Written By Stefanie Grant-Cassel - December 15 2015
For some, pink is just one of the many colors in the rainbow.
For others, it is THE ONLY.
Although it's typically thought of as a "sweet" color, I happen to think that there's a pretty fair amount of boldness to be attributed to all of the grown women out there who continue to pull it off without hesitation.
Written By Stefanie Grant-Cassel - December 11 2015
So, to be honest, when I set out to make Twinkle Apothecary's "basic" fragrance, I was trying to make something kind of boring.
Something simple. Not offensive to anyone.
Like, really, you know... basic. "Lemon and Lavender" or whatever.
But apparently, I don't do basic.
I ended up creating something that smells like a cup of vanilla bean, orange, and lemon gelatto, with a tiny scoop of lavender, (because you're fancy like that.)
It goes on bright, clean, fresh, and citrusy, and the sweet, creamy vanilla really blooms with wear.
Everyone loves it.
Everyone's boyfriend loves it!
It's by far Twinkle Apothecary's most popular, crowd pleasing scent.
If you need a gift for someone, but you're not sure what they'll like, chances are they will love this fragrance!
The best part is, you can buy it in our 100% natural deodorant, body + foot powder, dry shampoo, and portable roll-on perfume! Wear them all at once to give your favorite fragrance even better staying power!
Written By Stefanie Grant-Cassel - December 07 2015
How do you know if a perfume is right for you?
I guess you can't really, until you wear it…
(Perhaps I should have considered this more carefully before launching an e-commerce business…?! Oops?!)
Before I started Twinkle Apothecary, I always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with perfume. I loved the idea of having a signature scent, or changing my fragrances to enhance my mood, (so luxurious!) but there were so few perfumes that I actually enjoyed wearing! They were always too strong in all the wrong ways, or the part that I enjoyed the most faded too quickly. Then if I did find something I liked, I drove myself crazy wondering what was actually in it… I just can't get down with putting mystery ingredients on my skin!
Once I got the idea to make my own deodorant, I knew it was time to start taking matters into my own hands. I wanted to make something special, fun, interesting… something different than the typical one-or-two note fragrances that most natural, vegan deodorant brands offer.
To me, it's a very relaxing fragrance… I love to put it on right before I get into bed at night, or before a yoga class.
(One of the great things about oil-based roll on perfumes is that they are meant to be enjoyed at close range. I love being about to wear a bold fragrance that doesn't overpower everyone in the room!)
If you love dry champagne, red wine, the occasional sip of whiskey, and rich soy cappuccinos with a side of dark chocolate, you're probably going to love this fragrance.
Or, if you identify at all with this adorableness:
(Me watching this video: "Ohhhh, I'm not weird… I'm just French!")
As with all of Twinkle Apothecary's fragrances, you can buy French Girl in our deodorant, body + foot powder, dry shampoo, and of course, perfume!
Why not try layering them all at once to give your signature scent even better staying power?! The perfume is very highly concentrated, but the deodorant, body powder, and dry shampoo are more subtle, so there's no danger of over doing it. You'll just smell lovely even longer…
Written By Stefanie Grant-Cassel - November 03 2015
The term "amber" is used to describe many different perfumes and fragrances, but do you know what amber actually smells like?
Don't worry, up until a few months ago, I had no idea either!
I've always enjoyed amber fragrances despite the fact that I could never put my finger on what I was smelling. I mean, much of the imagery associated with amber perfume depicts stones… but stones (fossilized tree resin, actually) don't really smell… so I guess I just assumed that "amber" perfume was supposed to smell like "amber" the color? Warm, rich, earthy? Hmm…
Personally, I've always associated amber fragrances with Paris. I had the pleasure of staying at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée for a few blissful days back in 2005, and the (somewhat intense) scent of their amber candles has stayed with me all these years. When I decided to begin crafting my own perfumes, I realized that it was finally time to figure out what the heck amber actually was so I could make my own! (And you know, stop having to sniff every single amber perfume and candle in every single store I go into to see if it is in fact the one!)
Here's where it gets a little weird: as it turns out, traditionally, "amber" is actually kind of gross.
Back in the day, Ambergris (a solid, waxy bile duct secretion that's either vomited up or passed through the intestine of a sperm whale) was prized by perfumers for it's sweet, earthy scent, and excellent fixative qualities.
Um… disgusting, right?! Also, not vegan… ha!
Thankfully, due to the fact that ambergris is extremely rare, (and also illegal to trade here in the US thanks to the endangered species act) modern day natural perfumers have turned to plant based oils and resins to achieve that sweet, earthy scent.
There's no one right way to make amber fragrances. In fact, many perfumers have their own secret, patented formulas. After some research and experimentation, I found a recipe that never fails to take me back to Paris… and since I'm not really into beauty secrets, here it is:
This is the base of my French Girl fragrance, (get it?!) limited-edition Amber Spice, and hopefully many more scents to come from Twinkle Apothecary! I absolutely love the way it smells, and I hope you do to!