Many thanks to Ida for her beautifully written review of the new SSS Equestrian on Fragrantica! I loved reading her memories of barns and horses, as well as her experience with the scent.
For several years, Taste TV has sponsored an annual awards program for artisan perfumers. I have not entered before, but I submitted three entries for 2016 (you are allowed to enter 1 to 3 entries each year, and they can be any scent that you have not entered before). Entries were due before the new Equestrian was ready, so I entered Yin & Ylang, Amber Incense, and Winter Woods.
Winter Woods received top score in all five of their categories (artistry, aroma, scent seductiveness, ingredient combinations, and uniqueness). Yin & Ylang (a collaboration with Cafleurebon) received top score in three categories. All three entries (Winter Woods, Yin & Ylang, Amber Incense) received Silver Medals in the Judges Top Selections. The full page of results can be seen here. Congrats to all the perfumers and thank you to Taste TV and the judges for all their work on the awards program!
Equestrian 1 ml, 3 ml, and 5 ml sizes have been available on the SSS website for about two weeks. Today, Cafleurebon posted a beautiful review and drawing for a 17 ml bottle, so you can head over if you’d like to join the drawing.
Hope your summer is going well!
I will finally filter the first batch of Equestrian tomorrow and will put samples on the site later this week. I’ll aim to put bottles up next week.
I’m also working on a new floral scent with soft, pretty white florals (jasmine, magnolia, lily of the valley) backed by light greens, amber, and musk.
Sonoma Scent Studio has had some nice press lately. Bustle included SSS as one of seven brands profiled in an article about “Great Scents Without Gender Stereotypes,” which was wonderful to see. Maximilian Must Know posted a lovely Youtube review of Tabac Aurea, Winter Woods, Spiced Citrus Vetiver, and Forest Walk. And Victor wrote beautiful reviews of Fig Tree and Amber Incense on his blog Life With Perfumes.
I will post again when Equestrian is on the site — very soon now.🙂
The new hay and leather scent that I have mentioned here a few times is called Equestrian and should be ready by the first week of June. I sent a 5 ml travel spray to the AIX Scent Fair for a sneak peek, and Equestrian received a nice mention in a Basenotes overview of the Scent Fair. I’ll post here when it becomes available for sale.
Top: apple, grass
Heart: leather, jasmine, violet
Base: cedar, sandalwood, moss, labdanum, patchouli, benzoin
We had a lovely day for May Day here yesterday, with a gorgeous blue sky, puffy clouds, and warm weather. The trees have leafed out in their spring green, and the hills have not yet turned from their winter green to their dry summer gold.
My roses are in their first bloom of the season, and my Mom’s garden is producing a heavy crop of fragrant sweet peas, which she generously shares. The yellow roses below are David Austin’s Graham Thomas. The sweet peas self sow each year.
I shipped my display to the AIX fair and look forward to seeing how that goes next weekend. I’m working on the new scent and will post about it later this week.
The photo above shows sample sets in progress for the AIX Scent Fair. I will be sharing a table with Ellen Covey of Olympic Orchids Perfumes. Ellen has kindly offered to work the table for us both; I won’t be there in person, but I am grateful for this opportunity to take part in the show. I will send testers of the whole line to the show, including a sneak peek tester of my upcoming new scent. Ellen and I will also exhibit four ingredients for fair visitors to sniff, along with examples of how we each use those ingredients in scents to achieve very different visions.
An amazing YouTube review of Winter Woods and Tabac Aurea was just posted yesterday. Thanks so much to Nicholas!
I’m working on scaling up the formula for the new hay/leather scent and will post more about it soon. 🙂