Happy December From The Purrfumery! Take 15% Off All Products!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

I’ve returned from my trip to New York City and whew! It was an excellent trip and I want to give a big shout out to all my New York Purrfumery friends who visited me at Perfumariē in Soho! It was wonderful to meet some of you for the first time. Thank you for coming to see me!

Before the trip, the kitties and I enjoyed a creative breakthrough. We launched three new perfumes, and we made a new version of Fir-ever Young – a solid that’s just divine. And, with the help of our wonderful graphic designer Emerald, we created Grateful Dead-style Purrfumery posters that I took with me to New York. It was a blast! I will tell you more in a minute, but first…

We’re having a SALE! 

From now until December 12th, I am offering 15% off on all Purrfumery products in honor of the holiday season. Just type SPRUCE in the discount box. This is an excellent opportunity to share the Purrfumery with friends and family… and don’t forget about yourself! You like holiday gifts too, don’t you? All purchases over $100 will receive a Purrfumery poster too!

Our glorious new Limited Edition solid perfumes

So much to explore! Let me know if you’d like to come over for a cup of tea to sniff and sample these or other Purrfumery treats! Call me at 510-334-8824 or email laurie@purrfumery.com.

I use my beautiful antique millinery collection to package my new Limited Edition perfumes – delicate violets and leaves adorn all the pouches. And all of these perfumes are available in my new Starlight box, as well as the sterling silver jewel box. Here we go!

Flame Brocade : I worked on this for years! It is a true labor of love…and a truly limited edition – very small batch. Flame Brocade opens with the spicy warmth of antique cinnamon and black pepper and evolves into a narcotic blend of sultry frangipani and tuberose. A vanilla sandalwood base mingles with heady floral and spice notes and completes this luscious and unforgettable scent. I am offering Flame Brocade in liquid and solid – all are parfum strength.    

Mystère Dévoilé : This perfume honors Gary, my landscape architect husband. Years ago he planted a 40-foot wall of jasmine along our driveway. In the spring and summer, our driveway is an incredible place to be – the scent from our lemon tree mingles with the gorgeous aura of jasmine. My cousins told me I should make a perfume that captures the magical, completely over-the-top scent of my driveway when everything is in bloom. Mystère Dévoilé is that perfume. “A mystery unveiled.” This perfume was my coming home after a difficult period. It’s lush and floral, and unfurls generous notes of Indian jasmine, Italian blood orange and Lisbon lemon before finding its heart in hints of fruity Chinese osmanthus and orris butter. I love this perfume and I hope you will too!

Moonlight : This scent was inspired by the Orientals of the 1920s. It is rich, magical and luminous, and reminds me of that incredible era of artistry and luxury. Moonlight is intensely floral, with a citrus opening and a heart set in an accord of Indian jasmine, Madagascar ylang ylang and Egyptian carnation. A base of aged patchouli and deep, gorgeous sandalwood mingles with spicy carnation notes to carry this perfume to its lavish finish. It’s warm and rich and very beautiful!

Fir-ever Young solid perfume, first ever!

I have made a Limited Edition of Fir-ever Young in a solid perfume for the first time ever! This is one of my best sellers and gorgeous for this season. It’s based on fir balsam, black currant buds, and jasmine. Divine. It was in Oprah Magazine a few years ago!

New batch of Jewelry of Heaven solid perfume!

There is also a new batch of Jewelry of Heaven solid perfume, and this one is an even richer version than the original!

All of these new solid perfumes are about 25% less expensive than the other solid perfumes on my website because they are not on the collectors website yet. They will be available at this price only for a limited time.

Whipped Frostings back in stock, get them while they last!

I just hand-blended a new batch of Whipped Frostings to help you banish dry skin this season. These luxuriously scented Whipped Frostings moisturize your skin with a combination of organic oils that are rich in antioxidants and high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids for regenerative, anti-aging power. I love to spritz on a hydrosol first and then lock in the moisture with a frosting. We have Black Cat, Gardenia, Orange Blossom and Kashmir Rose Whipped Frostings—try them all!

My life today and tomorrow

Life changes mean we must ebb and flow. Over the last few years, I discovered my true passion – to develop limited edition perfumes andcustom, signature scents for my Purrfumery friends. These are incredible opportunities for me – they are luscious creative journeys. And when I start these journeys, whether it’s mixing a limited edition or creating a custom scent, I need to step away for a few days, sometimes longer. That means some of my other Purrfumery tasks, like packaging and shipping, move a few days down the line. It’s all me, my dear Purrfumery friends! My staff consists of the kitties (they’re the muse, but not great at tying ribbons, only running off with them!) and Emerald my graphic designer. In 2019 there may be some weeks where I am not shipping because I am on a brief creative journey. I will always let you know on my website if there is going to be a delay. And if you have a perfume emergency (these happen – I have clients who can’t be without their Jasmine Tuberose solid, or their Rose hydrosol!) you know you can always email me and I will help you!

