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.
The Perfumed Plume Awards for fragrance journalism were just announced, and the Perfume In Progress post Ten Tips For Exploring The World Of Perfume was named one of the top submissions. I’m honored to be included in such good company!
Mark Behnke of Colognoisseur, Jasia Julia Nielson with Michelyn Camen of Cafleurebon, and Dana El Masri with Michelyn Camen of Cafleurebon received first prizes for the blog categories. This awards program is the first in the US that is dedicated to fragrance writing, similar to the Jasmine Awards in the UK and Prix Jasmine in France. There are several awards for fragrance writing that are given as part of the annual US Fragrance Foundation Awards, but this is the first fragrance awards program in the US that is dedicated solely to writing. Congrats to all, and best wishes to the Perfumed Plume program!
I wanted to check in on this rainy first day of spring. I’m working on a new scent with hay and leather notes (more on that to come!).
I’m planning to take part in the AIX Scent Fair May 6-8 in Los Angeles. If you can be in the area at that time you’ll want to attend because it will be a great chance to meet fellow perfume lovers and try perfumes from many artisan brands. I won’t be there in person, but my line will share a table with another indie and you’ll be able to sniff testers of both our scents. In addition to 40 tables of perfumes to explore, you can participate in workshops and attend the keynote presentation. It should be fun! The fair is being co-organized by the Institute for Art and Olfaction, Luckyscent, and Hammer Museum. I will post more about it as the date nears.
I took the photo above a few weeks ago when the daffodils were in bloom. Now the bulbs and plum tree are done blooming, the oak trees are leafing out, and the roses are setting their first buds. Happy Spring!