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

A Fabulous Blowout Summer SALE!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

I just returned from a rustic camping trip with friends and the Purrfumery Garden welcomed me with lemons, lavender, purple sage, and roses! The lemon tree branches are heavy with fruit and offering me and the kitties a little bit of shade. Meanwhile, the roses are vibrant and happy—when they get really warm, their smell is intoxicating! I am making mead this year and will soon add rose petals to it! Summer is a gorgeous time of year at the Purrfumery, and it has put me in the mood for…

A Fabulous Summer Blowout Sale! 25% Off!

This is your opportunity to stock up on your favorites, or try something completely new. Through August 10th, I am offering 25% off all perfumes and solids, a delightfully fabulous value for these rare, sumptuous natural treasures. Peruse our Signature Scents, Limited Editions, Eau de Parfums, and Crème Collection and select a scent that will complement your mood and make you feel beautiful from the inside out! Right now, I am loving Fleur de Caramel with its warm caramel accord infused with rich cognac and night-blooming frangipani. It’s complex and luscious! Of course, there’s Honey, always a Purrfumery favorite, with orange blossom and Moroccan and Bulgarian roses on a throne of deep vetiver, with antique clove, pomegranate and pink grapefruit… A royal, opulent scent! Treat yourself, or someone you love. Make sure to type in SUMMERLOVE in the discount box!

Tell me your favorite places to shop The Purrfumery has been growing in (tiny kitty cat) leaps and bounds and I am thrilled to have several product lines at Tigerlily in San Francisco. I’d like to expand to other retailers across the Bay Area and beyond. I’d love your ideas, my dear Purrfumery friends! Please email me the names and locations of your favorite retailers—I think Velvet & Sweet Pea’s is a perfect fit for boutiques and gift shops. I’m very open minded, so share away! I’d also love to offer my Black Cat eau de parfum at cat cafes, animal shelters or hospitals, to help them raise money. If you know of a shelter that might be open to something like this, please let me know.

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…

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!

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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 Event at Tigerlily Perfumery, February 13th, 4-8!

Hello, dear Purrfumery Friends!

Valentine’s Day at the Purrfumery is all about kitties and hearts, chocolate, and of course, luscious scent! This year, I’m taking it all on the road! I will be the Featured Perfumer at Tigerlily Perfumery, 973 Valencia Street, San Francisco from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 13.

 

Come and experience this incredible shop and some of my rarest ingredients from around the world.  I’ll have my incredible 100-year-old sandalwood in all its rich warmth for perfumistas to sniff. I’m also packing my selection of rose essences—some dating back to the 1800s. My ethereal bouquets are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. Bring a date or bring a friend, and get ready to inhale deeply!

Tigerlily is celebrating love and the promise of spring. I’ll have my new eau de parfum line and Kittylicious favorites available for sample and purchase. Our host, Antonia, will be showcasing Natural Lipstick Color Consultations by Elizabeth Street Cosmetics, Natural Eyeshadow Color Consultations by Savage Jenny, and Valentine’s Day Dresses by Sweetrocket69 Vintage.And I will be whipping up a batch of Jasmine and Orange Blossom truffles for your sweet tooth. See you in San Francisco, my dear Purrfumery friends!

Until then,

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

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

 

August Newsletter

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

It’s been a beautiful summer, with plenty of time for friends, and new projects! I went camping for the first time in years and it was great to be a hippy again, swimming in the river and sleeping under the stars, but with thick foam pads this time and incredible gourmet food! I hope your summer has been glorious, too. Fall is on the horizon and the kitties and I are just as busy as we could be, stocking the shelves with yummy new treats and all your time-tested favorites, too.

10% off all orders until Sept. 15! Just type in Mojito in the discount box!

Sometimes a perfumer and her kitties need to step away and turn inward for a bit, and that’s exactly what we will be doing from September 15 through October 15. I’ll be retreating to my perfumer’s world and inhaling deeply, and will be shipping only once a week during this period. So, I thought I would give you all a little nudge to get your orders in early! You are welcome to place orders anytime, of course, but I just want you to know we’ll be shipping only once a week for a few weeks.

And, don’t forget to check the Rare and On Sale section and spoil yourself even more! The 10% discount applies to those items, too.

 

 

The Purrfumery featured on Rich in Love

I want to give a big shout out and a thank you to Doris Hobbs, the blogger behind Rich in Love for featuring Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery in a recent post. Rich in Love is a beauty and fashion blog that seeks out trendsetters who are doing some amazing work, so I am delighted to be a part of it! Thank you, Doris, for speaking with me about perfume in the workplace – I know it can be a point of contention for some. Most commercial and synthetic perfumes emanate “sillage,” a French word for “wake,” or the streak left behind by a boat or airplane. Natural perfumes are worn close to the body, which makes them an option for even the most sensitive wearers (and the people who work with them). There is much less sillage, or that powerful perfume cloud, with natural perfumes when they are applied lightly. Scents made with all natural wood, flower and plant essences are just for YOU (and anyone you choose to bring in close).

