The other day, I was walking down the street with a good friend and was entranced by her smell. It was divine, amazing, luscious, and beautiful, and I knew I needed to know more about the scent ASAP! Luckily, she put me in touch with the creator of the perfume who happens to be a good friend of hers. This incredible scent, ILARY, is created by Hillary. Hillary currently lives in Chicago with her husband and 2 young sons. and is busy building her perfume empire. I had the opportunity to interview her about her company. Take a look! And Thank you Hillary!
How did you start your own perfume?
I was mixing my favorite scented lotions, oils and body washes and was constantly stopped in shops, restaurants, and even on the street with inquiries about my seductive fragrance.
Were you personally the one mixing the essential oils and scents together?
Initially yes, the scent was created quite by accident. Once I realized the combination of all my favorite scents was creating something special I met with a ‘nose’, a perfumer expert with fine sense of smell and skill in producing olfactory compositions.
Tell us the story about how you met your husband.
My husband (a perfect stranger at the time) approached me outside a downtown restaurant (gemma) one evening, with what I came to believe was complete sincerity, and said” I could fall in love with a woman who smells as beautiful as you…” We were married 18 months later!
Have you been told before that you have a good “nose” ? and are able to hand pick good scents and figure out the origin?
I have always had a very strong sense of smell. Sometimes to my detriment, smelling all things lovely and at times just the opposite. As far as my skills in deciphering the origin, I leave that up to my fellow “nose” who has much more experience in the history and origin of perfumery.
What makes ILARY special and unique?
ILARY quite literally smells very different yet always equally as lovely on each person who wears it. ILARY is an essential oil and oils adhere to each person’s individual and unique scent and innate skin oils.
What are the main ingredients?
Jasmine, Orange Blossom and Musk. Mixed with sandalwood and ebony wood extracts.
What is the meaning of ILARY?
ILARY was derived from my name Hillary. It is the French pronunciation of Hillary
What is next for your company? A new perfume? lotions? What do you envision for the future of ilary?
We plan to expand the line in the near future to include a body cream, shower gel, candle and perhaps diffuser. We also have a sister scent in the works.
Do you ever wear any other perfumes or scents? And if so, what are they?
I exclusively wear ILARY. That said, I am a huge Jo Malone fan as well. All of her scents are beautiful.
How would you describe the scent?
ILARY is a very clean and fresh scent. Envision a day at the beach, the scent of clean laundry or running in a field of jasmine. ILARY is quite literally MAGIC in a bottle. ILARY has also been donned an attention magnet!
Thank you, Hillary! And for those of you interested in buying, go here! And Hillary offered 25% to our readers (Thank you, Hillary!) Code is josie25 for 25% off full bottles of ILARY. Exp 5/31. And it makes a perfect mothers day gift 🙂