Spring Update and AIX Scent Fair in May

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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!

Update on International Shipping

I was able to set up international shipping with UPS.

For Canada, shipping for most orders would be $25 via UPS Ground, plus brokerage fees and duties/taxes. I’m told that brokerage fees for orders under $100 would be expected to be around $10, but there’s no way for me to predict brokerage fees before sending. Canadian taxes on imported items are high, sadly.

For Europe, UPS rates seem to start at just over $100 even for small packages, so that’s not practical unless you get together with other people and place a large order. (Rates don’t increase much even for bigger orders.)

The freight forwarder called MyUS is a more cost-effective shipment method for people in Europe. Several people in the UK have used MyUS to purchase from me and it has worked for them. It’s still expensive, but half as much as UPS.

I also send quite a few packages to hotels in the US, timed to meet people when they or their family members visit.

So that’s a quick update on the international shipping options at the moment. I wish we had less expensive options, but that’s what I currently have available to me.