Updated: Mar 3
Scent is a primal receptor. The neurological reasons are ancient, and hark back to a time when we relied upon our nose to keep us safe. Whether it was 'scentsing' a predator's odour, or choosing a food that was ripe or fresh. It's no wonder at all that in this day and age we live in, of fake smells and 'cloaking' aromas, that people are fundamentally more anxious than ever. I feel it's because we aren't using the most powerful tool we have - our intuition, which is a collected non-measurable sense from the complex matrix of our five measurable senses. To me, the opportunity to connect back into | sight | touch | taste | smell | sound | has been the healing process I personally required. Therapy was great. Aromatherapy was successful because for me, it triggered a resurgence of my understanding of Being. Being 'who I am'.
One of the first perfumes I created was Quirky. Aptly named because I didn't follow any 'rules' to make it. Just followed my nose. And then, I thought, "What if I can produce a 'real perfume' like eau de parfum?"...the idea was a bit out there because perfumers are a secretive bunch and I knew the answer or tutoring I needed wasn't going to fall into my lap. So I began cyber-stalking the natural perfumers I could find and becoming an adept 'lurker' on perfumers' forums. It suited me at the time as I was on Mummy duties with an infant who never slept... perfect opportunity for binge research. With a lot of experimentation, and so. many. fails... I found the answers I needed. Of course the first EDP I was going to make would be using the extrait (perfume base blend - no carrier oil) of Quirky... and so Quirkier was born.
Quirkier is an Eau de Parfum that refuses to get pigeonholed. Think it's the Aquarian voltage I exist on that makes me resistant to being told I am anything at all... other than continually evolving . This perfume was made from a place of exploring a new concept of putting scent together ... literally following my emotions via fragrance. (a new batch has just matured and I've uploaded the stock of samples and sizes)
Real natural perfumes by MEM are #naturallycrueltyfree #veganhappy and have no excess packaging for presentation. Each perfume batch can take up to a year to create and are laced with plant and flower essences to gift the connections they offer. This again, just seemed like the required thing to do seeing as I have been working with flower, plant, crystal and gemstone essences for decades...of course an eau de parfum can benefit from their frequency too.
For one of my newest perfumes, Delirium, I began with an old scent memory. It took me 'back'...became 'transportive'. It's in the style of Guerlain's 'Opium', but nowhere near as overpowering. I'm kinda tickled that one of my customers put it together because I used to wear Opium in my late teens and early 20's...until the reactions got so severe I couldn't wear any perfume at all,...much like the person who purchased the Delirium Balm. I suggested a balm to her because when you're getting back into wearing perfume after years of abstinence, it can be overpowering, even the gentler perfume oils can be cloying...so a balm offers you the option of a dilution that has longevity. A clever option for sensitive souls with sensitive skin.
It's upsetting to remove something pleasurable from your routine (you know, like going chocolate-free, or abstaining from alcohol at sunset...) and perfume is very much a part of who I am and how I set up my 'day'.
It helps to balance or uplift my emotions.
Creates a mindset.
Helps to cement memories of special occasions.
Frankly I hated not being able to wear perfume for years. So if this is where you are now (and you hate it too) don't give up. If you haven't been able to wear mainstream perfume for some time there's an alternative that will bring you all the joy and happiness that you used to get from scent.
Choose synthetic-free botanical perfumery. There are only a few creatives I know about who are making perfume with the old method of accords (scent groups and blends with anything from 3 to 33+ ingredients). I don't use 'isolates' either. Just whole oils, absolutes and CO2 extractions. I blend and age my own botanical macerations and tinctures and essences. Everything from scratch so I can assure you it is 100% purely botanical natural.