Helping the Camp Fire victims

I left for the East Coast while the fires were still burning. I was horrified to see the smoke in the air – we were scrambling to see if there was some way to protect our birds in our outdoor aviary. And I was overwhelmed by the casualties I heard about. I’m so sorry this happened, and I want to help. For the month of December, I am donating a portion of all Purrfumery purchases to help the animal victims of the Camp Fire. Hundreds of animals were injured and need homes, and shelters are working hard to help them. This relief effort will be going on for some time – I’m sure this will be the first of many donations from the Purrfumery.

Thank you all, my dear Purrfumery friends!

Happy Holidays! Wishing you great love and joy!

Until next time,

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats

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Blooming New Projects At The Purrfumery!

Blooming New Projects At The Purrfumery!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

It’s been an amazing few months and I have so much news to share! 

Signature Scent and Limited Edition price changes coming soon

My newsletter subscribers are the first to know! I will be raising the prices of my Signature Scent and Limited Edition liquid and crème perfumes. It’s the first price change in 10 years, and I need to do it to meet the cost of my materials, which have gone up. Imagine that it takes 60 roses to make 1 drop of rose oil! The cost of labor has gone up, too, and many of the materials I use are processed by hand around the world. 

Also, I am running very low on jewel boxes, and may not have these again, as the cost of silver has gone through the roof. So, if you have been eyeing a crème perfume, now is the time, my dear Purrfumery friends! 

The price change will not affect Kittylicious or eau de parfums.

Introducing The Velvet Collection at Avé Parfum

I’m delighted to introduce you to Avé Parfum, a beautiful new web-based perfume boutique that carries fragrances from perfumers who promise never to use cruel animal musks in their products. I met the proprietress, Elizabeth Rose, when she took my Spirit Perfumery class at Homestead Apothecary in Oakland. Elizabeth and I had a meeting of the minds—we are both dedicated to animal protection and had a dream of bringing niche and artisan perfumes from around the world to perfume lovers who wear only cruelty-free and animal musk-free scents. She asked me to create new dilutions of her favorite Purrfumery scents. I’m thrilled to support Avé Parfum’s mission of education, awareness, charity and compassion for animals. 

Visit Avé Parfum and find these sumptuous Purrfumery favorites:

The Velvet Collection: Highway, Honey and Black Cat
Labeled and wrapped in luxurious new designs, these luscious Purrfumery favorites are all in eau de parfum and are available in two new sizes – 15 and 30 ml. This is the debut of Black Cat in a base of organic, vanilla-infused alcohol! Previously, Black Cat was only available in a jojoba oil dilution. Experience them in their new packaging for yourself, or share with someone you love.

The Velvet Collection will launch on Black Friday! I suggest visiting Avé Parfum’s website and subscribing to their newsletter (make sure it doesn’t go to spam), as they will announce a special offer for the launch. Samples will be available for purchase as well as full bottles of both sizes.

Honey Harvest is complete

Gary and I, along with my cousins, just finished the honey harvest. I was dragging my feet a bit because it was so hot and smoky out, but the honey can’t wait! Now it’s done, and I have plenty of honey, beeswax and propolis for my perfumes (not to mention sweet goodness for our tea when you visit me)!

Lending a hand in tough times

The day of the honey harvest was one of the worst fire days. We could see and smell the smoke from the tragic fires burning just north of our home. So many people and animals were displaced, and we continue to look for ways to help. We heard that the Milo Foundation, which is based in Point Richmond, had to evacuate their sanctuary in Willits. They were seeking people in safe locations to take in dogs and cats. For the month of November, the Purrfumery will donate a portion of all sales to support the Milo Foundation’s Fire Evacuation Fund. We’re pitching in to help wherever we can!

New role with International Perfume Foundation

I am thrilled to announce that I have been named the new Director of Animal Conservation for the International Perfume Foundation (IPF), a non-profit organization based in Brussels. The IPF’s Mission is Education, Protection and Revitalisation of Culture and Perfume Heritage to Reconnect Human Society with the Beauty of Natural Fragrances and the Healing Power of Nature.

As IPF Director of Animal Conservation, my role is to ensure the development of animal cruelty-free and animal testing-free natural perfumes, provide guidance for IPF gorilla and bee research projects, and participate in IPF events. 

The civet cat, musk deer and beaver suffer when musks are harvested for use in perfume. This has to stop. We have botanical replacements for musk, and cruelty to animals is unnecessary. My role with IPF is to educate perfumers about how they can use plants, seeds and other botanicals to create musk scents, and spare animals their current anguish. I believe that education is the best way to raise perfumer and consumer awareness.

Three IPF projects I will be involved in are the World Heritage Program, the replanting of flower fields for the bees, and gorilla olfactory research. Bees are disappearing in part because farmers are growing genetically modified flowers for market. These flowers are visually flawless, but they lack scent. This has become a huge problem for bees, an insect with an olfactory system that depends on scent. It has also become a problem for natural perfumers. Gorillas, other primates, and humans share similar olfactory senses. The difference is gorillas use their sense of smell to cure themselves instinctively with plants and flowers. I’m excited about the possibility that IPF research could lead to a better understanding of how plants and flowers could be used in cures for cancer and genetic diseases in humans.

When you’re looking for ways to implement change a world away, you need all the inspiration you can find! In October, I attended the World Conservation Expo and listened to the heroic stories of people who work with governments and communities to keep animals like lions, giraffes, cheetahs and elephants safe from harm. I met my hero, Jane Goodall, who has opened the world’s eyes to conservation and protecting chimpanzees. 

