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FAQ
 
WHAT IS SO UNIQUE ABOUT NATURAL PERFUMES?
Besides containing no synthetic chemicals, additives or dyes, natural only subtly scent your imtimate space.  When you experience a natural perfume you are inhaling molecules that come directly from the location of the world in which they were extracted.   For example, if Jasmine grandiflorum from Egyptnot created in a laboratory.  Your mind is essentially going on an aromatic tour of the earth.  Some individuals believe synthetic chemicals to be the cause of allergies and natural perfumes may be an alternative to try. 

WHAT ARE NOTES?
Different essences evaporate at different rates so perfumers have classed them according to volatility.  Within a perfume, top notes, such as Bergamot, Lavender and Galbanum evaporate the quickest and greet our olfactory bulb instantaneously.  Heart notes, usually consisting of flowers like Rose and Jasmine, come next followed by base notes like Sandalwood and Vetiver that can add depth and staying power to a perfume.   Even within the notes themselves there are top, heart and base notes. For example, as the top notes of Sandalwood fade away, a woodier heart is revealed until dry down when its muskyness become sapparent.  Each of the notes in a perfume evaporates at a different rate so naturally a perfume evolves over time.  And even though the main impression or theme of the perfume remains throughout, subplots are revealed along its journey from initial impression to dry down.
 
WHAT ARE FRAGRANCE FAMILIES?
Although there is a great deal of overlap when it comes to classifying perfumes, they are grouped according to shared characteristics or common themes.   The main families are generally considered to be Chypre, Oriental, Floral, Fougere and Citrus Sub categories such as fruity, floral, citrusy, leather, amber, green, fresh, spicy, dry, oceanic and woody fall within each of those categories.
 
Within the Chypre family you'll find perfumes that contain a contrast of  woodiness from Oakmoss, typically, and freshness from Bergamot or other citrus. 
 
The Oriental Family is characterized by the contrast of  a warm ambery, velvet and incense-like base with a fresh or spicy top.  Floral Orientals or Florientals, a subgroup, contain rich, exotic floral notes in the heart. 
 
The majority of perfumes fall in the Floral family.  Within this group there are many categories such as Fresh Floral, Green Floral, Ambery Floral, Fruity Floral and more. 
 
The Fougere family is unique in that it contains essences that exude a beautiful softness.  Oakmoss, Lavender and Coumarin (an isolate of Tonka bean having an almond-like scent) are the main components of a fougere.
 
WHAT IS CONCENTRATION?
A perfumes longevity is based on its concentration or percentage of aromatic contents in a base usually alcohol.  Parfum extrait is the most intense with approximately 18-40% aromatic ingredients; Eau de Parfum is about 10-18%; and Cologne is around 3-8%.  All of Suzy's perfumes are parfum extrait strength at approximately 20% concentration.. 
 
HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE TO APPLY NATURAL PERFUME?
You will need to apply natural perfumes more often since the chemicals inherent in the aromatics don't last as long as some synthetics that are designed for that purpose.  However, there's an intimate, sensual ritual that is linked to our application of perfume.  It's a few seconds in the day when you can briefly reconnect to the earth's bountiful gifts and refresh yourself.
 
WHY DO COMMERCIAL SCENTS LAST LONGER THAN NATURAL ?
According to HAZ-Map: Occupational Exposure of Hazardous Substances of the National Library of Medicine of the United States "One commonly used chemical  [in scents] is diethyl phthalate, which is used to make scents last longer. It can cause allergic skin reactions (contact dermatitis) and is classified as a skin sensitizer and a reproductive toxin."  This quote is listed on the Canadian Lung Association website.  The whole "allergies are caused by synthetics" debate is a hot topic and one I'd encourage you to look into as my main purpose with my perfumery is not to convince you that commercial scents are evil but to provide an natural option for those who love perfume and feel they cannot wear commercial scents.  I say this because I thoroughly enjoy many commercial scents and I have never experienced an adverse reaction other that perhaps a headache from smelling too many in a row.   And be very clear, some natural aromatics can cause allergies just like some synthetics may. 

My perfumes are made with the highest quality essential oils, absolutes & co2s in a base of organic grape alcohol.  Essences in the perfume are derived from roots, seeds, leaves, grasses, petals, barks, resins, and woods.  To help the perfume last longer I sometimes use animal fixatives such as Hyraceum or Ambergris neither of which creature was harmed in obtaining the material.  The majority of the essences I use are from the rarest and most precious aromatic materials sourced from around the globe.  When you enjoy your perfume, you are inhaling the beauty and intrigue of  far off lands.
 
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SYNTHETIC AND NATURAL?
Sythetics, are those aroma chemicals that have been borne in the lab.  They come in many forms. Some are made to appromimate the odor of the corresponding natural material.  For example, since daffodil is unavailable as a natural oil, the synthetic called Benzyl Salicylate instead. Others are recreated when it is cost prohibitive or even illegal  to use the natural ingredient.  Since it is no longer legal to obtain civet, Skatol, a synthetic, is now used. Other synthetics include completely new molecules with novel odors not to be found in nature.  
 
Natural Isolates  are obtained from "isolating" and extracting a single component from the natural oil.  Of course, a modern lab can recreate a natural isolate as well--petroleum and benzene compounds could very well be used as the starting product for these.  Many, however, do come from natural sources and are not synthetics.
 
IS IT TRUE NATURAL PERFUMES WON'T CAUSE ALLERGIES?
Not true.  People can be allergic to what is natural as well as what is created synthetically.