I am afraid this is going to be brief- I have a friend visiting from New York City and one of our ritual things to do is to take the coast road up to Santa Barbara and have lunch in the Taqueria Super Rico, which is home to some of the best guacamole in the world (Julia Child was a big fan.) Since we were coming back that way anyway I decided that we would stop by and say “Hello” to Roxana Villa, who in addition to being a brilliant perfumer is one of the nicest and most welcoming women you could hope to ever meet.
Her store is exactly what I thought is would be- gorgeous! She has displays of the solids with little bell jars covering them on top of a gorgeous old apothecary display and all of her wares to play with. She showed us all sorts of things including a couple that are coming up: Melifera and Flruish, which are delights.
We spent about a good hour sampling and chatting and just having fun with scent. My friend had never heard of the line and ended up buying several things that jumped out at her, and I cadged a couple of samples of the new releases. I’m fairly exhausted from driving (construction and two car accidents on Sunset made traffic a nightmare) so I am having a glass or six of Chardonnay and typing this up- I’ll review them later on when I’m back to “normal.” But I will state they are lovely.
Roxana Illuminated Perfume’s store is located on the second floor at the Wizin Market Square in the first building as you enter the parking area. The address is 28914 Roadside Dr, unit #219, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. The exit off the 101 is Kanan Road and Roadside Drive is south of the Freeway. If you come to Los Angeles, It is well worth a trip out there to visit- Roxana is a delight and her scents are spectacular.
Portia, wish you were here.
Images: My iPhone.