April Showers bring May Flowers! !5% off until April 25th!

Greetings, my dear Purrfumery friends!

The Perfumer’s Garden has gone wild! Talk about a Super Bloom! The irises, tulips, freesia and jasmine are fluttering their petals in the wind and sharing their glorious scent with the world. The 30-foot wall of jasmine along our driveway is in full celebration and I swear to goodness their scent has the power to transform my state of mind. This spring, let’s all rejoice in the uplifting and soul-healing gift of scent!

Inspired by my driveway
Our wall of jasmine not only transforms my state of mind, it also inspires me. Years ago, my cousin stood there surrounded by jasmine, inhaling deeply, and she said, “Oh my god Laurie, you need to make a perfume and call it Driveway!” Mystère Dévoilé is that perfume. “A mystery unveiled.” 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. It’s a perfect springtime perfume, and it’s a solid, so very easy to carry in your purse or pocket.

Spring Fling 15% off of your order! Mother’s Day is May 12
From now until April 25th, I will be offering 15% off on your orders! Type in LILAC in the discount box.

This is the perfect time to shop for the mothers in your life and the people who share their love the way only moms can.

Order now, my dear Purrfumery friends! I will be taking a break from shipping from May 1-23 to tend to a creative project that needs my full attention.

Vintage Packaging… that You Can Wear!
Do you ever see packaging that is so sweet and retro that you want to take it off the box and pin it to your blouse, or wrap it like a ring around your finger? Me too! I have adorned the packaging for all my new perfumes—Moonlight, Flame Brocade and Mystère Dévoilé—with art that you can wear. I make each corsage and ring with my collection of antique ribbons, flowers, and magical whatnots! These handmade decorations harken back to the days when perfume was a gift from the inside out—everything from the bottle to the packaging was cherished long after the perfume was gone.

My new Corsage Perfumes are available in delightful Starlight boxes with whimsical corsage rings or pins, and opulent sterling silver jewel boxes with pin-on or wrist hand-tied corsages. These are perfect gifts for collectors looking for one-of-a-kind gifts that will never be available again. Adorn yourself in more ways than one! Please note when purchasing if you want a ring or pin-on corsage.

Request for Spirit Perfumer Classes
I’ve had a few Purrfumery friends ask me about my Spirit Perfume class and when I might be teaching it again. I’m thinking of doing something at the Purrfumery in June—this would likely be a 4-hour class and we’d take a break for lunch in the Perfumer’s Garden. We’d be making our own Spirit Perfumes in liquid form, conjuring the scents that speak to us most from my collection of rare and exquisite natural materials. I’m thinking maybe we could do a Phase 2 later in the fall where we’d create a solid perfume using concretes and unique materials that, once they’re gone, will never be available again. What do you think, my dear Purrfumery friends? What dates could work for you in June for a Spirit Perfumery class? And how many of you would be interested in continuing with a solid perfume class later in the year? Send me some dates, and stay tuned! 

Visit the Purrfumery
Do you need help selecting the perfect scent for yourself or someone you love? Please let me know if you’d like to come over for a cup of tea and a shopping spree. I’m around and would love to see you. Call me at 510-334-8824 or email laurie@purrfumery.com.

Thank you all, my dear Purrfumery friends!

Until next time,

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats

A Message of Love and Free Shipping!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

There’s a chill in the air, rain in the sky and love in my heart as we get closer to Valentine’s Day! February 14 has always been my favorite day of the year. It’s a day when we open our hearts to love – and not just romantic love, but the fondness and care we feel for everyone in our lives. It’s a perfect day for a paper Valentine, a bouquet, a sweet treat, or a scented treasure from Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery!

Free shipping on your early Valentines!

Celebrate someone you love this year with my hand-crafted scented delights – maybe it’s just a little something, like a hydrosolbeard balm, or something Kittylicious. Or maybe it’s a luxurious anddecadent bottle of Honey parfum or a gift certificate. I will wrap whatever you choose in gorgeous, elaborate packaging… and ship it free until January 31. Just type CORSAGE in the discount box.

Let’s all toast to love! I love you my dear Purrfumery friends!

