Jasmine is long regarded as the “King of Flowers”, and Rose is the “Queen of Flowers.” We love this exquisite flower and another example of nature’s unique and magickal creations. Jasmine is called the King because it is the most masculine floral scent. It is vital, smooth, intensely floral, and sweet. Used extensively in perfumery. We use a lot of Jasmine, especially in our perfumes. In some cultures, Jasmine is used in wedding ceremonies because of its aphrodisiac properties. It is calming, sensual soothing.

Jasmine has other benefits with spiritual practices, including being used for an anointing oil during ceremonies and mainly for protection, blessings and good luck. Skincare has some advantages: it rejuvenates and nourishes the skin and helps reduce irritation and skin damage. It has been suggested that Jasmine has anti-bacterial activity and aids in some minor inflammatory issues.

Did you know it takes around 7000 – 8000 carefully hand-picked flowers to produce 1 gram of essential oil? It is mind-blowing when you think about it.

We grow Jasmine Polyanthum and are extracting our oil to make a unique perfume for 2024. So, look out for that. It will be our organic perfume, with a few oils to add a Middle Eastern twist. Heads up, there will be Sandalwood and Oudh in it as well. There is a vast difference between species. Jasmine Grandiflorum (pictured) and Jasmine Sambac are the two most common varieties that we use. Polyanthum is a green, buttery scent; it smells pretty different from walking past the plant and capturing the sweet, soft, nectar-like bouquet on the bush. Polyanthum has a powdery scent, not sweet and nectar-like like that with Grandiflorum and Sambac.

We are crafting our own Jasmine mainly because we are using an ancient technique from Egypt called “Enfleurage.” It was used in the 1700’s in France, particularly in Grasse. This technique was carried out mainly by women. We have found that modern extraction methods lose some of the complete odour profiles, and enfleurage is one of the least used because of the labour intensiveness and time to craft a perfume.

We prefer this. We love to use traditional techniques with some of our products, and you also gain a lot of positive intention and love when you smell our scents. Our multi-faceted and highly layered perfumes offer an intense and immersive experience with the olfactory system.

Have you ever heard the saying, “Take time to smell the roses?” It is an old saying, but never a more accurate word has been spoken. Walking past a beautiful rose bush, jasmine bush or daphne, your senses are transported to a magical place. Well, it is for me. The scent is connected to the limbic system, and when we smell a flower or something present in the past with trauma, we will always have that trigger until the trauma has been resolved, especially where the scent has been part of it.

One day, a lady told me at the market, “I hate lavender!” I said, “That is an unusual and powerful response to such a beautiful aroma.” She replied, “It reminds me of my grandmother, who was awful and nasty!”

Then, I said, “Can you believe I love moth balls? They remind me of staying with my beautiful nan as a child.”

Scent can trigger great memories and emotions and evoke stressful and traumatic ones. Fortunately, the smell is our thing. We love it. See us at the market, or drop us a line and tell us what you love most about your favourite scent.

So, next time you walk past Jasmine, think of how many little blossoms are used to make a small amount of absolute or essential oil. Also, consider that the flowers must be carefully picked so as not to bruise the buds, which can impact the odour profile and make the odour unpleasant. When crafting your own oils, all flowers must be treated with respect and care. Trust me, you can tell the difference on an energy level.   

Many Blessings

The Malano Family xx

Not all synthetics are bad. People have decided that all synthetic fragrances are bad because some are made cheaply and use toxic chemicals. We are here to say that not all synthetics are bad and can be useful in making a more consistent and stable product. It all comes down to how the molecules are produced.

So, we have decided to put the issue to rest sharing some information about essential oils, absolutes and synthetics. We use premium quality with all of our ingredients. We use organic whenever we can, and sometimes availability can be an ongoing business issue that requires constant attention. Making the product is only part of the equation. There is a myriad of issues that need to be addressed when making products. It can be a little disturbing when people spruik on social media that all synthetics are bad. It comes down to the process used to create them and the type of chemicals used. We use natural molecules which are extracted by a chemist in NSW and the UK. We have them made and then carefully blend them with essential oils and absolutes.

You may be thinking, why use the molecules in the first place? Well, there are several reasons. If you were to buy pure musk, which is extracted from the male deer. It has been a major component in perfume for a long time, but the problem with this, illegal poaching and trading, has happened for a long time and continues today. Musk is also extracted from a cat with a musk civet. It is obtained from the musk pod, a gland under the abdomen from the gland in the pouch. It was common practice in the 19th Century, and the male deer were first killed and the musk extracted. The use of pure musk cannot be considered vegan, which is why we use synthetic musk, and for the most part, the majority of modern perfumers do not support animal cruelty or killing for an essence. Since the killing of deer for musk, it has led to wide spread low numbers and potential extinction of the species. The reason that pure musk was popular, because of it’s lasting power giving a perfume longevity on the skin. As years passed, it became necessary to synthesize musk, therefore, reducing the killing and extinction of musk deer. Some countries still allow the extraction and use, because they don’t think that the synthetic musk is good enough. It is a matter of ethics, law and customer expectations. At the end of the day, there are only two options for extracting animal secretions, either torture or death, there is no scent in the world worth that type of cruelty.

