Personal adornment and fragrance for the free spirit. ♥

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Note from shop owner I have put the shop in Vacation mode in order to catch up on my order backlog without it continuing to build. If you've placed an order and it has not been marked as "Shipped" yet, please know that I am working on getting them out of here as quickly as possible.

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Last updated on Oct 4, 2018

I have put the shop in Vacation mode in order to catch up on my order backlog without it continuing to build. If you've placed an order and it has not been marked as "Shipped" yet, please know that I am working on getting them out of here as quickly as possible.

As always, I deeply appreciate your patience. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send me a message here at Etsy.



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Personal adornment and fragrance for the free spirit...

I've been fascinated with scent all of my life, in particular rare florals, musks, exotic attars, and all sorts of precious essences from around the world. The more obscure and difficult to procure, the more fascinating it is for me!

As a teen I had a vanity table and dresser top overflowing with fancy little bottles of all sorts of smelly goodness and dabbled with creating my own personal concoctions from that stash of perfumes and oils even then. It never really occurred to me to pursue it to the point of actually offering my creations to others until 2009 when a friend and I opened up a bath and body shop together here on Etsy. By that time, I had begun to study aromatherapy, perfume formulation, and natural perfumery in earnest, so I introduced a few of my handmade perfumes there and they were well-received. Eventually, we closed that shop down due to time constraints between the two of us, so I began listing my perfumes in my personal Etsy shop that (at the time) was devoted to jewelry. It didn't take long until the perfumes overtook the jewelry and surpassed it in sales... and the rest, as they say, is history.

I find myself frequently scribbling ideas down in a journal before those ideas are lost forever to my tiny little memory span. I draw my inspiration for scents from the stunningly beautiful nature we're surrounded by here in Wyoming, as well as from historical figures, mythology, literature, childhood memories, dreams, friends, and just the world around me in general. I am constantly studying fragrance formulation to improve upon my skill set, as well as developing new scents.

Ultimately, if I had to bring it all down to one idea, one single concept of why I do what I do, it would be this: I like to paint pictures with scent, to evoke memories for people, and to perhaps create new ones for them. Scent can transport us back in time - like a pin on the map of our memory, and so much emotion can come flooding back to us when that pin is suddenly triggered by a particular olfactory experience that has embedded itself in our subconscious. I'd like to think that sometimes my scents are that trigger for people, a trigger to a memory of a happy time in their lives that perhaps might've not surfaced if not for that explosion of scent into their subconscious.

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  • Tina

    Owner, I'm A One-woman Show... From Concept To Creation, Photography To Listing, Packaging To Shipping. I Do It All From Start To Finish.

    I love to paint pictures with scent. I do what I do from my home studio built inside a 105 year old farm house in the wilds of Wyoming. It's a bit rough around the edges, colored with character and imperfection. I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Last updated on March 12, 2018
Thank you so much for choosing baubles and brews from Traveling Vardo... There is no greater compliment for me as a designer than to have someone choose my creations.

Once your package arrives, I'd greatly appreciate it if you would notify me by taking a moment to leave positive feedback. If for any reason there is a problem with your purchase, please convo me here at Etsy or email me directly at TravelingVardo [!at] so that we can get any issues resolved promptly.

I sincerely appreciate your business! :-)

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I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Due to the nature of perfume oils I cannot accept returns or exchanges. I do my very best to describe my scents as accurately as possible, but scent is very subjective and perfumes can smell quite differently on one person than they do on another due to our own unique body chemistry. This is why I offer sample sizes in my shop so that you can try-before-you-buy. I highly recommend that you take advantage of this.

If you receive a package with damaged materials (such as a broken bottle), please contact me right away. I always strive to pack items securely, but occasionally accidents do happen in transit and a package arrives damaged. I may ask that you send me a photo of the damaged / broken items for postal service insurance claims. Thanks for understanding!

