About My work
My name is Mary Adelle (she/they) and I’m a creative writer, NAHA certified aromatherapist/perfumer, facilitator, and the founder of Hail Mary Studios.
Step into the scent studio where I concoct botanical, gender-expansive perfumes using ethically-sourced ingredients. My perfumes are wearable art that offer magical sensory experiences and sensuality connection.
Or perhaps the writing studio is more your thing! Enjoy my sensual writings via the Queer Jesus substack, a blog/newsletter I write and update each week.
Into both studios? Let's follow our senses and write together! Throughout the year I offer facilitations to guide you into your own sensual writing practice. Stay up to date on these offerings via my substack and on Instagram: @hailmary_studios
Thank you for browsing and enjoying my work, babes!
"So I've noticed when I wear my WWMMD? perfume, I'm feeling more like myself, like it is a touchstone/anchor when I want to relax into who I am."
As I grew up, I never remember feeling connected to my body, and I certainly don't remember feeling connected to my sensuality. I DO remember feeling a lot of shame, and a lot of self-doubt, mostly stemming from a strict catholic background. I remember people-pleasing, tension, overthinking, and perfectionism.
I also remember feeling different: constantly dreaming about becoming an artist or a famous writer. Wanting to dress in funky colors and be SEEN. Wanting to explore everything with a creative eye...school projects, hobbies, basic routines. I mostly kept these desires to myself, feeling the shame of being disobedient or vain.
My shame and self-doubt collected in my body and formed Vaginismus, or pelvic floor tightness, a condition causing pain and total body disconnection.
I didn't reach out for support with my Vaginismus until my early 20s. Up until that point, I lived with the pain and shame because it felt easier to ignore and try to "be normal." In reality, I was struggling. I'm so grateful I finally searched for answers.
I went to physical therapy. I experimented with pleasure in various forms. I quit dieting and over-exercising. I explored my sexual identity and came out as queer. I went to school for creative writing and explored my sensuality via poetry and short stories. Oh...and I got witchy.
At one point in my late 20s, I walked into a little apothecary in my hometown. I remember stepping into the space and feeling a deep sense of belonging. Also...it smelled so good. Essential oils and "potions" lined the shelves and I'm pretty sure I stayed in the small shop, circling the aromatherapy section, just SNIFFING, for hours.
I promptly signed up for a plant medicine class, then an aromatherapy certification class, and then I ended up working at the shop for a year, tending to inventory and helping customers discover their favorite scents.
Perfumery has helped me connect with my sensory body, in the obvious ways, but also in a way that has tuned me into my intuition, my aliveness, my day-to-day mundanity. Because of scent and the other senses, I have this gorgeous, magical tool that calms me when I'm anxious; keeps me in conversation with my physical body; connects me playfully to my creativity; and delights me in the simplest ways.
And creative writing--particularly sensual poetry--both sharing it and teaching it, has helped me and others to reclaim, explore and enjoy our queerness and sensual imaginations, particularly post-catholicism or religious dogma.
And here I am, 6 years later, running a business as a perfumer, writer, and creative writing teacher. I enjoy using my hands and my creative heart to make perfumes for people. These scents are intended to connect wearers to their sensuality, to reclaim it and celebrate it.
A few other facts about me: I live on the Appalachian mountains on unceded Piscataway and Massawomeck lands. I enjoy being outside amongst sun, trees, and dappled light, sipping coffee or tea. I have an eye for eclectic and funky decor and design and outfits. I find astrology interesting and fun to follow (gemini sun; aries moon; pisces rising). I love the sounds of train whistles. I am drawn to neon lighting. I eat a lot of chocolate-covered pretzels and I drink a lot of seltzer. Velvet is my favorite texture. I rewatch the Veronica Mars series every few years. I read a lot of YA romance novels. I live for a good breeze.
I'm so glad and honored you're here.