Brenda Benson, owner of Sonoma Scent StudioHi friends!  I was raised in a rural small town in Michigan, where being outdoors among the pine trees and my mother’s flower garden became some of my most favorite scent memories. In high school and college, I took chemistry courses, where I first learned the magic of mixing two materials together. I eventually moved to southern California, creating new memories with star jasmine, rose, wild bergamot, and so many other beautiful flowers ….and planting many pine and evergreen trees too.

A few years ago, I took my first perfumery class through The Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles, and as they say, the rest is history. I fell in love with creating scents. I immersed myself in perfumery workshops, devoured books on perfumery and have spent many hours experimenting with a variety of materials, including natural and mixed media. I have been blessed to continue my journey by studying with several very accomplished perfumers, both locally and nationally.

I am so grateful to Laurie Erickson, who started this phenomenal scent studio in 2004, and I look forward to continuing her legacy as an artisan perfumer.  My hope is that you will find many beautiful scents here – ones that are irresistible, impeccably handcrafted and create magical memories for you every time you wear them.