Lots of food on the plate this fall. Show schedule full (enough) art being amde in the studio and new things on the way with Liz Zorn Perfumes.
The Morrow Art Center will be having a Grand Opening on the 5th of October. The same day as the ACA show. I plan on being in my studio early. Plans are still up in the air for the ACA show. I plan on being there, but not for the duration.
We have begun the process of dividing my studio into areas for painting and perfume. I am going to have a small space for making natural oil and aromatherapy blends, and stocking all of our oil perfumes and body oils.
Hopefully we can have this all finished in time for the open house.
scentgrrl - I have added the scentgrrl shopping page to the website and will be updating the scentgrrl website as well.
This is a completely new adventure. After the early promotions, the response has been awesome!!
THE THING I LOVE THE MOST…..
The small chunky glass mini flacons that can be helf in the hand like a tiny treasure. In celebration of this I will be releasing (in the spirit of our first launch) a collection of natural mini absolutes.
Hope to have these available by November.
I want to thank everyone for their heartfelt concern over my health in recent weeks. I am feeling much better. I do have to pace myself, and a few changes had to be made in my routine. Otherwise, I am not going down without a fight. Contrary to the end, haha!!…. ❤️ 💋
Life is hard: so I am making a few changes to how we do things online. Currently we have stand alone websites for everything, art, perfume etc, and nothing has been linked. The soivohle website will still be the soivohle website, but the web address will be lizzornart.com
The soivohle.com and soivohle.net will still point to the home page.
The fine art site will remain a stand alone site: The link will open in a new window if you click on it, so you will not lose your place at soivohle if you decide to take a look at the artwork.
scentgrrl.com is also a stand alone site but all of the shopping/ecommerce will redirect back here, making it easier to order from one place.
Eventually I will have all of the pages here, and am currently updating all of the about us pages for each perfume brand as well as my art history, bio, shows etc..
Thanks for your patience: I promise everything will make sense eventually…..
It has taken some time, but the newly batched perfumes are now online. Many in the Signature Classics Collection are now back, and the old stock boxed perfumes from the clearance page have been mostly sold out.
Today also marks the change over to the snap closure box for the Signature Classics. It is the same packaging that we use for the Natural Perfumes with an edgy filter on the artwork and black thai paper bottle wrap instead of the white that is used with the naturals.
SIGNATURE NATURALS - TOBACCO
As of yesterday I am back at work, getting things done for Soivohle and my new project scentgrrl. As you may notice we are slowly adding a ton of stuff to our clearance page.
I am taking Soivohle back in time to that indie-grrl place when our entire collection was made up of natural perfumes and oils.
I have so many formulas that never got made into perfumes (mostly natural) so I am working on some of them now. As we go forward the entire collection of CLASSIC PERFUMES will be phased out.
You will still be able to request order them and order them from outer outlets who carry them. We will continue our relationships with retailers who carry the line, but for what is available on our website, it will be all natural.
I hope to have this transition complete by the first of next year, so in the meantime it would be a good idea to take advantage of the sales now, as I will not be making any special orders of sold out stock until after the first of the year.
scentgrrl is my, what I always wanted to do project, but never found the time. This will be a stand alone brand of minimalist perfumes. Minimalist being, less involved formulas that focus on a few key ingredients. Synergy blends that present a more modern aesthetic.
These perfumes will be VEGAN/CRUELTY FREE and 95% or higher natural materials. Leaving a little wiggle room for creativity.
Each scent will be available in spray perfumes and parfum oils.
Poetry plays a huge part in scentgrrl, as inspiration and as my own writings, many words that have been sitting on shelves, collecting dust for way too long.
The website is up with the bare essentials. Target launch date is… soon….
We have sold out of the NOS Pink Praline and Patcou, and are restocking the NEW batched perfumes on their regular pages.
There are sitll a lot of things on clearance in the older bottled stock, but we will be updating the listings once they are sold out.
The only exception are the perfumes that are being permanently discontinued, as in the small roller ball oils. They will not be coming back.
We are moving some things around here at the site. Trimming down our line to make room for new things this fall.
We are also taking new pictures of our bottles and packaging, so please bear with us as we move through these changes.
There are discounts on several things with low stock bottles marked down. Most are on the CLEARANCE PAGE but some are on the other product pages.
I am over the moon with the great reception to our new Post Modern Collection. I re-batched yesterday and have been wearing all three of them myself. Something I rarely do (wear perfume) on a day to day basis.
Perhaps it is the focus on floral accords that the perfumes are based on, and the way the new natural accords speak softly and exist closer to the body.
This is a personal thing with me. I love the intimacy of personal space fragrances. They are clandestine, in an overtly sensual way, and I am completely at ease with this energy. It allows for the autonomous narrative of human thought and desire to blossom.
I hope this is also true with everyone else. Maybe it is selfish, but so what. We spend so much time quashing our desires and apologizing for our joy , our health and preservation, that intentionally carving out time and space for beauty and embracing our own lightness of being, are really just us, being holistic and true to our natures.
