That I really like Sonoma Scent Studio is witnessed by the many reviews here on the blog. I like quite a few things about SSS and the woman behind it, Californian perfumer Laurie Erickson: she is not afraid to use mixed media (naturals and synthetics), she offers various sizes, her perfumes come in extrait concentration, she has an extremely reasonable pricing policy and a variety of her scents just work perfectly for me.
Laurie herself seems to be a lovely, generous and kind person who imbues her creations with the dedication, love and soulfulness she feels for her profession.
I’m very happy she agreed to answer my questions.
A good day starts with… seeing the early morning sun on the hills out the window.
I’d never leave the house without… my backpack.
I always feel good when… I’m outside in the garden surrounded by plants and oak trees.
My favorite thing in the world is… a warm summer day.
The next thing I want to buy is… a replacement computer.
The place I always come back to is… home.
My personal style is… casual.
My favorite perfume… is that of the flowers in the garden.
When I travel, I… am dreaming (I don’t get to travel).
To relax I need… a quiet environment.
I like to gift people with… things that are personally meaningful to them.
When I have a bad day, I… take a break and look forward to tomorrow.
I find my inspiration… in beautiful ingredients.
Something I would never want to miss… is spending time with family.
My last mistake was… buying ingredients that seemed interesting but haven’t proven to be useful yet.
In my fridge there is always… organic fruit juice (current favorite is berry nectar).
On my nightstand I keep… a vase of whatever flowers are blooming in the garden that day.
The perfect weekend starts with… all orders being done.
My role model is… not an actual person, but a set of ideals in my head that provide rules to live by. As far as running a perfumery goes, I have been inspired by Andy Tauer and Mandy Aftel (and many others), who provide different examples of how indie artists can stay true to their ideals while growing their businesses.
Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this is… what do I love most about what I do: the top two things on the long list are sourcing and working with gorgeous ingredients and interacting with the wonderful people in the fragrance community.
Many thanks to Laurie for participating. Laurie’s garden must be amazing, she lives in a landscape that comes very close to paradise in my estimate.
Ae you an SSS fan? What’s your favorite from the line?