New solid wins praise with Cafleurebon 

Late last year, I unveiled three new solid perfumes – Moonlight, Mystère Dévoilé and Flame Brocade – at Perfumariē in Soho, New York. Moonlight is intensely floral with Indian jasmine, Madagascar ylang ylang and Egyptian carnation and inspired by the magical, luminous Orientals of the 1920s. Mystère Dévoilé – or “a mystery unveiled” – is also lush and floral, with notes of Indian jasmine, Italian blood orange, Lisbon lemon and a heart full of Chinese osmanthus and orris butter. And Flame Brocade… it opens with the spicy warmth of antique cinnamon and black pepper and evolves into a narcotic blend of sultry frangipani and tuberose. What a thrill it was to read the review of Flame Brocade by Ida Meister, Senior Editor and Natural Perfumery Editor at Cafleurebon. Thank you, Ida for your beautiful writing! 

I have all three of my new solids available as samples for you to try. Already know which one you love? Well I have news for you! Keep reading…

A bouquet just for you!

For years I have been collecting rhinestones, baubles and all kinds of ornaments for my fancy-work projects. The other day I was packaging one of my new solids, and I pulled out my fancy-work boxes and started daydreaming about all the corsages I made when I had my flower business. Before I knew it, I had a sweet little corsage in my hand, and I decided to make more! 

It’s a little gift just for you, my dear Purrfumery friends… Each order of Moonlight, Mystère Dévoilé and Flame Brocade arrives with a lovely unique little corsage you can wear, made from antique ribbons, flowers, and magical whatnots! Enjoy!

Sniff and sample to your heart’s delight

Let me know if you’d like to come over for a cup of tea and a shopping spree. I’m around and would love to see you. Call me at 510-334-8824 or email laurie@purrfumery.com.

Thank you all, my dear Purrfumery friends!

Until next time,

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats

Xoxo,
Laurie

Happy Holidays & Thank You From The Purrfumery!

Dearest Purrfumery friends,

Thank you so much for your love and support of Velvet & Sweet Pea’s this year. It’s been a turbulent year for me and for many others, and it heals me to create and share my work. I hope that my perfumery treats have brought you peace, relaxation and pleasure – that is my greatest desire! I am deeply grateful to you for being a part of the Purrfumery.

Hugs and best wishes for a lovely holiday and a fabulous New Year!

 XOXO ~ Laurie, Buttercup, Truffle, and Kitty Magic

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

Xoxo,
Laurie
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October at the Purrfumery

Greetings my dear Purrfumery friends!

I just returned from the most amazing conservationist safari to Africa!  I am still basking in the glow—we were guests in the home of elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests and many other animals who live along the Kenyan savannas. We met the Masai Mara and spent a day in their village. It was the most invigorating, exciting and peaceful experience of my life and I brought home many new ideas for how I can make a difference for animals and the environment in my own community and in the Purrfumery.

Snapshots from Africa

Here are my top three life-changing experiences from my safari in Africa.

Ambroseli National Park and Amboseli Trust for Elephants
This is where Cynthia Moss researched elephants for her book, Elephant Memories. Over the years, she has documented the lives of almost 3,000 elephants in the longest running study of elephants ever undertaken. From her book I learned about elephants’ understanding of death, the way they mourn, celebrate birth, and how they live in matriarchal societies. Grandmothers, mothers, sisters and aunts raise their babies and stick together—when I read this book 30 years ago it changed my life! My love for these animals deepened and I knew we needed to help them—elephants could become extinct very soon if people do not stop killing them.

In the park we watched in awe as 102 family members marched by us on their way to the river. The elephants remember Cynthia—she doesn’t live at the trust all the time anymore, but when she visits, the elephants know and stop by the research center to greet her.

Lewa White Rhino

Lewa Conservancy
We visited the Lewa Conservancy and immediately understood why Anthony Bourdain was so inspired by his experience there. The Lewa Conservancy has become a model for conservation in Kenya and Africa. They are so effective because they go beyond protecting and managing species—they also get involved in the community and educate people about how important wildlife is to our world. The Lewa Conservancy showed us how they are building schools and health clinics, and how they are training people from neighboring tribes to be rangers and help with anti-poaching efforts. Their work has been a huge success in Kenya! There has been no poaching there in almost 5 years! Good news for animals!

