What inspired you to launch Captain Blankenship?
One day I wandered into a friend’s store in North Berkeley and saw this beautiful silver compact of solid perfume. It smelled of fresh jasmine, blood orange, and grapefruit, like the hills behind me. I found out it was a natural perfume made by local perfumer Mandy Aftel. I was so fascinated. I started studying natural perfumery and took a class with Mandy and didn’t look back. I had discovered this rich, natural palette to work with that was powerful, experiential, and invisible. Scent is our first sense to develop in the womb, but the most overlooked. It felt so exciting and still does to be able to work with such amazing raw materials that are so evocative. Captain Blankenship grew out of my desire to create simple but effective plant based beauty products with lush and experiential essential oil based scents.