Juniper Ridge X Jungmaven High Desert Tees

Soaking Creosote bush for the dye bath
Soaking Creosote bush for the dye bath

Juniper Ridge transforms the intangible wilderness into perfume. I work in our Oakland workshop distillery among a sharp group of fragrant women and men. Jungmaven is a hemp knitwear brand based in Los Angeles working to promote industrial hemp production that would reduce cotton growth that’s detrimental to the environment.

Jungmaven founder, Rob Jungmann and Juniper Ridge founder, Hall Newbegin, have been friends for a while. Two parts of a small network of west coast sustainable apparel and fragrance brands. I wouldn’t be surprised to find either one comfortably asleep on the beach or under a California redwood. They travel light and feel at home when they’re on the road, outdoors and sharing ideas.

We spent 3 days together in February at Desert & Denim where I discovered the potent dye potential of one of our perfume ingredients, Creosote Bush. I used it in my dye workshops during the show to the delight of the crowd.

Photo by Skyler Greene
Creosote dye bath at Desert & Denim, photo by Skyler Greene

It was Jessica Arkenstone, Juniper Ridge Marketing Director, and Jordan Vouga, our Art Director, who dreamt up the High Desert Tee. The project was underway with the return of the wildcrafting team with bushels of Creosote Bush. I transformed the Juniper Ridge loading bay into a small dye house for 2 weeks, sampling prototypes with various mordants. We settled on a worn desert green and celebrated the painted dye pattern.

Jordan sporting the High Desert Tee on his roadtrip across the desert
Jordan sporting the High Desert Tee on his roadtrip across the desert

The project is featured in Trail Notes, Juniper Ridge’s blog. Here’s an excerpt from my interview with chief storyteller, Obi Kaufmann.

When asked about the relationship between wilderness perfume and natural plant dyes, Celine says, “I remember talking to Joshua Tree locals – people who grew up there. They explained that the scent of Creosote is their memory of rain. When it rains, the steam carries creosote oils into the wind creating a potent musk. Only after experiencing rain in another landscape did their memory of Joshua Tree rain become meaningful. Scent doesn’t come in a singular form. It exists in the air, in perfume and (now) the fibers of our clothing.

“Scent doesn’t come in a singular form. It exists in the air, in perfume and (now) the fibers of our clothing.”

There’s no way to ensure consistency with natural plant dyes without chemicals. That’s why they’re so lovely. Each bath is the discovery of a plant’s life cycle and subsequently a new journey. Isn’t that what we’re all striving for? Carving out a unique story with plant dyes is exactly what Juniper Ridge does with harvest stories. No two batches are the same, each reflects a specific time and place.

Wanna check out the High Desert Tee? Click here to shop Juniper Ridge Field Labs.

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Juniper Ridge X Jungmaven High Desert Tees

Sleep Steep Ravine

Steep Ravin cabins at sunrise
Steep Ravin cabins at sunrise

Steep Ravine is perched on the Pacific Ocean, north of San Francisco. Well preserved cabins with wood burning fireplaces dapple flowered inclines. Raucous waves crash below and coastal scrub forests maintain a protective perimeter.

My first visit to Steep Ravine took place in January for the Juniper Ridge Winter Redwood harvest. Each year the wildcrafting team returns here to set up base camp, hike out and collect test plants for a Field Lab perfume.

Indigo dyed cloth from home for shade
Indigo dyed cloth from home for shade

There is a wilderness hike and ecology lesson with Juniper Ridge founder, Hall.  Each hiker builds their own scent experiment using a small cotton sack and native plants on their trail. The scent notes build onto one another and each bag holds its own beauty.

Silk noil soaking in sage bath
Silk noil soaking in sage bath

I set up a dye station using Toyon and Coastal Sage I harvested that morning. Raw silk
bandanas that I sewed and mordanted in advance of the trip are the canvas. They accept color beautifully and are sturdier for camping accessories. While everyone was hiking, I dip dyed their bandanas in the sage bath gleaning a bright goldenrod and sent wafts of sweet mint over the camp. When they returned we applied shibori to our bandanas and dropped them into the Toyon bath.

There’s Colin holding up his work and the bandanas mid-soak in the sage bath.

Photo by Jourdan Vouga
Photo by Jourdan Vouga

After hiking, dyeing and distilling, we retired to the campfire and ate stew under a blanket of stars.

Visit Juniper Ridge for Harvest Stories and Wilderness Perfume. by clicking here.

Read Huckberry’s story about the trip here.


*Steep Ravine is one of the most sought after campgrounds in the bay area. Interested in booking a cabin? Make sure to log on 6 months ahead of time when the cabins are first posted for reservations.

Sleep Steep Ravine