In the few moments I had with Jane, I shared my own message of conservation and my new role with the IPF. It was an incredible experience to meet her – I have listened to her and learned from her for as long as I can remember! Her vision and drive give me hope.

Pictured above: Meeting my hero Jane Goodall, IPF Director Creezy Courtoy studying gorillas in the field

Visit me at the Purrfumery!

I look forward to carrying on the tradition of conservationists in my work with the IPF… and of course, with the kitties in the Purrfumery! My kitties and pigeons also encourage and inspire me! I attended and helped at the Pigeon Palomacy and Dove Adoption Fundraiser a few weeks ago and had a wonderful time! And, I am also thrilled to say that when I met Jane Goodall, I gave her a Pigeon Palomacy locket as a gift. 

Please let me know if you would like to hear more about the work I’m doing with the IPF. Or, if you’d like to stop by the Purrfumery for a cup of tea and chat! The holidays are coming up, and I’m happy to meet with you and help you find something beautiful for your friends, loved ones, and for yourself. 

Until next time!

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats…

XOXO~ Laurie

Kittylicious BirthdayTreat!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

Today I heard the “pop!” of a wisteria pod outside the Purrfumery! When the weather warms up, we often hear the wisteria’s velvet-soft pods snap and release their seeds, ensuring more vines and beautiful flowers in spring. It’s a fun and startling reminder that everything in nature is always changing. And that includes me!

Celebrating summer (and my birthday) with 20% off Kittylicious

I’m getting ready to have a birthday! I’d like to celebrate summer and my upcoming big day with a sale—20% off Kittylicious perfume from August 1 to August 7. Just enter the code LEOLOVE at checkout to receive your discount. It’s my way of saying “thank you!” Celebrate this amazing season with a new scent for you or someone you love.

Need help selecting? Make an appointment to visit the Purrfumery! We can have a cup of tea and you can sniff and sample to your heart’s content. Feel free to call me or email me, my dear Purrfumery friends!

Upcoming perfume-making classes

I’m getting ready to teach several Spirit Perfumery classes later this year. Won’t you join us? Spirit Perfumery classes are fun and deeply introspective. My students often tell me the class takes them to places they’ve never been. I’ll teach you the basics and then it’s up to you and your intuition to blend your own natural perfume.

Here are the details:

Spirit Perfumery Series at Homestead Apothecary, Oakland

Three classes – 10/15/17; 10/22/17; 10/29/17 – Enroll in the series, or take just the class you need

In this series, you will experience a palette of natural materials, and learn the basics of making three kinds of perfumes: solid, liquid oil-based, and alcohol-based. Enroll in the series and get an overview of a range of perfume carriers; or take just the class you need. No experience is necessary, though the alcohol-based perfume class is more advanced. Curricula include lessons about top, middle and base notes; how accords (a series of notes that make a new scent) are made; how a natural perfume without isolates or petrochemicals is constructed; and how a botanical perfume evolves over time. You’ll also learn about some safety issues when working with essential oils for perfumery. And, I will cover the ethics of animal testing and methods for avoiding materials that harm animals.

Small classes ensure plenty of personal attention. This class isn’t posted on Homestead Apothecary’s website just yet, but you can sign up for their newsletter to stay up-to-date on all of their classes. Learn more about classes and sign up for their newsletter at https://homesteadapothecary.com/

Fall & Winter Floral Scents and Arrangement Classes at Filoli

Are you looking for classes that satisfy all your senses? Have you been to Filoli? It’s a sprawling country estate and garden in Woodside and a wondrous place to roam… and learn. This fall and winter, master floral designer Pat Gibbons and I will be teaching duel classes that start with creating seasonal, decorative floral arrangements. During my part of the classes, you will have the opportunity to relax and inhale rare natural perfume essences and then blend your own room spray using natural wood and spice essences. Learn more and purchase your tickets at https://filoli.org/event/new-series-floral-scents-and-arrangements/ 

A tip: These classes give you a unique and relaxing way to spend time with family and friends! Classes fill up fast, so book early.

Spirit Perfumery at Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery

I’ve had several customers say they would be interested in Spirit Perfumery classes here at the Purrfumery. These classes are perfect for 6 to 10 people—let me know if you have a wedding party, or a work or social group that is looking for a unique activity.

Rates are $125 per person for a 2-hour class and $250 per person for a 4-hour class.

Creating a gorgeous, ethereal natural perfume by following your spirit and intuition can be life-changing. Take a personal journey using your intuition as your guide!

Let me know if you’d like to schedule a class. I hope to see you here!

Contact me at 510-528-8040 or laurie@purrfumery.com

Until then,

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats…

XOXO~ Laurie

Summer Celebrations!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

Summer is almost here, and the Purrfumery has been wrapped in the most delicious breezes. The kitties and I are very busy, getting ready to celebrate graduations, weddings, parties and vacations! We’d love to have you over for a cup of tea and a relaxing visit—you can sniff and sample to your heart’s delight! If you’re looking for gifts for Dads, grads, brides, hostesses (or hosts), you’ve come to the right place. And, when you make a purchase in June you will receive a very special Purrfumery Delight, a gift just for you!

