Embracing The New

Well I am down to three formulas. Yep 3, three, three, three.... to be batched out for the launch of everything.. I think I am going to make my fall deadline, and could not be happier. Yesterday I batched Green Oakmoss (and I still smell like it) and Violets & Rainwater. After a little tweak to Anniebelles Rose I am going to make the perfume today. Since it had always been an oil the profile was a bit off for an alcohol based perfume, but fear not, I have fixed it..

Here are a couple of images of the new look. The Street Collection has collided head on with the old Studio Collection. It makes perfect sense because they really are the same thing. The Studio Collection began as an offshoot of our Scentual Artistry custom and customer perfumes, and Street was the incarnation when we moved our perfume shop to the new location.  I decided to keep the name Street because many of these perfumes really were a product of people walking in off the street and creating a fragrance. I made changes to them for the collection, to give them more body and a finished composition, but the reality really is Street...

Street Collection EDP, 60ml Flacon

Street Collection EDP, 60ml Flacon

After a ton of work on the new Signature Naturals packaging, it is finally finished and we can now set up the labels to be run on the big printer. I wanted to go all out with the packaging for this collection. Not since our original snap closure black box have we had such a nice set up. I was heartbroken when we lost the manufacturer of those original boxes and have not been very happy with anything since. Now I am, and even more so that my original artwork is the imagery for the box sleeve.


I am doing the same thing for the Art Moderne Collection. The best of the best of our mixed media perfumes.

and how about this website... isn't it amazing. I am head over heels about this new template, layout and design. It is more me than anything we have ever had. Everything is. I could not be happier with it.

.........and grateful, don't even get me started. A lot of fire has been walked through to get to this place, and I thank my lucky stars that I am still here walking the earth. Life can toss us a lot of crap, and it can lift us to the heavens. Enjoying this little jog through the clouds at the moment and thankful for all the wonderful folks who have helped me along my way.

Circling Back Around

The grand experiment didn't work out so well and now I am back to square one. A good thing for many reasons.

You may have noticed the last few months our Clearance Page for the Mixed Media perfumes. Many of these are long gone and will not be back. The collection is being whittled down to the very best perfumes, which include those with a high naturals content, closest to our actual Signature Naturals Collection. The main thing that is changing are the carrier materials. In order to ship Internationally we used a high IPM base for the perfumes. This will go away. Also gone are the denatured spirits. We have always used natural organic spirits for the natural perfumes, and will carry this across the board to all of our spirits based scents. The aim is to offer a healthier alternative and still be able to create from a broader palette. I will still take custom requests for our International customers. I will just not be working with these materials in large order on a daily basis.

With the change comes a change in the look. In the past our packaging for the naturals and the mixed media were pretty much the same. This will change. I have continued the new trend of choosing artwork from one of my original paintings as the artwork for the packaging. Here is the new mixed media label. As you can see I am also bringing back the original Art Moderne tagline for this collection.

There has been a lot of inquiry about many of the discontinued scents. As you can see Carpathian Oud will be back. I will also be bringing back Violets & Rainwater. Green Oakmoss, Lilacs & Heliptrope, Bottleneck Blues, Rivertown Road, a new and improved Journeyman, Honeysuckle Bird and one of the rose scents, not sure yet what I am doing with the rose. I am slo going to bring back Palomino and Moroccan Orange.

Things that will not make the cut are Transcendental Orange (musc) Lavande Legato, Figgy Plum, Oris Ochre, Massive Patchouli, and a few others.

This collection was growing like a weed the past few years and it was time to make some drastic changes, trim it down and start over. Only the best of the best will be included.

Look for the first wave of the new launch in early fall. Sooner if we get all of our packaging in. thanks so much for your continued support.


Soivohle News

It's been a crazy week getting web pages finished and all of the new sampler options. I still have one or two more things to add, but for new we are in really great shape with samplers.

I also have four more of the original absolutes online and available in a parfum spray. Including Oudh Lacquer and Underworld. We are still waiting on our new bottles for the larger size, and will change out all of the old images of the signature flacon as soon as we can get the new ones ready.

I will not be launching any of the new perfumes until all of the other stuff is updated, so there is no official launch date for the Alchemists Series.

There will also be a new collection of Botanical Colognes. This will take the place (somewhat) of the old mixed media collection that is now only available by request (where available). For information on these scents it is best to email me directly.

Soivohle News

SAMPLES - As we make changes to the website and fine tune the line it is becoming more clear to me that people, when presented with the option will purchase sample sets over individual samples. I think the time of the individual sample has reached it's tipping point and as I introduce a wider variety of sets, the individual samples will go the way of the dodo bird.  This is something that I am actively working on and could be implemented in the coming days. We will have three different samplers sets that contain 1ml vials, a set that contains two 2.5ml sprays, our signature coffret is getting an upgrade from the three 5ml screw top flacons to atomizers. Most if this will be for the naturals, but for the 1ml samplers three of them are mix and match across the board from oils, to body oils to parfums.

SIGNATURE NATURALS - The filtering of several Signature Naturals will put many things long out of the rotation back in the mix. I am so excited about this and excited as well by all of the great response to the news of their return. We are down to the last case of our small 11ml signature printed bottles and I am on the fence about having another 1000 printed and continuing it as a stand alone option as it is now. It is currently available as a gift set with refill, and this will stay in the line-up for awhile.

I  also plan on introducing a new flacon with new packaging to replace the 50ml that we have discontinued. The aim is to have one nice packaged flacon that represents the collection. This will be the new 34ml. We already have the tins and the bottles are on the way, so in the next two to three weeks these should be available.

34ml Signature Natural Packaging, Atomizer Spray Flacon

34ml Signature Natural Packaging, Atomizer Spray Flacon

I am very happy with my decision to focus my attention to the natural perfumes and oils. Many have expressed a sadness for the loss of some of the synthetic based scents like Green Oakmoss, Centennial, Rosa Sur Reuse etc... The Green Oakmoss I can recreate in a similar scent as a natural, but the other two Rose scents both depended on a special absolute that I no longer have or can get. If it ever becomes available again I will buy it all up and re-introduce the scents. In the meantime I am working on new and interesting things within my naturals palette.