Masai Warriors

Meeting the Masai Mara
The Masai Mara tribe was extraordinary! We visited a Masai village and learned about their ancient culture and how they are adapting to the modern world. We went on healing plant walks, with baboons close behind! My husband Gary walked for miles through lion country with his new Masai friend.

My visit to the Masai Mara village assured me that when there are enough resources for everyone, especially wild animals, we can live together. There are so many folks working to help people and animals, so I am hopeful.

I’d like to recommend Lori Robinson, who planned and guided us on this trip. Her books will inspire you and give you hope in this dire time for animals. Her books and blog continually inspire me! She can plan trips or lead you one!

Now that we are home, Gary is working on getting his Masai friends cell phones so they can do their banking, deal with emergencies, and so they can talk with their family in other villages.

Home Sweet Home
My dad remembers a visit we all made to the zoo when I was little. He remembers me standing at the lion enclosure and when someone made a comment that the lions were scary, I told them, “If you don’t hurt them, they won’t hurt you.” That doesn’t mean I don’t have the utmost respect for them and their wildness. But I have always believed that humans must see animals in a different way. Not as a possession or something to be conquered, but as fellow beings who are put on this earth to live in peace. This is one of the most profound lessons that Africa has to teach us all.

Love a Black Cat and Donate 10% to Non-Toxic Revolution


I recently learned about a website called Non-Toxic Revolution—it’s a great source for information about eliminating toxic chemicals in the environment and our food sources. I want to do something to help them, and I invite you to join me! In the spirit of Halloween and this wonderful month of October, I am donating 10% of all sales on my Black Cat Kittylicious and Black Cat Velvet Collection to Non-Toxic Revolution. This is a purrrrrfect opportunity to experience one of my most popular scents and help promote Non-Toxic Revolution’s mission.

California Blazes a Trail to Eliminating Animal Testing
Our hard work is paying off! In September, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that will prohibit the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Once the law goes into effect on January 1, 2020, California stores will no longer be able to sell cosmetics that contain ingredients that are newly tested on animals. There are a few exceptions, but overall, it’s an excellent step toward protecting animals! The Humane Society of the United States has more info here.

Get Ready for the Holidays—Visit the Purrfumery!
I’m available for private appointments, so give me a call at 510-334-8824 or drop me an email at laurie@purrfumery.com and let’s get together for a cup of tea at the Purrfumery! You can sniff and sample to your heart’s content, get a jump start on your holiday shopping, or stock up on your favorites.

Until next time. . .

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats,

Mid-Summer Dream Sale – 25% off everything!

Greetings, my dear Purrfumery friends!

The mid-summer sun and the breezes off San Francisco Bay have transformed the Perfumer’s Garden into a blooming paradise. And, where there is a bloom, there is a hummingbird! These very busy little birds are in the garden from sun up to sundown, dashing in for sips of nectar. The Sage and Nicotiana flowers are their favorites these days… I could sit in the garden all day and watch them dance and hover. I have become a little bit like a hummingbird too, with my daily trips to the blackberry bush. It’s been a delicious summer so far!

Mid-Summer Dream Sale – 25% off everything!

The warm weather brings a change in our wardrobe—we’re wearing our florals and pastels, our flowy dresses and sandals. Why not change your perfume, too? Through the end of July only, I’m offering 25% off everything in the Purrfumery—go ahead and try something new! Just type in FLOWERS in the discount box. Need ideas? I love to wear scents with jasmine and roses in summer. One of my favorites is Honey, with its French orange blossom and Moroccan and Bulgarian roses. Jewelry of Heaven is another gorgeous summer scent—I blend this one with Jasmine grandiflorum, Turkish and Himalayan roses, sandalwood, vetiver and vintage patchouli. When I’m looking for something fresh and complex, I go for Eze from the Kittylicious line, with its pop of lemon that opens a bouquet of lavender, rose geranium, myrtle and jasmine. 

Purrfumery scents, body oilscent lockets and beard balms also make unique and thoughtful host gifts if you’re on the road. Don’t miss this summer sale!