If you’re looking for scents for work, take a look at our hydrosols, scent charms and solid perfumes. These are marvelous (and portable) Purrfumery treats that give you a quick pick-me-up whenever you need it! Thanks again, Doris!

 

 

The joy of custom perfume

I have made a number of custom formulations this summer for Purrfumery friends visiting from near and far, and this work is pure joy for me. In a few cases, my customer sat with me while I blended the essences and oils that would emerge as their signature scent. My customers say they love to relax in the Purrfumery and inhale an array of natural materials from around the world! It is absolutely intoxicating and marvelous – the ultimate treat! 

I’m offering some wonderful and innovative custom selections on Ziibra.com, as well as formulations that are inspired by art and the four seasons. The Purrfumery is a magical, ever-changing place, so take moment to see what we’re up to and get in touch! Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions about these new offerings!

Hope to see you soon, my dear Purrfumery friends!

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats…

XOXO~Laurie

Celebrate Dad and a 20% off Sale for 1 week!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

Even if I didn’t have a calendar, I could feel the early days of summer by the pulse of the Perfumer’s Garden. The roses begin to burst open and share their incredible scent with the world, the bees forage like mad, and the hummingbirds hover around the honeysuckle. Lavender grows full and tall and the rising temperatures coax the purple spikes into the world.

Roses have always been my special love, and we have quite a line up here! Cecile Brunner, with its delicate pink buds and climbing vines are my favorite, followed by Graham Thomas, Double Delight and Reine de Violette. A walk through the Purrfumery Garden in the afternoon is an incredible treat – a sight to behold! Let me know if you would like to schedule an appointment to visit the Perfumer’s Garden. It’s a summer tradition for many of my Purrfumery friends! I recently hosted a watercolorist group that focuses on flowers that bees pollinate as their subject matter. We sat in the garden, sipped freshly made lemonade, sniffed perfume and talked about bees, the plants they pollinate, and the best ways to capture them in art. It was a magical day! 

 

 

A Creative Burst… and a Sale!

I am in a design mode and have been working on a new perfume for dudes, as well as some delightful new scent cards to accompany my Kittylicious line! Perfumers produced whimsical scent cards in Victorian times to accompany perfumes and colognes, and I love to carry on the tradition! I have a delightful collection of them myself! I like to tuck them here and there to add a special touch to my décor. Start your own collection of Purrfumery scent cards!

With summer on the way, I know that many of my Purrfumery friends will be on the road, visiting family and friends. Don’t forget, Purrfumery products make gorgeous hostess gifts, and they arrive to you in their own exquisite packaging, ready to tuck into your suitcase! Starting today, I will be offering 20% off on all perfumes for one week, until Wednesday, June 11- this is a wonderful opportunity to try something new! Please type in catman in the discount box. (How about Fleur de Caramel? A sensual summer treat!) Or, share the Purrfumery with someone you love. 

 

 

Celebrate Dad – first 10 orders receive free Gardenia hydrosol

Father’s Day is June 15 – if you are looking for a special way to celebrate the dads in your life, look no further than the Purrfumery! Guys love Mojito from the Kittylicious line, with notes of spearmint, dark rum, Mexican lime and Tahitian vanilla. Mojito arrives in a convenient roll-top bottle, tucked into a velvet pouch garnished with a velvet mint leaf. Terrain also makes a handsome gift – I created this cologne for my husband Gary, a landscape architect who loves to get his hands in the dirt. Terrain is an invigorating mix of wild Bulgarian geranium, frankincense and Japanese yuzu, with a touch of Mexican lime. I package Terrain in a Brosse crystal cologne bottle and tuck it into a soft, moss green velvet pouch with its own whimsical scent card. And don’t forget Fir-ever Young, a rich, woodsy scent for your tree-hugging Dads! Fir-ever Young reflects upon my hiking days to the hot springs in Big Sur, and how magic a walk through the forest can be. 

The first 10 people to order Mojito, Terrain, or Fir-ever Young will receive a free, 10 ml spray bottle of my new Gardenia hydrosol, distilled from fresh gardenias on our own still!

Happy Father’s Day!

Frostings at the Purrfumery

Attention, Frosting Lovers! A few months ago, I procured hundreds of gardenia flowers and made a gorgeous enfleurage for frostings. During late spring and summer, I sell these incredible moisturizing treats direct from the Purrfumery, so come see me! I won’t be shipping them again until fall, but you can still get them when you visit me. I have been packing them in ice for my Purrfumery friends (my frostings are completely natural and don’t contain any preservatives, which is why I take such special care with them). If you haven’t tried my frostings, you must! They nourish dry and dehydrated summer skin with organic oils that are rich in antioxidants and high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Smooth them on and inhale deeply!

