A whimsical purveyor of scent alchemy infused into plant-based, individually-crafted salves, quaint art soaps & other natural body care for folks with troubled skin
Ethical, local & sustainable sourcing
Raw, food-grade & organic ingredients
NO Preservatives, harsh chemicals or other nonsense
✨ May what you see and smell delight you ✨
For info on salve, balm and/or deodorant refills, look here
Welcome to my Wandering Apothecary! I am commonly known as the Wisp, and I'm delighted to receive you. Allow me to regale you with the story of my little rest stop!
Since the very beginning, I have been entirely in love with the ability humans have to make medicine from nature. From the simplest to the most advanced, I am most taken with the former- and how on all parts of the globe, different humans have carried on different ways of working with their environment to heal, woven uniquely into each culture.
As a traveller and an observer, I became enamoured with watching and learning how different types of humans- living in radically different environments- came to use their surrounds to care for their communities.
Apothecaries can cover a fairly impressive scope of healing types- and one that I see as highly necessary is the act of rest. My gaze widened and I became further enamoured with the concept of bath and tea houses, bus and train stops, and other places folk often gathered to recoup.
In equal measure, the concept of the Romani, travelling circuses (a la Cirque du Soleil), carnivals, and all manner of folk who roved the countryside to bring mirth and merriment- and a sense of enlightenment within themselves in the process- further enchanted my vision.
What I strive to embody in what I make is all those feelings. The feeling of being so comfortable in your skin, you can relax wherever you may be, and feel encouraged to keep going and keep enjoying life, wherever your journey may take you.
For those who haven't come across the Wandering Apothecary at pop-up markets by way of introduction, seeing the travelling cart may offer some insight into how I strive to manifest this feeling for in-person interaction experiences.🌿💛🌿Having cultivated careful sourcing across local and far-flung small producers alike, I have built a modest collection of body care wares that incorporate a wide array of natural ingredients- each with their own beautiful background of how they are used in the resident culture- from all around the world.
With a library of over 70 unique scent palettes to choose from- which utilises a combination of essential oils, and fragrance oils made with non-synthetic carriers and no harsh chemicals, to eliminate the irritation that often comes with fragrance oils- there is something for everyone of the whimsical and quaint-at-heart!
For info on salve, balm and/or deodorant refills, look here
A Bit About the Apothecary's Most-Loved
If you're looking for an everyday-troubled-skin solution that works, The Wanderer's All-Purpose Salve certainly does not mess around- it is thick, creamy and heavy-duty, made to soothe all manner of suffering skin! Spread a little on and discomfort from eczema/psoriasis/rosacea patches, bug bites, burns, cracking dry skin, scar tissue, irritated/healing/dry tattoos, and many others will fade almost instantly as the all-natural butters and oils nourish and repair your skin, leading to faster healing times and vastly healthier skin.
Don't forget to wash your hands! 👏 If you aren't washing as often as you would like because of how dry it makes your skin, worry no more: Carnival Soaps are vegetable glycerin that has been shaped into all manner of fancy shapes to give that little extra accent to your washroom! Made with no preservatives and infused with raw, unprocessed, food-grade butters and oils (ingredients vary by soap and are listed), only the good stuff will be rubbed into your skin when you decide the time is finally right to use it.
If your own stank has you down in the pits, slather our special mud on yours - no, really! Try a pot of the Wanderer's Mud; more universally recognised as antiperspirant deodorant, a pea-sized dollop rubbed under each arm will help wick moisture accumulation and mute body odour, without actually clogging your pores to do so. Choose from the scent library to accent it with- or reach out on social media to build your own palette- and let the mud do the rest, whether you are a professional cosplayer at a convention in Texas during the summer, or a renaissance faire performer out in the sun for several weekends in a row, or a general contractor working in rain, sleet or shine!
A Bit on What I Make
Everything is handmade individually by one pair of loving hands, meaning nothing is ever produced in large batches and every ingredient is customisable.♻️
Salve + balm tins and deodorant pots are fully recyclable and reusable (or you can mail me back your empty vessel and I will refill it - more on that here), and soaps are wrapped in a combination of banana leaves and upcycled kraft paper, which can be composted or recycled and will fully biodegrade. Even the poly mailers used for shipping online orders are made out of compostable material, and can be reused.
♻️I want to reconnect people with the ability to appreciate beautiful things, while acknowledging they will be gone one day. To me, modern society is one obsessed with preservation and instant gratification simultaneously— nothing is cherished because everything can be replaced, yet if replacement is not guaranteed things are hoarded until their original purpose has passed.So drink that special tea before it goes stale. Use that fancy soap before it gets old.
Love what you have while you have it, and for what it is.
That is why I carry on, and the message I wield through something globally necessary— self care.
Thank you so much for pursuing this avenue!
I deal in the temporary. Everything I make will one day be used down to nothing- and what can be reused, I want to encourage and make accessible, to show that a little effort truly goes a long way and isn't as troublesome as it seems.
In other words, reducing and/or eliminating waste is incredibly important to me, and I try to embody this in every possible element of my craft. As part of that- if you are a regular or plan on ordering from me again in the future- you can help by mailing me back your empty pots and tins! They are durable and hold up a long time- I have been refilling my personal salve tin and deodorant pot for years.
Here's how you can, too:
1. Reach out to me via the Contact form or social media (Instagram/Facebook) and let me know you are interested in a refill2. I will provide you a shipping label for mailing your empty vessel back to me, and a discount code for your next order - which must, of course, contain the refill of your choosing. It can even be a different scent!⚠️
Open mailers from Petrichorum carefully, using the perforation at the top! They are made of biodegradable material and have two seals, meaning they are resealable. If you use the mailer sent to you for mailing back your empty pot or tin, I will compost it myself here on our homestead, ensuring there truly is nothing that goes to waste.