Other such molecules that are synthesized to eliminate animal cruelty and other potential issues are castoreum, which is from a beaver, the castor sac. Beavers secrete a yellowish substance anally, which they spray to mark their territory. It is used today as a synthetic. It smells like an animal, smoky leather and cannot be used pure; it adds a rich depth, giving a sensual and softness to perfume. Whale vomit, called Ambergris, is only allowed to be used in Australia as a synthetic. It is illegal to use pure Ambergris as it’s from whales. The Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) regulates its possession and movement, so it is not an ingredient that should be used unless synthetic.

So what can we do as perfumers? Learn to create perfumes through the alchemical process, using what we can from nature and some molecules to provide depth and a captivating scent. We tend to make complex scents with the wonders of nature from the plant kingdom, and where we do want to use musk and ambergris, we do use synthetic molecules. A lot of the cheaper synthetics made do contain a vast array of chemicals. However, there are the more expensive molecules that are used in smaller percentages and don’t tend to cause any problems.

Always bear in mind essential oils and absolutes are classified as chemicals and contain medicinal compounds and constituents, so overuse can lead to acute toxicity if used in large volumes over a long period. Our favourite saying at Malano is, “It’s all about the dose.” Everything you use needs to be in moderation, so perfume is not designed to be bathed in or drown yourself in. It is to enhance your day or night and can be used on an irregular basis. The use of essential oils and absolutes does not make your perfume more natural than synthetic molecules. The toxicity is in the fillers used to heighten profits, here at Malano, we do not use fillers. The term essential oil means that it contains “raw essence” not because it is essential to good health and well-being; this is the key to understanding that essential oils have been marketed as such, so the public will believe that they are better than anything else. In cheap perfume, a tiny bit of essential oil is used, with a small number of synthetic molecules, followed by a large volume of filler chemicals that stabilise and offer UV protection to the perfume. So, if you react to perfume, it may be the stabilising chemicals. Not all synthetics will cause a reaction; believe it or not, some people are allergic to the weirdest things in nature, like coconut oil, aloe vera and shea butter. Not all reactions are because of synthetics. 

We hope that this has cleared up any misconceptions about synthetic molecules, and if you ever want to find out more, reach out to us.

Many blessings

The Malano Family

Absolutely not. You may be starting to see a lot of shampoo blocks on the market because there is a huge movement to reduce packaging and waste. We were very blessed to have Masey’s 27 years of hairdressing experience when it came to formulating, trialling and testing our formulas.

When we started writing out a formula, it became apparent that there are so many ingredients that strip colour, dry hair or leave a waxy film over the hair. Maryka spent many hours in discussions with Masey trying to gain an understanding of the various hair types, hair and scalp complaints and one issue that seemed to be affecting many people was hair loss.

The majority of liquid shampoos and commercial ones contain synthetic silicones and cationic polymers, called Polyquats, (some are better than others), that tend to leave a film on the hair over time. So, deep cleansing had to be part of the equation. After months of formulation and finalising 3 types, Masey began trials in her hair salon.

We made 3 major types;

  1. Dark Hair Native Bush scent – this contains a blend of Amazonian miracle butters that nourish and add vitamins and essential fatty acids to hair, to maintain hair health. Kunzea, has been scientifically researched for it's hair-thickening properties. Tasmanian Native Pepper, delivers high antioxidant activity and anti-microbial because it contains many beneficial compound actives. This is great for coloured hair, because it does not strip colour.
  2. Light Hair Rum scent – this contains a blend of Amazonian beauties and suits light hair and is great for bleached and lightened hair. In the Caribbean, rum is used neat on hair as a hair lightener; apparently, ladies dip their hair in rum and go into the sun, and within minutes their hair has a bleached effect similar to highlights. Rum was once used as a hair tonic to assist with hair growth and dandruff prevention.
  3. Deep Cleanse Peppermint scent – this contains amazing Amazonian exotic butter and a high volume of Tasmanian Peppermint Oil. Peppermint helps with dryness, scalp concerns and itching. It clarifies and cleans without stripping your natural oils. Balances sebum production and leaves hair hydrated without the weightiness of some high molecular weight synthetic compounds.

Masey trialled the 3 bars in the salon over many months and client cycles. The results were amazing. Masey became a shampoo block convert. A lot of her clients still use the blocks and have commented on how much better their hair is in-between salon visits, hair growth has dramatically increased, and scalp conditions have resolved themselves and all without stripping colour.

Now you can understand why we say that not all shampoo blocks are identical. If you ever have any questions, contact us via the contact page on our website, or if you are in Hobart on Saturdays, come and see us at Salamanca Market, site 84, 8 am – 3 pm every week.

Many blessings & happy shampooing xx

What are Precious Oils?

Adding oils to your skincare routine can yield amazing results. Our Precious Oils Blend is a synergistic composition of Kalahari Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Camellia Seed Oil, Cacay Seed Oil, Saffron Oil, Seabuckthorn Seed Oil, Buriti Fruit Oil, Cucumber Seed Oil & contains a small amount of absolute Rose, Chamomile, Turmeric & Vanilla Oleoresin. Suitable for dry, damaged and normal skin. The blend is non-comedogenic and can be used for oily skin. However, we always suggest conducting a small test patch first. 

Why use precious oils? Well, the simplest answer is that we all could do with a little extra nourishment for our skin, right? Our precious oils have some amazing oils packed with phytonutrients that will enhance your complexion and overall skin health.

You are now thinking, “so why is it so good?” Good question.

