Shannon Banks on Jun 28, 2016
Nice assortment of fragrances. I will have fun experimenting.
beccaforever1 on May 23, 2016
Omg! Love! Love! Ok I ordered the sample sizes and can I just say these smell like the real thing! Dare I say better?! So happy and I will be ordering the full size soon. These babies last all day!
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On a visit to France a few years ago, the perfumeries of the Cote d'Azur awakened my interest in how perfume is made. Watching the "noses" at work in the laboratories inspired my personal journey into this mysterious and wonderful world. My professional life in design was so visual that I'd often glossed over the power of aroma, so this was a new realm of discovery for me.
Until that visit to the houses of Fragonard and Molinard in France, I'd not thought of concocting my own blends for personal fragrances. I purchased a few bottles of appealing fragrances to use for inspiration. When I got home, I dug out my rather vast collection of pure essential oils left over from a decade of dabbling in aromatherapy for stress relief, and began to experiment. I quickly learned how dauntingly complex it is to create pleasing fragrances to wear on the skin. I persevered, experimented, failed laughingly and often. One day, upon opening a bottle of a blend created a week earlier, I discovered it had become a truly beautiful perfume. My testers (guinea pigs) agreed it was unique and comparable in quality and wearability to anything found at the best perfume counters. I called it Isabella.
The delight in that moment of finding confidence in my newly discovered ability inspired me to educate myself further and eventually I was ready to take my perfumes to market.
I call myself a "mixed media perfumer" because I make both all-natural botanical perfumes, as well as my hybrid luxury blends made of mostly natural components lifted with trace elements of modern botanical isolates. I use absolutely no substances that harm animals or threatened species, and apply high ethical standards for every ingredient I use to ensure a clean, healthy product.
My natural EO perfume blends are composed strictly of natural essences, healthy organic carriers, and my own infusions. These are extraordinarily beautiful, nuanced and subtle compared to commercial perfumes.
Today's consumers are accustomed to being bombarded with 100% synthetic fragrances, and often feel compelled to choose familiar brands produced entirely of synthetic components. I, too, find many commercial perfumes rather pleasing to my nose. Since my goal is to avoid potentially risky substances, I've formulated cleaned-up versions of some of my favorite designer (commercial) fragrances to eliminate controversial phthalates and known toxins. .
I send every package off like a little gift, with visions of customers' delight when they open the bottle and let my concoction settle on their skin for a few minutes. Every thank-you note or positive review keeps me going.
The challenges of marketing on Etsy are daunting, but gradually I find more people are embracing artisanal perfumes and discovering Perfumessence. A repeat customer is my ultimate reward.
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Piacere is about delight and awakening the senses. We too often gloss over our sense of smell in favor of sight. The nose can open up past memories, tune us into the now, or take on journeys into daydreams and imaginary places. Such power!
Below you will find general information about my Natural EO Perfumes, my designer fragrances and other body products, including how they are made and why they are healthier than commercial products.
My handcrafted artisanal perfumes are composed of pure, botanical essential oils, resins and absolutes, and a few conscientiously selected non-toxic synthetic materials. I carefully research each ingredient I use to source the best choices for both beauty and purity. Inspired by historical & designer fragrances with the goal of interpreting them in a more healthful formula, I blend my perfumes in small batches in my Kirkland, Washington studio.
I embrace materials that I find beautiful, safe for animals & people, and environmentally sound. This means I may choose a synthetic material over natural in cases where animals & plant species are at risk. Every ingredient I select is phthalate-free & preservative-free, and carried in organic, skin-friendly base oil organic grain alcohol. Base oils may include: fractionated coconut and grapeseed, which are light on the skin and non-oxidizing.
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LUXURY ORIGINAL PERFUMES: Clean, non-toxic, phthalate & paraben free. Hybrid blends of essential oils and botanical resins with modern derivatives that bridge the beauty of nature with fantasy & longest lasting fixative properties that appeal to modern tastes. These are gorgeous, appreciated by afficianados of indie perfumes.
