Frequently Asked Questions
Q: DO YOU SHIP OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES?
A: Yes, select your country at checkout for international rates. Keep in mind the recipient will have the responsibility of clearing Customs in their respective country.
Email us if your country is not listed to arrange shipping.
Q: WILL YOU CHANGE MY INVOICE TO MAKE IT CHEAPER FOR IMPORT?
A: No, we will not amend your invoice to make it cheaper to import. This is fraud and if you want to pay cheaper import taxes vote differently. Though many of you have state-supported healthcare and should just pay your taxes and be glad a "health insurance company" is just something you have just heard about.
Q: WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS IN CB PERFUME?
A: The ingredients in all CB Absolutes are: Diisopropyl 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: ARE YOUR PERFUMES MADE FROM "ORGANIC' OR 'ALL NATURAL" INGREDIENTS?
A: This is really a two-part question so let's take them individually and start with the far simpler second: are my scents made with all-natural materials? No. It is not (currently) possible to make smells such as Ink, Rubber Inner Tube or Doll Head without resorting to synthetic aromachemicals.
I will stress here that Not All Synthetics Are Bad.
Now for the tough part: are my perfumes organic? Well, what definition of "organic" do you mean? Much like "alcohol", "sugar" and "salt", this term has several meanings depending on specific usage and context. In a scientific botanical context, I use a great many plant-based aroma materials - FAR more than the vast majority of other perfumers or olfactory artists. I obtain these from several sources all of which I've chosen because they guarantee substances of the highest quality and purity.
But if you're referring to "organic" in the context of healthy, sustainable and environmentally responsible farming practices, my answer is that such issues do not really apply to natural materials extracted for use in creating the scent of perfume. The various processes generally used to obtain natural materials pretty much ensure that extraction results in a compound that contains ONLY a vast array of natural chemicals that comprise the odor of the plant.
Here I will STRONGLY stress that Not All Natural Materials Are Good or Safe. In fact, there are more than a few that if used incorrectly or irresponsibly can cause a host of medical issues ranging from severe skin irritations to miscarriage.
Since my time at Kiehl's, I have done and continue to do a hell of a lot of research on fragrance compounds of all types. I study not only their history, cultural impact and traditions of preparation but also the ongoing look into their chemical composition, current methods of extraction, the physiological and emotional effects on the human organism and even the environmental and economic impact of raising/manufacturing them. Furthermore, for several years I worked for the country's oldest and original organic farm where I gained thorough understanding of true organic farming practices. My time at Walnut Acres also left me with far more stringent standards as to what constitutes organic produce than even those laid out by the US FDA. As far as I'm concerned, this knowledge is crucial to creating perfume and no responsible perfumer or olfactory artist can do any less than to have a very very thorough understanding of and respect for the basic materials used.
So with every scent I create, I am and have always been SUPER picky about what goes in them whether natural or man-made. I am very rigid about what I will and will not use.
-I will ONLY use:
Materials of the highest and purest quality
Materials with little or no probability to cause irritation
Materials with extremely little or no environmental impact in their production, use or disposal.
-I DO NOT use or allow:
Any material of animal origin
Any synthetic compound containing or consisting of any molecule "never before found in nature"
Any material or compound that may compromise the safety and well-being of myself, my staff, my clients or the planet in general
-Lastly, I REFUSE to use any material demonstrated to cause severe physical distress including but not limited to an Instantly Blinding Headache and Seriously Acute Nausea.
I gently remind that it was my intense dislike of so-called perfumes that made me violently ill to take up making perfume in the first place. And it is the continued manufacture and marketing of such olfactory atrocities that is still the prime reason that even now twenty years on, I Hate 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?
A: No. Please see list above.
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: ABSOLUTE VS WATER PERFUME?
A: All CB perfumes come in two formats:
CB Absolutes are the most concentrated version of the scent. These are oil-based and are designed to be worn on pulse points. Their effect is subtle and long-lasting.
CB Water Perfumes are lighter concentrations. These can be sprayed generally on the skin but they’re also very good when worn on clothing.
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: Absolutes: If properly stored (properly closed, stored out of direct light, and at normal room temperature) they will last indefinitely. It is a myth that oil 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.
Water Perfumes: we recommend using them up within a year while many of the ingredients are antimicrobial water is more likely to have issues.
Q: ARE CB PERFUMES FOR MEN, WOMEN OR PEOPLE?
A: Yes. While certain of my scents are more popular with particular people, I do not define scent by gender. I prefer to let people choose for themselves. However please never use on non-humans.
Q: HOW DO I WEAR CB ABSOLUTES?
A: Simply roll 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 SIZES DO CB I HATE PERFUMES COME IN?
A: Our Ready to Wear Collection is available in two sample sizes:
2ml Absolute perfume sample
5ml Water perfume sample
As for full sizes:
- Absolute Perfumes come in two sizes:
5ml(±.17 fl oz) Rollon Absolute
10ml (± 1/3 fl oz) Rollon Absolute
- Water Perfumes come in two sizes as well:
30ml (± 1 fl oz) Water Perfume
100ml (± 3 1/3 fl oz) Water Perfume.
Our Premium Accords collection is available in two sizes:
15ml Absolute (± 1/2 fl oz)
100ml (± 3 1/3 fl oz) Water Spray
Lastly, Our Homesprays and 503 Outside come in a 150ml bottle
Q: DO YOU HAVE TESTERS AVAILABLE?
A: Yes and no. We do not provide the standard perfume tester or sample bottle. What we do sell is a 2ml (± 1/25 fl oz)Trial Absolute and a 5ml (± 3/25 fl oz) Trial size Water Perfume. This is about 3 to 10 times the amount of a traditional tester bottle and with daily use should last you one to two months.This gives you enough time to evaluate the perfume before buying a full-size Absolute or Water Perfume.
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.