That's it! Thank you, once more, for helping me make a difference, one small gesture at a time 💚
✨ Blended individually each time, so you always get a unique, one-of-a-kind palette ✨
Interested in blending your own with the myriad individual notes in any of these premade palettes? Just reach out to me on social media- or find me at a pop-up market and ask me about it!- I will be delighted to hear from you, and look forward to working with you to concoct a palette that is uniquely yours 💛
Rune Reader- Petrified oak, evergreen, ginger, fresh tobacco
Planting Roots- Petrichor, mistletoe, rosemary, sage
Healing- Deep woods, honeysuckle, lavender, sage
Self-Indulgence- Deep woods, lily of the valley, belladonna, ancient tomes
Peaceful Home- Petrified oak, pine, ginger, fresh-ground tobacco in an antique pipe
Safe Travels- Long-abandoned temples, frankincense & myrrh, old growth forestsGARDEN WISPS:
Amanita- Orange cake glazed with maple nectar fermented in spiced barrels
Werewere Kokako- A bouquet of magnolia, lilac and wisteria
Shiitake- Rich, caramelised brown sugar with undertones of hazelnut & sandalwoodGEMSTONES
ROSE QUARTZ - rose, freshly-pressed cottons, ginger, vanilla
AMETHYST - lavender, lily of the valley, sage, vanilla
BROWN JASPER - loamy incense, clove, dragon’s blood, buttered rum
OBSIDIAN - graveyard dirt, black cherry, nutmegDRAGON AGE: INQUISITION-inspired:
Necromantic- Spiced wine, fire magic, leatherbound books
Antiva- Strawberry, rose, vanilla Earl Grey
Eluvian- Amber oak, mistletoe, deep woods
Qun- Leather, sandalwood, bourbon, nutmeg, charred woodHOLLY BLACK'S CRUEL PRINCE-inspired:
Prince Cardan- Red wine, pine, coffee
Jude- Lily of the valley, belladonna, nighttime musk
Locke- Patchouli, honey almond, baked apple
Nicasia - Coconut lime, mint, dragon’s blood
Madoc- Fresh graves, black cherry, magnoliaV.E. SCHWAB'S SHADES OF MAGIC-inspired:
Kell- Spiced cake, rose, lavender, orange
Osaron- Charred wood, nag champa, amber musk
Alucard- Red wine, dark chocolate, nag champa, strawberryLORD OF THE RINGS-inspired:
Elvish Waybread- warm herb bread, rosemary, lilacs
Hearty Halfling Loaf- banana & blueberry nut bread, brown-sugared figs
Uruk-hai / Wild Hag's Rations- warm leather, sweet tobacco, spiced bourbonCRITICAL ROLE-inspired:
Caleb- old books, cinnamon, buttered rum
Nott- red wine, bourbon, loamy incense, mistletoe
Yasha- nighttime musk, aged incense, cassis, sage, dragon’s blood
Mollymauk- ylang-ylang, sweet wine, nighttime musk, mint, loamy incense
Jester- lilac, golden amber, spiced cake, blueberry
Beau- teak and petrified oak, tobacco, ginger
Fjord- crisp black pepper, campfire smoke, coconut lime, tobacco
Caduceus- orchid, lily of the valley, cherry blossom, petrichor
Essek- loamy incense, frankincense & myrrh, petrichor, charred wood, hazelnutFFXIV-inspired:
Paladin- Vanilla, mint
Dark Knight- Tobacco, frankincense & myrrh, nag champa
Warrior- Spiced leather, berry wine
White Mage- Vanilla, lavender, eucalyptus
Scholar- Honeysuckle, honey almond, belladonna
Astrologian- Pine, spice cake, cinnamon
Summoner- Belladonna, honey almond, tobacco
Black Mage- Pine, caramel, eucalyptus
Red Mage- Chocolate, coffee, cinnamon
Bard- Rose, lavender, strawberry
Machinist- Cinnamon, frankincense & myrrh, barrel smoke
Ninja- Jasmine, apple blossom, sandalwood amber
Samurai- Chocolate, mint, lavender
Monk- Vanilla, amber, orange
Dragoon- Dragon's bloodMeol- Angel food cake, with an underlying sweet musk
Mhachi Coffin- cherry wine, preserved incense, aged muskLEGEND OF ZELDA GODDESS PEARLS-inspired:
Din- Coconut bourbon, almond, cinnamon
Farore- Honeysuckle, green tea, wisteria
Nayru- Juniper berry, lilac, vanillaYULETIDE-themed:
Krampusnacht- Sage, juniper berry, nag champa
Feast of Saint Nicholas- Buttered rum, salted caramel, baked apple
Wild Harvest- Brown-sugared figs, evergreen, cinnamonHOWL'S MOVING CASTLE-inspired:
Howl- frankincense & myrrh, nag champa, rose, amber
Sophie- honeysuckle, fresh linen, ginger, peachTEAGUE'S CAFE & BAKERY:
Spiced Coffee- Black coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, salted caramel
Winter in London- Vanilla, chocolate, lavender, rose, mint
Catnip Tea- similar to the fresh, leafy scent of green tea, with a faint minty twist.
Apple Fritter - emphasis on apple notes, with hints of cinnamon and a smooth vanilla finish.
Peach Cobbler - the richest scent of them all. Warm, spiced vanilla with a prominent undertone of peaches.
Coconut Bourbon Cake - subtle notes of coconut combine with the slight tang of bourbon, wrapped up in a warm cakey blanket.
Strawberry Macaron - classic, unique scent of the soft almond flour used to make macarons, with the sweetness of candied strawberries and vanilla cream stuffing.