As a COVID-19-driven scramble for alcohol-based hand sanitizers continues, four Los Angeles fragrance creators are hand-blending natural, aromatherapeutic solutions in elevated scents to help fill the void.
On Thursday, Thousand Oaks-based perfumer Sarah Horowitz introduced a Stay Safe Sanitizing Spray ($10 for a 1-ounce bottle or a free 0.34-ounce bottle with every online order over $75, sarahhorowitz.com). The spray consists of an 80% concentrate of organic alcohol mixed with essential oils known for their antibacterial properties: clove, lemongrass, lavender maillette and patchouli.
“I think everyone is in that place of ‘What can we do to help?’” Horowitz said. “I have a fire-safe locker with 400 pounds of alcohol here in Westlake Village, since we also have a filling house for small-run perfumes that produces 15,000 to 20,000 bottles a month. The first thing I did was to make the sanitizing spray for my staff.”
Horowitz and her employees are wearing masks and gloves, hand-blending each product while standing six feet apart and adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the perfumer said. Orders can be picked up curbside at Sarah Horowitz Parfums in Westlake Village if arranged by phone.
Linda Sivrican said she decided to make natural sanitizing perfumes with a 70% organic alcohol base, “which lean on the benefits of essential oils,” after noticing the deficit of hand sanitizer and a peddling of products made from witch hazel instead of the 60% minimum alcohol base recommended by the CDC.
“My fine fragrance blends are specifically made to sanitize and to soothe the mind. I wanted to offer a piece of healing for people,” said Sivrican, founder of Capsule Parfumerie and owner of the L.A. store Orris Perfumery on Melrose Avenue.
On Friday, Sivrican released her limited-edition Sanitizing Perfumes ($20 for 1.7 ounces, ) in two soothing blends: a bergamot-rose-neroli Comfort and orange-lavender-vetiver Calm, both mixed with organic fractionated coconut oil to help counteract the alcohol’s dehydrating effects.
Similar to cologne waters (with higher alcohol and lighter scent), the perfumes are intended to be sprayed liberally on the fingers and palms and rubbed in for a few seconds as a supplement to soap-and-water hand washing.