LA --> Seattle --> Portland. See you there!
Immortal Perfumes will be returning to Unique LA this Mother's Day weekend! Perfumes that will be in stock include: the entire Literary Lovers collection, Antoinette, Dead Writers, Lady Day, Ka'iulani, Madame Moustache, Lenore, Dharma Bum, Boleyn, and VIII. You will find Immortal Perfumes at booth T24. For more information, check out the Unique website here: https://www.uniquemarkets.com/tickets
2016...you've certainly been a year. Ring in 2017 with a new signature scent. Enter below to win a gift card (did you know I have gift cards now?!) for a 9ml bottle of perfume.
Don't want to leave things to chance? Here's a special New Years code for 20% off your next purchase (note this only works on my site and not on the gift card site): Bye2016.
As always, thank you so much for your patronage. This is still a one woman operation (because I have control issues) but because of you, it gets bigger every year. The switch to a new name was scary but thanks to your support it was seamless and dare I say, a huge improvement.
I'm traveling for Thanksgiving (yay!). Orders will resume shipment on November 29. That is definitely enough time for Christmas gifts to get to you if you live in the US. I cannot guarantee international orders will get to you in time for the holiday.
If you're in Seattle and are interested in checking out the Dead Writers and Literary Lovers collections in person, come down to the Rhino Room from 12-5pm on October 30. More details here. See you there?!
Sweet Tea Apothecary started out on Etsy in 2012. My first sale was to my Aunt. I didn't initially want to release Dead Writers Perfume because I thought everyone would think I'm weird (probably true). But thanks to your support, kind words written in the press, and overwhelming kindness from people across the globe, STA has grown into a full fledged business sending out more than 100 bottles of perfume and countless sample packs a month to 30 countries around the globe.
This remains a one woman operation (although my 3 year old now slaps on the Fragile stickers - now you know why they're so crooked) but I've increasingly thought about how I could improve my branding and professionalism. In this spirit, I've decided to move on from the name Sweet Tea Apothecary. Dead Writers, La Reine Antoinette, Lenore, and all the other fragrances that you've made your signature scent are not going anywhere. In fact, starting September 23 (Seattle launch party if you're in the PNW!) you'll be able to try out a whole new collection, Literary Lovers.
Thank you again for all of your support. I truly hope you like the new name and hope that you will help me spread the word. To show my appreciation, let the annual $1 sample sale commence! From now through September 7 all samples will be $1 down from $4. Stock up!
And check your inbox around September 23...you'll be the first to get Literary Lovers at a special price. Hope you all had a wonderful summer!
This is a picture of me holding the first actual BOOK anthology I've been featured in. I'm so excited I want to sign it. For myself. The cover is pretty lolz but the stories inside are fun. Kinda noir / Quentin Tarantino-y. My story is called "Princess Lotus Blossom" and it's the story of medicine show woman Violet McNeil who used to grift the Seattle frontier. Check it out if you're so inclined and let me know what you think!
I got invited to showcase my perfumes with 40 other indie perfumers at the first ever AIX Scent Fair at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. I seem to have a bad case of impostor syndrome and assumed I would only sell a few bottles if anything what with all the competition and all... And then I sold out of basically everything. So I'm going to cool it and start being more confident because "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and gosh-darn it people like me!" - Stuart Smalley.
I missed the old bottles with the vintage atomizers so I concocted a new alcohol free spray oil that will soon be available on the website. Madame Moustache is my all time favorite (Lenore is a close second!) so in honor of National Fragrance Day I'll be giving away the bottle pictured here. Head on over to STA's Facebook page and leave a comment to be entered to win! Winner will be picked at random on March 21 at 8:00pm PST.
2016 is in full swing...I know this because I have meetings almost every night and a steady flow of orders and show appearances for all of the perfume fans out there. Life is good! Here are some store updates for you.
February 12: Covet Valentine's Pop Up at The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel in Portland.
March 30 - April 2: AWP Conference Bookfair, Booth #554 located in Downtown Los Angeles
New Perfumes for 2016
Be excited. If you're a reader, the new perfumes will certainly delight you. They will be debuted at the AWP Bookfair so if you're in LA you will be the first to sample. I can't tell you more yet because they're still cooking in the lab but if you're not signed up for the newsletter yet, sign up to be the first to hear about their release. - UPDATE: These won't be at AWP after all...they will debut closer to summer.
Perfume Oil Sprays
I'm bringing back the vintage bulb atomizers with an all new alcohol free formula! Look out for the new spray bottles in the coming weeks. They will be on hand in Portland on February 12.
