• Marlen Harrison launches King’s Palace Perfumery, donates 10% directly to charitable causes + competition

    Old-school Basenoters may remember Marlen Harrison (aka scenteur7). Harrison has launched his own perfume house, Kings Palace Perfumery, offering hand-blended fragrance oils, original perfumes, and home/body products inspired by palaces, monarchies, and court perfumers throughout history and around the world.

    With so many fragrance houses launching every year, Harrison has some stiff competition. However, King’s Palace operates on a slightly non-traditional model. The fragrance oils retail for $20 USD for a 5ml roll-on but 10% of every sale goes directly to a charitable cause.

    Harrison explains,
    “I wanted people to see their money at work with each purchase. If we can afford beauty, we can afford charity. That’s why every product has its own specific charity. Whereas other companies mention who they support, King’s Palace puts the cause front and center. For example, 10% of all sales (before shipping) of Chenonceau, my chocolate truffle musk, go directly to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. For Chang Samkhan, my neroli sandalwood incense, 10% of all purchases support the foster of Flora and Zurura, elephants in human care in USA and Kenya.”


    Originally employed in mental/public health and academia, Harrison has always firmly kept one foot planted in the world of fragrance. His resume boasts an impressive list of industry experience, everything from working as a line representative for Fendi at Neiman Marcus in Washington, DC back in the 1990’s to co-authoring an article on 2013’s top men’s scents for Men’s Journal.

    Not yet three months in business, Harrison has already earned an impressive following. “I’m up to over 150 online sales, 21/21 five star reviews in my Etsy shop, and three private label clients. I’ve just brought on Amanda Peterson, an extraordinary soapmaker from Maryland, USA, to help me launch the King’s Palace bath and body line, AlchemistsGarden.com, later this summer.”

    In his Etsy shop, clients will not only find perfume but a carefully curated collection of soy-based candles in vintage crystal containers, Buddhist mala beads, and hand-embellished art deco inspired bottles.

    Marlen is happy to share with US Basenotes members and is offering twenty-five samples, 3 full bottles, and even a limited edition Chang Samkhan elephant bottle to those who first browse his website and then return to Basenotes to leave a comment below.

    Marlen is offering a coupon code for Basenoters too: Until August 31, you can get 10% off all sales before shipping with Coupon code: basenotessummer

    Here is Marlen’s question for Basenoters: What monarchies, cultures, palaces, etc. do you wish to see represented at King’s Palace Perfumery? Make sure to check out Marlen’s site first so you get an idea as to what he has already accomplished


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    1. Dimitrios's Avatar
      Dimitrios -
      Well done Marlen , I visited your site only 24 hrs ago , Your designs & themes are very interesting and i very much admire your generosity in donating to various needy causes , I look forward to trying your frags , i have some already noted .
      My choice of thought in 3D for your consideration are :
      * Minoan *
      * Machu Pichu *
      cheers
    1. Rictor07's Avatar
      Rictor07 -
      I like the website. Those are some quality sounding oils. The "Try this if you like" section is especially helpful for steering folks in right direction. To answer your question, id like to see some representation of the castles of Scotland, obviously with a peat smoke element to it.
      ~Rick
    1. socalwoman's Avatar
      socalwoman -
      Congratulations Marlen! Kudos for "doing good"!
    1. Renaissance_Man's Avatar
      Renaissance_Man -
      Congratulations Marlen! It's good to see you around again!
    1. lpp's Avatar
      lpp -
      Congrats & good luck - such a lovely idea and a very nice site.
    1. LivelyupURself's Avatar
      LivelyupURself -
      The website is full of gorgeous pictures, and the scents sound lovely, descriptions on the website are very captivating. I can't wait to try them!
    1. juanderer's Avatar
      juanderer -
      Nice concept!

      While exploring the website, I couldn't help but wonder what a Bohemia-themed fragrance inspired by the Karlštejn Castle would smell like. I also thought about a fragrance having to do with the Pastry War (just for the possibility of bringing copal within the context of French perfumery), but noticed Copal Carlotta - I am looking forward to exposing my nose to this one and a few other from the line.
    1. remik's Avatar
      remik -
      Very nice, and a very noble concept to donate to charitable causes!

