Alkemia

Alkemia Perfumes

Massachusetts, United States · 16178 Sales

Alkemia

Alkemia Perfumes

Massachusetts, United States 16178 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(5938)

Announcement   Alkemia's perfume extraits are blended with science, passion, and magic. Our olfactory artistry blends with the subtle variations of individual skin chemistry to create uniquely personal scents that invite delicious surrender to the seductive pleasures of fragrance.

Our perfume oil extraits are phthalate free, DPG, and paraben free made from natural essences and safe synthetics without fillers, by-products, silicone, or other unpleasantries. We are cruelty-free, alcohol-free, and vegan (unless noted).

A one page listing of our perfumes is here: http://tinyurl.com/alkemiaperfumelist

A gender/seasonal list is here: http://tinyurl.com/alkemiabygenderandseason

We test on a variety of free range humans (including some with chemical sensitivities and allergies), but since people vary widely, we encourage patch testing for those with especially sensitive skin or other sensitivities.

About Perfume Oils: You can use our extraits full-strength or diluted in your favorite unscented lotion or a carrier oil (such as almond or jojoba).

This is a great blog article wearing perfume oils: http://tinyurl.com/jd96usk

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 6, 2016

Alkemia's perfume extraits are blended with science, passion, and magic. Our olfactory artistry blends with the subtle variations of individual skin chemistry to create uniquely personal scents that invite delicious surrender to the seductive pleasures of fragrance.

Our perfume oil extraits are phthalate free, DPG, and paraben free made from natural essences and safe synthetics without fillers, by-products, silicone, or other unpleasantries. We are cruelty-free, alcohol-free, and vegan (unless noted).

A one page listing of our perfumes is here: http://tinyurl.com/alkemiaperfumelist

A gender/seasonal list is here: http://tinyurl.com/alkemiabygenderandseason

We test on a variety of free range humans (including some with chemical sensitivities and allergies), but since people vary widely, we encourage patch testing for those with especially sensitive skin or other sensitivities.

About Perfume Oils: You can use our extraits full-strength or diluted in your favorite unscented lotion or a carrier oil (such as almond or jojoba).

This is a great blog article wearing perfume oils: http://tinyurl.com/jd96usk

Alkemia Perfumes

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Alkemia Perfumes

Ghost Fire Perfume Oil - Ambre Blanc - 5 ml.
US$12.00
Vanille Amour - 5 ml. Bottle - Spiced Vanillas
US$12.00
Vanille Patchouli Perfume Oil - 5 ml.
US$12.00
Miel de Sauvage et Tabac Perfume Oil - 5 ml.
US$12.00
Divine Goddess Musk Perfume Oil - 5 ml.
US$12.00
Earl Grey Tea Single Note Perfume Oil
US$12.00
Moroccan Tea Perfume Oil - 5 ml.
US$12.00
Layering Notes - The Scented Verses
US$12.00
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5 out of 5 stars
(5938)
marisakaren

marisakaren on Jul 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

My Musc Carnale ultime bottle came in today with generous samples of several prototypes and As Dark Things Are Meant to Be Loved. Thank you, so much for the generous gifts, and the amazing TAT! I had made the first order for the prototypes and then I agonized over the Musc Carnale and read numerous reviews of it here and on forums (thank you to everyone who posted their impressions--it was a huge help). So I decided I would always regret not trying it and taking the opportunity to get the rare ultime version of it. The gamble paid off as I love it, even fresh from the mailbox and hot from the sun. I think it's going to be glorious and a wonderful layering fragrance also.

wetherell528

wetherell528 on Jul 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I ended up with a backup choice, which I had Sharra pick for me. She did great. I don't know that I would have picked Arcanum IX on my own, but now that I have it I find that I like it. It's sweet, full bodied and resinous. Thanks Sharra for selecting a great back up choice for me and always providing high quality, beautiful perfumes.

wetherell528

wetherell528 on Jul 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This scent reminds me of asarum, a limited edition ginger scent that Sharra put out last summer. I really love it and my current bottle is already half gone, so score for me. As always the quality and customer service is amazing.

