Are your perfumes all-natural?
My perfumes are a thoughtfully selected blend of high-quality essential oils and regulated aroma molecules. I love naturals, I will use them as often as I can. Think of it like analog and digital.
In the art of perfumery, aroma molecules add nuance and transparency while naturals add beauty and depth. However, certain natural compounds are high in allergens and are therefore restricted. Naturals are not necessarily safer. For instance, there is a higher chance of reacting to a rose oil extract as opposed to synthetic rose. Natural = chemical!
Also, using naturally-derived components is not always safe for certain animals or the environment (not to mention socioeconomically). Some aroma molecules are more stable and even more sustainable to use!
Perfumers are also regulated by IFRA, which restricts us in using known allergens as well as the mandatory listing of those allergens on packaging. While this is a suggestion, I carefully regulate my perfumes.
Rest assured that everything I use has been thoroughly researched and tested (not on animals!) and that I take this responsibility very seriously. I’m constantly looking into how much more earth-friendly I can make my practice to ensure a smaller environmental footprint and my perfumes are safe for all!
A note on all-natural perfumery: While I wholeheartedly admire the movement, I believe there is a lot of misinformation being passed along as fact and I encourage anybody interested to keep asking the tough questions on what goes in and onto our bodies. Personal and environmental health are of the utmost priority. This is merely my opinion, based on my own research and training as a perfumer.
Are there anything any harmful 'chemicals' in it?
Just perfumers alcohol and the fragrance raw materials, including regulated aroma molecules. I do take the responsibility of putting something on your skin, very seriously.
How do you make your perfume?
My perfumes are entirely handcrafted by me, in small batches. They macerate for 4-6 weeks, then filtered, hand bottled and labelled!
Do you make perfumes for men?
I make perfumes for everyone! They are non-gendered. I have placed a 'scale' for reference but it's entirely subjective. For anyone with skin that can handle perfume and a nose to love it.
How long does it take to fulfill an order?
I'm a team of one, I hand make almost everything to order or in small batches. It takes anywhere from 3-10 days depending on the product. I will clearly state if something is ready for pre-order or when it would be available on each product page.
Why don't you ship everywhere?
Shipping perfume requires specific guidelines, extra fees, and paperwork and we can no longer ship through Canada Post unless it is to certain countries. Thank you for your understanding!
How long does it take to receive my order?
This has changed drastically since the pandemic. I can't control what happens after your order leaves my studio and dropped off at the post office, no matter the destination. There are delays worldwide.
Choose a tracking option or I can't track it for you and give yourself (and me) enough time just in case. Minimum 2 weeks for international shipments.
Also! A note on the declared value of your shipment - it will convert from the currency you paid in to CAD on the shipping label, don't be alarmed, it is not valued at higher than the purchase price, it is just in a different currency.
What is your return policy?
We do not allow refunds and unfortunately are not responsible for anything that occurs after the package leaves our studio. Almost everything is made to order or in small batches and made for you. Refunds are only allowed in cases of extreme damage upon arrival.
How do you get perfume to last longer?
Perfume tenacity on skin really depends on skin type. I suggest prepping your skin with an unscented lotion or oil prior to wearing your perfume.
All of my creations are ‘minimal’, in that are they made with 5-35 ingredients. Most perfumes on the market, especially mass, are made with 100+ ingredients min. Add a base oil or unscented lotion if you have dry skin!
Where I can learn more about the craft of perfumery?
The Institute for Art & Olfaction has a great resource list.
I also consult, if you're interested in learning more about my services, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you do workshops or teach classes?
I hold some workshops from time to time. Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter and stay tuned on social media to stay in the loop!
I am currently teaching classes at the IAO.
I hold one-on-one paid classes/consultations, for more, email me: Dana at email@example.com.