Q: What are the ingredients in CB Perfume?
A: The ingredients in all CB Absolutes are: Diisoproply Adipate (extracted from Beet Juice) and Fragrance. The Ingredients in all CB Water Perfumes & CB HOME Sprays are: Distilled Water, Fragrance, PPG-26 Buteth-26, PEG-40 and Hydrogenated Castor Oil. No specially denatured alcohol is used in ANY CB Perfume.
Q: Why don't you use alcohol?
A: I have never been happy with specially denatured alcohol as a base for fragrance; it evaporates quickly, dries the skin & hair and is highly flammable. Oil & water are what the skin naturally needs to hold fragrance the longest – I use those as the bases for all my perfumes instead. From an esthetic view, alcohol always interferes with the true nature of the scent and you need to wait for it to “burn off” before you can truly appreciate perfume. Without alcohol, my scents are presented immediately exactly as I designed them.
Q: Do you use animal-derived ingredients in CB perfumes?
Q: Can I wear several scents at once?
A: Yes. The point of wearing perfume is to smell the way you want. I encourage you to experiment with special combinations of your own.
Q: How long does the perfume last when I wear it?
A: The longevity of any scent is dependent upon a number of factors – the two main ones are the natural condition of your skin and the volatility of the scent itself. Your skin's condition is affected by diet, moisture level, acid balance and inherent genetic chemistry. You can prolong the life of a scent on your skin by applying an unscented lotion, cream or oil before you apply your scent. The volatility of a scent is dependent upon the molecular weight of the chemicals it's composed of. Lightweight molecules (like those in citrus fruits or delicate flowers) will evaporate more quickly. Heavyweight chemicals (like sandalwood or leather) will linger much longer. I design all my scents to last as long as possible while maintaining the integrity of the intended scent – most last at least a few hours and others all day.
Q: How long does the perfume last in the bottle?
A: If properly stored, my perfume absolutes will last indefinitely. If kept properly closed, stored out of direct light and at normal room temperature, they will last as long as you like. It is a myth that perfume “turns bad” with time. Only those made with poor quality ingredients or unstable chemical formulations will deteriorate and smell bad as they age. Well made perfumes will change with time however – they grow richer with each passing year. I have smelled many perfectly stored classic perfumes made in the early to mid twentieth century and they are still perfectly beautiful and magical when their owners wear them.
Q: Are CB Perfumes for men or women?
A: Both. While certain of my scents are more popular with one or the other, I do not define scent by gender. I prefer to let people choose for themselves.
Q: How do I wear CB Absolutes?
A: Simply dab a tiny amount on pulse points or where the skin is warmest. Do Not use ANY perfume on extremely sensitive areas of the body and never apply perfume to your face. Remember CB Absolutes are the most concentrated version of the scent so you will need only a very small amount.
Q: What's the difference between HOME Spray and Water Perfume?
A: Concentration. Water perfumes are designed to be worn on the skin and have a higher fragrance level.Home Sprays have a lighter scent suitable for rooms without ever being overpowering.
Q: Will Water Perfume stain my clothes?
A: Most likely not. I test all my water-based scents on white silk and to date, have had zero issues. It is important however, to hold the spray at least 8 inches from the fabric when applying. CB Water Perfume or Home Sprays should NOT be used on leather, plastic or hand-painted fabrics however. If you're uncertain, you should do a small test on non-visible areas of the fabric in question.
Q: Can I use HOME spray on my skin?
A: Yes you can. The base formula for both my water perfumes and home sprays is the same – only the concentration varies. CB HOME sprays are perfectly safe to wear on the skin.
Q: Oh my god! This smells exactly like (whatever it says on the bottle)! How do you do that?
A: It's a gift. I am a natural born Nose and I have an innate olfactory talent for capturing the reality of scent. I also often rely on an odor analysis technique called “headspace”. Working with several fragrance labs, we can molecularly analyze virtually any odor. This provides a framework that the technicians and I can use to rebuild a single accord. “Headspace” is a valuable tool but it cannot yet replace the human Nose.
Q: Do you test on animals?
A: Yes. But the ONLY animal I test on is me.