Are your fragrances 100% natural?
Our fragrance ingredients are primarily non-toxic, and made with certified natural essential oils. With the exception of an alcohol base, we take great pride in selecting safe ingredients derived from nature.
Are your products vegan and cruelty free?
Yes, all our products are 100% vegan and cruelty free.
How are your scents made?
Founder and fragrance designer Molly Ray custom blends each fragrance drawn from inspiration from the intended wearer. The process includes developing a custom formula using natural ingredients, balancing, blending, and wear-testing before it is thoughtfully named, bottled and packaged.
Can you tell me more about the creation process?
Each fragrance starts with a feeling, idea or experience. It could be a place that invokes inspiration, a piece of art displayed in a museum, or anything that moves the senses. When designing a custom fragrance, ideas are drawn from what the intended wearer shares via the Custom Fragrance survey. These questions reveal insight into scent memories and likes/dislikes in terms of various notes (fruity, woody, citrus, etc.).
After initial inspiration, pen is put to paper to write the formula. Care is taken to ensure the three parts of the fragrance (top, middle and base notes) are well balanced before blending. Each scent begins in small batches, using a digital scale to carefully weigh each note and determining which ingredients to increase or lessen. Ingredients are then added into a glass beaker and blended using a metallic stirrer, which creates a cyclone-like motion that fully infuses notes.
Once the right first blend is created, the ‘wearing’ process begins. All scents are first worn by Molly and others before making final tweaks to the formula. This process ensures the scent evokes the spirit and vibe that inspired its creation, and that it reflects the essence of the wearer.
The final step of the process is to bottle the scent as an eau de toilette or create other fragrance products from the blend. Fragrances can be adapted into diffuser oils, bath salts and more. Molly takes the time to create a special name for each custom scents and incorporates this into the label and packaging.
Et Voilà! The fragrance is completed and ready to be shipped anywhere in the country or hand delivered whenever possible to local Seattle customers.
Why are fragrances derived from mostly natural and sustainable ingredients better?
Synthetic perfumes typically contain toxic petroleum and coal-derived synthetic chemicals, and other carcinogenic ingredients. Studies have found that these ingredients are linked to hormone, endocrine, and reproductive system disruptions – not to mention skin inflammation, and other allergy sensitivities. Fragrances derived of mostly natural ingredients offer an alternative way to wear scents safely and beautifully.
Where do you source your ingredients?
We source our vendors primarily from the Pacific Northwest. A majority of the Fragrance by Mr. oils are sourced from a special apothecary in Seattle. Special oils may be ordered from vendors based elsewhere in the Northwest or as nearby as possible, such as Mountain Rose Herbs. Occasionally, some scents are infused with special raw fragrance oils imported directly from France, sourced during Molly’s studies at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in Grasse.
We know how important it is to understand where oils are sourced from, so care is taken to understand as much information about the vendor supply chain as possible before purchasing. Sustainable procurement is a journey. Fragrance by Mr. continually searches for the best options for each product in terms of environmental and social impact.
How do I know what scent is right for me?
Do you offer events or classes?
Yes! Founder and designer Molly Ray hosts custom fragrance events and can accommodate up to 10 guests in her studio, sharing information about fragrance, walking guests through a fragrance experience, understanding tastes and preferences, and designing a custom fragrance for each. Find out more here.
Do you have a physical shop?
Currently, products are only sold online. You can occasionally find us at local Seattle events, hotels and craft fairs throughout the year. Follow our social media accounts to learn more about where we’ll be next!
How long does production and shipping take?
Shipping of our signature scents takes 5-7 business days for domestic shipping. If you’ve ordered a custom scent, please allow for one week of blending and settling before your product is shipped.
What if I don’t like the scent I’ve selected after arrival?
We strive to produce fragrances that are custom to you and your style, and puts a smile on your face. Because feelings about scent are so personal, there may be a blend that works for others but not for you. If you are not satisfied with your blend or product for any reason, please send Molly an email at firstname.lastname@example.org sharing what didn’t work for you. Fragrance by Mr. will provide a 100% refund.