Gifts for Dads (Father’s Day is June 18)

Dad likes to smell great, too! Pamper him with all natural, cruelty-free colognes—Terrain, made with Mexican lime, wild Bulgarian geranium, frankincense and Japanese yuzu is an all-time favorite. Bearded Dads will love our line of Mr. Whisker’s Beard Balms in Juniper & Cypress, Piñon Desert, and Vetiver Breeze. Tame the scruff!

Gifts for Grads

Our luscious and playful Kittylicious Purrfume Collection makes a beautiful and thoughtful gift for grads in their defining moments! And everyone likes to receive a beautifully wrapped gift! Kittylicious scents are as stunning to look at as they are to sniff, packaged in shimmering gold book boxes and tied with a cute bow.

Gifts for Brides
I started my career as a wedding florist, and will always have an affinity for brides walking down the aisle in their lovely dresses, bouquet in hand. Brides looking for a unique way to celebrate often visit the Purrfumery with friends and family—a Perfumery Adventure is a poignant and very fun way to spend time with loved ones. We also have many gorgeous scents for brides (and grooms) that range from floral, to woody, to citrusy-yum! Whether you’re looking for a scent adventure or something sensual for that first dance, the Purrfumery has many opulent choices for you!

Gifts for Hostesses and Hosts

Show your gratitude for friends and family with Bath Salts and Hydrosols from our Home Spa Collection! California Lavender is a favorite among my Purrfumery friends! Room and linen sprays in natural Forest Mist also make delightful hostess gifts. Each gift arrives in its own organza bag. Very silky and elegant—lovely! Pack your suitcase and leave the gifts to us!

The Purrfumery at Filoli – June 22

I will be teaching a class with floral designer Pat Gibbons from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on June 22 at Filoli in Woodside—don’t miss it, my dear Purrfumery friends! http://www.filoli.org/education/adult-programs/floral-design.html#floralscents

Pat and I will take you on a sensory trip to the Mediterranean where lemon and honey myrtle, lavender, rosemary, and citrus are all around you. I will show you how to make a botanical perfume using these soothing and calming scents, and Pat will guide you in designing a gorgeous seasonal bouquet using flowers and foliage.

Classes are small, so don’t wait to register! See you at Filoli!

Spirit Perfume Classes – My Place or Yours?

My Spirit Perfumery classes have been a hit around the Bay Area, and I’ve had a few Purrfumery friends ask about them. I’m happy to host your group (minimum 6) here at the Purrfumery, or at your home or business. Spirit Perfume classes start with a short Perfumery Adventure where I share a palette of natural, botanical scents. We’ll cover the basics:

  • Creating a structure: How to build your perfume’s top, middle and base notes using natural materials and volatility.
  • Producing your perfume: How to blend your materials with organic alcohols and jojoba oil.
  • Playing it safe: How to work with photosensitive citrus materials.

These 4-hour sessions are a blissful way to spend an afternoon, and my students often learn something new about themselves through our experimentation with scent. Drop me an email at laurie@purrfumery.com or call me at 510-528-8040 to set something up.

Until next time,

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats…


Happy Holidays & A Gift From The Purrfumery!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

The last few months have been so chaotic, haven’t they? Between the election and the dialog that’s followed, I’m channeling my sister more all the time. Gail was an art historian and curator at the Balch Institute for Ethnics Studies in Philadelphia and spent her career educating people through art. She used to say she didn’t like the word “tolerance” because it wasn’t strong enough. It didn’t go far enough. In Gail’s memory, I encourage you to embrace every culture and learn all you can about people who appear to be different than you. I believe you’ll find that we are all the same beneath the surface. Peace on Earth, my dear Purrfumery friends!

The kitties have been busy…

Thank goodness for my top-notch staff! While I was wringing my hands over the news, the kitties were hard at work getting ready for the holiday season. We have some beautiful gifts for you and yours…  

New scents!

Evoke new beginnings with Highway, a warm and winding road of citrus, berries, cedarwood, vanilla, and blue spruce. Get romantic with Rose Encens, a deep, rich scent of rose that mingles with tart Italian blood orange and sacred Frankincense. Or, take a little trip to a faraway place with Eze, the scent of the Mediterranean… it beckons with lavender, rose geranium, myrtle and jasmine.

Scent lockets – so many choices!

Purrfumery scent lockets make beautiful stocking stuffers and gifts, and they come in a range of styles and scents. We have ornate, vintage style lockets, Honey Cat and Pigeon lockets and gorgeous floral lockets. Take a look!

For the man who has everything… and a beard

Don’t forget the beardsmen! Mr. Whisker’s Beard Balms help guys keep their beards neat and smooth and their skin soft. Available in organic Juniper & Cypress Forest, Pinon Desert, and Vetiver Breeze. Banish the bristle and get cozy!

Kittylicious line gets even cuter!

Whew! I told you we’ve been busy! We’ve created a whole new look for our super popular Kittylicious line—check out the darling gold book boxes that shimmer in the light. Perfect size for stocking stuffers, or as a gorgeous gift on its own!

