By Candice Sabatini


There are many accolades to be said about Ajne perfumes by Jane Hendler , but the words she uses as her tag line, Rare and Precious , sum it up sweetly. The Carmel perfumer, who’s devoted to using only the best non-synthetic essences in her fragrances, and even grows some of her own plants for the oils, has captured the hearts of fragrance lovers with her signature scents that seem to have a special…je ne sais quoi …that cast a magical spell over people. I attribute it her commitment to organic products of the highest quality, her understanding of how fragrance can balance our chakras and bring us harmony, and of course, simply her talent of blending the right scents together so that they’re irresistible.

Wearing one of Ajne’s fragrances is a joy and having one custom blended, takes that joy to even a higher level. At the luxurious and opulent Langham Hotel in Pasadena , you can have a demi-custom blending of her rare and precious oils, by specially trained Ajne experts Lisa Marie or Sylvia. These ladies share the devotion and the knowledge and were taught by Jane herself.

The difference between a custom and demi-custom blending is that a totally custom blending with Jane is more in depth, and more expensive. With the custom blend you’re starting from scratch, and with a demi-blending, the person creating your blend is starting with combinations of oils that Jane has already created, which have names such as Calm, Printemps and Sultry, to name just a few. These beautiful combinations are then used to customize a scent for you. A totally customized blending with Jane is about $1500, while the demi-custom blending costs between $200 – $300 depending on the quantity and the bottle you choose.

Lisa Marie did my blending, which starts out with a quiz on the computer, that asks about favorite fragrance scents and moods, but then goes on to asking questions about feelings as well as emotional and physical well-being.

Balancing chakras is a big part of the experience and my highly creative nature came to light, especially expressed in my solar plexus. My crown chakra gave insight into my inner peace. So the Ajne fragrance to be blended for me would not only delight my olfactory senses, but would also create calm and a feeling of inner well being. We discussed personal likes and dislikes of particular essences and blends and what my personal life issues are, such as leading a stressful life and being a very poor sleeper.

I chose one of the beautiful gold filigree covered bottles and I left Lisa Marie to use her talents to create something special and wonderful for me. We met again a short while later (this would be the perfect time to go and enjoy tea in the Langham’s gorgeous lounge, or have a facial) and she presented my scent to me. I love it! It consists of a mélange of Jane’s florals, softened with a hint of amber and musk and a good dose of Delavande. (lavender) Lisa Marie would have been happy to make any tweaks if I wanted, but none were needed. The exact blend is now noted in their computer system and when refills are needed, they can be mailed to me.

I adore this scent. It works well with my chemistry, and people often comment positively on it. When asked, “What perfume are you wearing? It’s beautiful” it’s lovely to answer, “My own, thanks!”

Ajne perfumes –

The Langham, Huntington Hotel and Spa
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106

Originally published May 2009



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