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,

XOXO~Laurie

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,

Laurie

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

Valentine's Day at the Purrfumery! Free Shipping until February 9th, just type BUNNY in the discount box.

Greetings, my dear Purrfumery friends!

I just returned from Mendocino, where Gary and I took a glorious break. We hiked, we watched whales, and we enjoyed the fresh air. . .  Now we’re home and I’m thrilled to see the Perfumer’s Garden is starting to show signs of spring with irises blooming, milkweed flourishing and birds chirping. It’s time to get ready for my favorite day of the year, a day when we can show our love in the most unabashed ways.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Will you Be Mine?

High dose of romance

The Purrfumery is brimming with beautiful, romantic options for you and yours this Valentine’s Day, and I will be offering free shipping until February 9th. Please type in BUNNY in the discount box.

We’ve just unveiled our new line of eau de parfum scents—highly dosed versions of our Signature and Limited Edition perfumes—in the most adorable 4 ml and 15 ml spray bottles! Each eau de parfum arrives tucked in a velvet pouch adorned with flowers and its own custom Victorian scent card.

Our eau de parfum line—and our newly redesigned Kittylicious line—are gorgeous and affordable luxuries that make the perfect gift for you or someone you love. Take a look!  Did you know our Mojito scent has a reputation for making sparks fly?

 

Maybe you’d like roses this Valentine’s Day? Wrap yourself in Jewelry of Heaven, a true classic that blends organic jasmine grandiflorum and Turkish and Himalayan roses. Or indulge in an accord of nine rose distillations from all corners of the globe with my Bed of Roses perfume or eau de parfum. My Honey scent is glorious in all its forms—solid, liquid perfume and eau de parfum—and makes an incredible gift. The Purrfumery bees work very hard to make the honey and propolis that I add to this regal composition of orange blossom, Moroccan and Bulgarian roses, antique clove and pomegranate.

Go ahead, get carried away! Happy Valentine’s Day, my dear Purrfumery friends!

Did someone say chocolate? 

This just in! TasteTV and the International Chocolate Salon are offering Advance Purchase Tickets through January 31 for the 9th annual San Francisco Chocolate Salon. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, so mark your calendars! Discounted advanced tickets are available for a few more days. I hope to see you all in San Francisco in March for this deliciously fun event!

Lavender linked to trust

 

I have witnessed the most incredible, transformative moments during my Perfumery Adventures and Custom Perfume Experiences, where visitors are surprised and delighted by how they feel when they inhale certain scents. I know scent has the power to unlock our hearts and minds, so I was intrigued when I read this story about lavender on Nova Next.  

Researchers have found that subjects who played a trust game in a lavender-scented room exhibited signs of interpersonal trust more readily than those who played in a peppermint-scented room, or in a non-scented room. The study was published in Frontiers Psychology journal.  Very interesting!

Palomacy is pigeon diplomacy!

You all know about my pet rescue pigeons Polka Dot, Pansy, King Lou, and Sprite. Since Polka Dot walked through my cat door three years ago, I have connected with a great group of animal welfare workers at Palomacy. This incredible group of people has made it their mission to rescue and find homes for injured feral and abandoned pigeons and doves and save them from an untimely death. Palomacy is pigeon diplomacy, and they give these lovely, sweet birds a second chance through advocacy and education. They’re based in San Francisco, so check them out!

Palomacy has wonderful, lively fundraisers—I attended one over the holidays and had a blast!

Dinky’s legacy

I want to thank everyone who has reached out to share their condolences about our Dinky. He went to a better place on Christmas Eve after a brief illness. Dinky was Gary’s garden kitty and he spent many hours working in the yard, doing his part. We love him and miss him, but know that he is out of pain now. His sweet image will be forever memorialized on our Terrain packaging. . . He was such an outdoorsy little guy! Love you, Dinky!

Until next time. . .

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats,

XOXO~Laurie

Purrfumery holidays are here! 15% off orders and help animals, too.

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The kitties and I had a Thanksgiving feast with family and then another magnificent dinner a few days later with friends—we are so grateful for the generosity and love that is all around us! It got me thinking about giving back and how we can all make a difference to the people and charitable organizations in our lives. This is the season for giving and sharing, and I don’t want to get so caught up in the holiday rush that I forget to lend a hand. Here’s what the Purrfumery is doing this season:

Type LEAPINGBUNNY at checkout and receive 15% off your order

You all know that the Purrfumery is certified by Leaping Bunny, right? Leaping Bunny is the organization that ensures none of my ingredients or my suppliers ingredients are tested on animals. When you type LEAPINGBUNNY in the code box at checkout, you will receive 15% off your order through December 15th. And, I’ll be contributing a portion of December sales to two very important organizations: the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS), which seeks humane alternatives to animal testing; and to Kindness Ranch, a Wyoming sanctuary and rehabilitation place for animals who have been used in laboratory research.

