Soliloquy Perfume

Soliloquy is one of the perfumes which was composed based on the colour palette of the ingredients, a synesthesia of perfume making or, as I call it 'painting' a fragrance. Inspired by the sea theme, slow living moments and one of the greatest British novels.

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Slow Diaries by Clare Yazbeck

When slow living habits became part of my daily life, I started looking for bloggers and some inspiration and one day I found a beautiful blog by Clare. Mindfulness is something I have to remind myself about as often as possible, I love reading and browsing through beautiful photography and particularly if it is about Ireland and the seaside.

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An Interview with Hermitage Oils: Animal Products in Modern Perfumery

A few weeks ago I started writing an article on perfume ingredients, mainly about animal products and plants which are becoming extinct but are highly valued in modern perfumery in spite of many environmental and ethical complications. I was lucky to interview one of the owners of Hermitage Oils, Eleonora Scalseggi, a well-known supplier of natural materials which has been operating for many decades.

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Is Your Perfume Sustainable?

Perfumery may seem benign, but ingredients derived from plants and animals can come with serious environmental and ethical toll. Perfumery might seem like a fairly benign business. It’s about personal scent more than anything else. But as one of the largest global luxury industries, perfume-making can have a significant impact on certain plants and animals valued for their rare scent profiles.

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Myths About Natural Perfumes

I have heard and read so many myths about natural and botanical (vegan) perfumes that I thought it is time to choose the most interesting ones and bust them. If you know any myths about natural perfumes, I would love to hear them. I will do my best to update the list.

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Summer 1928 Perfume

“Hold summer in your hand, pour summer in a glass, a tiny glass of course, the smallest tingling sip for children; change the season in your veins by raising glass to lip and tilting summer in…”

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© Villanelle Perfume

A few weeks ago I noticed an unusual activity on my website, one of my perfumes got a lot of attention and was googled again and again. Then people started buying the same sample, then some even bought Extrait de Parfum or Eau de Parfum without even trying samples. What was going on? It was Villanelle, a perfume created and released by me in March 2018. 

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The Ritual of Extrait de Parfum

There is something enchanting in a ritual of dabbing perfume, applying it directly on your skin without using a spray pump. Small flacons remind us of vintage perfumes made long time ago, perhaps, when our grandmothers kept their precious French perfumes in drawers.

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Perfume Longevity, Sillage & Identity

There are only a few things in which botanical/natural and synthetic perfumes are similar, one of them is the general structure of a fragrance. It is essential for a natural perfume beginner to understand why natural perfumes are different in order to wear them properly and enjoy them.

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What is Extrait de Parfum?

Extrait de parfum (pure perfume, perfume, parfum, parfum extrait or simply extract) is the most concentrated and most expensive form of perfumes and is usually between 20 and 40% of oil concentration. You need only a couple of drops for each application. And this makes them very unique because they are in fact more versatile than eaux de parfum.

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