Welcome back to another FELIZ. We are excited to have you. Tell us what's been up with Boyd's of Texas since the last sale? Any new products you'll be rolling out at FELIZ?
Since the last time we were at FELIZ, we've expanded into a new studio - tripling our manufacturing space - and added two new products to our line. The new products include a mid-sized travel EDP, and a custom metal pocket perfume that's a refillable roll-on. Both of these will be available at the FELIZ event in all four of our fragrances. We're also developing two new fragrances to be released later this year.
I'm so curious to know the process of developing a new scent. Do you know what sent you are trying to achieve before you get there? Or is it a bit more organic, making small adjustments till you reach something you like?
A little of both. For us, scent development usually starts with a vision of what effect we want the fragrance to achieve. Scent is very personal but we try to create fragrances that give people a specific impression. Once our perfumer knows what he's going for, the process of testing and evaluation starts. Sometimes we're able to build the scent within a few weeks of formulating, but it can also take a lot longer. We've been working on our newest one for almost a year now. We just iterate and explore over and over again until we get the fragrance we're looking for.
What's something someone might be surprised to learn about the world of a perfumer?
For us, it's been a surprise to experience so many culinary materials for use in perfume. Finding that cumin and coriander seed can ground florals, preventing them from being too sweet, has been a really surprising journey. And it's something we intend to explore more in the future - how far can we take someone when it comes to olfactory and culinary experiences?
Where do you like to go for inspiration in San Antonio?
San Antonio is pretty amazing on the inspiration front - the textures and scents and traditions are all incredibly vibrant. The mixture of those things and the heat of the place is something we talk about a lot. My personal favorite right now is a particular street just off the river in the King William area - right around sundown. The jasmine and honeysuckle are really bright, so you get to experience the muskiness of an area that's been extremely hot all day, combined with the sweetness of these flowers.
Visit Boyd's of Texas to learn more about their handcrafted, scented products. Stop by their booth on MAY 6th at the Palm Door on Sabine and pick up a scent of your own.