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Saffron James Ipo
Ipo means "sweetheart" in Hawaiian and given this perfume's captivating blend, don't be surprised if it lives up to its name and lures that special someone. With pakalana, also known as Chinese Violet, at its core (the flower was introduced to Hawaii by Chinese immigrants in the 1820s) Saffron James' scent is enhanced with violet, Moroccan rose, orange blossom, and Tahitian gardenia.
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Former fashion magazine editor Katherine Growney grew up on the picturesque island of Hawaii, eventually landing writing jobs in New York City, roughly 5,000 miles east of her hometown. It wasn't until she began working as a beauty editor atElle
that a chat with a fellow staffer began the sparks that eventually would lead to the start of her own business. "I started talking about TiareGardenia
, Plumeria, Pakalana, and she just gave me a blank stare. I realized the flowers that I had grown up with, that were commonplace to me, most people had never seen, smelled, or even heard of," said Growney.
Thus, the idea for Saffron James Parfums, a line of Hawaiian-inspired scents, was born. (Saffron, being Gowney's nom de plume from her magazine days, and James, her father's name). The current collection includes four tropical scents, with plans to add a candle and body oils in the near future. Interestingly, Gowney is also a trained chef, drawing inspiration for her newfound career in perfumery from her experience with the delicate balances of food flavors and aromas. Find out more about the notes in her perfumes after the break.
The Saffron James Parfums collection includes the following four scents:
- Le'a ($85) — Pink and white plumeria, pineapple leaf, passionflower, and hibiscus.
- 'Ume ($85) — Ginger absolute, waterlily, gardenia, yuzu, and mousse de chene.
- Pūnono ($85) — Ylang ylang, pikake, carnation, vanilla, and Tunisian opium.
- Nani ($110) — This scent, an homage to the Pîkake flower, pays tribute to the last crown princess of Hawaii, Princess Ka’iulani.
Welcome to a line of perfumes created by Kate Growney, born and raised in Hawaii and one who subsequently became a beauty editor in New York atHarpers Bazaar
and more ( Saffron was Growney’s New York nickname, James her father’s first name).
Growney was inspired to start her own line of fragrances after feeling that no perfumer had been able to capture the true scent of Hawaii . Saffron James was born to bring a little bit of the islands to the world. All of the scents are based on the exotic flowers from her home state .
Saffron James is perfect for summer weather and Growney says herself, “It’s time to put away the big bottles of sophisticated florals and complicated musks for more refreshing scents.” There are four fragrances; out of those, I’ve tried Nani. Pikake is the main note in Nani. It’s awash in jasmine( which is called pikake here, ) as well as mimosa and plumeria. Definitely tropical and floral, yet light, Nani strikes me as a summer’s night scent. Think sundresses, sandals , the beach and the moon.
The full list of Saffron James perfumes with prices for each :
-Le’a ($85) – Pink and White Plumeria, Pineapple Leaf, Passionflower and Hibiscus
-Nani ($110) – Pikake, Pink Plumeria, Mimosa, Lily and Ylang Ylang
-Punono ($85) – Ylang Ylang, Pikake, Carnation, Vanilla and Tunisian Opium
-Ume ($85) – Ginger Absolute, Waterlily, Gardenia, Yuzu and Mousse de Chene
- By Diane Artzberger, The Beauty Alchemist
A couple of weeks ago, I escaped to Kauai for some much-needed relaxation and happily soaked up the sun (slathered in SPF, of course), the surf, and the amazing smell of hibiscus and gardenia that hung in the air . . . aaaahh. Sadly, it only took one week back in bustling NYC to turn that heavenly trip into a VERY distant memory. Maybe that’s why I’ve been lovingSaffron James Parfums
, a charming line of essential oil-based scents inspired by the indigenous flowers of Hawaii; even when I’m walking the city streets past piles of garbage and fume-spewing taxis, wearing one of the yummy scents helps me pretend that I’m still back in tropical paradise. I’ve tried outLe’a
, a superfeminine eau de parfum featuring notes of pink and white plumeria, pineapple leaf, and hibiscus, as well as‘Ume
, a bolder, spicier mix consisting of ginger absolute, waterlily, and yuzu. But my fave is definitelyIpo,
a much lighter floral fragrance with notes of Moroccan rose, orange blossom, Tahitian gardenia, and lemongrass. Mmm, doesn’t that sound like the most intoxicating concoction ever? :)Read More
The perfumes of Saffron James were created by a Hawaiian native as homage to the native fragrances of her homeland. The LE'A scent, my favorite of the line, was inspired by the Plumeria flower. The lusciously floral scent contains notes of Hibiscus, Pineapple Leaf and Passionflower.Read More
With family in Oahu and San Francisco,Kate Growney
)—creator of Saffron James perfumes—splits her time between the city and the beach. “People joke that I fly to San Francisco just to shop,” says Growney, “but that’s not true. I also go to get massages and manicures.” Here, her insider picks for Bay Area beauty. BOUTIQUES:DISH
One of the best-edited boutiques I’ve ever found. It’s impossible for me to walk into this store and not buy anything. I shop so much here the owner ended up carrying Saffron James Parfums and putting in a fragrance bar.541 Hayes Street, San Francisco 94102;
(415) 252-5997BELL JAR
As soon as I walked into this boutique, I knew I had to meet the owner. The eclectic, must-have feather hair accessories by Kittin Hawk and the giant tub of my favorite Claus Porto soaps only confirmed our impending friendship. When I need a gift, this is the only place I go.3187 16th Street, San Francisco 94103;
(415) 626-1749;belljarsf.comMADKAT BEAUTY
This little shop in Cole Valley is stuffed with products that are necessary to my survival, like René Furterer’s ever-elusive shampoos.915 Cole Valley, San Francisco 94117;
(415) 665-8448 SPAS:SENSPA
Hidden in the middle of the Presidio, it’s impossible to find (even if you know where you are going). You walk through the doors of this old military building and you gasp (just a little) because suddenly you’re standing in the middle of a stunning, modern day spa. Do yourself a favor and get the hot-stone massage.1161 Gorgas Ave, San Francisco 94129;
(415) 441-1777; senspa.comBAMBOO
It’s one of those places that give those magic pedicures that somehow last for weeks.2284 Union St., San Francisco 94123;
(415) 567-8812SOLAGE CALISTOGA SPA
This eco-friendly spa in Calistoga is so sublime, I ended up buying the products stocked in their shower. Sumbody is a line made specially for the spa (in nearby Sebastopol) that uses all natural and organic ingredients. The Cleanse Body Wash is so addictive, it has taken the place of my morning coffee ritual. 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, CA 94515;