Universal Flowering is a collection of genderless & captivating fragrances designed by perfumer Courtney Rafuse. Launched in 2016 after years of practice and study, Universal Flowering continues to challenge the perception of what a beautiful scent can be. Don't you think it's time to be fervently ahead of your own fantasy?
For private label or consultation: Courtney[at]universal---flowering[dot]com
Q. How do I best care for my perfumes?
A. By wearing them! Your perfume will age with oxidization and become more beautiful for it. The aging process is a gentle reminder that what we're using is an ever shifting thing, set to grow with us. Slight colour changes and scent deepening is all normal. Ideally, keep it out of direct blaring sunlight, or direct blaring heat.
Q.What concentration are your perfumes?
A. All of my perfumes are formulated as Eau de Parfums. Generally landing between 15 - 18%. This leaves the impact I prefer, and it should help you extend your bottle. Eau de Parfum doesn't need to be applied all over, and the scent performance is sufficient in 1-2 sprays.
Q.Are you scents natural?
A. Elements of them are, and elements of my perfumes are lab-made molecules and aroma chemicals. Without those, my perfumes would lose their abstraction and dreamy edges. Naturals are vivid and beautiful, but solely using them (IMO) creates road blocks and lost opportunity. Synthesized molecules create a new type of expression and great bone structure. They allow me to build upon and beyond nature.
Q.Why do your sample sale perfumes not end up in the collection?
A. When I do my instagram sample sales, it's because I have an influx of scent drafts that are simply too special to get rid of. As an independent perfumer, I am constantly working and reworking fragrances. Usually, the scents that end up in Sample Sales are riffs on an existing formula - therefore, too close to another for it to be part of the collection. Sometimes, they are just interesting explorations that worked out really well. Or, it's a draft of a scent that took an interesting turn, but ultimately not what I ended up going with. Additionally, they often are scents made using a small amount of an expensive or rare material that wouldn't be sustainable in a long term run. Often I use sample sales as a way to guage interest on a project. Fig and Summer Sauna were both added to the collection after being so popular during a sample sale!
If you purchased a scent during a sample sale, I'm usually able to make them again on request!
Q. Are your perfumes unisex?
A. Gender has no place in my perfumes. Only the body wearing it can decide if it works for them or not!