East of Eden
John Steinbeck’s unforgettable novel is a sensory tale of Salinas, California and people’s struggle between good and evil. According to Steinbeck we all have both within us, and it is from this revelation that this perfume balances the stunning beauty and goodness of this land and the botanical harmonies of its plant life alongside opium pipes, bordellos and a poisonous apothecary. This perfume story is told through Steinbeck’s most significant character- the Salinas Valley- where all of the ingredients were sourced (and perfumer extracted) with the exception of the opium pipe note.
Forbidden fruit, Salinas blackberries and strawberries, wild helioptrope, sand verbena blossom, native wood rose, “grasses and secret flowers”, Kate’s bordello and apothecary, opium pipes, lace lichen, oak lined streets, Salinas soil, and redwood representing the tree of knowledge.
As Steinbeck once wrote in regards to microbiology and the unity of life: “It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again”. This perfume was composed using the scientific philosophy outlined by Steinbeck and Doc Ricketts on ecology and the web of life, created using whole natural ingredients, in living microbiology.
For full smelling experience smell in fresh open air.
“I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember what time the birds awaken in the summer -- and what trees and seasons smelled like -- how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very rich.” - John Steinbeck
“We have only one story. All novels all poetry, are built on the never ending contest in ourselves for good and evil.”- John Steinbeck East of Eden
”Humans are caught- in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too- in a net of good and evil”- John Steinbeck