Alkemia

Alkemia Perfumes

Amherst, Massachusetts

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This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

Announcement    June Gift with $50 Purchase - Rainbow Alchemy: A celebration of life, love, and fabulousness - succulent raspberries and strawberries, a streak of wild lavender, calamus root, muskrose, heirloom roses, passionflower, and Queen of Spice.

Our alchemies are experimental perfumes blended intuitively and with no written recipe. We release a new one every month and include them as a free gift with orders over $50 (before shipping).
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Alkemia Perfumes and TapRoots presents: Olfactory Offerings

Alkemia Perfumes has teamed up in musical-olfactory collaboration with world fusion group - TapRoots, to create four limited edition scents to honor the Yoruba Orishas. Each perfume incorporates the ritual offerings traditionally given to each Orisha blended with inspirations from TapRoots songs. This artistic collaboration gives gratitude to the spirits that guide our artistic endeavors and invites you to enter into a multi-sensory experience of scent and sound.

Accompanying the purchase of a 5 ml bottle/rollerball, is a digital copy of its partner song from the self-titled debut TapRoots CD (Taproots will email it when Alkemia sends your perfume). As a special offer, Taproots is offering a package that includes: all four Orisha inspired perfumes, a signed copy of the original CD, and a digital download of TapRoots’s next album (to be released in late 2021).

These perfumes can be purchased exclusively on the TapRoots webpage: https://www.thetaprootsmovement.com/shop

Standing at the Crossroads: An olfactory paean to the Opener of Doors and Keeper of Pathways (Elegua). A sublime bouquet of serendipitous encounters, delicious paradoxes, lucky mistakes, and wrong things somehow turning out alright in the end - fresh-brewed dark roast coffee, creamy caramels, a little splash of rum, dark vanilla, succulent coconut, and a humidor of fine Cuban cigars.

Arrow in the Forest: An evening serenade to the Lord of the Hunt (Ochossi). The earthy musk of a forest floor at twilight, balsam needles, hemlock pine, dark patchouli, flowing tree sap, dry incense woods, dark green aldehydes, cardamom pods, vetiver root, and wormwood absinthe.

Song to the Ocean: An exaltation to the Mother of the Ocean Waters (Yemaya). Warm Caribbean ocean breezes buoyed by delicate Butterfly jasmine, water musk, cyclamen, white roses, sapodilla, and melon.

Amber Goddess: An ode to the Lady of Love and Life's Delights (Ochun). Sensual vanilla, sugarcane water, and golden honey infused with warm spices, fig, and fresh pumpkin.

Like Alkemia’s unique perfume blends, TapRoots music is a complex cross-cultural sonic tapestry woven from salsa, timba, jazz, samba, reggae, ska, go-go, Afro-beat, Afro-cuban folkloric songs, and a little bit of rock'n'roll.

Critics praise for the debut TapRoots CD:

“A feast for the senses, this music is for the mind, body and spirit; It will get you dancing ecstatically as well as thinking deeply about the world around you.”

“Acoustic and electric, voice, coquis, crickets, ocean waves and a multitude of instruments come together in a formidable energy of rhythm and lyric that also folds in various instruments of language and thought as found in its political, linguistic, and spiritual forms.”

“A tap root is a strong, wide root which grows deep into the earth and is a center from which other rootlets spring. This album is a taproot for humanity. The earth, spirit, redemption, and collective liberation spring from its musical source.”

Questions about these oils? Reach out through the TapRoots website: https://www.thetaprootsmovement.com/contact


A Note About Shipping and Turnaround Times

Our tiny two person order processing team is working hard to pack up your perfumes and get them to you quickly. We do our best to stay within a 3-5 day turnaround but ask your patience if sometimes the turnaround is closer to 5-7 days. If you have a special date that you need your perfumes by please let us know and we’ll try our best to accommodate (we also strongly recommend selecting Express or Priority shipping).