Animal Cruelty Policy Watch

I’ve been keeping a close eye on the progress of SB 1249, which would make it illegal for cosmetic manufacturers to knowingly import or sell any cosmetic, including personal hygiene products, in California if the final product or any component of the product was tested on animals after January 1, 2020. I’m thrilled to report that SB 1249 passed the California Senate and the California Assembly Judiciary Committee, and is now awaiting a vote on the Assembly floor. This would be a huge win for animals who have been subjected to poking, prodding and testing that maims or kills them. I recently wrote a letter along with other concerned citizens in support of SB 1249 – these letters will eventually be delivered to Governor Jerry Brown. We’re speaking up for animals and demanding change! I believe it is the right thing to do. 

Purrfumery Staff is Doing Some Amazing Things! 

I want to introduce you to Truffle Bear—the newest member of the Purrfumery workforce! My friend Lisa discovered Truffle Bear by accident—she was trying to trap several cats to spay and neuter them and was pleasantly surprised to find a kitten in the group. She invited me over one afternoon and there he was! I instantly fell in love with this wild little boy! He’s all over the place and inspires all sorts of fun and creativity in the Purrfumery! It’s a breath of fresh air to have a kitten again after all these years.

I also want to give a shout out to Emerald, the talented designer who does all of our graphics in the Purrfumery. I put her to work on my remodel project, and she’s making incredible progress on the mural across my kitchen cabinets. It’s a parade of kitties, birds and butterflies in a garden! Thank you Emerald for bringing your colorful, imaginative touch to our kitchen! We spend so much time there… why not make it beautiful?

If you are looking for someone to paint a signboard, mural, or do some graphic design Emerald is your gal! You can contact her at Emeraldvl@gmail.com .
Come see me at the Purrfumery!

I’m available for private appointments, so give me a call at 510-334-8824 or drop me an email at laurie@purrfumery.com and let’s get together for a cup of tea at the Purrfumery! You can sniff and sample to your heart’s content and find something new and wonderful, or stock up on your favorites.

Until next time. . .

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats,

Xoxo, Laurie

A First Mother's Day without My Mom

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends.

Everywhere I look in the Perfumer’s Garden, I see life and color. The bees are foraging, the birds are feeding their babies, and every flower is blooming. Spring is a season of change. Our family changed forever in March, when we lost our beautiful mom very suddenly. Since the moment she left this world, we have felt as if the ground was pulled away… and now we’re trying to find our footing again. We’re missing her every moment of every day, and we’re honoring her by spending time together, remembering her kind and thoughtful ways and how she made us feel so loved.

Mother’s Day is May 13. It has always been a time of celebration for us, but this year, we join those who have lost their moms, grandmas, and the women who provided a very unique love. We share a quiet sadness and understanding.

What an incredible gift it is to have a mom, and to be one, too. We continue to feel our mom’s love all around us and to see her in every rose and bluebird. She’s here, even though she’s gone, and that’s the mystery of it all. 

We send our love to moms everywhere.

Until next time…

Peace, love, purrfume, and kitty cats,

XOXO~ Laurie

Valentine love and 20% off this month!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away! It’s my favorite holiday of the year, and I have all my valentines ready!

Our newest line… The Velvet Collection!

We have a wonderful new line – The Velvet Collection – that I launched late last year. The Velvet Collection is Highway, Honey and Black Cat, all in eau de parfum. These Purrfumery favorites are available in two new sizes – 15 and 30 ml. And 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. I also created new packaging and labels for these distinct formulations… think sequins and satin and velvet! It’s the ultimate valentine… a luscious, artisanal scent that is beautifully appointed and packaged with love.

20% off everything in February

There is a story behind this sale…

I am delighted to share that Velvet & Sweet Pea’s perfumes have become collector’s items! They are being sought out for their delightful composition, creative use of rare and exquisite ingredients, and whimsical aesthetic that pays homage to the Golden Age of Perfumery. For me this is a dream come true, as I have always considered the making of perfume – from sourcing and formulation to bottling and presentation – to be an artistic endeavor. Now you have one more reason to cherish your Velvet & Sweet Pea perfumes, as they may increase in value over time!