DESIGNER INSPIRED SILK PERFUME OILS: Vegan, sustainable, no, parabens no alcohol, phthalate-free. The main difference is the carrier which is cosmetic grade cimethicone (silicone oil) that feels light & smooth on the skin. Gently shake these fragrances before using. Long lasting on the skin. (Choose my EO naturals if you prefer organic botanical carrier oils.) These are my replications of my favorite designer fragrances, but cleaned up to eliminate or drastically reduce potentially risky toxins.
***MY DESIGNER INSPIRED FRAGRANCES INCLUDE***
ANTONIA: based on the romantic, distinctive Antonia's Flowers perfume
AUGUST - Acqua Di Geo type: hint of ocean, touch of fresh floral & citrus fruit – drydown is fresh & summery with hints of fresh cut flowers
BLUE TOPAZ (based on Dolce & Gabbana's delightful Light Blue)
BULGARIA: inspired by elegant, sexy Bulgari
CINQUE TERRE (based on the lovely Amazing Grace by Philosophy)
CODE ORANGE: inspired by Eau d’Orange Verte (Hermes type – M)
COVET: (Gucci Envy type)
DELIRUIM - Mania Type: Light, Feminine, medium-rich floral – feminine, balance of sweet & fresh with a touch of powder– intensity passes quickly into a soft drydown
ENIGMA: (Issey Miyake type L'eau Bleu)
HYPNOS: inspired by the rich, sensual, intoxicating Opium by Yves Saint Laurent
INTREPID: (Creed type Green Irish Tweed)
INTUITION: (inspired by Bijan for men -- woody/spicy, clean, elegant, hint of incense
ITALIAN LEATHER (Men) – Narciso Rodriguez (M) – New Fragrant Leather, clean, a little spicy & soapy, so manly – like the smell of a new Ferrari!
LES MERVEILLES (inspired by the awesome Eau des Merveilles by Hermes)
LIMONE: inspired by Lemon Sugar by Fresh
MARIPOSA (Donna Karan Chaos type) – lovely, elegant. Pampered City girl - Oriental style
OCEANA: based on the summery Oceanus by Body Shop
PETAL PINK: based on delicious Touch of Pink by Philosopy
POIVRE NOIR (based on Molton Brown's sexy Black Pepper)
PROMISE - Rush Type: Smells expensive – complex, medium-light, Fresh, leafy with a touch of floral – drydown is intriguing, seductive yet elegant.
ROSE GARDEN: based on Costes Hotel (W) Rose, spices of clove, nutmeg, sweet pepper, woods. Comes on strong - Assertive, not too sweet but distinctly rose, straight forward, clean, summery
RUE CAMBON: inspired by the classic Coco by Chanel for women, voluptuously rich, honeyed amber, vanilla, sweet spices, hints of smokiness, exotic night blooms, and fine new leather
RUSE: (Jean Paul Gaulthier inspired, men/unisex)
TOBACCO VANILLA (Tom Ford Type – Unisex) Very pleasing, like nice pipe tobacco. Definite vanilla character
TOUCH: based on sporty, fresh Burberry Touch
TRUE –( Essence by Narcisco Rodriguez type) - Simple and clean, like cool water,
VENICE: (Laura Biagiotti inspired by Venezia)
VINTAGE BOUQUET – inspired by Chloe (w) Floriental mix of florals & hint of fruit (lychee) Takes 10 minutes to mellow and becomes tres femme & lovely.
XERXES: (inspired by Michael Kors for men)
***Perfumessence Luxury Originals**** (blends for women)
EQYPTIAN MUSK: Modern, fresh, clean, alluring, mysterious. Elegant & sophisticated as any high-end perfume. The diffusion is civilized and genteel, not at all intrusive or overpowering.
FOUGERE SPLENDIDE: Earthy herbal with verve, big opening and sensuous lingering drydown. My feminine take on the classic masculine fougere, this works for either sex -- neither floral or overly woody.)
HONEY BLOSSOM: defies categorization, hints of honey, rose, amber, earth -- rich and warm but not sweet or heavy
ISABELLA: Fresh floral perfume features dewy roses, chypre notes, and a hint of jasmine, with a fresh-sweet drydown. *This one is carried in perfumer's alcohol.