      A few of your creations already caught my attention - Vetiver Mint, Rosewood Citrus, Neroli Sandalwood, Peppered Amber - all very intriguing, and the notes sound fantastic. Will need to try them all. :-)
    1. stargarden's Avatar
      stargarden -
      This seems like a fantastic project, several fragrances are intriguing to me, and I would like to see Egypt being represented palace wise. I love fragrance oils and would very much like the chance to try some of these. Love the price point too!
    1. Akahina's Avatar
      Akahina -
      Beauticul website. Many of your scents sound amazing to me but the one that grabs my attention is the Osmanthus Ginger Cedar. I have been searching for a really good osmanthus scent for some time. :-)
    1. scenteur7's Avatar
      scenteur7 -
      That sounds perfect, Rick! I will start working on it! Chek this out...been already inspired by the Scottish castles:

      http://www.kingspalaceperfumery.com/...-of-edinburgh/

      Quote Originally Posted by Rictor07 View Post
      I like the website. Those are some quality sounding oils. The "Try this if you like" section is especially helpful for steering folks in right direction. To answer your question, id like to see some representation of the castles of Scotland, obviously with a peat smoke element to it.
      ~Rick
    1. bookwyrmsmith's Avatar
      bookwyrmsmith -
      Well for some suggestions ..... Hawai'i/ Queen Lili'uokalani the last queen of Hawai'i who was imprisoned in the Iolani Palace. In her will she had all her possessions sold to fund a charity fund for indigent children.
    1. scenteur7's Avatar
      scenteur7 -
      Funny that you mentioned Hawaii and the queen. My very first pure perfume that will launch later this year is actually named after the Hawaiian word for the protectors or guardian spirits: `aumakua


      Quote Originally Posted by bookwyrmsmith View Post
      Well for some suggestions ..... Hawai'i/ Queen Lili'uokalani the last queen of Hawai'i who was imprisoned in the Iolani Palace. In her will she had all her possessions sold to fund a charity fund for indigent children.
    1. scenteur7's Avatar
      scenteur7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dimitrios View Post
      Well done Marlen , I visited your site only 24 hrs ago , Your designs & themes are very interesting and i very much admire your generosity in donating to various needy causes , I look forward to trying your frags , i have some already noted .
      My choice of thought in 3D for your consideration are :
      * Minoan *
      * Machu Pichu *
      cheers
      Thank you! Those are both wonderful suggestions! What kinds of Aromas might you associate with those cultures?
    1. scenteur7's Avatar
      scenteur7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
      Beauticul website. Many of your scents sound amazing to me but the one that grabs my attention is the Osmanthus Ginger Cedar. I have been searching for a really good osmanthus scent for some time. :-)
      Thank you! It is a very special fragrance that many of my friends in Asia seem to take to quite quickly but some of my friends in the West are a bit perplexed, LOL. My first encounter with osmanthus was the Japanese Osmanthus. I kept coming across this gigantic tree ablaze in orange kinmokusei blooms on a street corner thinking that somebody's washing machine had exploded due to the lovely detergent smell wafting through the air. Little did I know it was actually the blossoms and this was one of the inspiration points for this Aroma!
    1. scenteur7's Avatar
      scenteur7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by stargarden View Post
      This seems like a fantastic project, several fragrances are intriguing to me, and I would like to see Egypt being represented palace wise. I love fragrance oils and would very much like the chance to try some of these. Love the price point too!
      I have both pink Lotus and blue Lotus oils that I really want to work with in an Egyptian perfume. What kinds of other Aromas might you suggest? My mind keeps coming back to saffron.
    1. scenteur7's Avatar
      scenteur7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
      Very nice, and a very noble concept to donate to charitable causes!

      A few of your creations already caught my attention - Vetiver Mint, Rosewood Citrus, Neroli Sandalwood, Peppered Amber - all very intriguing, and the notes sound fantastic. Will need to try them all. :-)
      Thx, Remik! Grant just posted a coupon code for 10% off!!!!!! BASENOTESSUMMER
    1. scenteur7's Avatar
      scenteur7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by socalwoman View Post
      Congratulations Marlen! Kudos for "doing good"!
      Thank you for your thoughtful support!
    1. scenteur7's Avatar
      scenteur7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Renaissance_Man View Post
      Congratulations Marlen! It's good to see you around again!
      Hi old friend!!!! : )
    1. scenteur7's Avatar
      scenteur7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
      Congrats & good luck - such a lovely idea and a very nice site.
      Thanks so much