FAQ

WHAT IS BOTANICAL PERFUMERY?

botanical perfumery is the art of blending perfume from 100% natural ingredients. 

what fragrant ingredients do you use?

ESSENTIAL OILS, CO2 EXTRACTS, ABSOLUTES, RESINS, OLEORESINS, BALSAMS, NATURAL ISOLATES, ENFLEURAGE EXTRAITS AND TINCTURES.

WHERE DO YOU SOURCE your INGREDIENTS FROM?

I try to source as much as I can locally. the base of spiritus vini is distilled in the barossa valley, SA. specialty ingredients that are not available in australia are sourced globally from reputable suppliers that meet strict ethics. I use organic and wildcrafted ingredients where possible, and if it is the most sustainable option present. for example, our base of spiritus vini is a more sustainable option than sourcing organic perfumers alcohol in australia, because the only organic perfumers alcohol is imported and thus has a greater carbon footprint. furthermore, the spiritus vini is distilled from australian wine industry waste, and is from a company with an excellent sustainability protocol in place – thus it was a no brainer to go with them. I never use plants that are endangered such as rosewood, palo santo, oud, indian mysore sandalwood, etc if they have not been sourced sustainably (which is the majority of the time). 

ARE YOUr PERFUMES SUITABLE FOR VEGANS?

Cygnet products are never tested on animals. nocturne, en plein air & conifer are all vegan. I do use beeswax, honey and propolis in some perfumes. please email me at Sondrine@cygnetperfumery.com.au if you have questions.

WHAT IS SPIRITUS VINI?

sPIRITUS VINI IS a natural alcohol made fROM 100% AUSTRALIAN GRAPES/ WINEMAKING RESIDUALS. SPIRITUS VINI WAS THE TRADITIONAL PERFUMERS ALCOHOL IN 16TH-18TH CENTURY FRANCE, BOASTING IT’S OWN UNIQUE AROMA PROFILE AND CHEMISTRY WITH FRAGRANT INGREDIENTS.  UNFORTUNATELY today MAJORITY OF PERFUMES CONTAIN petroleum derived ethanol and ‘alcohol denat’  (denatured ethanol) WHICH cONTAINs potentially harmful DENATURANTS. 

WHAT IS EXTRAIT DE PARFUM AND HOW CONCENTRATED is it?

extrait de parfum is the most luxurious and potent of perfume expressions. at 30% concentration a little goes a long way.

ARE YOUR PERFUMES SUITABLE FOR ALL GENDERS?

Yes! cultural conditioning has created the illusion that fragrance is gender binary. there is nothing inherently gendered about perfume – it all comes down to personal preference. 

DO YOUR PERFUMES WEAR DIFFERENTLY ON THE SKIN TO SYNTHETIC PERFUMES?

Botanical perfumes express themselves individually on each wearer, due to their dynamic relationship with skin. Rather than a loud and linear cloud of fragrance, the complex structure of botanical perfume is revealed to you over the hours of wearing. Slowly unfurling from top, to heart, to base notes; botanical perfumes are energetic and may reveal something new each time. they are for you and those close to you.  It is recommended to apply botanical perfume to moisturised skin in order to prolong how long it lasts. the molecular composition of the perfume, where it is applied on your body, the climate and your skin type all affect how long a fragrance lasts. 

your perfumes are natural – does that mean I won’t have an adverse reaction to them?

unfortunately it is possible to have a reaction to anything – including natural perfume. I strive to ensure all materials are used at a safe dermal level in accordance with ifra. however, some people can have sensitivities to particular components of essential oils and other aromatic ingredients. always patch test before use and cease use immediately if signs of irritation occur, consulting a doctor if necessary. 

what’s the EXPIRY DATE?

tHE GENERAL RULE OF THUMB IS TO USE IT UP WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF OPENING. however, if stored correctly, botanical perfume can age like fine wine. store your perfume in a cool and dark space away from sunlight, extreme temperatures and humidity and ensure the lid is tightly sealed. I have a perfume I made over a decade ago that has aged magnificently.

CAN I PURCHASE YOUR PERFUMES OUTSIDE OF AUSTRALIA?

unfortunately I currently do not deliver outside of australia.