ISOLA TROPICALE: Unusual, delightful blend of sweet eucalyptus, orchid and a host of spice and wood notes.
LATITUDE 47: Evocative of Pacific Northwest rainforest, a gorgeous woodland-spice blend
MAGNOLIA BLOSSOM: Imagine the real thing. Feminine, rich.
NOCTURNE: Champaca (tropical magnolia blossom) enchantingly meets spices, wood and orchid.
OSTARA Hyacinth: Alluring, fresh floral with a hint of herbaceous green. This a well-mannered, understated feminine fragrance thatstops well short of bombshell sexiness
SILK ROAD - temporarily unavailable/formula is being revised
SOGNO DI TAHITI (Tahitian Dream): Exotic tropical perfume oil, a complex powerful, green fresh blend of botanical notes of Bamboo, champaca & tiare flowers, hints of vanilla, coconut, ylang-ylang, white musk, amber, clove, oakmoss, hyacinth.
WHITE TEA & FIG - A Piacere Original (light and lovely, not too sweet)
WOODLAND ROSE: Divine blend of earthy notes with fresh rose petals
AJAN: Sultry, unisex, a little exotic, fragrantly spiced, smooth, balanced
LILAC VANILLA: Light, fresh summery perfume, modern with a nod to vintage chic
SECRET COVE: Urban elements meets waterfront - a hint of beach and fresh saltair comingling with subtle white florals, fresh pear-orchard and clean musk.
....and my all-natural ILLUMA NATURAL EO Perfumes – 100% essential oil blends:
No. 1 Midori (W) Earthy-green blend, opening with fresh cut grasses & grapefruite, leading into a complex heart with hints of aquatic flowers, ginger & marjoram on a base of fragrant woods. Carried in organic grain alcohol
No. 2 Belle Epoque (W)fresh cedar & fragrant woods mingles with hints of sensual amber
No. 3 White Chocolate (U-W) Refreshing impression of chocolate mingles with lavender and vanilla
No. 4 Page 47 (U) Elegant composition of earthy and wood notes, brightened with citrus and ginger lily.
No. 5 Aria (W) Jasmine soliflore style, heady and deep, primal like night-blooming jasmine
No. 6 Ajan (U) Sultry, unisex, a little exotic, fragrantly spiced, smooth, balanced
No. 7 Jivari: (U/M) Unisex, exotic, sultry, leaning toward masculine, with notes of fresh earth, woods, hints of herbs & spice.
No. 8 Tambura (W) gorgeous balanced essential oils including tangerine, rosewood, sage and melissa against a sheer backdrop of earthy, grounding patchouli
No. 9 Courtesan's Tale (W) Amber, resins, wood and spice notes of vanilla, ginger and harmonious aromatic spices. Alluring and feminine without being floral.
No. 10 Vermilion (W) Floriental, "diva" blend of amber resins, fragrant woods, fresh white flowers, and earthy sweet spices -- sensual, lingering and very feminine.
No. 11 ELLEN'S SPIRIT (W) Uplifting, lively blend of grapefruit, jasmine sambac, ambrette
No. 12 Reminiscences (W) Rich, feminine, sensual, romantic, long lasting, lush, sensual, ambery
No. 13 Gaea (W) Fresh, sweetgrass theme - a complex accord of woods, white flowers, herbs and spices
No. 14 Grandiflora (W) Exquisite magnolia with hints of fresh moss & nicotiana blossoms.
No. 15 Yang (M) for men, smooth, simple, clean, sexy, fascinating sage & resin
No.16 Sampaguita (W) Refreshing, blend of jasmine sambac, tolu, tropical gardenia, ylang ylang, tangerine, and sandalwood,.
No. 17 Enchantment (W) Precious rose & light florals with amber & sandalwood
No. 18 Mistral (W) Woods with hints of light floral notes, like a walk in the woods, carried in organic sunflower oil
No. 19 Temptress (W) Sensual amber with Somalian patchouli & fragrant spices,c carried in organic sunflower oil
No. 20 Sappho (W) Divine, earthy blend of sages, sweet resins with cardamum and citrus blossoms
Important Note about Sillage: Sillage is the trail of scent that billows around and follows the perfume wearer, sometimes lingering in the air. My own preference is for minimal sillage as I prefer to wear my perfume close to my body and not force strangers to taste my fragrance when I pass through their space. Please be aware that I try to design for this minimal "wafting," though each person's chemistry may impact how a perfume diffuses around them.