Post Modern means many things to me. Not just naming a perfume collection, but also in the way I work as a painter. Having one foot in the past for the sake of perspective, and leaping head first into the future with everything else. Hurling myself into the atmosphere, like a raptor chasing the sun.
I have thought long and hard about this new body of work and how to classify it. As perfumery materials have pushed the boundaries from the old classics, into modernism with synthetic materials carrying the major load, to artisan and natural creations. The materials continue to dictate i(n a big way) how things get done.
With the re-invention of the natural isolate and compounded bases, the edge of the envelope is always being pushed to new ends.
Personally I love this forward thinking approach to perfumery and have spent a lot of time reworking many of my old “Signature Classics” accords and bases to either be all natural, or natural with trace amounts of nature identical and man made aroma molecules.
This is the reason I am calling this new collection of perfumes “Post Modern”
In art (generalizing here) post modern is the leaving behind of the old and embracing the new. Moving out of the comfort zone of modernism.
To achieve this in these perfumes I have chosen to work with what I will call the concept of 99. Creating perfumes with just under what is considered 100% natural. Incorporating trace amounts and dilutions of alternative materials.
I chose to go this route because I wanted these perfumes to speak to a feeling that I have had lately, of being light and free from all of the chaos in our current world affairs. An escape, so to speak to a place where joy is a kind of salvation. Something that is needed to weather the larger storms.
Without joy and a lightness of being, we can become hard and brash, so the concentrations of the perfumes are lighter and more open.
My desire is share my joy of home and place through this collection. As well as allowing the materials to push my vision, beyond just my minds eye view, but into the world.
Introductory Offer: Three for two. We will be offering a set of all there scents in 4ml size for the price of two.
Good thru July 2019
I received an email recently from someone inquiring about my original blog and the long meandering posts about perfume making and life at the perfume shop/studio.
Those were very busy days with lots of energy in the air. I was working primarily with scent and everything seemed to swirl around in that particular universe.
I had all but closed up my painting studio, showing from time to time and having a collection of older works on the walls of the perfume shop…….. this of course was never my intention. I had planned for the perfume to be an art project originally, yet being the curious crazy person that I can be, I decided to dive in and test the waters.
After a time I was ready to let the pendulum swing back the other way and started painting again on a daily basis.
This changed my day to day and I now divide my time between painting and running the online shop for Soivohle.
I am happy with the collection as it is now, and will continue to add to it over time, when I feel inspired to do so. It has never been about volume to me. I am not a prolific artist, even with painting. Quality over quantity really is how I work. I spend a lot of time reflecting on the work and taking my time with the process. I hope this translates to the larger world and people make their decisions about my work based on this philosophy. The art of being still, moving with the flow of life, not forcing things to be one way or another.
As far as the blogging goes, I do not see myself going back to that frantic pace of trying to do so many things. I will just be blogging here (mostly) from time to time, or when we have something to share.
I am at a place where I truly love my work, and my new schedule fits well with my family life and friends. A good balance after so many years with little to no balance.
Update: The remaining sale items have been moved to the Clearance Page
We are saying goodbye to our Studio Modern Collection to focus on the Signature Classics. Most of the perfumes in this collection are marked down and will not be brought back as a regular offering.
Just added: Our Huile Collection also being discontinued.
Get them while they last.
Life in our little river valley has been slow and steady over the winter months.
I have not worked in my lab all winter, although I had a few things on the bench. I am doing some reorganizing and work on the shelves, and will likely be back at it when the weather is warmer.
I had planned on launching a river series this year but am still on the fence about that. As with all of my art, I must feel it artistically or it isn’t worth doing. I am not really there yet with this series, so it is better to just wait it out and do the work when the highest inspiration strikes.
SITE CHANGES: The body oils have been removed from the website. We will bring them back for fall and winter, or maybe just thru the holidays. They do not sell very well when the weather is warm. We will not be offering them as special orders.
I am excited about other artistic ventures coming down the pike for us/me, and will keep you posted.
As always I post all of the Soivohle news on the Facebook page.
Thanks and have a great spring and summer. Liz
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EARTH AMBER - ABSOLUTE SPRUCE - WOODFIRE & RAIN
this offer is in addition to the complimentary perfume samples we slip into each order
We are heading into our third month of the Soivohle monthly draw. Each month we draw a name from the monthly sales receipts. The winner receives a complimentary 10ml bottle of perfume.
The winner for November will receive a complimentary bottle of Incense & Myrrh, from our huile collection.
A complete surprise! so much fun.. The winners do not have a clue until they open the package when it arrives at their door.
For the past few weeks I have been working to redo, undo and make new our offerings and collections.
In an effort to streamline the online experience I combined all of the Mixed Media perfumes into one collection. The Classics, a signature collection of perfumes that I created primarily for myself, and the Studio/Modern Collection that was more of a collaborative effort, based on many of the compositions that were created from the blending station in our retail location.
The Classics were more in line with what I had created for the Naturals collection. Perfumes with a high percentage of natural materials, more traditional, yet somewhat quirky, but not trendy.
The Studio collection perfumes were more trendy, with less naturals, more gourmand, fruity notes and less complexity. Perfumes created in part by others who wanted to make a perfume for themselves.
