For those of you who don't know Laurie Stern, click on the link for an indepth interview from Sniffapalooza Magazine http://www.sniffapaloozamagazine.com/lauriastern.html
Remember the name, because I can guarantee, you will be hearing more from this exceptionally talented natural perfumer.
I met Laurie in NYC at a weekend fragrance event called the Fall Ball. She impressed me with her beautiful fragrances, particularly her rose and jasmine scents. I came home with several samples of her work and one in particular really stood out for me: Bed of Roses. Not only is it dedicated to a dear friend and fellow rose lover, Raphaella Barkley but it is chock full of deliciously decadent and rare oils.
True rose fragrances contain genuine rose essential oil. They are a treasure. Not only do they smell like the complex, old garden roses you might find blooming out of doors but they have proven (to me at least) that they have genuine therapeutic effects as well. There are times when I simply crave rose fragrances, nothing else will do. (I refer to the works of Robert Tisserand, Shirley & Len Price. I find they are very informative.)
Here's some information from Laurie about Bed of Roses.
"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laurie Stern, Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery
New Scent from Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery is a Luscious “Bed of Roses”
Limited Edition Perfume Features Accord of Roses and Rare Ingredients from Around the World
EL CERRITO, Calif. (December 1, 2010) – Artisanal perfumer Laurie Stern of Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery has unveiled her newest perfume, Bed of Roses, a limited edition rose scent she created using rare natural and botanical materials from around the world. Released in limited quantities in October at the Sniffapalooza Fall Ball in New York City, Bed of Roses parfum is now available at www.purrfumery.com. Perfume lovers who want to sample the scent may call the Purrfumery at 510-528-8040, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bed of Roses will be available in eau de parfum in January, in time for Valentine’s Day.
Stern followed a unique process to create Bed of Roses that combines the practices from ancient times and the modern era with her own innovative techniques. She started with a selection of nine rare rose materials that included Rose de Mai from Grasse, France; Indian roses from the Himalayas; and Damask Rose Otto from the Valley of the Roses in Bulgaria. She also located Persian and Moroccan roses and an exquisite Rose Alba extraction from Bulgaria. Stern then blended these distinct rose materials to create an accord that formed a harmonious and opulent new rose scent.
Stern cushioned her sumptuous rose accord with aged sandalwood, dark chocolate and rich cognac, and included accents of tuberose, boronia, orange blossom and green mandarin. She crowned Bed of Roses with a canopy of precious rose leaf absolute, a rare and incomparable material from the history of perfume, seldom made today.
“With Bed of Roses, I wanted to create a rich and gorgeous velvety winter rose,” Stern says. “This is not a light summer rose perfume – it’s a deep and mysterious creation that uses some of the rarest natural treasures on earth.”
Stern nestles each bottle of Bed of Roses in an opulent silk pouch and has adorned pouches for 30 ml bottles with intricate, semi-precious jewel beadwork. These elegant and distinct touches make Bed of Roses a work of art the wearer will treasure. Stern named Bed of Roses after her former wedding flower business and dedicates the scent to Raphaella Barkley, the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sniffapalooza Magazine. Barkley is an avid rose perfume lover and champion of the niche perfumer. She is known for her support of the natural fragrance industry through her work with Sniffapalooza Magazine, which garnered four Top-Five Fifi Award nominations for “Editorial Excellence for a Blog” in 2009 and 2010.
For Stern, the Purrfumery represents a coming together of years of study and a wide range of passions: her love of flowers, of animals, of Victoriana, of making unique gifts, of using the finest materials the world has to offer, and of always making time to rejuvenate and smell the roses. In business since 2006, she creates wondrous perfumes, colognes, body oils, bath salts and body frostings using natural floral, wood, seed, spice and citrus essences. Her business is certified by “Leaping Bunny,” a coalition of eight animal protection groups, who ensure that none of her ingredients or her supplier’s ingredients are tested on animals. Stern collects many ingredients for her perfumes from her own Perfumer’s Garden, and even uses beeswax from her own bees. She blends each of her beautiful scents with organic grape alcohol and jojoba bases, and refuses to use synthetics or harsh chemicals such as phthalates. Her perfumes are 100 percent cruelty-free and do not contain even a trace of animal musk or animal fixatives.
To purchase Bed of Roses for yourself or someone you love, email Stern at email@example.com or call 510-528-8040. To learn more about the Purrfumery, visit www.purrfumery.com. Prices for Bed of Roses follow:
8 ml - $295
15 ml - $525
30 ml - $1250
About Laurie Stern and Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery
The artisanal perfumer behind Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery, Laurie Stern spent more than 10 years studying the world of perfume after leaving the wedding flower business. Stern named her perfume business after two of her beloved cats, whose images are immortalized in her elaborate, fanciful packaging. Her cats can often be found lounging in the Perfumer’s Garden above San Francisco Bay, enveloped in the fragrance of the flowers that often end up in Stern’s perfumes.
Stern creates her perfumes from natural, organic and botanical essences without synthetics. Unlike commercial companies that impose an image of who the wearer will become when they use their perfumes, Stern encourages her customers to have an authentic response that comes from within. Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery products change the wearer from the inside and transport them to a romantic, sensual and mysterious time before mass perfume manufacturing.
Stern invites visitors to her website to also subscribe to the Purrfumery’s monthly newsletter, where they can learn about her new products and receive special gifts and discounts. High-resolution, digital photos of Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery are available on request.
“…the resulting potion is a glorious fragrance that is so completely seductive and narcotic that it should be illegal!”
- From Beth Schreibman Gehring’s review of one of Laurie Stern’s fragrances"
~No affiliation, just a fan. None of Laurie's fragrances are currently listed in the basenotes directory. I hope that changes soon, as I keep wearing my samples as my SOTD.
"Great art picks up where nature ends.”
- Marc Chagall