Let’s explain a little bit more about the key ingredients:

  • Kalahari Oil - This is one of our hero ingredients, Wild Watermelon Seed Oil. Grown in South Africa on a family farm. All through the process, our suppliers harvest, cold press and filter with a cotton cloth, recycling & reusing all waste products on their farm. The family farm manages its own seed bank and produces everything themselves. The oil contains 70% essential fatty acids, has high oxidative stability, contains more tocopherols than other oils and is more commercially sustainable than any other oil on the planet. It is farmed without artificial fertilisers. What’s not to love, right? Kalahari oil absorbs into the skin quickly, repairs skin cells, is great for all skin issues, is great in combatting ageing skin, moisturises & smooths and can be used in shampoo and skincare. This plant can sustain drought conditions and has kept its economy alive.
  • Prickly Pear Seed Oil – Native to Mexico, this little beauty is also famous for surviving drought conditions. Are you seeing a theme here? The Mexicans call it a Miracle Plant.” The oil is pressed from black seeds within the fruit. It is great for our skin because it contains a good source of Linoleic Acid (C18:2 - Lipid number), naturally rich in Vitamin E (Y Tocopherol), which has sun protective factors & Beta Sitosterol a plant sterol found in nuts & seeds, which has anti-inflammatory activity. It has an anti-biofilm which prevents the build-up of microscopic pathogens on the skin.
  • Camellia Seed Oil – This beautiful oil is a fabulous addition because it is high in natural Oleic Acid, around 80% and around 9% of Linoleic Acid. Used for centuries in Japan and native to Japan, it has always been used to nourish the skin, hair and is great for nails. Rich in Vitamins A, B & E, providing antioxidant & anti-microbial effects.
  • Cacay Seed Oil - Rich in Vitamin A (Retinol anti-ageing vitamin), E, F and properties - improves skin elasticity, firmness & smoothness, regulates sebum, anti-wrinkle, anti-ageing. perfect in facial oils, serums & oils great for troubled skin. The list just keeps going on & the benefits – superb!
  • Saffron Oil – Wow! Where do you start with this ancient gem? Saffron, known as Kesar & has multiple functions in skincare, health & well-being. It has many health benefits, which you can read about on:https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/327017#benefits Skincare benefits are many, including; antioxidant Vitamin C, protective against UV damage & environmental pollutants. Skin brightening without harming the skin, heals cuts, wounds & minors scrapes, reduces hyperpigmentation, calms inflammation, anti-ageing & anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Buriti Fruit Oil – a slow-growing tree from South America, this oil is rich in Beta Carotene, a powerful antioxidant reducing the potential for inflammation & distressed skin. Great in anti-ageing formulas, protective for dry & sensitive skin. The key chemistry is Carotenoids which have been studied numerous times over the years and found to regenerate collagen & elastin fibres damaged by UV radiation. Stimulates epidermal regeneration, decreasing hyperpigmentation, control acne & smooth out deep wrinkles. Hence why we have used this is our precious oils. You can’t go wrong with Buriti Fruit Oil.
  • Seabuckthorn Seed Oil – Who knew that little orange berries could have so much potential? Seabuckthorn is yet another example of nature’s treasure trove. Containing an abundance of Linoleic, Linolenic, and Oleic Acids, plus more, all play a role in maintaining our skin’s barrier function & integrity. Has antioxidant, regenerative, skin strengthening & protective effects, which is a must in precious oils.

Now that you have some understanding of our precious oils, you might be interested in dropping by Salamanca and trying it out for yourself. You have nothing to lose & everything to gain.

If you have any questions or enjoy reading our journals, drop us a line. Alternatively, if you have a topic you’d like us to cover, let us know.

Here’s to ageing gracefully & having beautiful, soft, supple skin. Mother Earth is inspiring and awesome, she amazes me every day with her miracles in nature.

Many BlessingsMaryka xx

During the course of my life, I realised that people are living their lives without consciously understanding the world of emanations directly in connection with the unconscious. 

Their understanding is that of meeting the needs of the physical, psychological and emotional self. There is nothing wrong with this. I just had a different understanding from a young age- it is a matter of perspective. 

There are two paths: 

  1. The journey from the world of emanations, whereby abstract concepts and the hidden potential lie. (It is attained by inner reflection and meditative practices.) We descend from spirit downwards onto the earthly plane of the material, actions and of conscious creation. From my perspective, the majority are on this path. It is the path of living daily life to meet our most basic living needs.
  2. The mystic's path is to look within, cognitively seeking to understand the corporeal plane and rise to our highest peaks through the path of awakening. We are always tempering our physical needs and purification of our spirit. It is a journey of understanding oneself. It is a path of many experiences; resilience, pain, joy, grief, helplessness, hope, blessings, despair, ecstasy, disappointment, but most of all love, grace & compassion. 

The path of the mystic is not an easy one. You might say, “no-one has an easy life.” 

This is true and not true at the same time. 

A mystic must take a good look at ourselves honestly and work through the undesirable aspects of our personality, our darkest moments and our shadow nature. 

We cannot truly understand others if we don’t understand ourselves. If we are guided by the unifying force of Love, we are unstoppable; we are able to bring creation into reality. If we are driven by meanness and selfishness, creativity and unity can be destroyed. 

Have you ever felt judged and criticised only to find that it makes you feel flat, non-expressive and afraid to create something beautiful? Nothing thrives in harsh and hateful environments. 

