Q: Are your perfumes natural?
A: Unfortunately, the term 'natural' doesn't mean much in the perfume world since there are no official regulations in place that determine what 'natural' truly means. Do we use synthetics? Yes, but only in some of our perfumes. Most of our line is 'all-natural'. 'All-natural' means made without any synthetic fragrance, only pure essential oils derived from natural sources.
If you're looking for our all-natural perfumes, look for the words 'all-natural' next to the perfume title. The rest of our line is, what is known as, 'mixed-media'. Our mixed-media perfumes are mostly natural but in order to maintain vegan standards, synthetic musks are used in place of real musk, or a synthetic ingredient is used in place of an ingredient not found in nature. (We don't use real musk since animals are harmed in the extraction process.) All of our perfumes are botanically-based and none are purely synthetic. Please ask us about our ingredients if you need more info.
Q: What is an all-natural perfume?
A: An all-natural perfume is a perfume created using only all-natural ingredients such as essential oils, absolutes, CO2s, resins, tinctures and concretes. These ingredients are usually steam-distilled, solvent-extracted, carbon dioxide-extracted, or extracted via enfleurage or tincturing. More information on extraction methods can be found here.
Q: Are your perfumes vegan?
A: Most of our perfumes are vegan. Only one is not. That one is Chanson, which contains beeswax absolute.
Q: Do you test on animals?
A: Of course not! We are not a laboratory, we're a small artisan perfume studio. We don't mass-produce or manufacture any of our fragrances. We strongly support animal rights.
Q: What is your sillage?
A: Our perfume oils wear close to the skin. Our Eau de Toilettes may project further if sprayed on hair and clothing as well as on the skin.
Q: How concentrated are your perfumes?
A: We produce moderately-concentrated perfumes. We believe a perfume should be experienced when someone comes into your aura, not smelled from yards away. Our concentration allows you the freedom of controlling the strength. How subtle or strong the scent projects on you depends on how much you put on and how it reacts with your body chemistry.
Q: What is the shelf-life of your perfumes?
A: If kept away from sunlight, extreme temperatures and moisture, our perfumes can last up to 2-3 years. All-natural perfumes can last much longer and age well.
Q: Why does this perfume look different in color compared to the last one I ordered?
A: In our quest to use the best ingredients, we sometimes upgrade from a basic essential oil to a CO2, SCO2 or absolute. Basic essential oils are extracted through steam distillation and yield a light, watery oil that is more suitable for aromatherapy than for perfumery. CO2s, SCO2s and absolutes are richer, thicker, more viscous oils that are higher quality and better for perfumery. A basic example would be to compare cinnamon essential oil to cinnamon CO2. The essential oil smells sharp and medicinal whereas the CO2 smells like fresh-baked cinnamon rolls.
Sometimes the difference in color has to do with the essential oil supplier. Occasionally, a batch of essential oils will be different than the last batch due to the nature of the extraction process. A distillery that produces essential oil cannot promise consistency due to the process in which essential oils are harvested and distilled. Sometimes a growing season will differ from one year to another due to weather conditions, while other times it might have to do with slight differences in the distillation machinery. All of these factors affect a plant's unique molecular structure. Only chemical ingredients are consistent year after year because they are made using synthetic isolated molecules. Science is neat, huh?
Q: Where do you source your ingredients?
A: We order natural raw materials from several West Coast companies that share our philosophy. We also make our own tinctures from wildcrafted or organic herbs and plants found in our garden (or mom's garden).
Q: Do you make custom perfumes?
A: Yes, we do! Please send us a message for more information.