Enjoy this beautiful day, my dear Purrfumery friends!

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats… 

 

XOXO~Laurie

Spring is here! Free Shipping until May 5th!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

I just stepped into the Perfumer’s Garden to admire the Bearded and Douglass irises and the wisteria – all are blooming and happy as they could be! The roses are starting – they’re still tight bundles of green with tiny edges peeking out… April is such a gorgeous month here… everywhere!

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Celebrate Mom

Just a quick note to remind you that Mother’s Day is May 11, just around the corner, and the kitties and I are getting ready to celebrate! Through May 5, I’m offering free shipping on all Purrfumery perfumes. Please type in Pansy at checkout! If you’re looking for gift ideas, don’t hesitate to call me or email me, or make an appointment to stop by the Purrfumery. I have something for all the moms in your life! Scent charms make sweet gifts – they arrive wrapped in a soft drawstring bag. And liquid and solid perfumes, made in small, numbered vintages, are gorgeous – a luxurious treat! If you’re looking for a truly unique and unforgettable experience, consider a Purrfumery Adventure or one of my Custom Perfume offerings. Take some time away with Mom to explore the marvelous world of scent! Brunch and Flower Fun at The Brick House Here’s another idea… I have teamed up with my friend Pat Gibbons to launch Fl’Air Events – an exciting new venture that pairs flower arranging with natural perfumery. We will be at The Brick House on May 3 (and again on May 10) for a fun and educational afternoon that starts with a delicious brunch. After brunch, Pat, a professional floral designer and teacher with 30 years of experience, will demonstrate how to make arrangements and centerpieces. Then, you’ll create a bouquet of your own! Following Pat’s demo, I will lead you into the world of scent and the art of perfumery, and show you how to make your own natural, scented bath salts. All materials will be provided, and you'll leave with your own vase bouquet and bath salts. Space is limited, so don’t delay! Here are the details: What: Mother’s Day Brunch at The Brick House, featuring Fl’Air Events When: May 3rd or May 10th Time:   12 noon - 3:00 pm Where: Brickhouse Café, 426 Brannan Street, San Francisco; Phone: 415.369.0222; www.brickhousesf.com Pricing: $200. Includes all materials (Pricing does not include food or beverages) RSVP by April 25, 2014 to laurie@purrfumery.com Hope to see you soon, my dear Purrfumery friends! Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats… XOXO~Laurie

Artisan Perfumes and Chocolates! March 15th in San Francisco!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends! Spring is near – I can feel it! It’s been an odd winter season, and the drought is on our minds here in California, but you can’t help have a sense of hope when blossoms start to coax their way into the sunshine. The daphne flowers outside the Purrfumery smell intoxicating! I love these days of transition as the natural world rejuvenates – it’s something to watch and celebrate. Speaking of celebrations, I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day! I spent the day with friends and family and my beloved kitties. You all saw Buttercup in my email Valentine? Oh, that kitty! She made many of you laugh – I received so many wonderful emails when I sent that little Valentine! People from all over the world wrote to say they loved the vintage postcard images and of course, the picture of Buttercup stretching and saying good morning. So, in response to popular demand, I will be including a “Postcard of the Month” in all my newsletters!  Here is a sweet March treat for you, my dear Purrfumery friends!

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My collection of vintage ephemera and postcards is very special to me and I am delighted to share it with all of you. As a kid hanging out at antique stores with my older sister, a postcard was all I could afford. These sweet, funny and beautiful images of kitties, lovely ladies and flowers have delighted me my whole life. I have hundreds of postcards! They shaped my aesthetic and helped to launch my artistic career. As I grew older, I began collecting antique laces – they weren’t expensive, but they were beautiful and I found ways to add them to my work. That is what I cherish about the Purrfumery – it’s a mix of all the things I love in life. The natural world, gorgeous materials, whimsical Victorian ephemera and lace… and kitties!

3rd Annual Artisan Fragrance Salon Arrives in San Francisco

Have you bought your ticket for the 3rd Annual Artisan Fragrance Salon? Don’t miss it!  The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 1 Fort Mason, in San Francisco. I will be there with my new perfume for dudes – I am working on it a little each day. You know how naturals are – they are ready when they tell you they are ready! Even if it’s not quite finished, I will let you sample it. Stop by and see me!

