Custom Fragrance

The people who seek me out for custom fragrance design usually have one particular thing in common—they have paved an unconventional path through life. They share a visionary outlook on their world and a deep desire to differentiate themselves from the fashionable masses. They are trendsetters not followers, with strong aesthetic preferences and interests.

Each one of us treasures rich olfactory memories of places we yearn to experience again; the baked rafters of a sunlit library, the grassy sweet snap of a summer-ripe tomato garden. Some of us dream of more curious and even unknowable fragrances—the waft of a plastic dinghy adrift on the Pacific Ocean, an ozonic sunset on Mars. Capturing these tableaus presents unique challenges, but the opportunity to create something so magically evocative is one of my greatest pleasures as a perfumer.

 
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Service:

Join me at my studio in San Francisco for an intimate three-hour long perfume session. During our time together, we’ll explore a diverse range of scents and create three fragrance drafts for you to take home and choose between at your leisure. Once you select your final version, I will deliver your natural and sustainably sourced pure parfum in a 15 ml French glass bottle. Your unique formula will remain in my client database should you choose to reorder again in the future.

If you’re unable to meet me in San Francisco, we can work together remotely. Please be advised remote services take up to two month to complete.

Cost: $325 for the three-hour service and 15 ml parfum; $105 for reorders

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Work with Me

I begin the process of creating your custom fragrance by developing an understanding of the role scents plays in your life. Perhaps you seek a bold bouquet to announce your singular presence and then linger behind when you exit a room. Or you may prefer to wear your perfume close to the skin, like an intimate garment. You may choose the earthy familiarity of natural blends or the imaginative complexity of mixed-media perfumes. It’s up to you.

I always begin by sourcing materials with sustainability first and foremost in my mind. Thousands of medicinal and aromatic plant species are threatened with extinction worldwide from habitat destruction and over-harvesting, many of those, such as vanilla, are already facing depletion as the demand for essential oils continues to increase. That is why I feel so strongly that those who are lucky enough to work with botanicals should always ensure responsible sourcing and choose sustainable alternatives whenever possible. I appreciate that these environmental values are also important to my clients.

The luxurious pure parfums I create are both beneficial for the spirit and low-impact for our planet—because true beauty is cruelty-free, ethical, and environmentally conscious. If you feel called to work with me to create a custom fragrance for yourself or for a special project you have in mind, or if you’re interested in partnering, you can email me at heather@cartafragrances.com or order directly below.

 
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