Everything flourishes in the spirit of love and unity. You only have to look at what is happening on the planet now. 

Fear, chaos, separation, judgement, division, abuse & violence vs compassion, grace, loyalty, love and community spirit. Mother Earth is responding to our collective efforts. 

What if all of us took a good, long hard look in the mirror and asked ourselves, “how can I be more loving today, how can I be more compassionate today, how can I show more grace today, how can I be more benevolent today?” 

With those questions in mind, if we all go through our day thinking about how we can make the world a better place, it starts with us asking important questions to ourselves and then taking those into the day. Imagine how different the world would be. It’s not that hard. 

If we all realised that everything emanates from within, we would understand that we are the collective of the Divine. If we are the collective emanating from the Divine, then we all have the power to change how the world is going. We all have to do it. We are all responsible. 

If we start out our day with compassion, love, grace and kindness, then we take it out into the world, and then we have the potential for great change. 

Whatever we do in the spirit of love and heartfelt inspiration we excel with and whatever we do to meet our most fundamental daily living needs that lack this inspiration only yields results tied to egotism and materialism. 

Our minds are generators - The mystic's path is a blessed one because we understand this concept. Things have more meaning when you experience them rather than being told about them. 

The path of the Mystic is a glorious one through trials and tribulations; we become stronger. 

It is not a path for everyone, you will find all of your weaknesses, and you will make them strengths. You will find all of your fears, and you will conquer them. You will discover that most fears are born in the mind. 

Welcome to the path of the Mystic. May you find strength, courage, compassion, understanding, love and most of all yourself. 

Many blessings 

Maryka xx

On July the 11th it was International Essential Oils Day, but you may already know that Malano celebrates Essential Oils Day every day. In this journal, I'd like to talk a little bit about the basics :

  • History
  • Origin
  • Types
  • Uses
  • Cautions

My mum taught me a lot of the basics about essential oils and their safety and back in 1990 bought me my very own book on essential oils. For all of you oils lovers, you would know Valerie Ann Worwood, she wrote, "The Fragrant Pharmacy" and it was copyrighted in 1990. It was a great reference and still is, since then, she has written numerous books and I also have a copy of the 25th-anniversary edition of, "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy." *

If you are really into oils, do yourself a favour and buy a copy, it's an excellent reference book and great if you're studying aromatherapy and oils, or, you may be essential oil obsessed. The one thing that you do need to understand is that everything talked about is for general interest only and never intends to treat, diagnose or cure. If you are experiencing psychological distress or health concerns, you must see your licensed health professional.

Why is it important to know about history? Everything has a story, including the plant kingdom, so it's a great way to understand why oils are so special and why they need to be treated with appreciation, gratitude and caution.

Oils were used in ancient times, in countries such as Egypt, India, Persia, Greece & Rome. In the early days, a technique called enfleurage was used by the Egyptians to extract precious oils and resins from flowers, roots and leaves. It was done by saturating the particular item in animal fat and left for various lengths of time to extract the substances. They used the oils for cosmetic purposes, in religious ceremonies and medicine. There have been pots discovered suggesting that they had the ability to distil as far back as 3,500 years ago.

There are hundreds of essential oils, absolutes and resins and the ways that oils are extracted include; maceration, steam distillation, CO2 extraction, solvent extraction, water distillation, cold press extraction and enfleurage. There are some varying opinions about the best methods, I'm not going to make your mind up about that, however, I will write another journal about the methods of extraction, which is a bit beyond the basics of this journal. Each section could be a journal in and of itself.

There are many types of plants and trees that are used for extracting their essential oils, such as; roots, fruits, flowers, barks, seeds, grasses, leaves and stems. There are well over 300 oils available and counting. A lot of oils produced in Tasmania are limited to the species that we grow. However, the oils produced here, we can boast are amongst the best in the world. There are multiple species as well within a plant type, an example is Lavender, not all Lavenders are equal, when it comes to essential oils. We grow Lavandula Angustifolia in Tasmania and it is stunning. There are well over 45 species with 450 different varieties, so you get a lot of hybrid types. Angustifolia is one of the best for essential oils and aromatherapy application. Once again, others may have a different opinion, but in terms of manufacturing, we prefer Angustifolia.

Essential Oil use varies as well. It is used in natural perfumes, some people like to use oils to relax with massage and humidifiers and others like to use them for medicinal, ceremonial and beauty products. They can be added to food if you have food-grade oils and understand how to use them correctly, we always suggest that if you are using them internally, always seek the guidance of an essential oil practitioner or an aromatherapist, as they can alter the gut biome if you take them unnecessarily or at the wrong dosages. It would be like taking medicine that you don't need. I have a tip about essential oils, avoid using them in candles as they have a low flash point. Meaning that they can and will blow up.

Here is the part that you may not like to hear about, the 'Cautions.' You may be thinking, "How dare you say that oils are to be used with caution!" It would be remiss of me not to explain that essential oils have listed cautions. They are listed as a chemical by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA), whether you want to agree or not, it is what it is. The reason they are called chemicals is that they contain volatile chemical compounds from plants, not all chemicals are demons, just remember that folks.

So, when you hear people say that essential oils are harmless and natural, I would think twice about their advice. Sorry to upset your view of reality, but it's the truth. There are a number of people who should avoid essential oils or at least obtain the correct advice. These include:

Pregnancy - If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, be very cautious as there are many oils that you should avoid altogether. If you have given birth, avoid all oils until 6-9 months, and even then there are only a few safe ones. Safer oils are Lavandula Angustifolia & Chamomile, at least after 6 months. See below.

