Between the majestic snow capped mountains and a beautiful babbling brook -- it's a day that awakens your senses.
The sights, the sounds and the smells of spring. "It's all magic," said Donna Cristen.
For Cristen and her partner, Jasna Brown, it's those scents of nature that inspire them -- putting those feelings into a bottle for their company, Vert Mont Perfumery. It means Green Mountains in French.
There's no lack of theatrics between the two -- which is fitting since they met at community theater. While working on a play together, they connected over what else -- perfume.
"I think working on that scene, we were like, what are you wearing? wow, that smells good!" Brown said.
They both have a passion for perfume -- and an all natural lifestyle. After two years of research, the duo opened for business this December. They have a line of five perfumes made with oils from plants -- and all are chemical free.
"Letting the perfume speak to them," Cristen said.
"Also allowing them to connect to the natural world," Brown added.
The two take an old-world approach. "We are formulating a perfume in the classical French sense -- that we have base, middle and top notes," Cristen said.
Root and wood resins make the base of each perfume. Each bottle is hand-filled together by the women on days that align with the cosmos -- like a full or new moon.
"It smells one way on me, another on Donna -- differently on you. That way it's alive and has a life of its own and it's never going to be the same on anyone," Brown said.
"That's the magic of it," Cristen added.
To find the scent that's right for you, the ladies take customers on a scentual journey, testing each fragrance one by one -- soma, psyche, eros, anima and cor.
And these perfumes are not just for women. Photographer Lance MacKenzie and I switched roles, so he could go on a adventure of his own.
The bottles of perfume range from $35 to $45 each and can be found at select coops and stores around Vermont.
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