About

In mythology there are nine muses that provide inspiration to the arts and sciences. Tenth Muse exists to use the olfactory to describe the journey that you’re on. Our custom blended fragrances are intended to be your muse; your olfactory inspiration, and a personal artistic expression.

Scent has a curious ability to bring us back to a distinct place and time, to inspire, to explore hidden desires, to elicit feelings, and to remind us of our connectedness. We custom blend perfume for individuals through a process of looking into memories, associations, feelings, and aspirations.

Each plant has unique therapeutic and distinct metaphysical qualities that we have come to understand through myriad of curative and spiritual practices around the globe. Your fragrance will be designed using these insights in tandem with your own personal tastes.

Blending Inpiration

Tenth Muse was created out of a love of all things olfactory, the intrinsic art that we believe exists in all, and a great desire for connectedness. Every place, every person, and every experience has its own scent. It is something you can feel, not just smell. It is there reminding us, inspiring us, nurturing us, and bringing us back to the present. We think this should be celebrated and enjoyed to the fullest. Our 100% natural fragrances are made using only essential oils, including rare and precious, botanical tinctures crafted by Mary Jo Howell, and grain alcohol. Good intentions, gratitude, imagination, and love are ever-present.

After becoming one of the first 100 registered aromatherapist in the US in 2001, Mary Jo has been honing her skills as an olfactory artist. She briefly owned and operated a cottage company, emja restoratives, making and selling hand made lotions, sprays, and lip balms. Tenth Muse is the culmination of her life’s experience with the olfactory, observations of people, plants and how they interact, and the desire to continually experience and offer connection.