I'm incredibly excited to announce that my hometown of Culver City, CA has the nation's first entirely romance themed bookstore...and they are carrying some of STA's perfumes! The Ripped Bodice opens in March.
Price Changes + Shipping Increases
Don't hate me too much but after keeping prices the same for two years I've had to do a slight increase after the soul crushing work of doing my taxes and inventory lol. Samples have gone up by $1 and are now $4 a piece. 9ml has gone up by $2 to $30. 15ml has the most dramatic increase because it was purposely priced lower than it should have been to encourage sales when I was starting out. It is now $50. The perfume oil sprays which are roughly 50ml will retail for $90 (they are so pretty!).
Shipping increases are thanks to USPS which hike their prices every January. These didn't change too much for US customers (I think about 50 cents) but they went up by about $4 for international customers (sorry international friends).
My heartfelt thanks to all those who have supported this shop since it opened in 2012. Every year has gotten bigger and better (which is what you want in a small business!) and I'm so thankful to each and every one of you whether you're here to buy perfume, learn how to make your own, or you come out to visit me in person at shows. Always feel free to contact me for any new perfume requests! - JT
There are a million things I miss about living in LA but probably the place that tops the list is LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). For a while I lived walking distance away in Hancock Park off Wilshire and would pop by to walk around the grounds or see whatever live music KRCW was playing in the courtyard. On my last visit to LA to show off my perfumes, I took some time to check out their new exhibits Rain Room (which is funny since I live in Seattle now) and Frank Gehry, patron saint of LA architecture. I went in the morning by myself before the show and here are some photos, magical!
The best part about being a part of the handmade community is traveling around to craft shows in different cities. Here are some of my favorite finds from my 2015 craft show circuit.
Being a big tea drinker, this is one of my favorite finds ever. The tea leaves are ground and compressed into different shapes so you put it right in the hot water, dissolve, and drink! My favorite is the Rose Earl Grey but you can get an assortment box.
Bath Bombs and Lotion Scrubs
Baltic and Pine had the genius idea of putting their scrubs in the bathrooms to sample. They were all so scrumptious I went and found their booth and bought the Vintage Rose Lotion Scrub for me, three bath bombs for my teenage cousins, and a dinosaur egg bath bomb for my two year old. We haven't used it yet but they told me there's a dinosaur toy inside!
Copper Tin Candles
I'm not really into candles but these beauties by The Wicked Boheme caught my eye and my nose! I bought Mermaid, London Fog, Fireside, and Jardin. I wish I could say they were all gifts but I think I'm keeping them for me. Added bonus, Fireside smells similar to my perfume Madame Moustache which is my favorite!
Man Jewelry (Mewelery?)
Dee de Lara makes really cool jewelry featuring things like chandelier crystals and keys. My husband is into that Johnny Depp look with his necklaces so I ordered the above bracelet as a custom necklace. He's going to love it!
Jewelry for Meeeee!
Made by Graham makes super mod geometric pieces and she was busy constantly throughout the entire show. She was kind enough to trade some perfume (Madame Moustache and Lenore) for this gorgeous necklace which I've been wearing nonstop since - totally my style. All of her pieces are reasonably priced, delicate, and pretty!
If you're looking to give perfume as gifts you can never go wrong with a sample pack. Last day to order in time for Christmas (USA) is December 17 or you can get a digital gift card anytime. Happy holidays!
This is a guest post from a lovely lady who has been coming to STA since I first opened in 2012. You can read more of her writing on her blog, West for Gold.
Hi everyone, my name is Jill and I am a long time STA fan and self-confessed fragrance junkie. Last week I shared with JT how I used my sample of her fragrance Beatrix to make my own deodorant body spray. She kindly asked if I would like to share it here and I graciously (nervously) accepted! Like JT I live in Washington but on the other side of the mountains where it is literally a desert. I have lost count of the number of days this summer that the temperature has gone over a hundred degrees. The thought of wearing any type of fragrance in this heat sounds suffocating and truly like a waste. Let’s face it in a matter of hours I have sweated it off or my own natural eau de me has taken over. So aside from standing in front of the freezer with the door open or cranking the AC, this simple and refreshing recipe has become my sweet smelling alternative. Enjoy!
What you will need:
3oz spray bottle
2 TBSP Distilled Grain Alcohol* (Everclear or Vodka), eliminates bacteria and helps the fragrance disperse in the liquid.
2 TBSP Aloe Vera Juice, skin soothing and hydrating
2 TBSP Witch Hazel, another skin soothing ingredient.
2ml sample size bottle of your favorite STA scent
In your 3oz bottle, combine all the ingredients, gently swirl, spray on yourself and enjoy! This recipe does not change the scent of the perfume, STA perfumes are highly concentrated, so what you get is a lighter, veil of the scent that you can reapply as needed. I am keeping a bottle of Ka’iulani in my purse.