USPS is continuing to struggle with the impact of COVID on front line postal service workers. This has been affecting delivery times and package routing so once your package ships it might take a little longer to get to you than usual. We ship from the Northeast so this is most likely to impact our West Coast folks although we’ve seen some delays here and there with packages to Southern destinations. International orders have been taking 4-6 weeks to arrive (sometimes even 6-8). Etsy's new Global Shipping program has been causing some confusion because it will list a package as delivered when it arrives at the Global Shipping processing facility. Once at the processing facility, packages are relabeled with your address and sent on with a new tracking number. For tracking purposes, the customs number will stay the same so that's the best number to use to follow your order. We encourage international orders with higher value packages to ship via Priority Mail and/or to consider adding insurance. There is a handy video about Global Package tracking here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgI0iGjQ-hw

If you’re ordering internationally, please make sure we have your phone number to add to the customs form to help ensure delivery.
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Our artisan perfume oils are hand blended in small batches using natural essences, ethically rendered accords, lab-created aroma molecules and a little science, passion, and magic. Our perfumes are free of phthalates, DPG, and parabens and designed to morph with your chemistry to create a sensual alchemy of scent and skin that is special to you.

Announcement

Last updated on May 30, 2021

June Gift with $50 Purchase - Rainbow Alchemy: A celebration of life, love, and fabulousness - succulent raspberries and strawberries, a streak of wild lavender, calamus root, muskrose, heirloom roses, passionflower, and Queen of Spice.

Our alchemies are experimental perfumes blended intuitively and with no written recipe. We release a new one every month and include them as a free gift with orders over $50 (before shipping).
___________________________________

Alkemia Perfumes and TapRoots presents: Olfactory Offerings

Alkemia Perfumes has teamed up in musical-olfactory collaboration with world fusion group - TapRoots, to create four limited edition scents to honor the Yoruba Orishas. Each perfume incorporates the ritual offerings traditionally given to each Orisha blended with inspirations from TapRoots songs. This artistic collaboration gives gratitude to the spirits that guide our artistic endeavors and invites you to enter into a multi-sensory experience of scent and sound.

Accompanying the purchase of a 5 ml bottle/rollerball, is a digital copy of its partner song from the self-titled debut TapRoots CD (Taproots will email it when Alkemia sends your perfume). As a special offer, Taproots is offering a package that includes: all four Orisha inspired perfumes, a signed copy of the original CD, and a digital download of TapRoots’s next album (to be released in late 2021).

These perfumes can be purchased exclusively on the TapRoots webpage: https://www.thetaprootsmovement.com/shop

Standing at the Crossroads: An olfactory paean to the Opener of Doors and Keeper of Pathways (Elegua). A sublime bouquet of serendipitous encounters, delicious paradoxes, lucky mistakes, and wrong things somehow turning out alright in the end - fresh-brewed dark roast coffee, creamy caramels, a little splash of rum, dark vanilla, succulent coconut, and a humidor of fine Cuban cigars.

Arrow in the Forest: An evening serenade to the Lord of the Hunt (Ochossi). The earthy musk of a forest floor at twilight, balsam needles, hemlock pine, dark patchouli, flowing tree sap, dry incense woods, dark green aldehydes, cardamom pods, vetiver root, and wormwood absinthe.

Song to the Ocean: An exaltation to the Mother of the Ocean Waters (Yemaya). Warm Caribbean ocean breezes buoyed by delicate Butterfly jasmine, water musk, cyclamen, white roses, sapodilla, and melon.

Amber Goddess: An ode to the Lady of Love and Life's Delights (Ochun). Sensual vanilla, sugarcane water, and golden honey infused with warm spices, fig, and fresh pumpkin.

Like Alkemia’s unique perfume blends, TapRoots music is a complex cross-cultural sonic tapestry woven from salsa, timba, jazz, samba, reggae, ska, go-go, Afro-beat, Afro-cuban folkloric songs, and a little bit of rock'n'roll.

Critics praise for the debut TapRoots CD:

“A feast for the senses, this music is for the mind, body and spirit; It will get you dancing ecstatically as well as thinking deeply about the world around you.”

“Acoustic and electric, voice, coquis, crickets, ocean waves and a multitude of instruments come together in a formidable energy of rhythm and lyric that also folds in various instruments of language and thought as found in its political, linguistic, and spiritual forms.”

“A tap root is a strong, wide root which grows deep into the earth and is a center from which other rootlets spring. This album is a taproot for humanity. The earth, spirit, redemption, and collective liberation spring from its musical source.”

Questions about these oils? Reach out through the TapRoots website: https://www.thetaprootsmovement.com/contact


A Note About Shipping and Turnaround Times

Our tiny two person order processing team is working hard to pack up your perfumes and get them to you quickly. We do our best to stay within a 3-5 day turnaround but ask your patience if sometimes the turnaround is closer to 5-7 days. If you have a special date that you need your perfumes by please let us know and we’ll try our best to accommodate (we also strongly recommend selecting Express or Priority shipping).

