Hi Friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend! It’s been raining today and all I want to do is crawl back into bed with my coffee and book. But there’s too much I need to do! It’s been a chaotic December so far with volunteering, work, blogging events, showers, shopping, and upcoming travel, but we sure have been enjoying this crazy Christmas season :) Tonight we are heading to 20’s-themed Bourbon Ball with friends! I can’t wait!
I just hopped back on the Pinterest bandwagon (it’s really fun, huh), so if you want to follow along, check out my page here :) I promise to pin more regularly!
Today I’ve got something special in store for you! (Or should I say, SAOR for you?!) Hehe. Have you ever tried a product you love so much that you feel you NEED to share it with everyone around you whether they inquire about it or not? Because you know you’re doing them a favor? ;) And they will LOVE it?! Well let me introduce to you SAOR: an alcohol-free, essential oil based perfume. It smells amazing and the scent lasts longer than any other fragrance I own. I love wearing perfume but get so frustrated when only an hour or two later, that scent has dwindled to the point where I can barely tell I’m still wearing it. Enter Saor, a perfume that will literally last you all day long. It comes in a cute etched 10ml bottle that fits right into your purse and is perfect for traveling. It also includes a beautiful bamboo box! People are going to ask you what you’re wearing…I promise you.
What I love about SAOR besides its essential oil based ingredients is that the scent is fresh and captivating and never overpowering… There are too many fragrances on the market that are practically toxic and often make you feel a bit nauseas if you accidentally put too much on. You’ll never have that experience with SAOR. It will become your go-to scent.
Below I’m sharing an interview with founder Patricia O’Reilly Talbot so you can get a little more understanding of the roots of SAOR and how it started :) ENJOY!
What inspired Saor? How did you come up with the scent?
Can a free spirit be bottled?
Throughout my life’s journey of launching companies, traveling the globe, and raising four children, I could never find a perfume that defined me.
I found a scent that I loved and asked a perfumer if she could recreate the scent into perfume oil – free of alcohol and water. I wore my signature scent for 12 years. After being chased down in parking lots, grocery stores and hockey rinks by women (and men) wanting to know what fragrance I was wearing, I decided to bottle my scent and called it SAOR.
What is the meaning behind the word Saor?
SAOR, “be free” in Gaelic, infuses fragrant bergamot, fresh white tea and airy musk creating a delicate, fresh, captivating scent: a fragrance created to liberate your mind, soul and spirit – allowing customers to simply SAOR. Why Gaelic? My Irish roots are the scent of who I am – the adventurer, the artist, the wanderer.
What makes Saor different than other perfumes?
Analogous to people: just as each one of us has our own “chemistry”, so does SAOR. But over and above the “chemistry” of SAOR, being free of alcohol and water allows our customers to SAOR all day. Alcohol causes the scent to evaporate quickly; the water dilutes the fragrance.
Where can I buy Saor?
Currently online, saorperfume.com, and in select boutiques. SAOR is scaling into retail and in 2017 SAOR will be available in major markets including NYC, Chicago, Austin, Scottsdale and LA. A retail locator icon is currently being added to SAOR’s website. Customers can type in their zip code and be directed to a SAOR retail partner. In Austin, SAOR is available at Luxe Apothetique and Things Celtic.
You have said you’ve been an entrepreneur for years– what other projects and businesses have you been involved with?
I’ve spent my life creating what I can’t find. Sydney, Australia didn’t have a Christmas parade, so I produced their first Christmas parade in 1989. I then became involved in importing and exporting various goods to Australia and the USA – sourcing products that couldn’t be found on either continent.
While in Sydney, Australia:
Produced the first Christmas Parade for Sydney, Australia – “The Grace Bros Christmas Parade” (modeled after New York’s Macy’s Christmas Parade); Imported promotional products from USA for Coca-Cola South Pacific.
Back in USA:
Imported CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) from China; packaged and wholesaled in USA to electric companies and retailers; founded Ionit Technologies – a company specializing in video compression technology for security industry. “You have your eye-on-it with Ionit”;
Will you be releasing any other scents in the future?
Yes. Look for SAOR No.2 to be available in the fall 2017. I was lucky enough to build a scent in the perfume capital of the world, Grasse, France, this past summer. Grasse is nestled 20 minutes north of Nice. It’s history, culture, and fragrances – intoxicating.
What is your dream for this company?
As SAOR continues to resonate its “be free” scent across future perfume lines (as noted above), we are working with designers to create free-spirited products from candles to home furnishings.
I’m looking to make a lot of people happy: with scents and cents. Haha. Many talented women and men have helped me build a great brand foundation. I look forward to continuing to share SAOR’s success with all of them.
What are you excited about this holiday season?
As ’tis the season for giving, SAOR is committed to “giving back”. We aligned with a nonprofit partner this holiday season, Opportunity International. Opportunity International’s mission resonates with SAOR’s brand, our customers. Opportunity International is a global nonprofit that empowers entrepreneurs in developing countries with financial services and training; 95% of these loans go to women. “When she can build her business, she not only lifts herself out of poverty, she also educates her children, creates jobs for her neighbors and transforms her community. And her work doesn’t stop there – what she does today will have an impact for generations to come.”www.opportunity.org
Tell me about something that makes you really happy
When I’m with all four of my children and they are all laughing at the same time.
SAOR retails at $65 and through December 31st, 10% of sales will go the above mentioned Opportunity International that empowers entrepreneurs in developing countries… And want a bonus? Use code ‘opportunity’ when checking out to receive $10 off your purchase. If you are afraid of buying a perfume without having smelled it first, try one of their samples!