My name is Stefanie and five years ago I started a natural body care brand called Twinkle Apothecary. It's grown well beyond body care since then, but the original concept was that you could match your body care items (deodorant, body oil, etc.,) to your perfume. I launched in October 2015 with four different roll-on perfume + body care fragrance sets, and quickly discovered that creating natural fragrances was my true passion. Looking back over my life, it makes perfect sense that I'd be drawn to natural perfumery... I've always been a highly sensitive person with an extra keen sense of smell (my family even dubbed me "the nose" when I was a kid,) and while I was always intrigued by perfumes and fragrances, I was rarely able to find scents that I could tolerate without getting a headache or becoming nauseated after a few hours of wear. Discovering natural fragrance materials like essential oils, absolutes, co2 extracts, and resins while I began working on my first products for Twinkle Apothecary opened my eyes to a whole new world of beauty. My imagination instantly lit up, and I haven't stopped dreaming about the endless possible combinations of natural fragrances since. (Also, literally... lately I've even started d r e a m i n g in scent, which is what prompted me to devote this whole new business to my perfumery pursuits!)
Over the past five years, I've created 65 perfumes for Twinkle Apothecary, ranging from the simple, 4 note accords I created to go with my original body care line, to an extremely complex experimental line, that I called "The Asterisk Collection." (The Asterisk Collection fragrances are now under this brand, and they're simply called, "Numbers.") From 2017-2020 I even had a monthly perfume subscription product, called the "Perfume Junkie Club," where I created a new original scent every month, and to my surprise, those fragrances became some of my most popular products! I'm still making perfumes for Twinkle Apothecary today, albeit at a slightly slower, more intentional pace.
People always ask where I learned to make perfume. I'm self taught. There are a million free resources on the internet, books you can read, or workshops you can pay to take if you're interested in learning about perfumery, (and no, I have no desire or plans to teach at this time,) but the best way to really learn a craft is by doing, and there's no question that I have been doing. Each perfume that I make informs and inspires me to create something new and better than before. I'm committed to perfecting my craft and I'm always learning and adding more materials to my perfumer's toolkit. I feel like natural fragrances are something I'll want to study and create for the rest of my life. This is where I'll share what I've learned with you.