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Retail Reporter: Orris Perfumery's Small-Batch, Made-in-L.A. Scents Have a Star Following

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Susan Sarandon, Usher and Abigail Spencer are all patrons of the perfumery.

Local small-batch boutique fragrance house Orris Perfumery, founded by perfumer Linda Sivrican and her husband, Mike, in 2012, opened its first store last October on Melrose Avenue.

Specializing in hand-blended perfumes with a high percentage of raw, natural extracts, the company’s five subbrands include Fiele Fragrances (based on the aromatherapeutic healing benefits of essential oils), Capsule Parfums (bolder, urban, leathery aromas), Saguara Perfumes (a trio of California desert-inspired scents), Litoralle Aromatica (influenced by the laid-back feeling of California beaches and Italian colognes from the Mediterranean coast) and Musc et Madame (sensual, musk-based dirty florals). All formulations are hand-blended in a lab on-site.

THR learned exclusively that Susan Sarandon has purchased the Capsule Parfums Troupe fragrance ($90, a blend of neroli, vanilla, Japanese cedarwood and leather) at the Elaine Kim boutique on West 3rd Street in L.A., while Usher snapped up two of the brand’s fragrances, including Fiele Fragrances Cedrus ($98, a grounding mix of three varieties of cedarwood with jasmine and wild orange) at the Clare V. boutique in New York’s Nolita neighborhood. Timeless star Abigail Spencer is a repeat buyer of Fiele Fragrances Juniperus ($98, with energizing notes of fir and ylang ylang).

In mid-October, the company will introduce a sixth collection, Aureum Botanica. This 100 percent natural, plant-focused line includes three scents ($175 for 50 milliliters) that each contain over 30 natural ingredients. The smoky, free-spirited Ruzha aroma includes key notes of strawberry, Bulgarian rose and tobacco, while exotic, spicy-sweet Gajra (inspired by floral garlands worn by Indian brides) features pineapple, tuberose and turmeric notes, and Hanae’s blend is "an homage to the mystery and magic of Japanese mountains," with yuzu, chamomile and juniper notes.

Also in October, Orris Perfumery will introduce perfume-making workshops on one Sunday of each month. Starting at $125 per person, the three-hour themed sessions, led by Linda, will involve an education in perfume-making and the chance to create a unique custom scent to take away in a 15 milliliter spray bottle, while socializing with cocktails and light bites.

"Since we’ve been open, every other question has been, ‘Can you guys do custom fragrances or hold classes?’ So we decided to start offering monthly workshops," says Linda. Stay tuned to the company’s website and Instagram page for updates on dates, and contact the boutique to reserve your spot.

Orris Perfumery, 7970 1/2 Melrose Ave., Beverly Grove, 323-556-6026; OrrisPerfumery.com

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