Hello, hello friends! How are you? I missed you! What are you reading?

I am back from one of my many disappearances. The last post I put up was weeks ago with a contact form so people could ask questions. And ask you all did! I had no idea that many people were interested in diy perfume, I love it. But hey, let's talk about life. The baby is currently doing this highly coordinated military exercise that she performs instead of actually walking - she crawls at lightning speed across the floor as though it's the sandy beaches of Normandy then when she locates her walker she hops up and takes off down the hallway then turns around and comes right back. Screaming all the while.

Lately I've been focused on writing. I took a workshop to get my novel in shape and that was all well and good until the class ended and then I got distracted like I do. Now I'm writing short stories that I'm trying to get published and as many of my writer friends out there know the process is DEMORALIZING. Why God, why do we do this to ourselves? Hopefully something good comes of it this year.

As for what I'm reading since I started doing that again too...I'm reading seriously 5 books and two lit mags. Zelda, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Curtsies and Conspiracies, and Black Apples. I am loving Black Apples, it's an anthology of dark fairy tale re-tellings. The lit mags I'm obsessed with are Shimmer and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. Funny story about Shimmer...I subscribed and the editor replied...turns out she wears my perfume! Small world. I want to submit to both but wow that will sting when I inevitably get rejected because those two are SO GOOD. I'm thinking about starting my own fairy tale/fantasy online journal just on tumblr for people who love writing these stories and just want to get them out there. Because all the billion projects I'm doing aren't enough amirite?

Oh and Circa! That one is a historical fiction online journal. SO UP MY ALLEY. Seriously friends, check all those out and if you have suggestions for me, put them in the comments.

Lastly in this update I will mention my upcoming craft show appearances. I'll be at Tigerlily Perfumery in San Francisco on July 17. I'll also be at the Renegade Wholesale show in SF July 18 but I believe that is only open to store owners/buyers. I'll be back in Los Angeles at Renegade (my fav as you can see) July 26 & 27 and then Renegade Brooklyn in September. My first East Coast show!

So hopefully I'll see you. Hope everyone is doing well, I need to post more so we can talk.

So apparently scammers on Amazon sell my stuff?

I was alerted to a shop on Amazon (I'm not going to link because why give them more attention) that is selling my three perfume sample pack for $27. That's triple what I charge, but more importantly, they did this without my permission. No heads up. Just straight up took my work and put it on their site. That is all kinds of effed up. 

The moral of this story is there are three places you can buy Sweet Tea Apothecary perfume: my Etsy shop, my website, or me in person at a craft show. Anywhere else online is a scam.

Deconstructing Scent: Musings on History, Literature & Memory

Here is a blog post I wrote for a friend in grad school at UNC.

It’s hard to forget the scent of your mother’s favorite perfume, the trace of a lost love on a sweater they left behind, a baby’s first blanket. Scent can be at once familiar and transformative–taking you back to memories of times and places long past. In much the same way that well-crafted words in a book, iconic images on film, chords in music, games we play, stories we pass down, and traditions we keep alive are all capable of blending together on the plane of past, present, and future, scent–one of your natural senses–can elicit emotions and mental images.

Read the rest at Ethos Journal.

Holiday Schedule!

This holiday season I am participating in three craft fairs, two of which are out of state. That said, this year I'll be closing up shop while I am away. If you are interested in perfumed Christmas shopping, please note the dates below. If you are an international customer try to get your order in by mid-November to ensure your parcel gets to you on time.

Shop Closures:

November 27 - December 1

December 11- January 5


Find me in person:

November 28/29 - EtsyRain Handmade Holiday Show Seattle

December 14/15 - Renegade Craft Winter Market Los Angeles

December 21/22 - Renegade Craft Winter Market San Francisco

If you experience package loss or damage, please let me know no later than December 10 so I can get a replacement to you in time for Christmas! After that date I will be unable to send you a new package until I return in January, sorry in advance for the inconvenience.

Thank you all for being such amazing customers! I hope you have a great holiday season, whatever you celebrate!