I am an artist. A Perfumer. I perfume because I have always loved the natural scents on the wind, over the water, in the trees.....
Born in Vancouver, raised in New Westminster British Columbia and have lived in Alaska and Idaho.
I have an awesome family that is very supportive and close. We all love nature and creating. I've studied writing, aromatherapy, furniture refinishing, restoration of dolls and porcelain, perfumery, a bit of botany the old way ( while I lived in Alaska by hiking and researching every plant!) and many creative arts. I've worked in banking, health care, sales, had an antique furniture shop with family and friends, had a refinishing business, worked briefly for the film industry, made chandeliers, pillows, shabby and chic style, sachets and soaps and sold them on Ebay and Etsy. During all that, I have been a lover of scent and been perfuming for several years now. I have many other interests and hobbies including making weird dolls.
I'm one of those people that used to sniff every perfume, every candle in the store, probably much to the annoyance of whom ever I was with (except my younger sister who also joined in). I just had to know what everything smelled like. Are you this way too? picking up everything from candles to flowers, soaps, fruits and veggies just to detect their scent? you may be a budding perfumer or aromatherapist in the making.
Having lived in B.C., summered at the beach on the coast of Washington, traveled the west with family, visited in Colorado, five years in Alaska, and live in the inland North West, primitive nature is something I know, and can't live without. The lushness of these places is reflected in my creative work.
I do love Vancouver though. It's the most beautiful place in the world imho. You've got the shore, the mountains, the drylands, even a little desert BUT most importantly, my wonderful family is there.
My current abode is a circa 1918 cottage that was started its life in a mining town, then was moved to this river valley sometime in the 1970's. On the property we've planted new fruit trees, a maple, plus a natural garden including wildflowers, wild rose, lemonbalm, comfrey, sages and more. I've got the most beautiful Lilac tree that my daughter gave me and it's the prettiest shade of purple. The area around here is lush with forests, lakes, rivers and abundant flora and fauna. I harvest from the forests when I can. I collected Alpine sap last summer from Elsie Lake area, which was used in a tincture and infusion for a couple of current perfumes. This year I'm collecting Grand Fir and creating lush oil and tinctures. Our lavender is getting out of hand so there will be new tincture this year. The bunnies we love will enjoy it too, along with everything else in the garden!
The fragrances of the forests, meadows and farmlands permeate here, and are amazing. There are great fields of grass in summer, the roads are lined with daisies and wild flowers, tall grasses and the rivers are clean, clear, and abundant with fish. The Cottonwood and Alder in the Spring smell amazing, the Fir and Pine all year long.... and the abundant cedar and pine that surround us, after a hot Summer day, fill the air with amazing scent. If only to capture some of the unique scents out there in the wild but alas, not everything can be bottled.
In Fall and Winter, the fog, the snow, the hanging mist on the forest, is beautiful and has it's own scents.
I have a home perfumery where only I go to study and make perfumes, and an office where I work on the website. The bunnies roam free in our home but are never allowed in the studio.
The natural and organic oils I purchase support sustainable agricultural. I make infusions and tincture from my own wild garden and the Forests of the Pacific North West and Inland Pacific.
My perfumes are cruelty free.
Thank you for visiting!
I come from a family of strong women that haven't been afraid to take our passions and run with them. And we have always supported each others passions. Writers, woodworkers, artists, perfumers, teachers, photographers, entrepreneurs going way back through our ancestry to really great parents that educated daughters, back when that was against the culture.
Thank you for supporting our little perfume studio. We appreciate every single one of you that visits us, or purchases from Wild Perfume. A portion of our earnings go to support different charities such as Feed the Poor and our local Pet Rescue.
We try to use local as much as possible. I have made enfleurage with the Lilac tree you see to the right (given to me by family) and will use that in my next batch of Lila.
Tincture from our lavender and local Grand Fir trees has gone into Loom of Smoke and Pacific Spirit.
Loom of Smoke also contains tincture from bark fallen from a 3000 year old Cedar tree in Elk forest.
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