East of Eden
The novel of East of Eden by John Steinbeck spans generations but is also a sensory tale of Salinas, California and peoples 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.
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, Old growth redwood as the tree of knowledge.
A monument to these unforgettable characters, the most important character being the Salinas Valley itself. Nearly all ingredients were grown or foraged in Salinas/ Monterey county to capture the energy of this land. This perfume was composed using the scientific philosophy outlined by Steinbeck and Doc Ricketts on the ecological interdependence of the web of life. It is a product of living microbiology.
“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
”I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and 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.” East of Eden Chapter One