In this unique field study course, Hall Newbegin, head wilderness perfumer at Juniper Ridge, the world's sole wild fragrance company, leads an outdoor foraging expedition in nearby Cozine Creek canyon.
You will collect local flora and distill it on site, capturing terroir in a most distinct fashion.
Hall Newbegin, JUNIPER RIDGE (Oakland, CA)
thinks of himself as an accidental perfumer.
Growing up in Portland, he
spent summers hiking and backpacking around the lakes and peaks of the Cascades.
can put a summer day on Mt. Hood's timberline trail when the wildflowers are peaking into a bottle, well, that's just the most beautiful thing that there is or could ever be.
"I like my wines like I like my perfume, gutsy and true to place and the ground that it comes from!
has gone back to the old fragrance extraction techniques from Roman times, steam distillation, tincturing, and effleurage to coax oils out of real plants and flowers.
wants a fragrance, "We put our hiking boots on and go get it.
We want our colognes to do more than just smell greatâ€"we want them to take you to the wild places that inspired them.
muse is the quiet stillness of the mountains, the deep beauty of place.
Real fragrance stirs up profound, complex things in us that we can't even begin to understand.
And it's all just a hike away.
is not making perfume, he
is clearing trails, making wild fermented honey wine, or harvesting wild mushrooms for dinner.