Are your perfumes all-natural?
Ah, the million-dollar question...
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 the debate between analog and digital: they’re often pitted against each other but are actually complimentary.
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 is still chemical!
Also, using naturally-derived components is not always safe for certain animals or the environment (not to mention socio-economically). Some aroma molecules are more stable and even more sustainable to use!
Perfumers are also highly regulated by IFRA, which restricts us in using known allergens as well as the mandatory listing of those allergens on packaging.
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 sustainable 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?
There are no preservatives. Just perfumers alcohol and the fragrance raw materials.
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 labeled!
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 do you get perfume to last longer?
Perfume tenacity on skin really depends on the 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. Perhaps that is why they also don't typically last as long, because they're made to be 'sheer' and have no preservatives.
Most perfumes on the market, especially mass, are made with 100+ ingredients min.
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 to stay in the loop!
I hold one-on-one paid consultations, for more, email me: Dana at email@example.com.
Why don't you shop 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!
What is your return policy?
We do not allow refunds and unfortunately are not responsible for any damages that occur after the package leaves our studio.