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The world of perfume and fragrance is an especially personal one. One line that I discovered and fell in love with a couple of years ago is Pacifica. Pacifica is a high quality line of perfumes, soaps candles and gifts created by Brook Harvey-Taylor.  I was thrilled when she agreed to answer questions for Beauty Bylines™.  Meet Brook Harvey-Taylor, founder of Pacifica!

Beauty411:  How did you become interested in fragrances? Did you know
that eventually you wanted to create your own fragrance line?

Brook:  My mom tells me that I was
always interested in fragrance and that as a child I would mix spices and
create "smells".  She used to say I was "born to
perfume".  I really only understood this when my then four year old
daughter picked a rose and said, "mommy, this flower smells like
grapefruits and raspberries mixed with vanilla" (which it did).  She
already has an incredible sense of smell.  I guess that is what my mom was
talking about.  

As a child, I never thought
that I wanted to create my own fragrance line, but when I was about 17, I
started fantasizing about it after reading Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins.
 I first envisioned Pacifica as a perfume line, and every single scent I
create is with a perfume in mind.  

Beauty411: I've read that
some of your fragrances were inspired by your travels.  Where are some of
your favorite places and/or favorite scents?

Brook:  Yes, many of my perfumes are
inspired by my travels.  My absolute favorite is Sandalwood.  It was
inspired by our travels around Southeast Asia.  I loved the sandalwood
prayer beads at alters and the scent of sandalwood incense in the air.  My other favorite is Waikiki
Pikake.  This is inspired by a trip that I took to Hawaii.  I love
the scent of pikake, and like a corny tourist I buy a lei the minute I get off
the airplane.  I blended this with sandalwood which used to be endemic to
the Island chain, and is also one of my all time favorite scents.  

Beauty411: 
Can you describe the process you go through when creating a new
fragrance?

Brook:  Creating a fragrance
starts in my mind.  I am inspired by something: a trip, a plant, a place.
 I imagine each part of it.  I try and break it down into little
scent parts, each building on top of one another that can tell a story.
 There is a beginning, a middle and an end that work in a circular way.
Before I even attempt to blend anything I start writing my thoughts down.
 I start to build the story in words.  Then I will go to my library
of raw materials and start smelling.  Then the blending begins.  

Beauty411:  The Pacifica product line has really taken off and
become successful; what's next for the brand?

Brook:  Everything in our brand is
informed by fragrance.  And to me, that could mean doing anything!
We have some exciting things on the horizon:  a new fragrance,
rollerball perfumes and body butters in tubes so that you can actually travel
with them.  We are launching a line of colored lip glosses this fall,
which is very exciting- moving into color.  Baby steps, of course.  

Beauty411:  Of all of your fragrances, do you have a personal
favorite?

Brook:  I am a moody girl.  I think that we have so many fragrances
because I want to wear different ones at different times.  I can’t imagine
being dedicated to one fragrance.  To me, fragrances are like emotions, or
like a really great jewelry.  You have to mix it up to keep it
interesting.  

Beauty411:  Finally, if we peeked into your makeup bag, what products would we
find?

Brook:  I keep it pretty simple.
 Of course you would find about 3 to 6 solid perfumes at any given time.
Some lip gloss (I currently am testing ours which is AWESOME), The Eraser
Concealer by Tarte (I have a new baby so I need all the help I can get), a
whole bunch of products by NUDE (Advanced Eye Complex is my fav but I like to
buy the small sizes in sets at Sephora so that I can carry them around with
me), a shu uemura eyelash curler, a Tweezerman mini-brow kit, some black and
some brown liquid liner (I am not loyal to a brand usually but I am currently
using some by Stila) and Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 by Stila (this
stuff is pretty stellar- it brightens up your whole face and makes you look
like you had a good nights sleep).  You would also find about 100 Goody
metal-free hair ties and a bottle of liquid vitamin B.  I take it
everywhere I go.

Thank you Brook, for sharing your story with us!  Pacifica can be found in Sephora, Sephora.com, Whole Foods
and at www.pacificaperfume.com.

 

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