SCENT PROFILE

Scent Profile is a creative study in conversation between Sigil founder, Patrick Kelly, and a groundbreaking artist, auteur, CEO, or disruptor. Learn about these pioneers’ creative practices, inspirations, and most fervent associations to scent.
Alexis Smart

Alexis Smart

 

Alexis Smart founded her practice in 2004 out of a desire to help people reconnect to happiness and peace of mind. She was raised not only with respect for the healing power of plants, but for the power of the individual to heal themself. In Alexis’s 20s, homeopathy cured her of a serious illness, which was when she knew she had found her calling.

Alexis has been a Bach flower remedy practitioner for over 15 years, working with mentors in the direct lineage of Dr. Bach. She is also a practicing homeopath, continuing her post-graduate studies in Greece, with world-renowned homeopath George Vithoulkas. This training has deepened her understanding of human nature and shown her, first-hand, the link between emotional trauma and physical illness, and the miracle of healing when emotional balance is restored.

 

What are your pronouns?

She / Her / Hers

Tell us a bit about your business and practice.

I am a homeopath and flower remedy practitioner. I am the founder and maker of Alexis Smart Flower Remedies. These are essences made from English wildflowers that heal emotional conditions like fear, trauma, lack of confidence.

I live in Joshua Tree and we make all of our flower remedies by hand here in our studio. My flower formulas were born out of the last 17 years of treating people one one one. My work—like Patrick’s in Sigil—requires me to be creative, business-minded and scientific. During consultations,  I am speaking to people about their most personal things: their life stories and where they have been hurt. We go deep pretty quickly. I think this type of work has conditioned me to bypass small talk in social situations and get right into things. I imagine this can be disarming for some people. I go from being in the world of the philosophical—the investigator of the human psyche—to the opposite extreme, having to be this left-brained logistical engineer for the business.

Where do you draw inspiration?

Films, novels, travel and meeting amazing people. My own life inspires me. Greece has been an inspiration since I was young. I go there every summer to do post-graduate homeopathy studies.

There is a timeless quality I experience there that is very good for creativity. I swim in the sea every day, connect to my body and nature and leave behind all of the white noise of the city and work. Once those inhibiting factors are removed, the creativity  just flows in and I start to write, daydream and create new products.

What does scent mean to you?

My work with flowers has proven that they are not just pretty to look at. They can heal deep spiritual wounds and are purely benevolent for human beings.  So to be able to experience flowers in scent form is like getting to feel the true personality and essence of that plant.  Scent is magical, as it is in the realm of the unseen—but it has the power, like a spell, to instantly transport you to another time and place, conjure romantic feelings, distant memories and changes in mood. That’s why I love that you see the perfumer as alchemist and that the names of your perfumes are a nod to this magic.

Tell us about your favorite Sigil perfume.

Prima Materia. It makes me feel like a wood nymph who keeps her cashmere sweaters in an old cedar chest. (Wood nymphs do wear cashmere sweaters).

When do you feel most safe? And most challenged?

I feel the most safe when I am in a house alone (preferably overlooking the sea), puttering, with no set time or anywhere I have to be.  Harmony—both in the environment and with others—is necessary for me to feel safe. I feel challenged by situations where there is injustice, against myself or others. Especially in situations where you are powerless to fight against it.

Who do you want to celebrate today?

I would like to celebrate my dad and business partner, Philip. When he came on board, it changed my life. It gave me freedom to expand personally and helped our business grow. I don’t tell him often enough how much he means to me.

I would like to bring awareness to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (nephew of JFK and son of Robert F. Kennedy). He is an environmental rights attorney who has advocated for the protection of waterways, indigenous rights, renewable energy and safety and transparency for vaccines. (He’s not anti-vax,  he’s just the most educated person I have heard speak about this, not only from a scientific standpoint, but in terms of the history of the laws surrounding this controversial issue).

We should feel we have a good understanding of this issue because we will likely need to make choices soon about our health. The more informed you are, the more confident you will feel to do so.

What is the theme of your new decade?

Freedom. Since we have been in confinement, I’ve had clarity about things I have dreamed about doing that I don’t do. I realized how much freedom we actually have and how we squander it—either through fear or being ruled by convention or perceived limitations.

Now that we truly are not able to do a lot of things, I am seeing how my limitations were self-imposed before. I am letting go of the idea that I have to be one thing, do only do one thing, or do things in a prescribed way.

What is one thing you've been doing differently lately?

I am revealing myself more. I am a bit of an introvert by nature, but now that the whole world is being forced into introversion, it’s strangely allowed me to come out of my shell.  I am connecting more with people and appreciating the ones I love.

If you could only re-read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Please don’t do this to me! I’m doing two. One fiction and one nonfiction. 

“The Sheltering Sky” and “Awakening Osiris” (a beautiful translation of the Egyptian Book of the Dead).

One album?

Stop! Is it cheating if I choose a compilatio? Rolling Stones, Hot Rocks 1964-1971.

What is your mantra?

“Thank you.”

 

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