I support these organizations in honor of Velvet and Sweet Pea, my two precious cats who I rescued from a life of lab testing. They changed my life forever and paved the way to a new consciousness about the horrors of animal testing and the use of animal musks in perfumes. Ultimately, the lessons Velvet and Sweet Pea taught me became the principles of the Purrfumery. . . and my life! Thank you for being a part of this mission, my dear Purrfumery friends!

Free shipping until Dec. 2

I am offering free shipping for just another 2 days, so save a little extra on your holiday shopping when you place your order by Dec. 2 at midnight.

Free Daphne Face & Body Frosting while supplies last

I made a batch of daphne enfleurage that is just gorgeous! I was enjoying the lovely scent of the daphne when I suddenly caught a whiff of the Chinese osmanthus bush that’s blooming outside the Purrfumery. The scent from its tiny blossoms is glorious this time of year. I blended the daphne enfleurage into a frosting and added osmanthus absolute and aged sandalwood. The result is an incredible Daphne Face & Body Frosting! It’s super moisturizing for winter-chapped skin—I will add a .25 ounce container to orders while supplies last. It’s wonderful for your hands, too.

Shop local—visit the Purrfumery!

Where else can you sink into a plush sofa, sip tea with sweet Purrfumery honey, and nibble neroli blood orange 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.

Thank you for your love and support!

Until next time. . .

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats,

XOXO~Laurie

Free Shipping until December 2nd!

Greetings dear Purrfumery friends!

I was walking through Berkeley the other day and I noticed all the holiday magic in the windows, and the gold and purlpe twinkle lights on the trees. The holidays are here again! It’s such a fun and festive time of year – a time when you look for just the right gifts for the people in your life, whether they’re your friends, family, or co-workers. Often, holiday shopping means running around town in a flurry and finishing just in time. It doesn’t have to be that way, my dear Purrfumery friends! I offer scent lovers near and far many options for shopping and gift giving!

Here are a few ways you can give the gift of natural perfume this season. . .

Visit the Purrfumery

All my products, from perfumes to the newly redesigned Kittylicious line, are available for sample. And, I’ll have my newly blended eau de parfums – all the perfumes you love will now be available in adorable eau de parfum sprays! The choices are endless!  Hydrosols are perfect stocking stuffers. Oh, and the Whipped Frosting Face and Body Butters are back in stock! Fresh as an orange blossom, and ready to sooth and hydrate your dry winter skin! I’m happy to help you create the perfect gift and add a touch of whimsy with gorgeous packaging.

If you’re looking for something experiential and completely unique, give the gift of a Perfumery Adventure or Custom Perfume. No two Perfumery Adventures or Custom Perfumes are alike. . . .

Free Shipping until December 2nd!

For my Purrfumery friends who prefer to shop online, I’m offering free shipping from until December 2nd. Just type purrfume in the discount box. You will love the convenience of receiving gifts that are wrapped in gorgeous fabric bags with ribbons and scent cards!

Corporate Events with Fl’Air!

Florist Pat Gibbons and I recently launched Fl’Air Events, a unique hands-on program that combines flower arranging with the art of perfumery. If your organization is looking for a fun and interactive holiday event, give me a call! We can set up in a conference room or other meeting place.

Our interactive, two-part program begins with Pat's floral demonstration where she uses color and texture to create different combinations. Then, we set you loose with piles of flowers and clippers to make your own seasonal centerpieces to take home.

Once the centerpieces are complete, I take you and your group on a journey into the heady world of scent where you’ll experience flowers and plants on a whole new sensory level. I’ve collected some of the rarest and most expensive natural perfume essences in the world – including Bulgarian rose and Assam oud – it’s all here for you! Inhale deeply! You’ll also learn how I combine these precious materials to create a perfume. Depending on which program option your group chooses, each person will either learn how to make a bath salt, or an aromatic room spray, or a see a demonstration on how I make solid perfumes.

I’m thrilled to be working with Pat on Fl’Air Events! She is an incredible florist, an excellent teacher and a great friend!

One more thing… my Budapest travel log!

