Living Libations was created by Nadine Artemis, beauty philosopher, aromacologist, and botanical muse, shaping plant-intelligence into palpable consecrations to blush senses and muse imaginations. She is also is the author of Renegade Beauty and Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums.
Nadine’s official biography begins when she first combined flasks of essential oils to recreate Nina Ricci’s L’Air du Temps for a school science fair. These botanical-inclinations led her on petal-pathed adventures in creating organic beauty balms, reviving elixirs, effective oral care, and perfumed poetry to quench the natural yearnings of many.
Nadine opened North America’s first full concept aromatherapy store, Osmosis, in 1994. Since that day, Nadine has received glowing reviews for her formulations in the Hollywood Reporter, Flare, the New York Times, Vogue, and The National Post. Nadine also addresses gatherings at conferences and appears on television, on radio shows, and on podcasts.
Yet, in the beginning Nadine listened to the early whisperings of her childhood:
There once was a girl with a wild look in her eye and a smile that reached to the tip of her cheek. She cleaned up nice, yet her dress was often a mess with pockets full of acorns and findings from the forest, and there was always a curl that longed to unfurl. One day she sat—hands in lap—at the dining room table tuning in and out of the murmuring grown-up din. The raspberries gathered earlier that day had stained the fingers of her imagination. With a rosy glow she gazed out the window and saw friends of branches and birds sway, beckoning her foray. So without a sound, she slipped off her shoes, and her little feet whisked her away to the woods to play. Entranced by the galaxy in a patch of grass, she started to daydream and wondered if every flower was a flask of fun? If petals were spoons for pouring forth perfume? If there is a great pantry filled with ladles of moonbeams and goblets of sun? If bark is the bottle of a tree that holds the secret sap for a scraped knee? And so she asked on into infinity.
She swished bottles and mixed brews, and wished to adorn everyone with garlands of nature. This is the story of how nature found her and why she considers plants as her true teachers.
Then Nadine met Ron.
After spending many years in Downward Dog, Ron realized breathing came naturally to him. So, he set off for India where he learned from Ashtanga yoga guru, Patabhi Jois.
After sweating for many moons under his tutelage, his guru’s parting words of wisdom were, “Ron, you be Action Hero.” With this prophecy of adventure in mind, Ron walked across the desert of India looking for savasana in the shade and a mantra in some mythical yogi-cave. Later, he toured as the Bare Naked Ladies yoga advisor perfecting bhujapidasana and passing through many sidhis.
On this hero’s journey, Ron realized that meditation is anytime, anywhere: breathing yoga into a pathless land. Now Ron is expanding breath into beats and weaving rhythms into dance music and ambient sounds that have listeners spellbound with Sound Libations, his transcendental electronic brainchild.
Growing up in a home of Moroccan heritage imbued with music, Ron grew strong with the percussion, drummed and strummed live in his childhood home. Ron’s mother, whose heartbeat set the tempo of his young life, showed him the swiveling and swaying expressions of Mid-Eastern dance as she taught dancers to move to a rhythm that his heart understood: a primal, sweet taste of musical transcendence.
Fast forward to present time and Ron is nestled into a lush Ontario forest landscape with his visionary life partner, Nadine, and their son, Leif. The symphony of sound emanating from the forest-chorus of his homestead have had a direct and indirect influence on his musical creations and inclinations. Sound waves imbued with the poetry of nature, the introspective way of understanding the world that Ron has held in earnest since his formative years.
Upon meeting, Nadine was compelled by Ron’s life-force, infinite intelligence, and divine playfulness. He was enraptured with being alive and emanated a wondrous, crazy wisdom. To Nadine, Ron was a troubadour, a Prince of Song, and she was enchanted by his bardic grace and strength.
At first inhalation, Ron smiled at the woman that exuded the pure perfume of a jasmine flower. He was struck by her “real to the feel nature” and inner-wisdom-oasis. Ron knew he had found his “howdy-partner.” Together, the alchemy of their cosmic communion pours the levity of life into the sacred and the secular.
Some nights they stayed up till dawn, imbibing essential oils, drinking exotic elixirs, and sinking into a world of luscious libations. It was on a night like this that Ron became impassioned about working together. So they did. They started making yoga truffles and chocolate bars, and co-created new perfumes and beautiful blends together. And the beginning of Living Libations bloomed
Out of this play their luxurious skin care, restorative essences, and replenishing elixirs are made, tuning people’s senses to the adventure of living. In these creations, joyful petals, endless lands and green-leaf glee greet the boundless cosmos of your being. This is the ground to spin around and around and grow branches of bliss to all living things.
Then they took to the woods together and out of their providential-play they laid the foundation for Living Libations future generations.
“Chocolate Yoga, a practice invented by Ron Artemis is gaining popularity in Toronto... it affects the brain in a way that allows one to reach blissful states.” Flare Magazine
“The flowers are without hands, so they use Nadine’s... infinite recipes flow from her arms.” Lenni Jabour
“A true sense-visionary! Nadine has the greatest collection of rare and special oils... she has a wondrous knowledge and passion for it all.” Alanis Morissette
“Nadine taps into the divine decanter that pours through every moment.” Kristin Lehman
“Glorious bubbles rise out of the endless streaming muse of this Poetic Aromatic Nymph.” John Steele