Scent Profile: Lauren Haynes
Scent Profile is a weekly 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.
Meet Lauren Haynes:
This week’s profile is with Lauren Haynes, Founder and Clinical Herbalist at Wooden Spoon Herbs. Lauren’s products are made with deep consideration for sustainability, stewardship, and potency. Her connection to the plants she sources and implements for their therapeutic properties is second to none. Meeting Lauren, you’re struck by her amiable, connected presence and generosity. Thank you, Lauren—for being a friend and for taking the time to chat with us this week.
From the Wooden Spoon Herbs website:
At Wooden Spoon Herbs, we draw from lineage and land to consciously craft high-vibe plant remedies. We believe that herbalism offers gentle, full-spectrum healing that is able to replenish and renew you on all levels. Through seasonal medicine, staying close to our roots, and honoring the bounty of our bioregion, our creations rebuild the ancient link between your modern life and the wild wisdom of nature.
Lauren is deeply rooted in the southern Appalachian Mountains, where she is inspired by the incredibly rich biodiversity and slow mountain living. Lauren’s family has been in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains for over five generations, and through Wooden Spoon she offers respect to both her lineage and the indigenous Creek and Cherokee inhabitants of the land.
Lauren first connected to natural remedies through an intense fascination intertwining her life with the natural realm. She devoted three years to rigorous clinical herbalism study under traditional folk herbalist Phyllis D. Light at the Appalachian Center for Natural Health. Lauren’s formal education and countless hours of direct relationship with the plants have helped her to emerge as a leading herbalist for a new generation of modern folk seeking holistic wellness.
Rather than tap into the booming global herb trade—where herbs are imported from myriad countries and travel countless miles—Lauren and her team focus on sourcing American-grown herbs directly from the farmers who grow them. The plants we work with have been gathered or grown with the utmost care and attention for maximal potency and flavor. We center respectful sustainability so you can tend your body while healing your relationship to the land that nourishes it.
Without further ado…
What are your preferred gender pronouns?
Tell us a bit about yourself. What inspires your creative process?
Stillness, space to think, space to be weird, and plants. I just want to spend time lounging in nature.
Where do you recommend readers start in their journey with tinctures and WSH?
What does scent mean to you?
Time frozen, or familiarity.
Tell us about your favorite Sigil perfume.
Solutio is my first Sigil love. I don't often wear scents, so I have to love the plants involved. Chapparal evokes being in the desert at dusk with those I love.
If you could rename the fragrance, what would you call it?
What sound or song does it evoke?
What are you most excited about for the rest of this year?
What is your current daily wellbeing practice?