In 2012, I fell out of love and back in love with the Pacific Northwest. What is keeping me around? Mountains, good food, creative people…and oh, my husband’s job. Seriously, the PNW is filled with creative people. I have my theories. I believe that creativity takes risk. #1 – It’s pioneer land with an adventurer spirit. Read spirit as ADHD which I think has been inherited and we have this group of risk takers. We have this population of risk takers. #2 – You can take a risk when you feel more financially secure. We have a great economy that fuels the creative types. I think the prices of NYC and San Francisco has made all of the creative types flee. You can’t feel creative when you are worrying about if there is a roof over your head.
In the later months of 2012, I fortunately met up with some of our local talent and here’s what we’ve cooked up for you guys in 2013:
Rainforests. Rebels. Revolution.
ThePacific Northwest… a land of Old Growth forests and rugged coasts, rainforests, fields of lavender, volcanoes and icy mountains. The Northwest has a history of innovation, progressiveness and creativity that spreads across the world – grunge, coffee culture, technology and green industries. The spirit of the Northwest is unconventional, fearless. It breaks the rules and loves it. This fearless spirit feeds creativity. The isolated geography fed a frontier spirit of doing things independently and creating your own goods. We’re rebels in the wild, wild Northwest and we do things our own way. This rebellious spirit and abundance of natural beauty has fueled another art form: the art of perfume. It’s no surprise that the Northwest is home to numerous talented indie perfumes. Break the rules. Leave corporate perfumes behind. Join our perfume revolution.
The 2013 Northwest Indie Perfumers Circuit hosted at Blackbird by Seattle Sniff
December 2012: The Northwest Indie Perfume Circuit is a year-long, 12 part perfume series hosted by Blackbird, one of Seattle’s most innovative boutiques. Twelve Northwestern perfumers will present their creations at Blackbird during a trunk show each month as well as showcase an exclusive release for Blackbird named “Blackbird”. During the Holiday 2013 season, Blackbird will offer the individual Blackbird perfumes in a 12 piece gift set in identical bottles that fit Blackbird’s distinctive modern aesthetic.
Please join us at Blackbird Apothecary to experience independent perfumes of the Northwest and to meet the noses behind the perfumes. Beverages will be provided by our sponsor, Wine World & Spirits:
Participating Perfume Houses:
House of Matriarch by Christi Meshell
A line of ultra-natural perfumes made for perfume connoisseurs that are displeased with desultory mainstream offerings. House of Matriarch perfumes redefine fine fragrance by offering synthetic-free, opulent perfumes made from the most luxurious natural ingredients from around the globe. www.matriarch.biz
Rebel & Mercury by Nikki Sherritt
A line of all-natural rebellious botanical perfumes capturing the spirit of perfumer Nikki Sherritt: ever-changing, mercurial, creative and fiercely independent. Rebel & Mercury is all about doing your own thing your own way. http://www.etsy.com/shop/rebelandmercury
Meshaz by Mesha Munyan
An all-natural line of lavender based perfumes made from the finest, rarest lavender on the globe, distilled inWashington. Perfumer Mesha Munyan is considered a lavender guru and has been distilling her lavender in Sequim for 30 years. After years of working with lavender and even breeding her own varieties, Mesha is sharing fine fragrances that embody the true essence and beauty of lavender.
