This past week I attended the launch party of Alchemy’s new fragrance, Meiuke. This plant derived scent is one of the most well thought out fragrances I’ve had the pleasure of wearing. It smells great. 

Launch party at True North huts

Launch party at True North huts

THE STORY

Monique owns Alchemy Slow Living Studio in Ferndale where she specializes in organic, plant based skincare. Creating a fragrance seemed like a natural next brand extension for the female entrepreneur. Through her study of plants and different scents over the years, she crafted a scent that you’re going to want to have an intimate relationship with.  From the bottle that was imported from Europe, to the spray trajectory, to the hand stamped label, this scent puts the craft into crafted with love. I think it's great that Meiuke is a limited release with only 100 bottles produced.

Fragrance setup

Fragrance setup

THE SCENT

We loved it. Seriously...We bought some. First time I’ve ever put on a scent that totally changed as I wore it. When you first spray it on it has notes of citrus. Once it’s settled on your skin it moves to floral and then by the end of the night it has a light powdery smell. Monique describes Meiuke as a day in a garden, “misty sun up with fragrant clouds of plum blossoms, hints of peach & citrus, rich scents of flowers inhabit the rounder hours at the heart of the day as the sun warms the earth and finally the dry earth perfumed by fallen petals.”

THE NAME

Totally made up word poem. Meiuke is the name of a garden of the imagination and dreams. A Japanese garden to be exact.

Photograph on the walls at Meiuke launch party

Photograph on the walls at Meiuke launch party

THE PHILOSOPHY

Monique aims to produce plant derived, great smelling, seasonal scents in a limited quantity at an affordable price. She’s yet another bad a$$ entrepreneur giving major legs to the aesthetic movement happening across Detroit. A way Detroit is getting back to it’s roots in a sense with highly handcrafted pieces being made by an individual and not a machine.

I dig the fragrance and the story, Monique. We’ll be wearing Meiuke with pride. If you’re so inclined to purchase some you can do that HERE.

xoxo,

j'adore Detroit

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