Hypertension - Essential oils can cause other issues if you have high blood pressure, example of safer oils for high blood pressure are Lavender, Marjoram & Rosemary. For low blood pressure, Thyme & Cinnamon.

Epilepsy or a Neural Disease - Always check with an expert if you would like to use oils, Lavender, Lemongrass and Clove.

Babies - There are different oils that are considered safe at varying ages, so this is best to obtain advice before introducing them to your child. Always dilute using the minimum amount of essential oil to carrier such as Jojoba Oil. Always seek professional advice before using on babies.

Pets - There are a lot of oils that are toxic to cats, dogs and rabbits etc. Some oils are safe for dogs and cats, some are safe for cats only and others for dogs only. For example; Frankincense, Rose, Lavender (in small amounts) and Rosemary are safe for both cats and dogs.

Overuse - Constant use of the same oils every day over a 3 month period can create sensitivities, so be cautious and try to vary your oil use.

Photosensitivity - Citrus oils such as Bergamot, contain a volatile compound called, 'Bergaptene' which increases your skin's sensitivity to the sun.

Take away from all of this; do your research from valid sources and reference materials, start low and go slow. Less is best. Why? You can always add but you can't take away. If you are interested in more, drop us a line at Malano and I will write more.

Many blessings

Maryka xx


Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. 25th Anniversary Edition. Novato, CA: New World Library, 1991, 2016.

Do you remember the song, "The beat goes on?" It's what comes to mind when I think about our L'Scents range of Parfum. People often ask, "why is it called parfum, shouldn't it be perfume?" The answer to that question is an interesting one.

Many years ago, I did undertake further training with an International fragrance Company. Perfume is how we understand scent and fragrance. Parfum is the highest concentration of oil in an ethanol blend. You can read about it on Google of course, but there are many varying opinions about ratios of what I call the "Mother Scent" this is the pure concentrated blend of oils. This may sound outrageous, however, I use anywhere between 20-40 oils when I make a concentrated Mother Scent Blend. The oils vary from essential, absolute, natural aroma chemicals and some synthetic, which is necessary for the prevention of animal cruelty.

We use a synthetic musk purely because we do not want to use the musk from deer or civet cats, which harms or kills. So, there is a level of social and ecological responsibility that we abide by when making our parfums.

When we make parfum we use the highest ratio and Eau de Parfum is below that, then Eau de Toilette, Eau de Cologne, Eau Fraiche and Splashes in that descending order. You will find that there are some differences of opinion because ratios do vary between artisans and makers. I don't want to get into the nitty gritty of it, but people have argued with us about the ratios. In some cases, it is a matter of opinion and comes back to some of the ingredients. Every artisan or chemist makes their own blend and spends a lot of time tweaking and ageing the perfume.

We use an old technique of slow, ageing, which is derived from the ancient Egyptian ways, just without the animal fat. We release perfume over months and years not weeks. Neither way is the only way, we just choose to have a lengthy curing time without loading chemicals to speed up the process.

Since the first article, we have released more scents and it has been an interesting process because the formulas that were created have been in the notebook for years. Now, they are coming to life.

If you have read the previous article, "Why L'Scents?" you will understand that all of our perfumes have a story or a reason for being.

After L'Ascend was created, we had to go back to the old notebook and look at some of the old formulas that had been written by me over 15 years ago. Masey and I looked over the formula and decided that L'Eclipse would be the next scent released.

So what is L'Eclipse about? Everyone knows what an eclipse is, so we have managed to create an eclipse in a bottle. Eclipse is when a celestial body, such as the moon obscures the light of another celestial body, being the sun. It is described as falling into decline. Perfume has a similar effect, ingredients take over and obscure another ingredient, such as there is patchouli in the base and when you first spray the scent, you have a spritz of bergamot and lemon, but after a while it is obscured by the patchouli. It has always been there but it takes a little while for it to reveal itself. This is the wonderful thing about scent. When we ask people to try one of our perfumes, different noses pick up on the various ingredients.

L'Eclipse is quite feminine, it is best described as a slightly sweet floral, mystical and grounding scent. If you are feeling like you need some lush in your life, this is the one for you. L'Eclipse contains heliotrope, white musk, myrrh and amber. A truly enchanting scent.

So, next time you are thinking about buying a perfume, think about what it means to you, the memories that are triggered by scent, and what is the story behind the perfume you want to buy? If you like a good story and have not read about our L'Scents, check out the article. https://malano.com.au/why-l-scents-parfum/

If you are keen to share your story, drop us a line at admin@malano.com.au or make some comments on our parfum socials. We do love to hear from you and we love to engage. You can come and talk to us at Salamanca Market every Saturday, contingent on the weather, but do check out our socials for updated information.

There is more to come on the L'Scents journey, so why not come along with us and share ours. Who knows, maybe we can make a scent for you one day.

May the universe bless you and may you have all the love, power and peace.

Many blessings


Once upon a time in the distant past, there was not such a vast separation between science and spirituality. In ancient Egyptian times, the wizards possessed multiple skills and often obtained important roles such as Vizier. The Pharaohs trusted the wizards as their confidantes, offering wise counsel over important matters.