Perhaps this collection should have stayed in the studio and not become part of the Soivohle lexicon, but now that the cat is out of the bag and has been so for awhile now, I wanted to go back and curate this collection one more time to include the best of the best.
When I started to whittle down the collection before, I got some resistance from customers. Instead of bringing them all back I have instead been making special small batches for individuals. Keeping track of all these small bottles of formula, my lab fridge filled to the brim, it has not been the best plan.
I am currently working on this collection, to bring back the very best perfumes, and those most requested. Making much smaller batches, just enough for a few bottles and samples. I am also bringing back some of the best of the Classics. Together the offering will be much less than what was originally available, but more true to the vision of Soivohle.
I make these decisions as I contemplate a partial retirement. I want to keep the brand alive as long as I can do the work, maybe five more years, I really don’t see myself doing this and painting full time at seventy. Mentally I could go on forever, but physically I am at a crossroads. Hopefully I will have more good years ahead of me and not have to choose right away. In the meantime I want the best of the Soivohle years to shine through in the work now available.
We are starting to get our first taste of Autumn here in the Littme Miami River valley. A welcome relief from last weeks final stand, as the heatwave had it’s moment and then loosened it’s mighty grip.
I have been having some very nice days health wise so taking advantage of it, working in my lab and batching out some of the formulas that had been sitting around collecting dust.
Included in that mad dash are the new eau de toilettes collection, as well as a new Rose LE, a couple of new things for the huile collection yet to come and some new things for the Signature Collection.
I have never really liked cold weather, getting in my car on a cold gray day, driving into the city to work in my studio. But those days are over. This will be my first winter without a studio in the city, or a studio away from home. I have had a lot of decisions to make this year, and many things have been in limbo.
I have decided that I will work for as long as my body will let me and then figure out what to do next.
I also have a renewed interest in some of the older perfume formulas that I never used. Some of them dating back well over twenty years. I look at them now and smile, remembering a different time, I was younger of course haha!!… but also knowing that I can bring them to life with little effort. I want to explore more of this work and perhaps bring more of it to life before I take my final bow.
We are at a time in our history where art is once again taking on an urgency, a sense of uncertainty that has not been expressed in many years. Maybe it is because of my age, or my circumstances, I find myself in a strange place with this, wanting to create perfumes that are less about the world view, but one that is more and more personal. Perhaps as well it is a balancing act, as I am painting more for the world view. Going back and forth with this human energy that weaves a web through air and light, sea and earth. Trying to be on solid ground and knowing that it really doesn’t exist.
It is cold today and I want to take a walk down to my back fence-line and center my body, feel my feet on the ground and breath in the scent of pine. Take note of the flattened out spaces under the trees where the deer have slept, and log mental notes of the withering mock orange that lines the fence, thinking that if they produce enough flower next year I will gather them and make scented things.
Hello! It's been awhile since I had anything to say about perfume. I/we have been very busy this summer with many things, perfume being just one of them.
I am still waiting to move into my new art studio, and debating whether or not I want to open a new perfume shop.
I have been offered an opportunity to manage a new art gallery as well as opportunities and financing for a perfume venture. It's been a wild ride and at this point in my life I am not sure I want to add that kind of work load to an already tight schedule.
Physically I have been in pretty good shape lately, so that is a win win, as it could be so much worse.
This in part has been a major factor in the coming release of a new naturals collection. I had about three years worth notes, formulas, scribbles and even a few completed perfumes when I went back in to shape this collection.
EAU DE TOILETTE - My decision to devote an entire collection to this level of concentration was intentional, and has been in my mind and my notes for a long time. With naturals, heavy is often the norm. The idea being that naturals don't last as long so they need to be of a higher concentration. This works only so far, and heaviness isn't always the best route to take, yet is ubiquitous throughout natural perfumery. I wanted to change that and formulate specifically for this concentration level. Not just dilute existing perfumes, (something that rarely translates to a viable perfume)
Mad Mission - fig, gourmand
Metimur - incense spice
Somniabunt - salt, sea, green
Windowpane - sharp, green, iris
The eau de toilettes will be available in 30ml - 10ml and sample sizes
Launch- end of September 2018
EXTRAIT DE PARFUM - We had debated a move away from our snap lock presentation box for the Signature Natural parfums, but decided against it. We will continue to offer this collection as is.
MAILING LIST - We have not updated our mailer for awhile and will be sending one out at the end of the month. Hopefully this will help us weed out some of the bad emails etc.
DISCOUNTS AND SALES: I am emailed often about discounts and offerings. If we have anything to offer in the way of discounts they will show up in a pop up, be listed at the top of the page on the website, sent along with an order, offered through our mailer or through our Facebook/Instagram promotions.
We only have one major sale each year during the late fall holiday season. Occasionally we will have a sale of stock that we need to rotate out, but this is not the norm, since our perfumes are made in very small batches to begin with.
I always say your best bet is to follow us on social media and subscribe to our mailing list. and/or be a repeat customer. Our analytics keep track of repeat orders that we use to generate coupon codes.
Hope this is helpful.