Free Organic Bulgarian Rose hydrosols with your purchase over $50

Who doesn’t love a pick-me-up spritz? Hydrosols are light and lovely and add just a hint of scent. I’ll be including a free  2 ounce rose hydrosol ($25.00 value!) with every purchase of $50 through December 18th. Beautiful, romantic smelling rose-water is traditionally used to ease stress and tension, encourage sensuality and openness, and as a toner for mature skin. It’s my way of saying Happy Holidays, my dear Purrfumery friends!

I’m available for private appointments, so give me a call at 510-528-8040 or drop me an email at laurie@purrfumery.com and let’s get together at the Purrfumery! You can sniff and sample to your heart’s content and find something to soothe your soul… or awaken it. Your choice!

Honoring our precious Luma

On a very sad note… We lost our beloved kitty, Luma this week. She was a really quirky girl and has lived on our kitchen counter for the last year. That’s what she wanted and we respected that. Her adorable face is on our crest and all of our perfume labels. I called her the Velvet & Sweet Pea’s spokesmodel. Here’s a picture of her a few months ago at a lunch I had for some friends. Lisa—Luma’s kitty fairy godmother—folded her napkin on her plate and Luma crawled up and fell asleep. Lisa just ate her Cheese Board pizza on the side and Luma was luminescent and the centerpiece of the soiree. We will deeply miss her.

Until next time…

Peace, love purrfume and kitty cats,

Xoxo, Laurie

Early November Holiday Shopping 20 % discount with over $100 purchase!

Greetings, my dear Purrfumery friends!

The holiday season is on the horizon and I can’t wait—I have so many new, fun scents to share! Are you looking for interesting, locally made holiday gifts for friends and family? Do you want to have all your shopping done by Thanksgiving? You can! And I am going to make it easy for you. Starting today and ending November 12, I’m offering 20% off all orders over $100. Type in grateful in the discount box. Get your holiday shopping done early and save, my dear Purrfumery friends! After November 12, I will begin shipping again on December 1.

The Scent of Winter – at Filoli

Experience the scents of winter at The Garden at Filoli… with the Purrfumery! I’ll be teaching a class from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on November 9 that includes a Perfumery Adventure and an introduction to botanical perfume essences. Come experience some of my aromatic treasures, including Bulgarian Rose Otto and 100-year-old Indian Sandalwood. We will also sniff conifer oils and learn about their anti-viral and aroma-therapeutic effects. Students will leave with their own roll-on bottle of defense against winter colds and an aromatic winter wonderland room/linen spray. Register on the Filoli site. 

Visit the Purrfumery

Remember the Purrfumery when you have out-of-town guests this season! Call me at 510-528-8040 and make an appointment to visit—I’ll welcome you and your guests with a cup of tea and something sweet. All my products, from perfumes to my newest scents, room sprays and Whipped Face & Body Frostings are available to sample. The choices are endless!  I’m happy to help you create the perfect gift and add a touch of whimsy with gorgeous packaging.

Hope to see you soon!

Until next time…

Peace, love purrfume and kitty cats,


Valentine's Day and Free Shipping for 1 week!

Greetings, my dear Purrfumery friends!

We’re getting ready for Valentine’s Day here at the Purrfumery and having a little too much fun! As all my Purrfumery friends know, Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday and I always have plenty of special treats. Let’s pretend we’re kids giving heart-shaped cards to our classmates! Valentines is for everyone!

Free Shipping until February 28

Get a jump start on your Valentine’s Day shopping and I’ll ship your purchases over $50.00 free until February 28. Type in ValentineKitty in the discount box.

Whimsical Scent Lockets

I’ve filled an array of lockets with luscious scents that you can take wherever you go.

Regal Pigeon Lockets featuring Kingpin!

Artist Ashley Dietrich’s portrait of stately Kingpin graces these whimsical scent lockets filled with my Songbird solid perfume. A mouth-watering blend of citrus, spices, and sweet, narcotic flowers, Songbird unfurls towards a soft, powdery finish. Antique cinnamon, blood orange, tuberose, and rare boronia are only a few of the notes in this sexy, complex melody that is warmed by a base of Tahitian vanilla infused organic jojoba oil and beeswax from the Purrfumery’s own bees. All profits go to Pigeon Palomacy, San Francisco Bay Area Pigeon and Dove Adoptions.

Antique Kitty Postcard and Roses & Honey Lockets

The Purrfumery’s exclusive, custom-designed kitty necklace inspired by my antique postcard collection! I fill these lockets with my best-selling Honey solid perfume, a regal composition of French orange blossom, Moroccan and Bulgarian roses, deep vetiver, Madagascar vanilla, honey and propolis. I crown this sumptuous blend with rare antique clove, pomegranate and pink grapefruit. Honey rests in a rich base of sandalwood and vanilla infused organic jojoba oil with the Purrfumery's own beeswax.

Our custom heart-shaped and round necklaces, designed from 18th century Flemish paintings, also feature Honey perfume. So many choices!

The Moon & the Stars Lockets

We designed these lockets just for The Moon & the Stars, my ravishing new blend of night-blooming tuberose and star-shaped jasmine blossoms that unfolds on an earthy bed of aged sandalwood, rich frankincense, and delectable cacao. Crowned with antique Ceylon cinnamon and red mandarin, this dreamy scent rests on a base of organic, vanilla infused jojoba oil and the Purrfumery's own beeswax.