Blooming Dream Natural Fragrances by Suzinn Weiss
A line of natural perfumes inspired by the gardens that perfumer Suzinn Weiss designs. Blooming Dream Natural Perfumes are made from pure globally sourced botanicals and also contain tinctures of herbs, petals and leaves grown in Suzinn’s garden in Portland, Oregon. www.suzinnweiss.com
Ayala Moriel Parfums by Ayala Sender
A line of all-natural perfumes that will kindle your senses and imagination with their clairvoyance and complexity. Perfumer Ayala Moriel is dedicated to the art of natural perfumery, teaching courses, giving hands on presentations and hosting multi-sensory tea parties at her workshop in Vancouver, Canada. Ayala Moriel Parfums have been featured in the LA Times and countless perfume blogs. www.ayalamoriel.com
Pirouette by Karyn Gold
A line that evokes spa rituals that will cleanse and refresh the mind and spirit. Pirouette Essentials are all-natural, vegan fragrances made from sustainable botanicals and ingredients. Pirouette Essentials gives back to the community by donating 10% of profits to charity. www.pirouetteessentials.com
Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes by Ellen Covey
A line of niche perfumes hand-crafted in Seattlethat have an Internet cult-following. Perfumer Ellen Covey has collaborated with popular perfume blogs such as Ça Fleure Bon for limited edition collector’s perfume (Sonnet XVII) and with novelist Sheila Eggenberger (Devils Scents). Olympic Orchid perfumes will transport you to a time and a place. www.orchidscents.com
Lulu Beauty by Julie Wray
Lulu Beauty is a line of perfumes handmade in Seattle with a New Hollywood cult-following (celebs known to rock this line include Madonna, Tori Spelling, Jennifer Love Hewitt…just to name a few). Lulu Beauty’s luscious floral perfumes in vintage cigarette box packaging have been seen in the glossy pages of Teen Vogue, Allure, Glamour, Real Simple and more! http://www.etsy.com/shop/lulubeauty
Sweet Anthem by Meredith Smith
A microperfumery located in West Seattlethat has been bewitching minds and ensnaring the senses since 2007 with perfumer Meredith Smith’s imaginative blends. Sweet Anthem perfumes are for curious noses only. www.sweetanthem.com
Imaginary Authors by Josh Meyer
A line of inspiring fragrances that follow a compelling storyline peppered with intriguing twists. Perfumer Josh Meyer makes scents to curl up with, to share with friends, or to take with you wherever you go and to return to again and again for a uniquely transcendent experience. www.imaginaryauthors.com
Puente by Eliam Puente
Launching at Northwest Indie Perfumers Circuit, Puente Perfumes are a line of luxurious vintage inspired perfumes that you will think came from the basement of the Osmothèque conservatory inVersailles. Refined. Elegant. Timeless. Puente Perfumes will remind you of what classic perfumes smelled like before IFRA destroyed them.
12th Perfumer To Be Announced
Blackbird Ballard Address:
5404 22nd Avenue Northwest
Blackbird is a boutique located in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and in Portland, ORthat carries functional, modern clothing and home goods. The Apothecary located at the Seattlelocation has niche skincare, fine fragrances and bath and body products. The Apothecary carries prestigious brands such as Comme des Garcones, CB I Hate Perfume, Mona di Orio, Diptyque and Histoires des Parfums. Please visit www.blackbirdballard.com for more info.
About Seattle Sniff:
A group formed in 2012 that hosts events for perfume lovers in theSeattlearea and perfumers in the Northwest. Join us on Facebook at Seattle Sniff Events.
About Wine World & Spirits:
Opening in 2012, Wine World & Spirits is Seattle’s largest wine store with the city’s most diverse, comprehensive selection of wines, spirits, beers and bitters. Wine World & Spirits is owned by certified sommelier David LeClaire. The staff is comprised of knowledgeable epicureans that can assistant you with any of your wine, spirit and beer requests. They also advise on the best wine and gourmet food pairings from the store’s charcuterie and expansive selection of cheese and chocolate. This 23,000 square foot store hosts wine tasting events and classes. Please visit www.wineworldspirits.com for more info, upcoming events and for a complete list of products carried.
NOTE – December has already passed and I will post the happenings and my impressions of House of Matriarch soon. Next weekend Rebel & Mercury will be showcasing. If you have a blog and would like to share this press release, info, etc., email me and I’ll send you a copy.
*Logo by Eliam Puente. Press release by me. Skills volunteered to bring together us perfume lovers in the beautiful PNW