Sonoma Scent Studio

Sonoma Scent Studio, affectionately referred to by its devoted followers simply as “SSS,” or even by the proprietress’ first name, “Laurie”, gets a lot of love with the heavyweights (Now Smell This, Perfume Smellin’ Things, Katie Puckrik Smells, I Smell Therefore I Am, et cetera), and I’ve been slow to catch on. The indie perfumers lay in a funny place within my brain, mostly due to an unpleasant sampling adventure with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL). BPAL also gets a lot of love from perfumistas, and I was weary to begin with, and horrified after sniffing three “imp ears” (1mL samples). While many perfumistas love these, for me, they smell like a Eugene head-shop (See BdM post for details), encompassing the elements I fear most in perfumery.

But enough about that.

Indie houses are just as varied as niche and mainstream houses, and I cannot—or should not—judge a perfumer by who signs their paycheck. In fact, a successful indie house speaks for itself, since interest spreads through word-of-mouth. Sonoma Scent Studio’s compositions are also sold through The Perfumed Court, The Posh Peasant, and Indiescents (from the guy behind Luckyscent), which is a recommendation in itself.

I ordered one of the gift sets, specifically, a box-set of five atomizers, 2.5*mL each. I selected the following fragrances:

Tabac Aurea
Incense Pure
Ambre Noir
Champagne de Bois
Jour Ensoleillé

I’m a firm believer in the primacy of the juice (thus my large and growing collection of decants), but fine details in packaging are appreciated. This box set is stunning, and I think that it might be what I give to the important women in my life this holiday season (mom, mother-in-law, grandmothers). It doesn’t feel like a sample set. The little coffret declares, “contents valuable.”

My order was placed at about 8:00 pm on Thursday, and by 10:00 am Friday, I had a personal e-mail response and shipping confirmation number. The perfume, along with three samples (Winter Woods, Rose Musc, and Lieu de Reves) arrived Monday. This type of customer service, coupled with quality perfume, is probably a good indicator of why her following is so devoted.

I’m going to spend the next five (or more) days with Laurie’s perfumes, and am really looking forward to it.

You may be wondering, what was my very first impression after opening the Priority Mail box? MMMmmmmmmm. Smells good!

The box-set that I ordered costs $40, and $6.50 to ship (these fragrances are extrait or parfum concentration).
*Oops, these are actually 2mL each, not 2.5mL.

All images in this post are copyrighted to Laurie Erickson of Sonoma Scent Studio.

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