Our perfumes are made with natural raw materials (oils, absolutes, extracts, natural isolates). Our grain alcohol however does contains trace amounts (0.001%) of Bitrex, a safe denaturant added by-law by the manufacturer to make it improper for consumption. We will only be able to opt for organic grain alcohol once we'll move to our own facility, to meet Canadian suppliers strict terms.
There are not. We purchase organic ingredients as much as possible but there are not enough organic raw material available to create complex and rich perfumes. As for alcohol, see the question above.
Yes, our raw materials are sustainably-sourced from reputable distributors or growers. We do not use any endangered or extinct ingredients and our rosewood is not from threatened Madagascar species but government-regulated sustainable Brazilian rosewood. We created our own accord with other essentials oils and isolates, to not overuse it. See our ingredients and packaging pages for more details.
We are natural but we are not vegan, though most of our perfumes are vegan. For some, we do add 1 to 5% of non-vegan cruelty-free animal by-products such as beeswax, butter CO2, ambergris, and hyraceum fossil stone. We do not use civet as it's not cruelty-free, and hyraceum is enough to gives a civet character. We do not use any ingredients of bovine or porcine origins.
Nope! We are an artisan house and do not conduct tests on animals. We do not distribute to countries requiring by law animal testings on cosmetics and fragrances.
Our perfumes are waterless, thus there is no need to use preservatives. Perfumery alcohol is 200-proof and enough strong to even kill viruses and in this time of pandemic. The best way to preserve our perfumes that are living products like wines (they age better with time), is to avoid heat, humidity and light, and store in the refrigerator if not use for a long time and replace the cap after use.
Yes, we will. However organic jojoba oil-based only. Perfumes made with water have no strength or projection. Plus, it requires preservatives and complex and cost-prohibitive lab-tests.
PERFUME AND GENDER
Our perfumes are genderless. Gender-based perfumes (feminine/masculine) are purely a marketing concept and not cultural, before it became a stereotype (florals are for women, woody or musky are for men) that didn't exist before World War II. We say that you can wear whatever pleases you, provided it makes you smell awesome.
Oh yes! Know that fragrance does react differently on each gender as male and female hormones are different (women have more acidic skin than men). So, a fragrance will smell differently depending on gender.
SAFETY AND ALLERGIES
Essential oils are extremely potent and concentrated raw materials and may cause sensitivity (citrus phototoxicity). If you are allergic to some plants or fruits, you may develop sensitivity to natural perfumes. Always patch test prior and never use on pets and kids. We uge you to read our Safety Disclaimer prior to using our perfumes.
Essential oils are very potent extracts and some are strictly prohibited for expecting or breastfeeding moms, elderly, children, pets and people with epilepsy condition or some medical conditions. Please read carefully our Safety Disclaimer.
SAMPLING AND WEARING A PERFUME
We are a micro-perfumery and due to the rarity of most of our materials, our samples are available only for purchase as redeemable single sample, sampler of 3 or a bundle of all samplers and see which scent suits you. Note that we do not reply to free samples requests by email or social media. If you are a blogger or an influencer, please contact us.
Try 2 and no more than 3 at a time and always for a couple of days to see how it reacts with your skin and fits you or not.
We use highly-concentrated absolutes, fixatives and a sugar-based moisturizer to make them last longer, and our extraits de parfum contain 40% essences. Yet, lasting power depends on other factors, external and internal such as skin type (the oily the better), body chemistry, diet of the wearer, hormones, and weather forecast (humidity level).
Your skin type might be very dry or very acidic skin. We suggest to make a change to your diet for a more alkaline one or to use a lotion or natural perfume oil with more base notes on your pulse points, arms, knees, chest, neck and hair. You can also spray onto your hairbrush and let the alcohol evaporate first as hair is the best scent diffuser, you will smell your perfume and it will last longer. Never apply directly alcohol to your hair.
Natural perfumes are alive and evolve over time. If your perfume smells different. Any change can affect it (poor storage, your skin pH, diet, hormonal change, stress level, or even olfactive fatigue). Use a concentrated version with more oil level or a different one, or spray onto your clothes instead of your skin.
NEWBIES, GIFTING AND BESPOKE
We have enough information on each product page to guide. Otherwise, you can book a complimentary fragrance consultation though our concierge service to help you chose a suitable perfume or build a wardrobe of various scents.
Perfume is very intimate. Like underwear or jewels, it's a very personal affair and though, you think you know the recipient's taste, we suggest you to purchase samples and let the person try before you purchase a full-size bottle. If you wish to surprise the recipient, you can consult our Gift Finder or book a consultation with us to help you find the perfect fragrance gift.
Book a consultation with our perfume. There are fees associated to it. Take note that we do only accept very few customers per year due to the exclusive and lenghty creation process. As for the cost, since we do not use ready-made bases or compounds and create accords just for you, we don't have a standard pricelist. It all depends on the complexity of your perfume, ingredient price (real oud or ambergris will not cost the same as a Cologne with citrus) as well as the length of the process (at least 6 months as some ingredients such as ambergris need long aging, up to a year). We do not use in any case, ingredients from endangered species or animal ingredients obtained through a cruel extraction.
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