Fleur de Caramel

Fleur de Caramel is the ultimate, extra-special Valentine. This award-winning scent has received plenty of attention for its luscious, tart red mandarin and spicy butterfly lily blend that unfolds to a scrumptious finish with a secret caramel accord that lingers on the skin. A Purrfumery favorite!

Looking for Something Experiential?

Schedule a Perfumery Adventure or a Custom Perfume Experience! During your visit to the Purrfumery, we explore scent on a whole new level and experience rare essences from around the world. It’s a wonderful and relaxing time for moms and daughters, girlfriends and couples. I set out a tray of tea, honey and scented goodies and spin tales of perfume lore from ancient times to the present. Go ahead and inhale deeply! Spark your imagination through the power of scent.

Hope to see you at the Purrfumery sometime soon!

Until next time…

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats,

XOXO~ Laurie

Tigerlily Perfumery Holiday Bazaar this Saturday! Stocking Stuffers Starting at $10!

Greetings, my dear Purrfumery friends!

Tigerlily Perfumery is putting the glamour back into last-minute holiday shopping with a fabulous Holiday Bazaar from 12 to 7 on December 19 in San Francisco’s bustling Mission District. Join the Purrfumery and other Bay Area scent makers at this creative little haunt and find something special for everyone on your holiday list. Tigerlily proprietress Antonia will be serving aromatic drinks and treats and the mood will be festive and fun. Don’t miss it!

What: Trunk Show

Where: Tigerlily Perfumery, 973 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

When: Saturday, December 19th, 12:00- 7:00

Stocking Stuffers & Small Gifts Starting at $10!


They say good things come in small packages… maybe that’s why some people plunge into their Christmas stockings last! If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, or small and elegant gifts for friends and family, the Purrfumery has some great ideas for you. We have gifts starting at $10.

Hydrosols: Give the gift of aromatherapy! A spritz of hydrosol lifts the spirit with its light and gentle scent. Available in Organic California Lavender and Bulgarian Rose. $10.

Men’s Grooming: For the beardsmen in your life! I drew on years of perfume-making experience to create my Mr. Whisker’s Beard Balm line in these scents: Juniper & Cypress Forest; Piñon Desert; and Vetiver Breeze. Beard balms smooth the beard and moisturize the skin underneath. 10 ml sizes start at $16.

Sample Sets: Tuck a sample set into your loved one’s hands and let them discover their favorite! Sample sets are available for our popular Kittylicious line, see the review below.  Sample sets start at $22.

Scent Charms: I fill these ornate, vintage-style lockets with tantalizing scents created in a base of vanilla-infused organic jojoba oil with beeswax from the Purrfumery’s own bees. Whether you’re at a party, work or school, or even just running errands, your favorite scent is just a touch away. Scent charms start at $28.

Huge thanks to Jodi Battershell, at Fragrantica  for her delightful review of my Kittylicious line! She also shares my story and commitment to helping animls and my views on alternatives to ending the torture of civets for their musk.

I’d also love to share my latest review from Tammy Schuster, at CaFleureBon! I must say, it is a delicious review of Fleur de Caramel! Thank you Tammy and Micheyn!

Just a few minutes ago I saw that Trish at Scent Hive has reviewed my Beard Balms on her wonderful natural beauty blog! She is using them as a hand balm! I love it! I do that too! Thank you, Trish! If you follow scenthive on Instagram, she will be doing a giveaway of one of the Beard Balms!

In honor of thse new reviews I want to extend a 10% discount until this Friday, December 18th on Kittylicious perfumes and Fleur de Caramel! Type in KITTYFLEUR in the discount box at checkout! The Fleur de Caramel solid perfume is my favorite, in it’s emerald jewel box!

Thank you for your amazing support, my dear Purrfumery friends! All of you are so very important to me and the kitties!

Sending love and XOXO, and wishing you Happy Holidays! Laurie

Incredible Sale online and at the Purrfumery!

Incredible Sale online and at the Purrfumery!

Greetings, my dear Purrfumery friends!

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has started – I can feel it in the air! It’s a beautiful time of year… a time to visit with friends and family and celebrate our cherished traditions. Here at the Purrfumery, the kitties and I have decked the halls with scented treats for you and yours. We have new scents, longtime favorites, and sales galore! 

Holiday Sales until December 10!

Some of my Purrfumery friends like to shop for just a few favorite items, while others prefer to give the gift of scent to everyone on their list.

For my Purrfumery friends who like to shop ‘til they drop, I am offering 30% off all orders over $300, online ( just type in HOLIDAY30 in the discount box), or in the Purrfumery. 

Or, visit the Purrfumery and receive 20% off your purchase of any amount.

(Only one promotion will apply.)

There is something for everyone at the Purrfumery. Here are a few ideas for you:

Men’s Grooming – Perfect Stocking Stuffers

Help a beardsman keep his beard neat and smooth with Mr. Whisker’s Beard Balm! Available in three scents; 10 ml and 1 ounce jars. A big thank you to Poodle at Austrailian Perfume Junkies for this wonderful review of them!