USPS is continuing to struggle with the impact of COVID on front line postal service workers. This has been affecting delivery times and package routing so once your package ships it might take a little longer to get to you than usual. We ship from the Northeast so this is most likely to impact our West Coast folks although we’ve seen some delays here and there with packages to Southern destinations. International orders have been taking 4-6 weeks to arrive (sometimes even 6-8). Etsy's new Global Shipping program has been causing some confusion because it will list a package as delivered when it arrives at the Global Shipping processing facility. Once at the processing facility, packages are relabeled with your address and sent on with a new tracking number. For tracking purposes, the customs number will stay the same so that's the best number to use to follow your order. We encourage international orders with higher value packages to ship via Priority Mail and/or to consider adding insurance. There is a handy video about Global Package tracking here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgI0iGjQ-hw

If you’re ordering internationally, please make sure we have your phone number to add to the customs form to help ensure delivery.
___________________________________

Our artisan perfume oils are hand blended in small batches using natural essences, ethically rendered accords, lab-created aroma molecules and a little science, passion, and magic. Our perfumes are free of phthalates, DPG, and parabens and designed to morph with your chemistry to create a sensual alchemy of scent and skin that is special to you.

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About Alkemia

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Artisan perfume oils hand blended with science, passion, and magic...

Alkemia is about finding joy and delight in the small things in life. Our science combines decades of study in the practice of herbalism, ethnobotanical history, folklore, and alchemical perfumery. Our passion is creating phthalate and paraben free perfumes that morph and shift with your chemistry to create a sensual alchemy of scent and skin that is special to you. The magic? Our blending schedules harmonize with natural cycles to infuse our perfumes with the rhythms of sky, earth, sun, and moon.

How did we start?
I started blending my own perfumes after I started getting migraines from some of my favorite scents. At first they were just for me, but then friends started asking, and their friends started asking. The perfume inspirations just kept flowing, and thanks to a wonderful network of perfumistas, forumites, and bloggers (plus a handful of celebs who 'outed' themselves) , our little Alkemia community kept growing!

What inspires me?
I am enthralled by intensely atmospheric images (often from art or literature), by olfactory memories, and by creating olfactory 'portraits' with scent. For instance, Prairie 66 came from an old secondary highway in the American Southwest in the greyness of a predawn morning - the pavement was cool and moist and everything was exquisitely still - just the slowly cooling engine of my car, the chaparral bushes, the pavement, the red earth, and the sky slowly bursting into flame. Moments like that, you touch something mysteriously divine. Some times I stumble across (or am given) intriguing old time recipes - everything from Victorian era pharmacy compounding records to archaeological articles describing perfumes and unguents from ancient Egypt. How can I resist trying to remake them?

Do we blend at certain times of the year and lunar cycles?
According to folklore, certain times and certain ingredients bring extra beneficial influences like empowerment, joy, wisdom, and/or protection. I incorporate these into my blending process. Goodness knows, who doesn't need a little extra joy or wisdom in their life?

Are Alkemia perfumes all natural?
Not all natural essences are safe for the skin, are ethical, or are processed cleanly so we balance the natural with safe (paraben, phthlalate free) synthetics. I have to be picky about our ingredients because I am chemically sensitive and can only use elements that don't trigger me. It's important to note that natural does not always mean safe or sustainable. In 2006-07, a study of 120 citrus oils produced in Italy found a variety of chemical residues, organophosphorus, organochlorine pesticides, phosphorated plasticizers, and chloroparaffins.

What types of ingredients do you use?
In addition to traditional perfumer's notes, we use a variety of unusual perfumery ingredients and techniques. We are constantly experimenting and we source our ingredients from all over the world and from some of the same laboratories that the very best high-end perfumers use. When we use local botanicals, I prefer to harvest these myself as part of maintaining a special relationship between plants, the land, and myself as a caretaker of these.

Who wears Alkemia Perfumes?
Anyone who can't relate to the mass conformity that large commercial perfumers seem to think we should have. Being human is about being wonderfully, unabashedly different - gutsy, fierce, strong, seductive, compelling, quirky, brainy, gorgeous, and inspiring a slightly numinous awe no matter if we're wearing drywall dust or fine French silk. We have customers in 52 different countries, and yes, we do have some very recognizable names in our client database (some are under contract to promote mainstream perfumes and others would rather it not be known that they wear our little $18 a bottle perfumes because it seems, well, a little less glam to their fans than say, wearing something that goes for $300 a bottle). The very best advertising is word of mouth and we love it when people spread the word about us.

