here.
Badlands is an olfactory ode to one of Oregon's wildest places: a vast stretch of scrubby desert full of gnarled and lightning-struck juniper trees, unruly sagebrush, ancient volcanic riverbeds, and dust, dust, dust. Smokey, dry, and herbal, this blend is made from petrichor, juniper berries, an infusion of Lapsang Souchong, and Artemisia Tridentata (wild/great basin/big sagebrush).
If you're not familiar with wild sagebrush, its fragrance is very different from super camphorous white ("sacred”) sage. This variety is hay-like and dirty, with notes of oiled musty leather. Imagine the scent of sitting in an old sweat-soaked saddle, riding a horse languidly through a charred and barren landscape. After the thin herbal notes of sagebrush and juniper berries have dried down, you'll catch a dark waft of powdery smoke that lingers like the smoldering ashes of old trees victimized by desert wildfire.
This scent is a labor of love. I use a combination of sagebrush essential oil that I purchase from an ethical purveyor, as well as oil that I distill in my copper alembic still (see photos), in my home in Oregon. One of my favorite things about Badlands is that it changes from batch to batch depending on where in Central and Eastern Oregon I source the sagebrush. Each generation of Badlands is completely different.
Please note that I don't offer exchanges or refunds, so you may want to purchase a trial size first to be sure you like this fragrance!
These atomizers offer a generous spray that creates a wide and soft mist. For maximum longevity, try applying to clothing and hair.
(Tumbleweeds not included.)
Scent Profile (top to base)
Ethically harvested sagebrush, juniper berry and tar, blood cedarwood, petrichor, smoke, and natural leather accords.
Woody, Earthy, Smokey, Herbal, Leathery
"Very, very intense sage at first... I can smell the smokiness rising up, bringing to mind the fur of desert animals... Hints of juniper are there, burnt wood, dust, the want of moisture. If desert could be sexy, this would be it... Over a half hour, and there's that sweat soaked saddle, accompanied by the faintly pungent sage. Direct memories I related to this are riding lessons and trail rides in the Shuswap (South-Central British Columbia), especially during forest fire summers. Almost an hour, and it's still there, leather, horse sweat, and ooh... Sexy, sexy sage. More than two hours, and the sage is holding on with its teeth, with the leathery smoke keeping it smooth." -Risa
"You can feel the love that went into this blend, it's gorgeous!" -Molly
"This is, quite honestly, one of the most amazing fragrances I have ever tried! It has almost a medicinal smell when it is first applied, but then it blooms into a lovely blend of sage, earth, and wood. It lasts a surprisingly long time (at least on me), and reminds me very much of fresh air and desert smells. A real winner... I will purchase again!" -Sus
"Smells fantastic, my boyfriend and I love it!" -Paige
"This offering of Sagebrush scent is so unique and I'm grateful at the chance to try it! Goes on cologne-like and warms up to beautiful herbal deep leather. Definitely unisex." -Alana
"Blown away - clearly so much heart and soul has gone into these fragrances. I'll be ordering a full sized scent soon! Love. Just love!" -Ann
"Oh heavenly scents! I'm in love with them! 💜 thank you so much!" -Jiinda
"Thanks so much, this stuff is fun! The receiver was very happy to receive such a unique gift! Thanks so much for creating this!" -Windy
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