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The Audacity

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The Marchioness of Sparkinghamshire was aware that her way of living was no longer in fashion, but she was too old and set in her ways to change her minds or behaviors, thank you very much. She had tea and porridge brought to her bed every morning, which she had while catching up on her correspondence. She still wrote everything by hand, and kept extensive written records of her goings-on. She took her tea strong, no cream or sugar, as she believed those made for a weak-willed mind and poor constitution. She was utterly confounded by her grandchildren, who lived in the main manor on her estate. She had long ago retired to a modest (well, modest by her standards) 5-bedroom house on the property, complete with her own staff, of course. She’d never made a meal in her life and could barely make a cup of tea without assistance; she was a Marchioness, after all. How gauche that would be! Her children and grandchildren spoke of downsizing, of perhaps selling the estate, which she wouldn’t entertain for the faintest of moments. Lunacy! She’d been wed at a young age to her late husband, the Marquess, and while the marriage had not been the happiest, it had certainly provided her with a lifestyle that she could never, ever leave. Besides, she was now in her seventies. Where would she go, what would she do? Ha! It was laughable.

But she didn’t have to worry about that. She was the head of the household; all the land and money was in her name. She’d made certain that, when her husband passed, everything went to her and not her son. It was the one “modern” concession she had ever made. Though, certainly, they kept up the illusion that her son was the one in control, but everyone knew it was really the Marchioness’ way or the motorway. At least, they had, except lately they seemed to be scheming of ways to push her out. They were leaving her out of meetings, saying they didn’t want to bore her with details, or that someone just “forgot” to tell her about important family and financial matters. She was beginning to get irritated. 

Tonight, the whole family was dining with the visiting Count and Countess du Marcherand from France, so she would have to be congenial to the whole family. The Count and Countess were friends of her granddaughter, Lily, who seemed to have rather modern notions of fashion, makeup, and perfume. Yesterday, Lily had shown up for a private luncheon with the Marchioness. As Lily had kissed her grandmother hello, the Marchioness smelled a distinct whiff of lavender and a mix of pungent florals. “Is that a new perfume?” she’d asked Lily. “It is, grandmama. Do you enjoy it?” “Absolutely not. Lavender? How gauche. And why is your lipstick so dark? It’s nearly black! And your hair is so short, as is your skirt. I can nearly see your knees!” The Marchioness signaled for tea as Lily sat down, smoothed her skirt, and responded with, “Well, I happen to disagree. I prefer to dress and look how I please, and smell like lavender, rather than looking and smelling old-fashioned.” 

The Marchioness sat in silence for a moment. “Well, darling girl, I admire your boldness. But as I am, in fact, an old lady, that’s what I prefer to smell like: roses, powder, and a distinct note of oud. It’s classic, like me; timeless, distinguished, gentile. I’ve smelled the same for over sixty years, and I see no reason to change what I like.” She'd never admit it to Lily or anyone else, but, she secretly admired her granddaughter's bravery. It reminded her of herself back when she was young and gentlemen clamored to see her knees. She'd felt a little pep and bravery of her own kick in, and said, "But I do adore that color on you, Lily. Quite fetching. And that short hair does focus the attention on your beautiful eyes." Lily had looked surprised, and thanked her grandmother profusely. The servants came in then to pour the tea, and the Marchioness changed the subject to planning for the arrival of their guests the following day. She'd even agreed to try a new French dish for dinner she'd never heard of before.

Today, as she finished her morning porridge and called for her lady’s maid to dress her, her plan started to formulate. She would wear one of her “old-fashioned” floor-length gowns to dinner. “Lavender, ha. How groundbreaking,” she scoffed to herself. She would wear so much of her “old lady” perfume that the rest of them could choke on it. They weren’t going to be able to push her to the side, or pretend that her opinion didn’t matter. Her granddaughter was not the only one around here with the boldness, the courage, the audacity, and she wanted them all to remember that.

Scent Notes: you know when people describe a perfume as smelling like "an old lady"? This is that scent, on purpose. Dusty, powdery rose, peony, and oud wood. We like to think of it as "classic."

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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 facebook.com/groups/sucreabeille

 

 

 

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 https://www.facebook.com/MMBespokedesign


Didn’t love a scent? Not a fan of that body product? Not a problem, as we here at Sucreabeille have an Extremely Generous Return Policy!

We’re committed to making the returns process simple and easy for you.

But first, a few things to note:

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.

You can absolutely sniff your scents when they first arrive, but note that a resting period of at least a few days can make a world of difference in how a scent smells.

Store them in a cool, dry place for a little while and see how they can change. But, if you don't want to wait that long, we understand!

Returns must be initiated within 60 days of purchase.

There must be at least 75% of the product left in the container for us to accept the return.

If you don’t love a scent but would rather rehome it than return it, or swap it for something you know you love, we have an awesome swap/sell thread on our Facebook group (and it’s for all indie perfume companies, not just Suc). You can join our group here (https://facebook.com/groups/sucreabeille) and then search for “swap/sell” within the group. We post a new swap thread each month, sometimes two!

Sucreabeille reserves the right to limit returns if we have reason to suspect misuse of our Extremely Generous Return Policy (such as, but not limited to, excessive returns, reseller activity, or fraud).Items from the Indie Marketplace are eligible for return.

Items purchased from other retailers, dealers, or resellers and not directly from Sucreabeille are not eligible for return, refund, or exchange.

If you used Sugar Points on your original purchase, we will not be able to refund those to your account. Instead, we will give you a shop credit. (It's basically the same thing, it just won't be found under your Sugar Points.).Here's how it works: Send us an email with a note about what you’d like to return, and we’ll send you a shipping label. Send back the product according to the terms above. Once we receive it and make sure it’s eligible, we’ll issue you a shop credit or a refund to your original form of payment in the amount of the product plus your original shipping charge. We must receive the product before we can issue your credit or refund.

If you need help, send an email to shopsucreabeille@gmail.com. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have!

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