Frequently Asked Questions
Are your perfumes unisex?
I firmly believe that scent does not have a gender. Throughout history, a perfume was simply a perfume, not a men’s perfume or a woman’s perfume. Men doused and bathed in florals and scents that today would be considered overly feminine. Only in the 20th century did dividing perfumes into gender categories begin, and this was purely a marketing strategy. Personally, I gravitate towards so-called ‘masculine’ scents such as woods, moss, pine and forest notes. I say if you love a perfume don’t let the boundaries stop you and simply trust your nose.
How long will a natural perfume last?
Natural perfumes evolve on the skin as they interact with the chemistry of the wearer and slowly evaporate into the air. They typically last 4-6 hours but can vary person to person. Citrus perfumes and those light by nature will evaporate faster than a heavy, base-rich perfume composed of mostly resins and woods.
Natural perfumes will evolve over time, with each note giving way to the next; contrary to the one-note persistent synthetic based perfumes which contain chemical fixatives making the perfumes stick often for days and loudly announcing their presence.
Could you describe your Eau de Parfum, your Parfum Botanique, and your Parfum Crème? How are they different?
The Eau de Parfums we offer are made using traditional French perfumery techniques and are composed of handmade tinctures of aromatic resins and plant extracts in a base of pure alcohol. The alcohol base allows them to be sprayed on the body liberally. They are made at a 15% dilution.
The Parfum Botanique line is composed of oil-based roll-on perfumes that one may use to anoint themselves with. These concentrated oils are made with pure essential oils and plant extracts. They are made of a 15-20% strength.
The Parfum Crème is an oil and wax based perfume balm. These tend to be more intimate scents that stay close to the skin. They are composed of floral waxes, plant infusions, and essential oils. They are made at a 20-25% strength.
Sample sets of each perfume type are available so customers can explore and find their preferred scent ritual before purchasing a full-size product.
Which last longer?
The longevity of a perfume has more to do with the overall composition of the essences rather than the carrier in which the blend is contained. As previously stated, lighter more volatile oils (such as citrus and needle oils) will evaporate faster contrary to the heavier resin, root, and wood-based essences which can often last all day.
How do I store my perfume?
The special black amethyst glass we use will protect and extend the life of our perfumes making them last for years. However, perfumes should still be kept away from direct heat or light and you should avoid subjecting them to drastic changes in temperature. Eau de parfum should be stored with the cap on tight when not in use so as to avoid unnecessary evaporation. The bottles with puffer sprays come with an additional cap for this purpose.
Which products are vegan and cruelty-free?
Everything is handmade in our Montreal studio and we never use ingredients that have been tested on animals. Rose Noire tinted lip balm contains organic beeswax. Clove and Honey lip balm contains organic beeswax and honey. Lumen Naturae perfume oil contains a bee propolis tincture. Occasionally limited edition products may contain organic beeswax or honey (sourced ethically and locally) as well.
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