Juniper & Cypress Forest — My exclusive blend of French cypress, juniper, rose hip and avocado oils. Juniper & Cypress Forest is naturally anti-viral and anti-fungal.

Piñon Desert — An aromatic blend of Southwestern piñon pine and aged Indian sandalwood. Rich and warm, these fine woods are grounded in ceremony and healing.

Vetiver Breeze — A soothing blend of three distinct vetivers. I finished the scent with a co-distillation of vetiver and a tropical flower, giving it a hit of sweet-spiciness. The balm gets its jeweled-green glint from Ruh Khus, a vetiver distilled in copper vats. <Link to beard balm page>

New Scent – The Moon & the Stars

My newest crème perfume, The Moon & the Stars is a ravishing blend of night-blooming tuberose and star-shaped jasmine blossoms that unfolds on an earthy bed of aged sandalwood, rich frankincense, and delectable cacao. Crowned with antique Ceylon cinnamon and red mandarin, this dreamy scent rests on a base of organic, vanilla infused jojoba oil and the Purrfumery's own beeswax. Available in Baroque-style scent charms and decorative cases you can slip into your pocket or purse. 

New Frosting – Black Cat Face & Body Whipped Frosting

It’s cold out there! Nourish your wind-chapped skin with my newest Whipped Frosting infused with sexy, sophisticated Black Cat perfume.

Shop local—visit the Purrfumery!

Where else can you sink into a plush sofa, sip tea with sweet Purrfumery honey, and nibble jasmine-scented chocolate truffles while you shop? I look forward to seeing you—give me a call or send me an email and let’s make an appointment! Come sniff and sample the magic of our natural world! Purrfumery products are $10 and up, and I’m happy to help you find the perfect gift. I have many items here at the Purrfumery that are not on my site!

Thank you for your love and support!

Until next time. . .

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats,

Happy Halloween from the Purrfumery!

Greetings, my dear Purrfumery friends!

I just returned from a beautiful and restful vacation to the east coast where I relished the salty sea air along the Jersey shore! What a treat it was to visit with friends and family, and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the beach.

Cool weather welcomed us home. Fall is here and the Purrfumery Garden is turning inward. But there are still some beauties to behold! Our roses and Datura are still blooming and the lemon verbena is gorgeous and fragrant. The change in the weather and the light inspires me to look inward, too. We did our honey harvest and it is amazing! I’ll start making mead from some of what we harvested very soon! I’m finding ways to mix sweet and spicy scents to warm things up a bit, and maybe stir some mystery…

Celebrate Halloween with Black Cat Frosting (and help animals, too)!

Perfume blogger Beth Schreibman Gehring  posted on Instagram that she wore Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Black Cat eau de parfum for the blood moon in September, and asked if I made a Black Cat Frosting. Thank you for the great idea, Beth! To celebrate Halloween and welcome the chilly weather, I whipped up a batch of this luscious, limited edition frosting that has all the magic and mystery of my Black Cat eau de parfum

This beguiling scent has been described as “almost edible” with “incredible staying power.” A little goes a long way! Feel the mystery and enchantment of mouth-watering cocoa, sensuous ylang ylang, juicy blood orange and a fun little hint of spicy aniseed myrtle. Fall is finally here!

I will be giving 10% of all sales to Alley Cat Allies, a national organization committed to humane treatment of cats, particularly ferals. There are still some superstitious folks out there and black cats feel the brunt of it. These animals are the most frequently euthanized type of cat, simply because of the color of their fur. Alley Cat Allies is known for working to end animal cruelty and promoting sensible spay/neuter rules. Thanks for all your great work, Alley Cat Allies!

Sultry and Sweet… Trick or Treat!

Everyone likes a little treat now and again, right? Indulge in glorious scent this season with Fleur de Caramel, available in liquid and crème perfumes, and highly dosed eau de parfum. I adore this award-winning scent, made with frangipani, tuberose and rare Tamil Nadu sandalwood. The perfume opens with tart red mandarin and spicy butterfly lily and comes to a scrumptious finish with my secret caramel accord. A gorgeous bloom of rich cognac and sultry, night-blooming frangipani lingers on the skin. I made the solid blend in a base of Tahitian vanilla infused organic jojoba oil, and the Purrfumery's own beeswax. Enjoy! And Happy Halloween, my dear Purrfumery friends!

Mr. Whisker’s Beard Balms on Parade!

I’d like to send a big thank you to Jodi Battershell at Fragrantica for their review  of our Mr. Whisker’s Beard Balm line! It just takes a small dab of our gorgeously scented Beard Balm to transform a rough and scruffy beard and deeply moisturize the skin. I drew on years of perfume-making experience to create my Mr. Whisker’s Beard Balm line in Juniper & Cypress Forest; Piñon Desert; and Vetiver Breeze. Fragrantica’s favorite was Piñon Desert. Share some with a beardsman in your life!

Until next time…

Peace, love purrfume and kitty cats,


Celebrate Mother's Day With A Free Hydrosol From The Purrfumery!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends,

I hope you’re enjoying spring as much as I am! The kitties love the season, too—they spend the day lounging in the Perfumer’s Garden when it’s in full bloom. Come see it for yourself! Call or email me to make an appointment and try out something new for your heart, soul and spirit this spring.