This is one of the many reasons I recently raised my perfume prices for the first time in a decade. Another reason is that many of the raw materials I use are no longer available, or have become much more costly. In 2000, I could buy a gorgeous Bulgarian rose Otto for $100 an ounce. Today, I often see the same Bulgarian rose for $500 to $1,000 per ounce. Everything I use is carefully harvested and distilled, and cruelty free. There is so much care and effort put into every natural material I buy.

So, for the rest of February, as my Valentine to you, I am offering 20% off all Purrfumery products. Please type in VALENTINE in the discount box. Take your time, look through the site and find your little treasure. Make an appointment and let’s have a cup of tea and sample something you’ve been wanting.

Call me at 510-334-8824 or drop me an email at laurie@purrfumery.com! You can sniff and sample to your heart’s content!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

Until next time. . .

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats,

XOXO~Laurie

Free shipping and Happy Holidays!

Greetings, my dear Purrfumery friends!

I hope you are enjoying the hustle and bustle of the holiday season! The kitties and I have been very busy decking the halls with scented treats for you and yours, and we have some wonderful new perfumes to share with you. We also have our longtime favorites and lots of ideas for how you can spoil your friends and family this season! 

 

Free shipping this week!

Don’t you just love free shipping, especially this time of year? From December 11th to the 18th, I will be offering free shipping on all orders, so take your time and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. And remember, everything you order from Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery is always beautifully packaged, so you can order online and ship directly to the lucky recipient. Your holiday shopping could be finished with the click of your mouse! Type in HAPPYHOLIDAYS in the discount box!

Introducing The Velvet Collection

Want to try new versions of Purrfumery’s favorites? Check out my newest line… The Velvet Collection!

The Velvet Collection is Highway, Honey and Black Cat, all in eau de parfum. Labeled and wrapped in luxurious new packaging, these Purrfumery favorites 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 this gorgeous collection for yourself, or share them with someone you love. You can also find this collection at AveParfum.com.

Beat the chill with Whipped Frostings

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!

Men’s Grooming – the perfect stocking stuffer

Want to help a beardsman tame the scruff? Mr. Whisker’s Beard Balm, available in three memorable scents, keeps his beard neat and smooth. We have 10 ml and 1 ounce jars.

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 fragrant 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.

Scent lockets—get them while they’re still on the site!

Over the next few months, you may notice some of your old favorites are no longer on the site. That’s because I am editing, my dear Purrfumery friends! I’m taking a few things down, but there’s a good chance I may still have them when you visit me. Scent Lockets will be one of those Purrfumery treats that I will be removing from the site, though they will still be available here at the 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 and they are selling very fast. Take a look! There are only a few of the Honey Cat, The Moon and the Stars, and Pigeon Perfume lockets left!

Still not sure?

I’m available for private appointments, so give me a call at 510-334-8824 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 the perfect gift to awaken the senses.

Until next time. . .

Peace, love, purrfume and kitty cats,

XOXO~ Laurie

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

Fall Purrfumery Classes!

Greetings, dear Purrfumery friends!

Fall is around the corner! Soon, the flowers and plants in the Perfumer’s Garden will turn inward and begin to slowly rebuild for the next season. It’s a marvelous creative process and one that we mimic as humans, whether we realize it or not. We are constantly growing, changing and tapping into newfound creativity. This fall, I am teaching two classes that are stepping stones on the path to Natural Perfumery, a very unique and personal pastime that engages our intuition and sense of delight. I invite you to join me and indulge in the exquisite experience of turning inward.

Here are the classes I will be teaching:

                       

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 to consider 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.

Register for the class here: 
https://homesteadapothecary.com/perfumery-spirit-series-laurie-stern/

     

Fall & Winter Floral Scents and Arrangement Classes at Filoli

This fall and winter, master floral designer Pat Gibbons and I will be teaching dual 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. 

             

I look forward to seeing you in class, my dear Purrfumery friends!

If you’d like to make an appointment to visit the Purrfumery, contact me at 510-528-8040 or laurie@purrfumery.com

Until then,

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