The most famous wizard, Imhotep was renowned for his architecture; he was a physician, priest (rituals) and scribe. Although the Greek physician Hippocrates is the known father of modern medicine, Imhotep practised medicine and wrote about it over 2,000 years prior.

If we are to work with both, we need to understand both concepts. So, what is science?

That is a great question. You can look at the various categories and branches of science. Modern science has natural science, social science and formal science. There are branches such as; Mathematics, Chemical, Biological, Earth & Environmental, Computer and Physics, to name a few.

Many people say that spirituality is a pseudo-science; however, as time passes, more research is being conducted, we start to hear more and more about Drs and scientists who are confirming that there is more to life than meets the eye.

I am not writing to convince you either way. You have your own beliefs. Most people know what science is and the various areas within the academic fields.

What is spirituality, then? Another great question. Spirituality is about people having more of a concern about their soul or spirit rather than physicality. Can you have both? For me, it’s a resounding yes. I am constantly working in the temperance between my physical experience and my inner world, whereby I am quietening my mind to tap into the unseen.

In my opinion, it is important to live in both worlds; otherwise, why would we be here? We cannot be totally spiritual when we have a physical body that has internal instincts to survive. We must have time for both. I call it temperance, a balance of the internal and external, quietening the internal chatter so that I can listen to the quiet, still voice that guides me on the right path. You could say that it is an internal compass of sorts. If something feels wrong, it often is, and if you don’t listen, there could be something that happens; upon reflection, you tell yourself, “I should have listened to my instincts” you could call it, ‘gut feeling.’ Many do.

So, what does this have to do with Ritual Kits? Well, I’m glad that you were wondering. Ritual kits are whereby you have an opportunity to conduct a physical ceremony whilst connecting to unseen Forces to benefit you and bring about positivity and change into your world.

I have found over the years that the quality time spent on spiritual work benefits the physical world.

I am a Minister for the Universal Life Church and a qualified Celebrant. I have conducted many rituals and grew up in a family whereby ritual was part of our everyday practice. We went to church, read our bibles, had our quiet prayer time and over the years, my mum had moved into other spiritual areas, including meditation, Buddhism, Tai Chi, Qi gong, martial arts (Kung Fu) and other multiple practices, I was taught to utilise the power of my own mind to get through life challenges.

I was blessed enough to have been taught by a spiritual master many years ago, which followed after my mum passed away. You see, when I was in the church as a child, I understood the rituals; I could sense an unseen Force. I knew that multiple worlds are co-existing in the same space but at different frequencies. I have also witnessed the power of the unseen. I have witnessed what some would call miracles, and others would call nothing more than a coincidence. 

Masey and I have worked tirelessly with our business to bridge the gap between science and mysticism. We are working together to bring some positive change into the world. Unfortunately, there are times when we go through periods of chaos in life, and it is part of the experience. Then there are times of bliss and joy. When people go through chaos, they don’t realise the opportunity for growth and potential. It is a cycle of death and re-birth. Our business has come a long way; however, we are still on the journey for the rest of our days. The difference between us and many others is that our tireless work has reached that point whereby we have to share our mystical practices with you.

We use science, and we are spiritual, or we like to say mystical, and there is a point of convergence between the 2 paradigms. That point is, when I make a skin cream, it is not just a few ingredients thrown together. I carefully and intuitively create a formula using my scientific (chemistry) understanding; when I mix it, I imagine our people are getting wonderful results. I put love and good vibes into it (this is mystical).

It’s like when you go to a café and ask for the same meal every time, you know what you will get, it may have a slight variation on different occasions, but you still enjoy it. Then, one day, you go to the same café and have the same dish and all of a sudden, it tastes terrible. You may think to yourself, “gee, that wasn’t good today.” You find out later it was cooked by a different chef. Here is the but… You find out that the chef used the same recipe. What is that all about. Well, that is something for you to contemplate.

You may be thinking that having a ritual kit is a strange thing, or you may be thinking that you are ready to take some personal level of control over your life and make some changes. Remember that to grow, there may be a period of personal cleansing, and you have to be aware that there are opportunities that come your way, which may be subtle, and you have to read the clues. Sometimes, you may have to work through some personal issues. When we desperately want something in our lives, sometimes, desperation blocks us from achieving it. Sometimes, we have to plan, take some action and allow the results to flow in. This is by no means that you become submissive or go into another lacklustre school of thinking about how you can attract results. It would be best to take action; Taking steps to move forward must follow every great plan.

I will ask you this.

Suppose you decide to buy a kit for wishing and decide to wish for love or a partner because it constantly evades you. There is a reason for that. Be open to learning. Be open to the fact that there could be a limiting self-belief.

Many years ago, I coached a lady who was desperate for a baby. She would come to the sessions in tears, and she told me that the Drs are dumbfounded as there is no reason not to fall pregnant.

I asked her a straightforward question that no one had ever asked her. “What is the one thing that scares you the most about having a baby, even though you are desperate to have one?”

She looked at me stunned and said, “No one has ever asked me that question before. What does that have to do with coming here?”

I said, “it may have nothing to do with it, or it may have something to do with it. We will see.”

She sat in silence for a few minutes, and she said, “you know what, I am terrified of my husband leaving, and I will be a single mother.”

I asked, “why does that terrify you?”

She said, “It happened to me, my mum raised us, and I never want it to happen to my child.”