I just returned from a retreat/vacation to Budapest, where I indulged in an incredible spiritual and physical journey! Gary and I decided to go to Prague and Budapest on a whim – we departed out of New Jersey after seeing my mom and dad, who just built a new home. The home I grew up in, that my dad built, was in bad shape even before Hurricane Sandy. The new place is a testament to my dad’s determination and spunk! He’s shown me you are never too old to do something big time!

We landed in Prague completely inspired and stayed on the beautiful square where we met up with our friends. We played in fairy tale Prague for a few days before heading for Vienna and finally Budapest. In Budapest, we booked an AirBnB near the Great Synagogue and joined the party! Budapest is a big party. Young people are taking over the gorgeous buildings that were shot out and burned during World Wars I and II and they’re turning them into Ruin Bars. Art nouveau and music are everywhere and this city, which is still emerging from communism, is vibrant, alive and beautiful. I’d always wanted to see Budapest. My two grandfathers were from there and my sister and I had always wanted to visit together. Sadly, she passed away eight years ago, and we never had the opportunity. I carried her in my heart as I traveled, and relished the surprises of this gorgeous city – the new emerging from the old!

I’ll save the best for last: We have never seen anything like the baths in Budapest! The city has more thermal springs there than any other city in the world! There are huge public baths where people of all ages frolic together to their hearts’ content! My favorite was the Rudas Thermal Bath. It was built during the Ottoman Empire in 1550. We bathed under a huge dome that has bits of colored glass in it – the color-flecked light shines in rainbows as you bathe – it’s glorious. It felt mysterious and magical. That’s my kind of religion!

We walked all day, every day and ate the most delicious handcrafted desserts and pastries. Cafe Gerbeaud has been making deserts for royalty since 1858 and they take their work VERY seriously. They use the best ingredients and go way over the top, with gold leaf and fruit foams. Velvet & Sweet Pea’s has the same philosophy and uses the best natural materials and blends the richest, yummiest fantasies to indulge our senses and spirits! I am happy to be part of an ancient artisan tradition, and I honor it in others.

Come see me and I’ll show you how I do it!

Until then…

Peace, purrfume and kitty cats,

XOXO~ Laurie

Happy Fall & New Kittylicious Sale!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

The crisp air and crackle under my feet can only mean one thing: Fall is finally here! The kitties and I spent the summer working on custom scents, and decided to spruce up a few things, too. Just in time for Halloween, we have a little something for your pillowcase…

Sale on Kittylicious (in its fabulous new packaging)!

I’ve had such a great response on all our roll-on products that I decided to offer our Kittylicious line in these cute, convenient bottles, too. I also gave Kittylicious a new look – the new labels, pouches and scent cards are dazzling and colorful and delightfully fun... perfect for this super-popular line that features sexy Mojito, sweetly warm Jasmine Orange Blossom, beguiling Black Cat and classic Rose Jasmine. Through October 31st, I’m offering Kittylicious at $36 per 4 ml roll-on bottle (regularly $55-65 for 5 ml), or all four gorgeous scents for $130. It’s my way of saying Happy Halloween, my dear Purrfumery friends, and Happy Fall! The prices will be going up a little on all of the Kittylicious scents in November.

Change is in the air… just in time for the holidays

Kittylicious isn’t the only line I’m changing – I’ve also been working on some new versions of your old favorites, like Fir~ever Young and Bed of Roses. I’m just planting the seed with you for now… look for new products and sales next month as we deck the halls and get ready for the winter holidays!

Purrfumery honey wins Best of the East Bay

The Purrfumery bees are dancing in their hives! We just heard that our honey won Best of the East Bay at the Biofuel Oasis Harvest Celebration on September 27th in Berkeley. I heard the competition was fierce, so… wow! Gary and I send a big thank you to Sienna for submitting a jar and to Harvest Celebration tasters, too. Our bees work very hard and we reap the rewards when we put honey in our tea, on our scones… and in our perfumes!

Visit the Purrfumery

Even as the weather turns cooler, the Perfumer’s Garden is a vibrant, inspiring hideaway. The roses are gorgeous and the hydrangeas are a sight to behold – I invite you to make an appointment and come see for yourself! We can have a cup of tea with some honey from our recent honey harvest – Gary and I are convinced that this year’s honey is the best ever – the flavor is very warm and sweet and floral. Very different from previous harvests!

And, if you’re considering a custom perfume for yourself or someone you love for the holidays, now is the perfect time to visit! You can sniff and sample and explore the mysteries of scent… it’s a marvelous journey that begins at the Purrfumery.

Hope to see you soon!

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats…

XOXO~Laurie