Is this a full-time job?
Alkemia is my aventure amoureuse (love affair) on the side, but she's starting to want more commitment in the relationship. At times, I must ask your patience with being slow to return a convo. <3

Shop policies

Last updated on November 22, 2020
Alkemia perfume oils and EDPs are carefully selected to blend seductively with your natural body warmth and the individual alchemy of your skin chemistry to develop into rich, unique fragrances. We use only natural and safe synthetic perfume oils, precious oils, unguents, gem essences, and aromatic elixirs without any fillers, by-products, or other nastiness. We are a deliberately small batch, artisanal producer. This allows us to blend our perfumes in accordance with ancient lunar healing cycles and the natural rhythms of seasonal plant growth. Availability and type of products will vary from season to season, year to year.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept cancellations
Request a cancellation within: 12 hours of purchase
I don't accept returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Please be aware that Alkemia's fragrances are blended to vary according to your individual skin chemistry. It is always advisable to order samples first if you're not sure that something will work. Due to the intimate nature of perfume extraits, Alkemia can't accept returns. If you have an issue with an order, please contact us at CustomerCare.Alkemia [!at] gmail.com so we can work something out on a case by case basis.
Payment
At this time, Alkemia accepts Etsy Direct Checkout and Paypal. If you are unable to utilize either format, please convo us or email us at CustomerCare.Alkemia [!at] gmail.com and it is possible that we can make other arrangements.
Shipping
We offer your choice of 2 free samples as a special bonus with orders greater than 1 sample set. You are welcome to add your choices in notes at checkout or via convo. All our items are shipped in padded, protective mailers. Bottles are bubble wrapped. If you would like extra wrapping, zip lock bagging, and/or Teflon taping please make a note in the notes section of your order.

For US Orders: We ship all orders via first class or priority mail with Delivery Confirmation Tracking. We reserve the right to refuse shipment to non-Paypal verified addresses, addresses that have had a history of lost/stolen packages, and any address associated with suspicious or false delivery claims.

For International Orders: We ship to over 45 countries around the world! Please allow a minimum of 2 weeks for international delivery (3 weeks to Asia). Rarely, we've had shipments take as long as 6-8 weeks. International shipping prices are calculated at checkout by Etsy. The shipping cost typically stays the same for the first 200 grams (about 5 bottles or sample sets) making multi-bottle/sample orders more economical. If you require express or priority flat rate shipping, please convo us to arrange a custom listing.

As a commercial shipper, we are not allowed to mark packages as 'gift'. Please note that it is your responsibility to know your country's import restrictions and/or to pay for all duty taxes. We are not responsible for impounded shipments or import/duty fees.

International Reshipping: Some of our international customers report being able to save quite a bit on their international shipping and import fees by using third party reshippers like ShopandShip.com which allow us to ship orders at US shipping prices (the reshipper takes care of the customs labeling, etc.).

Lost Items: Alkemia is not responsible for lost or stolen packages.

Damaged Items: Please notify us within 48 hours if your items have been damaged during shipment and retain the package, all materials, and the items for insurance purposes.

NOTE TO OUR UK CUSTOMERS: If the value of your order is £15.00 or over, Royal Mail may charge you 20% of the item value and an £8.00 'handling fee.' Our UK customers report that the month of December seems particularly strict.
Additional policies and FAQs
Alkemia oils are cruelty-free, alcohol-free, vegan (except for the oils that have honey notes), and designed to be potent fragrances that remain gentle to your skin (we test on a diverse variety of humans - including some with various chemical sensitivities and allergies). Since humans vary widely, individuals with especially sensitive skin or other sensitivities may want to patch test first.

Nut Allergies: Alkemia/Alkemia Botanica/Bloodroot Apothecary products are blended in an environment that may contain nut oils and other nut derived ingredients.

Spiritual formulations are sold as curios only. We cannot guarantee results nor take any responsibility for the outcome of using magical products.


FDA Disclaimer: Bloodroot Apothecary/Alkemia Botanica products and claims have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not approved to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Any information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.