Blog Drawing Winners

Congrats to the two winners of the drawing for a Sonoma Scent Studio purse spray on Cafleurebon! Send your info to Michelyn at Cafleurebon or to me at so I can mail out your goodies. If you have a request for a couple samples you’d especially like, you can let me know. Thanks so much to all who joined in and for all the lovely comments. We had such a nice response that I decided I should give out two prizes instead of one so that two people would have a chance for a fun freebie. 🙂

American Perfumer Series on CaFleurebon and Drawing

The blog Cafleurebon has been running a series on American perfumers, starting on the Fourth of July and continuing through the year. So far they have profiled Anya McCoy, Ineke Rühland, and Dawn Spencer Hurwitz. Tonight they added a post about me and Sonoma Scent Studio. You might enjoy following the series — it tells a little about each perfumer’s ancestry and their feelings about the growth of indie perfumery in America. The blog is currently having a drawing for any Sonoma Scent Studio 5 ml purse spray of your choice; the winner can email me with your scent choice, and you know I’ll add some samples to keep it company. 🙂 You can leave a comment over there to enter. Thanks CaFleurebon!

Weekend Update

I have sent out some testers of Fig Tree and will send some more. Notes include fig, plum, cassis, galbanum resin, fir absolute, East Indiana sandalwood EO, vetiver, tonka, lactones. It is greener and fruitier than anything I’ve done so it’s been fun to formulate. It’s unisex and I think it should work in lotion as well a perfume (but I’ve not tried it yet in lotion).

I’m temporarily setting aside the summer floral because I must finish the vintage-inspired scent for fall. I got the vintage formula out yesterday and the little tester batches have aged beautifully over the last two months. I’m really excited about this one. It has loads of pretty naturals — rose and jasmine absolutes, beeswax absolute, vanilla absolute, benzoin resin, galbanum resin, labdanum absolute, natural oakmoss, natural East Indian sandalwood, and aged Indian patchouli (just a touch). Synthetic accessory notes include macrocyclic musks, aldehydes, cinnamon, clove, jasmine lactones, and irones (orris notes). I’m making some adjustments and want to send testers soon. I want to have this one ready for fall release. My disappointment over not finishing the floral is offset by enthusiasm about this new one. I’ll return to the floral later.

I just signed off on the final box proof and should have the new boxes about Aug 12. I’ll leave the 17 ml no-box offer up for another week and will then probably end it, so time is running out on that if you are interested.

My SIL has been visiting Kentucky for a week and it sounds like quite a heat wave! Hope you’re hanging in there if you’re caught in the heat. We’re still having a very mild summer. I should get back to work…

Updated to add: For those who tested the vintage-inspired scent last winter, it was going under the working name of classic or classique, but that won’t be the real name. This is the same scent though — I’m just getting back to the formula now, both the Excel sheets and the little vials that I’d put away.

Mother Deer and Two Fawns

We have a mother deer and her two fawns living on and near our property. They’ve been here for over a month and we see them almost daily as they walk through and graze. The babies still have spots and are so cute. They bound off if we get very close, which makes taking pictures challenging, but they are not scared as long as we are several feet away. I thought I’d share a few pictures that my Mom managed to snap (that’s our garden hose at their feet).

I’m making testers to get some feedback on the fig and the floral. I’ll have more info on that soon. Happy weekend!

Weekend update

A few days ago Marla posted on Perfume Smellin’ Things about the soothing effects of frankincense, referencing a Johns Hopkins study that linked the positive psychoactive effect to a protein in the brain called TRPV3. She also mentioned Incense Pure in the context of being a soothing scent, and that’s not the first time this has come up. I’ve received quite a few comments from people about Incense Pure being calming and relaxing, so it’s fun to know that some research backs up the frankincense connection. Incense Pure does have an unusually high amount of natural frankincense (the CO2).

And a few months ago Simone from +Q Perfume blog asked about getting some samples of my line, and thankfully the package did eventually arrive despite the long travel time to Brazil. Today you can find her reviews of the two violet scents Voile de Violette and Wood Violet in the 3rd part of a 3-part series. She also provides an interesting discussion of Victorian times and the connection to violet scents in parts 1 and 2.

Meantime, the box saga continues. I’m waiting for the little mock-up to arrive so I can approve it. That should happen this Wed. We are getting closer to production.

This week flew by without giving me time for blending, but I plan to work on the summer floral and the fig, with the goal of getting some testers out this week. Happy weekend!

Lavender and Linden — Visit to Matanzas Winery

This morning we visited Matanzas Creek Winery in Bennett Valley, Sonoma County. They grow a large field of lavender that is fun to see just before the harvest when the bloom is at its peak. They also have gardens around their site with numerous special plants (not your standard landscape plantings). I even saw some linden trees in bloom and was excited to sniff fresh linden blossoms for the first time. The linden had the honeyed facet I’d expected, but was not cloying. Yummy. 🙂 Thought I’d share some lavender pictures. Happy 4rth!

Happy holiday weekend!

It’s been too long since I’ve posted, but the box project has kept me really busy, along with all the usual things (orders, new scents in progress, etc). The box file is finally ready to go to the printer, but it’ll still be a month before I’ll get the new boxes. The “no box” option will continue until then, and lots of people are taking advantage of that option.

I’ve been working on the two summery scents — the floral and the non-floral that I’d alluded to in a prior post. The non-floral is a unisex fig scent with notes of the fruit, leaves, and wood. I want to make it work in lotion as well as alcohol-based perfume. I’m close to being able to send out some testers, and I’m also close to having the second round of testers for the floral scent.

Yesterday I compared the current mod of the floral scent to the previous tester I had sent out, and it has made progress. It’s more floral now with more moisture in the drydown. There’s one thing that still bothers me that I’m going to work on, and I may need to choose between making the drydown more sandalwood dominant or more cedar dominant (it’s a blend now). I need to finish up the two summer scents so I can get back to the vintage inspired scent to release in the fall.

There was a brief review of Rose Musc on Perfume Posse Wednesday. Tom found it to be too much rose for himself but said he received quite a few compliments on it, and there was more discussion about it in the thread. I think it’s best for those who do like more prominent rose notes, and it’s been more popular with women than men.

Best wishes for a great 4th of July weekend!