I asked her, “Do you think that it could be at all a possibility that you have created a block in your energy field and your body has responded?”

She weirdly looked at me and said, “What do you mean?”

I explained to her that there is a connection between subconscious fears and limiting patterns that can, in some cases, block us from reaching our goals and desires.

I told her that it might be the right time to talk with her husband, work through those fears with him, and obtain support for her fears of abandonment.

After several sessions with me, she stopped coming along. After 6 months, I received a letter in the mail. It was my client; she was pregnant and excited. Her relationship was better than ever; she was happy about being pregnant, the fears had passed. The last I heard from her, they had 3 children and are still happily married.

I still remember her so clearly and will never forget; the power of confronting your own fears can create personal miracles.

So, if you are new to this and decide to embark on your mystical journey, take heart, be courageous, go in boots and all and give it your best shot. What do you have to lose? Only the crappy old beliefs that don’t serve you well.

At this stage, there are 7 kits to choose from:

  • Blessing
  • Cleansing
  • Grief
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Protection
  • Spiritual Enhancement
  • Wishing

We have had many people contact us about smudge sticks and ridding their homes of negativity; whilst this is a great practice, it will not bring about the results that one can achieve from conducting rituals in an organised and structured manner. The energies you will connect with have been made through many years of work and fostering a relationship, much like a friendship.

Always remember to show respect to the unseen energies and Forces and never take things for granted. Gratitude and appreciation go a long way when working with the unseen. 

We wish you all the best. May your journey be a fruitful one and your heart courageous. As I have written in the kit instructions, rituals are not for the foolhardy. They require maximum participation to get results; they are not spectator sports, and you must go in with the attitude that you will bring about maximum results and persist. You will need to take some time to read the instructions and understand the requirements.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us; we are happy to offer guidance.

Many blessings

Maryka xx

Maryka & Masey Malano

Malano Australia

My dream for making perfume started a very, very long time ago.

When I was a youngster, my mum was an alchemist, quite ahead of her time, she would whip up many weird and wonderful concoctions in her kitchen. My mum’s interests were wide and varied. She studied herbalism, aromatherapy, homoeopathic remedies and Australian bush essences. Mum was a wizard of sorts, but it was never really talked about and in the 80’s it was taboo to practice witchcraft, wizardry or any ritual ceremonial practice. Yes, it went on, but it was seen in the Christian community as black magick and sinful to practice anything outside of the church and reading the bible.

One day, my mum had this crazy idea to take lavender essential oils internally, not me, but my sister did, and she complained about tasting lavender all week. There were some funny events. I discovered that I had a keen interest in learning the skills that my mum had. My mum was into meditation, at one stage, Buddhism, yoga and I think she even had a fascination for the Hare Krishnas. I remember mum teaching me to blend essential oils and scent and make face creams, soap and blends to address ailments, like wounds and salves for bad skin and pain. You name it; mum was right into it. Throughout my life, there were times when I got into making my moisturisers and played around with essential oils and fragrance, never quite being able to be in a position to create a product line.

Fast forward the clock 39ish years and here you have it, Malano Australia. Oh wow! If you had asked me 20 years ago if I thought I’d be creating products and using my passion for manufacturing, I would have said, “I’m not sure how I can pull it together.” Little did I know that fate had plans and when Masey and I planned this business 5 years ago, we knew that we wanted to include perfume down the track. So, it’s taken us all this time to bring it to life. So, if you have a dream, make a plan, find a way, take action and the more action you take, the more likely you are to reach your goals.

So, when we spoke about the perfume line, we decided to make it artisan, boutique but using the old-fashioned style of crafting scent. We chose to make Parfum first, as it’s our favourite being the strongest. Masey and I both loved the L’ Scents, as it has that beautiful French sound to it. After choosing L’ Scents, we had to talk about the names. I made some different perfumes some time ago, and my first one was dedicated to Masey. Most people who know Masey well call her “Mase”; hence, we decided on L’ Mase.

The story behind L’ Mase: It was crafted by me, thinking about Masey. She is a strong woman who loves some of the more traditionally masculine activities, although she looks feminine. She is warm, outgoing, persistent, reflective and passionate. I wanted a scent that reflected the perfect balance of femininity & masculinity at the same time. It is a paradoxical fragrance, exhilarating and provocative. Like all of us, Masey is a complex person, so I wanted to create a scent that evokes a vast array of sensations & responses that are visible to the observers.

Sometimes, when I see people try the scent, I watch their partners or friends, and I witness a shift in their body. The aroma takes them somewhere, daren’t I ask at times. It is easy to see that scent has an impact, and science does back it up. People have loved scent since the dawn of time. The Egyptians used scent at their ceremonies and had special oils made with flowers, herbs and resins. History tells us that Cleopatra used rose petals, honey and donkey’s milk in her bathing rituals.

L’ Mase is for those who love the citrus burst of Bergamot initially, with hay & cardamom, followed by the beautiful floral jasmine, citrus elemi, oudh wood & tobacco, with a strong base of leather, patchouli, musk & cedarwood. If you are looking for a head-turner, look no further. 