Body chemistry varies from person to person, which means that fragrances react on each person's skin a little differently. What's great on one person may be less great on another, so if you're not certain, please try a sample first.
Important: Some people are sensitive to even the most natural ingredients -- if you are among those people, please order a sample before purchasing the bottle.
What's Natural? A word about ingredients on labels: http://etsylounge.blogspot.com/2011/06/ingredients-exposed-can-you-say-honey.html
ABOUT NATURAL PERFUMES:
My 100% natural perfumes are composed of pure essential oils carried in natural organic oils or grain alcohol . Highly concentrated and very different from commercial designer perfumes, the scents appeal to those who adore nature and appreciate the healing & spiritual qualities inherent in plants. Many find them heady, powerful and quite rich compared to synthetic fragrances. Modern consumers are very conditioned to expect certain things from the mass-produced products they’re familiar with, and are often confused by or put off of natural products for the earthiness inherent in organic botanicals. To my senses, natural EO perfumes are deliciously earthy, grounded, rich, quiet, fascinating and deeply sensual.
Natural EO blends will appeal to those who enjoy how the perfume interacts uniquely with their personal body chemistry, and who appreciate both the evocative and medicinal-healing aspect of the natural plant-derived aromas. If properly balanced through the opening, mid and bottom notes, the aromas will unfold through the drydown phase just as commercial perfumes do, and will often last on the skin for many hours despite containing no chemical fixatives. Where they contrast from commercial perfumes is in the transitions between each phase, simply because there are only a very few botanical bridge notes versus numerous synthetic bridge notes available to commercial perfume makers.
There are many botanicals that are expensive to distill into essential oil. Some require enormous, mass quantities of flower petals, and others are derived from delicate or expensive species. Thus, natural perfume is a true luxury that is reflected in the pricing.
My Natural EO blends are100% free of synthetic ingredients, chemical preservatives and alcohol.
Your skin is will absorb what you put on it, so it is wise to understand what poses a risk and what does not. Many chemicals are risk-free for the majority of people while others are clearly to be avoided. There is much to understand about which ones are safe and which ones are controversial. For most of us who prefer not to have to conduct extensive research about perfume ingredients, my Natural EO blends are a good, simple, straight forward safe alternative.
Perfume makers, both commercial and artisanal, use the term "fragrance" to denote synthetic aromas. Synthetic, to some, is a nasty word, but when you study the topic more deeply, you'll learn that's not a fair assessment because many laboratory-derived products are made conscientiously and for very good reason. Some of these reasons include issues of humane treatment of animals and conservation of the environment and species.
Many of us enjoy certain commercial perfumes composed of both essential oils and synthetic substances, including bridge notes that provide smoother transitions between the drydown phases. Compared to EO Natural perfumes, commercial perfumes often smell crisp, fey, whimsical, modern, impersonal, urban, usually polite & refined. For those who prefer modern designer fragrances, I offer my own cleaned-up versions in this shop, made with mostly natural ingredients enhanced with some trace bridge notes of eco-conscious, phthlate-free synthetics. Again, the reason for the non-toxic synthetics is to more closely replicate modern perfumes.
Bottles: Amber or dark glass apothecary bottles are best to preserve the freshness of EO Natural Perfumes, helping to avoid deterioration from exposure to light.
SENSITIVITIES: Some people are sensitive to even the most natural ingredients -- if you are among those people, please order a sample before purchasing the bottle.
Immune-Compromised Individuals should be well aware that all matter & substances, whether naturally or synthetically derived, are composed of chemicals that could potentially irritate certain people. “Chemically-sensitive" ( immune compromised) & allergy-prone individuals should use discretion. Please avoid all perfumes when pregnant! All perfumes are for topical use only.