about the mad poet and the perfumes
What kind of a name is that?

Why mad? "We're all mad here." Because, in undertaking this quest, I have questioned my sanity many times. It is not the first time I have thrown myself into a largely unsupported endeavor for sheer love of the process, nor will it be the last. Which, since poetry is generally like that, leads into the next question:

Why poet? A poet transforms bits and baubles and tatters into things with rhythm and beauty and sense. "A poet makes himself a visionary through a long, boundless, and systematized disorganization of all the senses. All forms of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself, he exhausts within himself all poisons, and preserves their quintessences." -Rimbaud

Why perfumery? A perfume is a poem for the sense of smell, the most mysterious and evocative of the five physical senses. Through my fondness of chemistry and of poetry, I've become increasingly enthralled with the art of fragrance.

Why menace? I'd like to answer with a devious grin, but text just doesn't convey that properly. Very well: I'm here to encourage you all to break the rules, think differently and question everything.

Are these natural perfumes? How do you pick your ingredients?

I use ingredients that are all either natural or identical to compounds found in nature. Furthermore, when using nature-identical compounds, I use almost exclusively those which are approved for food use. My training in organic chemistry gives me the ability to seek out information sources outside the perfumery world, which I can, and do, use to evaluate the characteristics and environmental safety of each ingredient.

There are lots of things out there that don't meet my standards. Artificial musks, for example, which are not found in nature in any form, and are bio-persistent and may be endocrine disruptors: they'll never be found in any of my perfumes, despite the fact that you're probably exposed every day to these ingredients in common soaps and laundry detergents. Artificial colors, which are mostly coal tar derivatives, also stay out. So do pre-blended "fragrance oils" with no ingredient listing.

This is not to say that my perfume oils are consumable. Natural essential oils are usually dangerous to ingest. Don't eat the perfume, no matter how good it smells!

Natural ingredients are also not always predictable or perfectly safe for everyone. There's always the possibility of an allergic reaction. Contact me with questions, and I'll do my best to answer.

None of these perfumes use any ingredients extracted from animals. Some may use ingredients extracted from animal products like butter and beeswax; ask if you have concerns. "Musk" ingredients are all plant derivatives.

Certain essential oils, such as citrus oils and the aforesaid herbal musks, may be photosensitizing. As such, avoid wearing blends with these ingredients when you're planning to spend a lot of time with your wrists exposed to direct sunlight.

These are highly concentrated, generally in the range of 20-60%. How much depends on each individual blend: some ingredients are pre-diluted for skin safety, solubility and/or evenness of aroma.

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