Mother’s Day is May 10

Where would we be without our mothers? I love to celebrate my mom, and all the women who are like a mom to me, with a little gift of thanks. Our moms are there for us and we love them for it! From May 1 to May 6, I will include a free rose or lavender hydrosol with any perfume or eau de parfum order. It’s my way of sending my love to moms everywhere! Make sure to indicate which hydrosol you’d like when you place your order.

Taming beards across the land

The kitties and I have been so pleased with the response to our new Mr. Whisker’s Beard Balm. Beardsmen friends everywhere say they love the earthy, forest scent and the way it softens their beard and puts it in order. If you know a beardsman who needs some help with his beard, send some Mr. Whiskers his way! A soft, smooth, orderly beard can help make the world a more snuggly place.

Enjoy the Purrfumery in Spring!

If you’re looking for a new scent to celebrate the season, or if you just want to stock up on old favorites, give me a call or send me an email and schedule an appointment. I’d love to see you here at the Purrfumery for a cup of tea and scent-sniffing session! Call me at 510-528-8040 or email laurie@purrfumery.com.

Until then,

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats…

Xoxo, Laurie



Happy Spring & 25% off Perfumes until April 14th!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity with plenty of change and unexpected joy at the Purrfumery. The most obvious place to see the change is in the Perfumer’s Garden—the landscape is bursting with color and texture. The jasmine, wisteria and lemon blossoms have pushed their way into the spring air and their scents—sweet, fruity and light—welcome us each morning when we step outside. And the roses! They are full and gorgeous, opening and exhausting themselves while nearby buds linger and wait for their turn. It’s paradise here this time of year. I happily invite you for tea in the garden!

I'm a wisteria!

From perfume to… beards!

My line is also changing—I recently added Mr. Whisker’s Forest Beard Balm, a new product to help guys keep their beards neat and smooth and their skin soft. It all started when Gary asked me if I would whip up something for his beardmen friends who were totally into their fabulous beards! I stepped into my magical Purrfumery and blended French cypress, juniper, rose hip and avocado oils into a naturally anti-viral and anti-fungal beard balm. The beardsmen loved it so much, I decided to make more! I took it on the road to Tigerlily Perfumery in San Francisco for their Valentine’s Day event and Antonia took all that I made! Guys like its smooth, pliant texture and earthy scent, and their kitten loves (that’s what Gary calls me!) like it even more. It takes just a small dab of Mr. Whisker’s Beard Balm to transform a rough and scruffy beard and deeply moisturize the skin. If you know beardsmen who need some attention, send them to the Purrfumery for some beard therapy!

Spring Fling Sale—25% off all perfumes for 1 week!

If you want to indulge—or just replenish your perfume collection—now is the time! From now until April 14th, I’m offering my Purrfumery friends 25 percent off on all perfumes, eau de parfum, Kittylicious perfume oils, and solid perfumes. Just type in jewel in the discount box. This is a great time to purchase the Fleur de Caramel solid perfume—the sterling silver jewel boxes are a rare find and in limited supply.

Get in the spirit of spring with Honey, a regal composition of French orange blossom and Moroccan and Bulgarian roses on a throne of deep vetiver, Madagascar vanilla, honey, the Purrfumery’s own beeswax, and propolis. Or try my Jasmine Orange Blossom eau de parfum from my Kittylicious line. This is the perfect scent for those spring days (and nights) when you want something that’s fruity, sweet and infinitely complex. Or try Bed of Roses, available in perfume and eau de parfum. This incredible scent features my exquisite, nine-rose distillation with accents of aged sandalwood, tuberose, boronia, orange blossom, and green mandarin.

And, if you can’t make up your mind, come see me at the Purrfumery and sniff and sample to your heart’s content! I’d be happy to help you find the perfect scent for the season.

The Purrfumery wins top honors at the Artisan Fragrance Salon

 It was fabulous to see all my Purrfumery friends in March at the Artisan Fragrance Salon in San Francisco. It was a great day and I was thrilled to take home a Gold Award for Best Packaging, two Silver awards for Most Unique and Top All-around Product Line, and a Bronze Award for Top Artisan Perfumer. Thank you, Salon organizers, for arranging such an excellent event!

I also participated in the creation of “The Fragrance Designer’s Primer” by AK Crump, which can be found on Amazon. This is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the business of designing perfumes. It’s a must read! Very practical and informative.

Adding roses to honey—a delicious scented treat

My roses are in full bloom and I am always looking for new ways to put them to use. I distill and tincture them into my organic alcohols, but sometimes they smell so incredible, I just want to eat them! Last week I made my first rose-infused honey of the year and it is so delightful in tea and on scones that I just have to share it with you, my dear Purrfumery friends. Here’s how you make it:

Step 1: Pick some of your richest-smelling roses (use organically grown roses).

Step 2: Using a mortar and pestle, finely grind a handful of rose petals. (I use one or two roses that have many petals.)

Step 3: Stir the rose petal mixture into a container of honey and mix well. Let it sit for a few weeks to infuse. It is divine!

Enjoy this gorgeous season of love and renewal!

Until next time. . .

Peace, purrfume and kitty cats,

XOXO~ Laurie