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Read the first story here: The Alchemist.

Scent Notes: Fizzing key limes topped with coconut cream, served on a black linen tablecloth.

Laura looked up from behind the counter, where she had been re-reading one of Paracelsus’ works on alchemy, parsing through to see what she could work on before the depression of not having had a customer in three days set in for the afternoon. She was startled to see Carly standing in the doorway, looking fearful and somewhat desperate. 

Carly and Laura had gone to school together. Carly had been extremely popular, naturally possessing the thin yet buxom body people paid thousands of dollars to emulate, and a classically beautiful face to boot. Laura, our hardworking alchemist, had always been a shy, intelligent and awkward nerd, who had grown into her body and unusual-yet-appealing looks as the years had passed. 

“Hi Laura,” Carly said anxiously. “I, uh, wow, this place is neat. I didn’t know you had a shop here in town!”
Laura smiled her most winning smile. “Yeah, we’ve been open for a few weeks now. Business has been a little slow, but I'm hoping that will change soon. What can I do for you?”
Carly had been nervously fiddling with various jars and bottles on the packed shelves, picking them up and setting them down with barely a glance at what each container held.

“Well, I… I'm not really sure what I need, exactly. I've just… I should go,” she said, turning on her heel to head out the door.

“No, please stay!” Laura said. “Here, I have something for you. We call it aqua vitae, and it's my special blend of herbs and something a little stronger. It'll steady your nerves.” She filled a small mug from the samovar behind the counter, and passed it over to Carly.

“Thanks,” Carly said, taking the mug and slowly sipping. A smile spread across her face. She felt better already. 

A few hours and multiple cups of aqua vitae later, the ladies had officially shut down the shop and stayed up late, talking about anything and everything. Turns out, Carly had secretly envied Laura for years, and had never known how to approach her about being friends. She was intimidated by Laura's intelligence, strong will, and intense dedication to learning. Everyone had always just seen Carly for her looks, and she was tired of it. There was much more beneath the surface to Carly, and Laura had been too intimidated by the surface to even try to plunge into the depths.

Carly looked at her watch. “Oh, shit, I have to go!” She jumped out of her seat, scurrying towards the door.

“Wait!” Laura slurred behind her. “Here, have one of these,” she said, pressing a lodestone into Carly’s hand. “It will help you attract good people into your life.”

Carly smiled broadly, accepting the stone. “I think it's already working.”

Scent Notes: Fizzing key limes topped with coconut cream, served on a black linen tablecloth.

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Sucreabeille is a vegan, cruelty free brand. We do our very best to keep updated with our suppliers to keep our commitment to just generally being ethical people, but if you ever see something that needs addressing, we'd love to hear from you!

Andrea Fender, Queen Bee


Andrea started making lotions and potions in 2014, and is committed to high-quality products that are handmade. After running her own shop, she happily took over Sucreabeille in April of 2018 and absolutely loves it. Follow her on IG @shopsucreabeille, and join our community on Facebook at




Nicole Antoinette Moore, Scribe Bee



Nicole lives in Colorado and works during the day at a small publishing house. She's our social beedia expert, and she loves books, coffee, sushi, and her cat, Gomez. Feel free to follow her on IG at @atorsoboat



Amy Marie, Bee-Casso

Amy owns Journey West Design, and is responsible for all of the great art on the site. She designed Sucreabeille’s logo and labels, and continues to be an amazing support every day! You can find her at

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We really encourage you to wait to make a return until at least two weeks after the receipt of your order. Why? As indie perfume makers, we don’t use stabilizers in our blends like mass perfume manufacturers. That means that your scents might undergo the perfume equivalent of bottle shock in transportation, due to extreme fluctuations in temperature, aggressive package handling (tee hee), etc.

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