DISCLAIMER: I formulate all my products to be as gentle as possible on the skin (I have very sensitive skin myself), but as with all products applied to the skin, please discontinue use if irritation occurs. By purchasing my products, you agree that there is always the possibility that topically applied products could cause irritation or an allergic reaction due to individual sensitivities, and as such I am not liable should such reactions occur.
Current turn-around time is 6-8 business days BEFORE your item actually leaves my hands. This is due to my order volume coupled with other day-to-day responsibilities in my life that restrict the amount of time I have to devote to my shop, unfortunately. In many cases items ship MUCH more quickly - but depending upon order volume, stock on hand, etc. this can vary.

I typically ship via 1st Class US Mail since most packages I ship are relatively lightweight. However, please be aware that depending on the overall weight of your order and package size the shipping method can vary between 1st Class US Mail, Parcel Post, or Priority Mail. All shipping methods are via the United States Postal Service. I ship Monday through Friday and all domestic packages include tracking. Once your package is shipped I'll send you a notification via Etsy that includes a tracking/delivery confirmation number on your package.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: I'm happy to ship internationally, but please allow up to 4 weeks for your package to arrive due to possible delays with customs.

***Please be aware that I cannot ship alcohol based eau de parfum sprays nor alcohol based roll-ons internationally due to United States Postal Service restrictions on the perfumer's alcohol. If you choose the EDP Spray option on perfumes where it's listed as an option, your perfume will ship in a base of fractionated coconut oil in the same fine-mist atomizer bottles that my alcohol based perfumes do.***

Due to ever-rising postal rates, I've been forced to raise my overseas international shipping rates. For a small First Class Mail package, the rates can vary wildly from country to country. Thank you for understanding. ♥

Every international package has a tracking number generated via USPS when I print your mailing label, but in general I find that once international packages leave US borders they are no longer trackable beyond that point. This does seem to vary from country-to-country, however.
Additional policies and FAQs
VERY IMPORTANT: Some essential oils, absolutes, resins, and other materials used in my blends may not be safe for use by women who are pregnant or nursing, or those who have certain types of medical conditions. As such, if you're pregnant, nursing, under a physician's care, or taking medication for any condition, please do not use without consulting your doctor first.

Now - I am frequently asked if my perfumes are all-natural... in a nutshell, no. I do have some scents (and my entire line of aromatherapy blends) that are created from pure essential oils or combination of essential oils, absolutes, extracts, resins, etc., but the majority are a blending of both naturals and safe synthetics. Any perfumes that are 100% natural are marked as such in the shop.

One of the most frustrating things for me is that there is a strong notion among some that natural is always better. I'm sorry, but that is simply not always the case. There are plenty of "natural" substances that will irritate, inflame, aggravate, poison, and even KILL us. Not all naturals are inherently safer or better than their synthetic counterparts. As such, if there are safe synthetic alternatives to natural materials that are potential (or known) irritants that will achieve the same fragrance profile, of course we should go that route. There is also an an argument for how "environmentally friendly" many naturals actually are. An example of this would be Mysore sandalwood and the environmental impact of wiping out old-growth stands of this precious tree that must be cut down as a mature specimen so that the roots may be harvested, from which the essential oil is extracted. There are numerous examples of this with various natural materials throughout the scent industry. Since I've tried and tried to explain this to folks on many occasions, I'll refer you to the following article found in the San Francisco Chronicle that certainly sums it up much more concisely than I can:

~ Industry insider Carol Maa, a classically trained perfumer and CEO of luxury advisory group ofLeisure, weighs in: "Is natural really the same thing as safe?" she asks. And is natural always environmentally friendly? "Something as basic to perfumery as musk comes from endangered deer," which are poached relentlessly in China and Russia, says Maa. "That's not humane. Yet there are now amazing molecular re-creations of musk, the next generation of musk" - hyper-precise synthetics - "that are not only humane, but sustainable and biodegradable and let perfumers play on specific elements. Molecular geeks can geek out on citrusy musks, say, or smoky musks. Hyper-precise faux ambergris without a touch of real whale? Bring on the atomizers."

None of this is to say that I don't like all-natural perfumes - I absolutely DO as is evidenced by the fact that I offer many all-natural blends. I also take no issue with those who choose to either wear or work with only all-natural materials. It's absolutely personal preference. I just like to put this information out there to give people a different perspective than what they may have begun with. :-)