One More Thing: A Honey Tip

Last month I shared my honey facial recipe and the response was great – seems many of you enjoy the luscious, delicious and soothing properties of honey. Here’s another tip for you that one of my bee guru friends shared with me… I have heard that sometimes people throw away honey when it crystallizes – they figure it’s gone bad or something. Not so! You can transform crystallized honey into liquid with two easy steps: 1. Wrap your container of crystallized honey in a plastic bag. Make sure it’s airtight. 2. Put the plastic bag with honey in a sunny window (or outside) for several hours. That’s it! The plastic bag creates a balmy greenhouse for the honey and changes it back to its liquid form. Remove the honey from the plastic bag. I think I’m ready for a cup of tea and a cookie! Until next time, my dear Purrfumery friends! Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats… XOXO~Laurie

Newsletter January and February 2014

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends! Happy New Year! I hope you all had a beautiful holiday season. It’s moving fast – we’re already getting ready for Valentine’s Day! I couldn’t be happier, actually, because I love Valentine’s Day. It’s a day for EVERYONE, not just for lovers, a day where you share your love like confetti – a little here and a little there… I have plenty of delightful treats to share with you, of course!

20% off Crème Perfumes and Scent Charms now until February 9th!

Velvet & Sweet Pea’s crème collection opens a door to the ultimate scent experience – I hand-blend these indulgently smooth solid perfumes from some of the richest natural materials available and package them in bejeweled sterling silver boxes. This is a rare sale, my dear Purrfumery friends! I designed these custom-made treasure boxes when I started the Purrfumery and I don’t know how long I will have them – this is a wonderful opportunity to lavish yourself or someone you love with a truly unique and opulent gift from the heart. All of my crème perfumes arrive in a silky velvet pouch with a rhinestone buckle. Which one will you choose? Please type LOVE in the discount box. jewelry-of-heaven

Fleur de Caramel

I use some of the most exquisite materials in the world to create Fleur de Caramel, including jasmine, tuberose and rare Tamil Nadu sandalwood. Described by one reviewer as “…gorgeous, spellbinding and edible,” this luscious scent opens with tart red mandarin and spicy butterfly lily and unfolds to a scrumptious finish with a secret caramel accord that lingers on the skin. Fleur de Caramel has been showered with blogger accolades – it also won the Bronze Best of Salon Award for Best New Product at the TasteTV Artisan Fragrance Salon a few years ago.

Honey

I make my luscious Honey crème perfume using beeswax, honey and propolis from the Purrfumery’s own bees. This is one of our most popular creations – an opulent blend of French orange blossom and Moroccan and Bulgarian roses on a throne of deep vetiver and Madagascar vanilla, crowned with antique clove, pomegranate and pink grapefruit.

Jasmine Dawn and Dusk

If you love the enchanting scent of jasmine, you will adore this gorgeous blend of night-blooming, dawn-blooming and gardenia-like jasmines with sweet bursts of blood orange, mandarin and ruby grapefruit.

Jewelry of Heaven

I pay homage to turn of the century perfumes with this luscious rose-jasmine fond. Organic jasmine grandiflorum and Turkish and Himalayan roses intertwine in this deep, meditative perfume set in a base of vanilla infused organic jojoba oil and the Purrfumery’s own beeswax.

Songbird

A beautiful and spicy mix of citrus notes and sweet, narcotic flowers, with just a touch of antique cinnamon, tuberose, and rare boronia. Sexy and complex, Songbird gets warm and cozy in a sumptuous base of Tahitian vanilla-infused organic jojoba oil.

Scent Charms

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Crafted in brass, our vintage-style Scent Charms hang on velvet cords and make delightful gifts. We fill these gorgeous lockets with your choice of Black Cat or Rose Jasmine solid eau de parfum – delicious scent is just a touch away!

Getaway to the Purrfumery!

If you’re looking for the ultimate escape, 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!

Tip: Honey in the Bathtub

honeycard Bees in the Perfumer’s Garden are always very busy and the result is luscious honey that I use in Velvet & Sweet Pea’s perfumes… and in the bathtub! One of my favorite beauty regiments is a honey facial when it’s cold and dry out – it’s so easy and soothing – a special, all-natural treat for my skin. Here’s what you do: Draw a bath, sit back and relax. Take two tablespoons of honey and mix with about 1 tablespoon of hot water from your bath. Pat the honey-water mixture all over your face – it’s going to be drippy and goopy, that’s why I do this in the bathtub! Let it soak in and mix with the steam from your bath for 15 minutes. Rinse. Many of my friends do a honey facial before a night out on the town – it’s an inexpensive way to soften your skin and ease wrinkles. (And, it’s kind of fun to play with honey in the bathtub!)

Let’s Get Together!

You are always welcome to make an appointment, my dear Purrfumery friends! Come by the Purrfumery and try something new. If you visit soon, you’ll get to see the osmanthus bush, originally from the Valley of Osmanthus in China, that’s in bloom right outside the Purrfumery. In the evening, it’s intoxicating! It has tiny delicate flowers that are fruity and gorgeous! I recently made a custom crème perfume with osmanthus and vanilla. It lifts the heart and delights the senses – an inspiring combination! Until next time… Peace, love, perfume, and kitty cats, Laurie