At Jazmin Saraï, our main goal is to create a unique olfactory experience with the use of innovation, imagination and carefully sourced ingredients. We also want to inform our clients on the world of perfumery and how we create perfumes.
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Are your perfumes all-natural?
Ah, the million-dollar question...
Today’s ecotrend has everybody seeking environmentally-friendly goods, but the truth is more than natural = good and artificial = bad.
My perfumes are a thoughtfully selected blend of high-quality essential oils and absolutes; I love naturals, I will use them as often as I can. In short, they are a mix of natural and synthetic ingredients. 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, synthetics 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 synthetics are more stable and even more sustainable!
On top of that, perfumers are highly regulated by the IFRA, which restricts us in using known allergens (found in naturals) as well as the mandatory listing of those allergens on the 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 classical perfumer.
Are there anything any harmful chemicals in it?
There are no parabens, sulphates, or 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 weeks, then filtered then hand bottled and labeled!
Do you make perfumes for men?
I make perfumes for everyone! They are genderless. Men, women, non-binary, 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. Most perfumes on the market, especially mass, are made with 100+ ingredients. Perhaps that is why they also don't typically last as long, because they're made to be 'sheer' and they have no preservatives.
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 email@example.com
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! A lot to come in 2019. I hold one-on-one paid consultations, for more, email me: Dana, at firstname.lastname@example.org.