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About

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

Alkemia was the inevitable love-child of several decades of the study and practice of herbalism and ethnobotany combined with an unquenchable lust for perfume. A good perfume just intoxicates me... I literally feel almost dizzy with delight. I started blending my own (just for me), but then friends started asking, and their friends started asking, and the ideas started flowing and I found I just couldn't stop! It was the most intense kind of falling in love. My goal in perfuming is to bring about the elusive moment where someone is hugging or standing near you and they can't help leaning in for a closer sniff. They have utterly succumbed to the sensual alchemy created by your skin and your perfume... for a moment (or longer) they are uncontrollably, irresistibly enthralled.

What inspires me?
Sometimes I get an intensely atmospheric image (often inspired by art or literature) or have a particularly strong memory and want to create a scent 'portrait'/'soundtrack' for it. For instance, Prairie 66 came from standing by the side of 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. Other times I stumble across (or are given) intriguing old time recipes in everything from Victorian era pharmacy compounding records to archaeological articles describing perfumes and unguents from ancient Egypt and I just can't resist trying to remake them.

Do we blend at certain times of the year and lunar cycles?
According to folklore, certain botanicals bring particular beneficial influences like empowerment, joy, wisdom, and/or protection. I like to bring some of these elements into my blending process alongside many of the traditional perfumer's single notes (which are sourced from all over the world and from some of the same laboratories that high end niche perfumers use). Goodness knows, who doesn't need a little extra joy or wisdom in their life?

When I use my own 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. When I blend our scents, I like to create these in accordance with ancient solar and lunar healing cycles. While few of us are blessed to be able to live fully within these cycles anymore, I believe that infusing our scents with the rhythms of sky, earth, sun, and moon feeds an ancient part of our souls.

Are Alkemia perfumes all natural?
Not all natural essences are safe for the skin, are ethical, or are processed cleanly so we use a balance of natural essences and safe (paraben, phthlalate free) synthetics. I have no choice but to be really picky about our ingredients because I am chemically sensitive and prone to migraines, so I 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. Don't even get me started on how horrible unethically sourced oud on the black market is and what kinds of environmental devastation is wreaked on old growth Aquilaria trees... =(

Is this a full-time job?
No. Alkemia is my aventure amoureuse (love affair) on the side, but she's starting to want more commitment in the relationship. ;-)

Who wears Alkemia Perfumes?
Many people can't relate to the kind of brainless mass conformity that large commercial perfumers seem to think we should have. To us, 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 (which I've been known to be covered in at times) or fine French silk. We have customers in 47 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 $12 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, but we never, ever, release the names of our customers.

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Last updated on October 4, 2015
Alkemia oils 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. Alkemia uses only natural and safe synthetic perfume oils without any fillers, by-products, or other nastiness.

Alkemia Botanica/Bloodroot Apothecary's products are lovingly hand-blended in very small batches using a variety of (mostly) fresh wildcrafted, home-grown, apothecary grade, and/or organic herbs and a range of precious oils, unguents, gem essences, and aromatic elixirs. We are a deliberately small batch, artisanal producer. This allows us to harvest, blend, and grow 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.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Other Method
Payment
At this time, Alkemia accepts Etsy Direct Checkout and Paypal. If you are unable to utilize either format, please convo us and it is possible that we can make other arrangements. Please do not click OTHER as a form of payment unless we have come to a prior agreement of terms.
Shipping
All items are shipped in padded, protective mailers. If you would like extra wrapping, zip lock bagging, and/or teflon taping (for sample vials) 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 offer your choice of 2 free samples of any Alkemia fragrance as a special bonus with any full size purchase. 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: Please allow a minimum of 2 weeks for international delivery (3 weeks to Asia). Rarely, we've had some shipments take as long as 6-8 weeks. Unfortunately everything is beyond our control once the package leaves our perfumery. Shipping prices will vary according to country and type of postal service. For larger orders we suggest flat rate Priority Mail which typically runs $23.95 plus insurance for orders over $100. The flat rate includes as much as we can stuff into the box so it's a great way to save some pennies on shipping. 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 and Reship.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.' Holiday season seems particularly strict. Please check our note about international reshipping to see if this might be a suitable option.
Refunds and Exchanges
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 personal nature of these products, Alkemia cannot accept returns.
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 variety of humans - including some with various chemical sensitivities and allergies). Bloodroot Apothecary products are also extensively tested on our diverse group of human volunteers. Since humans vary widely, individuals with especially sensitive skin or other sensitivities may want to patch test first.

Nut Allergy Information
Alkemia oils and Bloodroot Apothecary products are blended in an environment that may contain nut oils and other nut derived ingredients.

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. 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.