Welcome to Kyse Perfumes (formerly Perfumes by Terri!) All of my perfumes are handcrafted using raw materials I adore to actualize scent dreams I've had for some time. I'm reveling in every minute of exploration and creation along the way!
I never knew the road would lead me here, and who knows where it's going. I'm doing everything I love all wrapped up into one! My BS and graduate studies are in Nutritional Sciences, and I used to work in a lab doing research on the chemo preventive properties of soy. Mixing, measuring, and recording in my lab book are second nature. Doing it while being able to smell, test and explore perfume is constant enjoyment!
I've loved perfume ever since I can remember! My first Chanel came in grade school, and I had quite a collection on my mirrored tray before I was 10. A few years back I discovered niche perfumes. I never knew there were so many beautiful gems that smelled nothing like the scent I get when I walk in to Macy's...that cacophony of smells that all blend into one. So much of what was on the market was the same to me, and now there was a whole world of "different"!
The realization that there were so many smells I'd never experienced led me to start researching notes rather than whole perfumes. It wasn't long before I found the Perfumer's Apprentice near Santa Cruz and I was ordering oils, accords and extracts just to experience the aromas. I started blending, but looking back I think my nose hadn't experienced enough to know which direction to go, or what notes might play well with others. My little note box got pushed to the side in favor of purchasing, selling, and swapping decants and splitting bottles. I wanted to try everything!
While I was in my experimental smelling stage, I met a lovely woman, Laura who made organic perfumes and led me to some wonderful resources for raw materials. I dabbled around again, my nose a bit more educated, but still nothing seemed to click. Every once in a while I'd get my box of notes out and play, but then I'd get swept up in the next new perfume release, and I'd be off on a million Google searches.
More recently my good friend Kimberly, a wonderful perfumer, led me to some new resources, and lit a fire under me to start creating for real. I thank the heavens for her as I've been happier than ever when I'm in creation mode these days! And I'd be nowhere without my bestest friend Diane cheering me on all the way, telling me what's wonderful, terrible, answering me back a million times a day when we brainstorm ideas, and working tirelessly on the graphics end of this endeavor. It's fantastic getting to work with what I love everyday!
I worked on a few other formulations before creating Sucre et Fleurs, my first release. Now there are more wonderful scents in my line, and my ideas are growing. I'm a gourmand nut at heart, though I love florals, leathers and woods, so I hope I can release something for everyone eventually. I have wonderful friends that let me send samples to test. Honest feedback allows me to cultivate and bring ideas to their full potential, and oftentimes mistakes take me in a lovely direction! Each experience is a chance to learn what works and what doesn't. I learn what notes cause my nose to perceive others when combined. Notes I think I don't like, when added in tiny amounts can make something round and full...like salt in cookies makes them sweeter!
At this point I have growing lists of materials I need for my organ...yes my tiny organ...no longer just a "box of notes". I love to work with naturals, however, I don't like to contain my creativity to only natural or "only" anything. I use what my nose likes. Please enjoy my small batch, handmade perfumes. I love them all, and it fills me with joy to share them with you!