This year enjoy free shipping on domestic orders through December, applicable on my website or on Etsy. The last day to get gifts in time for Christmas domestically is Dec. 15. International orders placed before Nov. 18 will make it in time for Christmas (unless they get held up in customs). I am away from Nov. 18 - 23 and again from Dec. 21 – Jan. 5. The shop will remain open, but orders placed during those times will ship out in order of arrival as soon as I return. I have shows every weekend from Nov. 25 to Dec. 16 so check out the events bar on Facebook for in-person availability. Happy holidays wherever you are and whatever you celebrate!
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
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!
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
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!
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.)