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PERFUMER: I Make Ethereal Bouquets

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Laurie is a Perfumer; she describes what her job entails, what a typical day looks like and shares her career path. She's taken all the skills she's learned in her other businesses and combined them to use in her present career. Creating ethereal bouquets is her passion; her advice is to follow what you love.

Job Title: Perfumer
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Chemical Technicians

Job Description

Chemical technicians use special instruments and techniques to help chemists and chemical engineers in researching, developing, and producing chemical products and processes.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

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Average salary
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$25,000 - $70,000
Projected job growth
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0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
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Typical workplace
Office, Outdoor, Physically demanding, Military, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Public speaking ability, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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m='11630'>body</span> <span m='11950'>frostings,</span> <span m='12710'>and</span> <span m='12800'>things</span> <span m='13040'>like</span> <span m='13240'>that.</span> <span m='13670'>And</span> <span m='14090'>it's</span> <span m='14280'>a</span> <span m='14330'>lot</span> <span m='14530'>of</span> <span m='14600'>fun.</span> </p><p><span m='16450'>I</span> <span m='16540'>have</span> <span m='16780'>to</span> <span m='16900'>say</span> <span m='17310'>all</span> <span m='17540'>my</span> <span m='17730'>days</span> <span m='18030'>are</span> <span m='18110'>fairly</span> <span m='18470'>different,</span> <span m='19020'>because</span> <span m='19450'>I</span> <span m='19870'>kind</span> <span m='20100'>of</span> <span m='20200'>wear</span> <span m='20640'>all</span> <span m='20710'>the</span> <span m='21310'>different</span> <span m='21590'>hats</span> <span m='21890'>in</span> <span m='21970'>my</span> <span m='22100'>business.</span> <span m='23100'>I</span> <span m='23270'>can</span> <span m='23510'>be</span> <span m='23740'>making</span> <span m='24080'>perfume,</span> <span m='24490'>which</span> <span m='24650'>is</span> <span m='24790'>really</span> <span m='25190'>my</span> <span m='25360'>favorite</span> <span m='25880'>thing</span> <span m='26080'>to</span> <span m='26200'>do</span> <span m='26560'>because</span> <span m='26980'>it's</span> <span m='27150'>very</span> <span m='27330'>solitary</span> <span m='28410'>and</span> <span m='29290'>meditative,</span> <span m='30210'>and</span> <span m='30870'>you're</span> <span m='30990'>just</span> <span m='31160'>trusting</span> <span m='31590'>yourself</span> <span m='32060'>and</span> <span m='32200'>mixing</span> <span m='32580'>all</span> <span m='32670'>these</span> <span m='32870'>beautiful</span> <span m='33310'>oils</span> <span m='33560'>together</span> <span m='33855'>and</span> <span m='34150'>making a</span> <span m='34560'>bouquet.</span> <span m='35120'>It's</span> <span m='35400'>just</span> <span m='35640'>wonderful.</span> <span m='36680'>But</span> <span m='36810'>I</span> <span m='36950'>also</span> <span m='38190'>have</span> <span m='38340'>to</span> <span m='38440'>work</span> <span m='38640'>on</span> <span m='38690'>my</span> <span m='38810'>website,</span> <span m='39670'>and</span> <span m='39820'>marketing,</span> <span m='41100'>and</span> <span m='41820'>make</span> <span m='42040'>refills,</span> <span m='42620'>and do</span> <span m='43090'>shipping.</span> <span m='43620'>So</span> <span m='43810'>I</span> <span m='44030'>do</span> <span m='44190'>a</span> <span m='44260'>lot</span> <span m='44510'>of</span> <span m='44570'>different</span> <span m='44920'>things</span> <span m='45480'>to</span> <span m='45630'>run</span> <span m='45820'>the</span> <span m='45890'>business.</span> </p><p><span m='46720'>How</span> <span m='46880'>did</span> <span m='46990'>I</span> <span m='47070'>get</span> <span m='47280'>to</span> <span m='47380'>such</span> <span m='47640'>an</span> <span m='47750'>interesting,</span> <span m='48260'>unique</span> <span m='48530'>field?</span> <span m='49620'>I've</span> <span m='49970'>always</span> <span m='50350'>done</span> <span m='50620'>weird</span> <span m='50940'>things.</span> <span m='52110'>So,</span> <span m='52690'>let's</span> <span m='52940'>see.</span> <span m='53090'>During</span> <span m='53340'>high</span> <span m='53500'>school</span> <span m='53710'>I</span> <span m='54090'>sewed,</span> <span m='54670'>and</span> <span m='54880'>I</span> <span m='54960'>had</span> <span m='55470'>a</span> <span m='55570'>sewing</span> <span m='55930'>business.