*Make this recipe alcohol free by substituting with filtered water!
As some of you know, I've been working on a novel. I wrote it in 2010, put it in a box under my bed (my hard drive), and every year I have a few months where I feverishly revise. If you've been wondering what my deal has been lately, it was that. Luckily it's just about done and is actually being looked at by an agent as we speak *fingers crossed*
I am finally coming out of the writing haze and getting back to perfumes. I don't seem to be capable of doing both at once - my creativity has limits unfortunately. HOWEVER, the new perfumes are magnificent and I am once again energized to get back to the important work of making the world a better smelling place.
The newbs will be debuting in Los Angeles at Renegade Craft Fair on July 11 and 12, Booth 129. You will definitely be able to smell them but at this time I'm not sure how many bottles I will have available for sale so get there early if you want to snag one.
The next show is in Seattle on August 1 and 2, also Renegade Craft. I will probably have more of the new bottles available at this point. My New York City show will be September 11, 12, and 13. The first day of that show is specifically for wholesale / boutique store buyers so if you own a shop or have a friend that does please stop by and pick up a linesheet.
And now...the unveiling of the four newest members of my perfume collection, can you guess who each is?
Ka'iulani, Lady Day, Sylvia, Death in the Afternoon
These will be available for sale on both of my online stores beginning August 3. Sign up for the newsletter for updates!
Hope to see you in LA, Seattle, or New York!
I write sometimes. Now you get the whole Dead Writers thing. It's all coming together! Movies in the Cemetery is a creative nonfiction piece I wrote for Hippocampus Magazine. The story is a reflection on grief*. Below is the first page, click the link to continue reading if you are so inclined.
"It is twilight and a misty fog dances between the bars of the foreboding wrought iron gate. The movie starts in ten minutes; we just spent thirty minutes looking for parking along the mangled side streets parting like veins from Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. It’s fine, though; no one’s standing in line, just an empty roped off queue. The ushers take our ten-dollar donations and we sidle past them laden with sleeping bags, blankets and groceries from Trader Joe’s.
We have a bit of a hike before us, and there’s not much in the way of light: just a few lampposts near the main office building and then winding lanes surrounded by freshly mown lawns, weeping willow trees, and moss covered benches. It’s September, so the weather is nice, getting cooler but still temperate and even keel. Everyone is already assembled for the movie, so it’s quiet as we walk along the paths; we’re careful not to veer off trail lest we be accused of being disrespectful. Dark gray marble slabs with etched in names and in some cases faces – greet us. Beginning dates of long ago and end dates of before we were born hold silent vigil. We’re here to watch a James Dean movie Rebel Without a Cause, and the silent repose of still reflection pools and white mausoleums gives rise to eerie, unpleasant thoughts about ashes and dust." Read the rest on Hippocampus.
*I'm fun at parties.
ZOMG! The Cut, the beauty and style section of New York Magazine, wrote this spectacular review of Dead Writers. *Puffs up chest.* As a result of these kind words, my shop kind of blew up a little bit (a lot) so many things are sold out. I'll be restocking soon my brave little writers.
PS. You can see all my saved bookmarks in the bar. Don't laugh at me.
Why hello and welcome to Sweet Tea Apothecary, 2015. I am very excited to present my new branding and fancy new website!
My old website was ok for a first attempt but here's the thing...I am not design/web savvy so to me this new website is like I achieved King Midas level abilities because it is LITERALLY the easiest thing ever to create and not even I can make it ugly!! Seriously, my programmer husband only helped me switch the domains, I did everything else. Thanks Squarespace!
Anyway, with my aforementioned lack of design skills I decided to outsource the branding. I asked for old timey lettering and ALL the cameos! What we have now is more minimalist and streamlined but conveys the historical theme effortlessly. Plus, the cameos! It's all I've ever wanted since I began this venture almost three years ago, and now... the cameos are mine, muahahahhaha.
The photos will be updated over the course of the next few weeks. But no matter what size you order, your label will look like the ones in the picture above. The future is now!
**Some more changes to note for any returning customers:
The smallest bottle size is now 9ml.
I currently do not have member account functionality or email notifications for out of stock items. I hope that Squarespace adds these soon (I believe they will). If you ever find an item sold out, check my Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/sweetteaapothecary) and if it's not there either, feel free to contact me and tell me to stop being lazy.**
(Sidenote: I had surgery last week so I'm not being lazy. Please don't yell at me for laziness until February.)