Frequently Asked Questions
What are Whole Plant Perfumes?
Whole Plant Perfumes are created Seed To Perfume. My family and I organically grow perfume flowers and botanicals here in our woodland perfume garden, and wildcraft from our pristine forest. I use ancient and traditional perfume extraction methods and techniques like enfleurage, organic food grade alcohol extraction, and distillation to create my own organic absolutes, tinctures, enfleurage extraits, enfleurage pomades, resinoids, waxes, and essential oils. Perfume descriptions list which handcrafted extracts are used in the creation of the perfume.
What is Perfumed Honey?
Perfumed Honey is organic, raw honey harvested from our honey bee hives, infused with botanicals in a special two step process that ensures lovely scent and flavor are delicately laced through the beautiful honey.
Which payment methods do you accept?
We accept all major credit and debit cards through our cart check out with secure payment. We also accept PayPal.
Do you accept international orders?
Yes! We ship anywhere USPS ships, which is Worldwide!
Do you create Bespoke Custom Perfumes?
Yes! You can place an order for a Bespoke Custom Perfume under the listing "The Scentkeeper"!
Do you accept returns?
Due to the organic nature of the product,we do not accept returns. We offer sample and mini sizes for purchase, this way customers can try our perfumes before purchasing a full size.
Are your products cruelty-free?
Yes! All of our products are cruelty-free and are never tested on animals. Jade Forest Co. perfumes may contain botanical musks and cruelty-free animal musks like beeswax, propolis, hyraceum, ambergris, onycha, and lanolin. My perfumes DO NOT and never will contain civet, castoreum, or muskrat.
Do you have an Instagram?
Yes! Visit me at @jadeforestco._ for an inside look at my art and process, photos of forest, flora, fauna, and our perfume and permaculture gardens!
What is Enfleurage?
Enfleurage is an ancient technique, first used by the Ancient Egyptians to extract the scent of lotus and lily. The process was then refined and revived by traditional perfumers in the 18th century. First a base of fat is created, traditionally animal tallow was used, but I use exotic, organic plant butters, stiffened with beeswax from our organic honey bee apiary. After the base is melted, poured onto trays, and hardens, freshly picked, just opened flowers are laid upon the base. The blossoms exude their lovely fragrance onto the base, which absorbs the scent of the living flower. Each of my enfleurages have hundreds of blooms grace their surface over the course of charging the enfleurage. The spent flowers are removed daily and replaced with fresh flowers. This continues over the course of the season, until the pomade is saturated and imprinted with the scent of the fresh flowers. I extract some of my enfleurage pomades to obtain a pure extrait absolute for use in my liquid oil perfumes. Some enfleurages are kept whole for use in my solid perfumes. Enfleurage is a beautiful process that I enjoy very much. The final enfleurages and extraits capture the whole scent of the flower, all of it's many nuances and notes, and is like smelling the fresh flower!
How do you create whole plant perfume materials?
I extract flowers and botanicals with high proof, food grade, organic ethanol/alcohol. When the extrait is saturated with the fragrance of the flowers or botanicals I'm extracting, it is then processed to obtain a whole plant absolute. The alcohol is completely evaporated, and I'm left with a pure extract of the plant or flower. I never use hexane or toxic extraction methods. My perfume materials are created organically every step of the way. From the materials used to create the extracts, to the flowers and botanicals that are grown organically here on our Forest Flower Farm.
Is there anything else I should know about your perfumes?
Yes! Jade Forest Perfumes are organic and created from botanicals, therefore the longevity is not the same as mainstream, synthetic, and commercial perfumes. I recommend applying a bit of perfume to each pulse point, gently with your fingertips or rollerball. Rubbing causes faster evaporation, so avoiding it can extend the longevity of the fragrance.
My perfumes are best experienced on the skin, rather than sampling from the bottle or jar. As they are warmed by the heat of your body, the perfume unfolds its scent song, and the many notes and accords are experienced in layers, a top, middle, and finally the base notes in the dry down.
A characteristic of organic, natural oil perfumes is settling of heavier molecules like plant waxes and resins. It is completely normal to see a tiny amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, especially if it has been sitting in one spot for a while, and in no way does it effect the perfume.
A characteristic of natural, organic solid enfleurage perfumes is crystallization of the raw, organic beeswax and plant butters used in the enfleurage, and the solid compositions and formulas. Over time the beeswax can also bloom, which is a harmless, edible type of wild yeast that is also found on chocolate. Neither are common, but can happen if the solid perfume is subjected to temperature fluctuations, or just over time in general. It in no way effects the perfume and is strictly cosmetic.
What will I receive if I order from Jade Forest Co.?
You will receive perfumes that are created Seed To Perfume! The fragrant trails of the forest, the scent songs of the flowers, honeycomb from the bees, magic from the plant spirits and forest nymphs. A synergistic creation of alchemy and nature. Forest, Flora, and Fauna. An enchanting, whimsical olfactory pleasure from the Jade Forest!
Are there any precautions?
My handcrafted extractions and perfumes are created with organic materials every step of the way, from the flowers and plants I extract, to the base materials of creamy plant butters, silky oils, raw beeswax from our hives, and organic food grade alcohol. There are rare instances where individuals may be allergic or sensitized to a particular botanical. if you have a history of allergies or reactions to botanicals, please use caution and your own discretion. If you are not sure, it's recommended to do a patch test on your inner wrist. Jade Forest Co. is not responsible for misuse, sensitivities, allergies, or reactions.
What is the shelf life of your perfumes?
Liquid Oil and Solid Perfumes have a shelf life of up to 2 years when stored properly away from heat and light. Alcohol based perfumes have an indefinite shelf life, and will last forever when stored properly away from heat and light.
How are perfumes packaged?
Full size liquid perfumes are packaged in thick walled glass roller bottles. Full size solid perfumes are packaged in low profile french glass jars. Mini liquid 2ml and 3ml sizes are packaged in green glass roller bottles. Liquid 1ml sample sizes are packaged in glass sample vials, and 1ml solid sample sizes are packaged in plastic cosmetic lacon sample containers. Shelf life is 2 years from Date of Purchase.
Orders are nestled in forest and garden botanicals we collect and dry, inside a pretty green box made of recycled materials. Tied with green and white gold threaded cord, and topped with a gold charm. Wrapped in tissue paper with special paper sticker for easy recycling. All orders come with Jade Forest Co. logo artwork card in gold envelope with green wax seal stamped with our tree sigil emblem. Card can be personalized with your own message. Leave a note in comments at checkout for card personalization. Please note sample sizes will be packaged together in one box.