Being a natural perfumer is a dream come true. In the early 1990’s, I learned aromatherapy and had an amazing collection of essential oils. The power of aromatics to effect change, transformation and healing was a revelation: astounding and humbling. It was the beginning of learning that olfaction, is a sensory process opening pathways to other realms of consciousness.
At the time, I’d no idea one could create perfumes purely from plant extractions. It wasn’t possible to acquire perfumer’s alcohol. Now it is possible, though not easy, nor inexpensive, to obtain certified organic alcohol for perfumery. This “clean” alcohol or else organic jojoba oil is the carrier used in the Tender Flower Botanical Fragrances. Flower, leaf, seed, and root tinctures, essential oils, floral waters, concretes, enfleurage extracts & absolutes , also resins comprise the scent substance of the perfumes. Many of these aromatics are organically sourced, obtained from artisanal growers around the world, in the countries where the plants grow best for the highest quality distillations. A few are grown and extracted in-house from the Tender Flower lush, unfettered gardens .These gardens and rural surroundings where I live, replete with native flora, interesting leaf molds, soils, and forests teem with scent inspirations for my creations.
Tender Flower perfumes achieve good sillage , projection and longevity. Each perfume is a slow work in the process of composing. Some have taken 3 years to create, while other, 6 months to a year. They are hand -mixed in small amounts, and packaged simply, yet elegantly. Unlike linear synthetic perfumes which open and close in a fairly straight and flat trajectory, a good botanical perfume will meander and weave enchantingly. Also, they truly work individually with each person’s chemistry.
The hallmark of each Tender Flower perfume is its element of surprise, the sense of a fleeting memory and of evanescent beauty. Natural perfumes blossom slowly, over time, on the skin, in the way of plants opening and flowering in stages, never revealing all at once. You are encouraged to purchase and try the perfume samples.The cost of a perfume sample may be applied to the purchase of that full size fragrance.
When applying perfume, dab lightly on wrists, instead of rubbing, which destroys the top notes. Perfume last longest when applied to décolleté, neck, and crooks of elbows.
All perfumes are available in glass .25 ml sample vials for sale, either in alcohol, or jojoba, which you must specify when ordering. The sample purchase price may be credited to purchase of a full size perfume of that sample. Please note the sample vials pictured are 1 ml , and therefore are not full.