On Etsy right now there is a huge outcry for the word handmade to be further clarified. The rise of popularity of the indie handmade online site has magnetized resellers in all parts of the world. The term “handmade” might include slave labor in China.
A few years back I spoke to a fellow perfumer who informed me that she hand makes her perfumes. Puzzled I asked, “Your perfumes are created in a lab in Marina del Rey, how can you say that you hand make them?” The response, “I am there when the oils are poured.”
Thus, like the words “natural” and even “botanical”, the term “handmade” can mean many things to many people. After all…
Meanwhile, I sold out of almost all my handmade perfumes at Comic Con and am now back to the grindstone. Just me, here in the little studio in the Topanga foothills.