Moving on, Masey asked me to create a scent for her mum, who passed away in May 2020. This was an interesting challenge because there had to be a balance between the smells that her mum liked and the particular scent that reminds Masey of her mum. So, I had to think about Masey’s mum; What perfumes did she wear? What smells remind Masey of her Mum? What do I remember about her mum’s scent? What were her key personality traits? When I think about Masey’s mum, I think floral, oriental, persistent scent. She liked Red Door and Opium. So, I created a scent, but it was not right, I thought it was, but Masey wasn’t really convinced. So, I let that one go, and I created another one. The second one does remind me of her mum. Masey said she wanted to honour her mum by calling it L’ Lew because Lewis was her maiden name.

L’ Lew is floral opulence. When I think about Masey’s mum, words that come to mind are expressive, persistent, cheeky, loving, adventurous & I always remember a particular photo when she had her hair done by Masey; she looked glamorous. I think she was a Queen in one of her past lives. 

When I think about her scent and the ones she would wear, they were definitely floral, spicy, alluring, glamorous & pervasive. L’ Lew starts with a burst of blood orange, gardenia and spicy clove, followed by a floral heart of orchid, jasmine and then a spicy black pepper, supported by musk, vetiver, amber and chocolate.

If you refer to the ‘Fragrance Notes’ in each of the Parfums, you will see that they contain a well-balanced mix of Top, Middle (Heart) & Base notes, giving the wearer a sensory overload.

After L’ Lew, we had to think about some other names for Parfum and how they would align with L’ Mase & L’ Lew. It just so happens that my Nan loves perfume, and she asked if I could make her one. Bless Nan. She is 99 now and still living independently. Nan has shared all of her collected perfume bottles with Masey and me. Apparently, back in Nan’s early days, perfume was a real luxury, and the bottles were somewhat a collector’s item. Suffice to say; Nan has some beautiful little bottles from many years ago.

Then came L’ Blanche. My Nan has a rather unusual name. Most people remember Blanche from the TV show “The Golden Girls.” You could probably say that my Nan is a Golden Girl; she has maintained a great outlook on life and has had her fair share of grief and challenges; however, she has always said that life is about working through the tough times and never holding grudges. 

L’ Blanche is best described as aged, sophisticated and charismatic. It starts with bitter orange, grapefruit & raspberry, followed by the hearts of neroli, jasmine, nutmeg & violet, supported by a persistent base of blonde woods, patchouli, honey & musk. If you want to feel like a sophisticated millionaire, this one will deliver. My Nan has always been the Matriarch of the family, and she wears this parfum well.

So, we have three out of five. Masey and I decided that it would be nice to make a scent for my mum, who passed away in 2000. This one was pretty easy for me because when I think about mum, she was always wearing rose, geranium, loved incense, frankincense, ylang-ylang, and the house always had a spiritual smell about it. A bit like walking into a spiritual shop, with the incense going and the meditation music playing. Mind you; she did like the odd rock song as well. She was also complex and had a diverse range of hobbies and favourite activities.

We called this one L’ Maur. My mum’s name was Maureen. This is an interesting scent, I love it, but it is unique, perhaps, specific. It is not one that a broad spectrum of people would love. It starts with a burst of grapefruit, blood orange, geranium & saffron, which gives the scent an odd twist. Followed up by rose, lilac & cinnamon, you can sense the unique twist, supported by a heavy base of tonka bean, incense, patchouli & amber. You can almost imagine being transported into a spiritual shop right now. It reminds me of a scent used in ritual practice, but first & foremost, it reminds me of my mum.

The fifth scent came about by thinking along the mystical line of our business. Our slogan, “Where science meets mysticism”, is a convergence of the two paradigms of thinking. We have a range of mystical products which are being created now, as we speak. We have already released the Perfume with Purpose line, and there are other products to follow.

Out of purely seeing people’s reactions to the Beard Oil for men, called “Black Jaguar”, Masey asked me if I could make a Parfum that evoked similar reactions. Now, if you give me a challenge like that, of course, I am up for it. So, we threw a lot of ideas around and finally decided on L’ Ascend. It’s perfect. This scent transcends people, and you can see it when they try it. So, it is two-fold, ascending in mystical terms & in the physical olfactory sensations, which I might add, brings about other more interesting sensations, if you know what I mean? (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more).

L’ Ascend is intoxicating & aspiring. It starts with sharp citrus bergamot, lime, mandarin & cinnamon leaf, followed by heart notes of honeydew muguet lavender & tobacco leaf. Supported by a majestic blend of leather, water lily, violet leaf & oakmoss. This scent is mystical & guaranteed to switch on every sense.

The stories will not end there. We have 5 new L’ Scents being released over the next 12 months, but why stop there? Good question. We most likely won’t. The amazing thing about scent is that no matter what is created, there is something for everyone. We even have 7 amazing blends in roll-on perfumes called “Perfume with Purpose.” Be sure to read about those in the Mystical category. They each contain a unique mantra written by me from my meditation practice. I crafted the scent, which works in unison with the mantra, to bring about a sense of positivity into people’s lives during this crazy and often chaotic time on the planet.

If you ever have any questions, feel free to reach out to us and be sure to check out our social media. We are always releasing and launching new products there. I say we, but Masey is our social media queen, always looking for new and interesting ways to bring you our products & of course, at times, some behind the scenes info about us for you to see.

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Thank you for taking the time to read the stories about L’ Scents.

For those who live locally, we have our Parfum at a beautiful wood gallery at Salamanca, called “Tiger Ina Papera.” It’s an amazing gallery where you can ignite all of your senses with the stunning woodwork on display and other unique Tasmanian products.

Many blessings to you all.