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Faunfare is a small perfume atelier based in Sydney, Australia. It is founded and wholly run by Helena Liu, a researcher by day, and a devotee of natural fragrance by night. Please do not hesitate to email me if you have at questions at helena [!at] faunfare.com

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NATURAL PERFUMES
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Natural perfumes are blended from pure essential oils, absolutes, concretes, and oleoresins (derived from trees, plants, flowers, fruits, resins, and spices) and occasionally animal essences. Most commercial perfumes today are synthetic, made from chemicals that approximate the scent of natural essences, but natural perfumery is experiencing a renaissance with the contributions of others like me who are captivated by its enduring beauty and mystery.
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  • Born on November 1
  • Joined March 31, 2010

About

Faunfare is a small perfume atelier based in Sydney, Australia. It is founded and wholly run by Helena Liu, a researcher by day, and a devotee of natural fragrance by night. Please do not hesitate to email me if you have at questions at helena [!at] faunfare.com

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NATURAL PERFUMES
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Natural perfumes are blended from pure essential oils, absolutes, concretes, and oleoresins (derived from trees, plants, flowers, fruits, resins, and spices) and occasionally animal essences. Most commercial perfumes today are synthetic, made from chemicals that approximate the scent of natural essences, but natural perfumery is experiencing a renaissance with the contributions of others like me who are captivated by its enduring beauty and mystery.
If you have never worn natural perfumes before then you are in for a treat. While commercial perfumes made from synthetic chemicals can seem linear and consistent and cling to wherever it is sprayed, natural perfumes emanate like smoke billowing out of the bottle, melding gently with your unique body chemistry to create an organically individual result. The scent will also evolve, revealing layer after layer of nuances and depth as the fragrance fades over time. Appropriately, the word “perfume” is originally derived from the Latin per fumus, meaning “through smoke”.
There are also a few things about natural perfumes that may take some getting used to, for instance, natural perfumes tend to be more subtle than commercial fragrances. The elegance of natural fragrances is that is only able to be enjoyed by you and those you allow to get close to you. The scent is like a quiet, intimate conversation rather than a broadcast to all those around you. Natural perfumes are also more fleeting as they don’t contain any chemical extenders. Although some base notes may linger for a little while longer, natural perfumes will generally last about two hours on the skin. However, the act of reapplication can become a transcendentally pleasurable ritual—just layer on to pulse points and inhale. My perfumes come in small bottles and pots that can be easily carried with you wherever you go.

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FORMULATION
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Faunfare’s liquid perfumes are a concoction of nourishing organic golden jojoba suspended with the highest quality essences. Solid perfumes are created with organic jojoba, creamy cocoa butter, and vegan-friendly macadamia wax.

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HELENA
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I have not always been a perfumer, but I have always been a hedonist. Surrounding my life and nourishing my senses with beauty and pleasure is all I aspire, and fragrance was a natural next step in my pursuit. My work is influenced by an eclectic background in academic research, visual arts, and Western esotericism, which have shaped my pursuit for scents that are thoughtful, evocative, and divine. In ancient mythology, fauns were the untamed guardians of the woodlands. I founded Faunfare in their name because I wanted to create a place where all those who are a little wild can find anchorage.

To get to know a little more about the faun behind the scenes, you may find me at http://www.faunfare.com/blog

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