</span> <span m='56500'>I've</span> <span m='56650'>always</span> <span m='56910'>worked</span> <span m='57110'>for</span> <span m='57210'>myself.</span> <span m='58400'>I</span> <span m='58620'>did</span> <span m='59070'>one-of-a-kind</span> <span m='59750'>pieces</span> <span m='61170'>in</span> <span m='61300'>my</span> <span m='61440'>early</span> <span m='61750'>20s.</span> <span m='63060'>I</span> <span m='63880'>after</span> <span m='64190'>that</span> <span m='64420'>had</span> <span m='64569'>a</span> <span m='64640'>wedding</span> <span m='64989'>flower</span> <span m='65330'>business</span> <span m='65790'>for</span> <span m='65910'>many</span> <span m='66330'>years.</span> <span m='66760'>That</span> <span m='66960'>was</span> <span m='67200'>incredibly</span> <span m='67780'>lucrative</span> <span m='68670'>and</span> <span m='69750'>very</span> <span m='70170'>stressful.</span> </p><p><span m='71520'>I</span> <span m='71640'>love</span> <span m='71880'>the</span> <span m='71970'>people,</span> <span m='72740'>and</span> <span m='73420'>it's</span> <span m='73600'>just</span> <span m='73790'>go</span> <span m='73910'>to</span> <span m='73970'>work</span> <span m='74300'>at 2:00 in</span> <span m='74520'>the</span> <span m='74580'>morning</span> <span m='75010'>and</span> <span m='75080'>work</span> <span m='75300'>18-hour</span> <span m='75830'>days</span> <span m='76200'>and</span> <span m='76590'>80-hour</span> <span m='76780'>weeks,</span> <span m='77180'>and</span> <span m='77310'>it's</span> <span m='77460'>crazy.</span> <span m='78620'>And</span> <span m='78840'>then</span> <span m='80020'>I</span> <span m='80150'>feel like</span> <span m='80640'>right</span> <span m='81140'>now</span> <span m='81380'>I</span> <span m='81820'>do</span> <span m='82170'>a</span> <span m='82210'>similar</span> <span m='82690'>thing.</span> <span m='83000'>I</span> <span m='83090'>just</span> <span m='83340'>make</span> <span m='83580'>ethereal</span> <span m='84040'>bouquets.</span> <span m='85070'>So</span> <span m='85290'>it</span> <span m='85380'>really</span> <span m='85620'>just</span> <span m='85910'>morphed</span> <span m='86210'>into</span> <span m='86480'>a</span> <span m='86560'>natural</span> <span m='86890'>perfume</span> <span m='87280'>business.</span> <span m='87930'>And</span> <span m='88300'>so</span> <span m='88450'>I</span> <span m='88580'>deal</span> <span m='88850'>with</span> <span m='89030'>now</span> <span m='89720'>all</span> <span m='89960'>the</span> <span m='90270'>essences</span> <span m='90870'>of</span> <span m='90970'>all</span> <span m='91090'>the</span> <span m='91160'>flowers</span> <span m='91660'>that</span> <span m='91780'>I</span> <span m='91870'>always</span> <span m='92140'>loved</span> <span m='92330'>to</span> <span m='92470'>work</span> <span m='92760'>with.</span> </p><p><span m='93290'>And</span> <span m='93450'>I</span> <span m='93550'>put</span> <span m='93850'>in</span> <span m='94010'>everything</span> <span m='94440'>that</span> <span m='94560'>I've</span> <span m='94710'>learned</span> <span m='95130'>into</span> <span m='95370'>this</span> <span m='95600'>business.</span> <span m='97010'>It's</span> <span m='97220'>really</span> <span m='97660'>includes</span> <span m='98100'>everything</span> <span m='98540'>I</span> <span m='98580'>love,</span> <span m='98810'>especially</span> <span m='99230'>cats.</span> <span m='99760'>It's</span> <span m='100110'>named</span> <span m='100410'>after</span> <span m='101390'>Velvet</span> <span m='101560'>and</span> <span m='101910'>Sweet Pea,</span> <span m='102460'>two of</span> <span m='102720'>my</span> <span m='103420'>rescue</span> <span m='103840'>kitties.</span> <span m='104260'>So</span> <span m='104460'>we're</span> <span m='104620'>cruelty</span> <span m='105020'>free.</span> <span m='106520'>And</span> <span m='107050'>my</span> <span m='107520'>website</span> <span m='107900'>is</span> <span m='108040'>purrfumery.com,</span> <span m='108860'>but</span> <span m='109210'>it's</span> <span m='109910'>P-U-R-R-F-U-M-E-R-Y.com,</span> <span m='113651'>so</span> <span m='114040'>I</span> <span m='114170'>just</span> <span m='114420'>throw</span> <span m='114650'>in</span> <span m='114900'>everything</span> <span m='115400'>I</span> <span m='115480'>love</span> <span m='115900'>into</span> <span m='115960'>this.</span> </p><p><span m='117780'>Probably</span> <span m='118270'>how</span> <span m='118430'>much</span> <span m='118670'>work</span> <span m='118940'>it was</span> <span m='119180'>going</span> <span m='119620'>to be,</span> <span m='120710'>but</span> <span m='120970'>that's</span> <span m='121820'>true</span> <span m='122120'>in</span> <span m='122220'>every</span> <span m='122460'>business</span> <span m='122930'>I</span> <span m='123030'>start.</span> <span m='124680'>And</span> <span m='125120'>if</span> <span m='125370'>I</span> <span m='125570'>knew,</span> <span m='126120'>I</span> <span m='126240'>would</span> <span m='126400'>never</span> <span m='126640'>do</span> <span m='126900'>it.</span> <span m='127090'>So</span> <span m='127200'>you</span> <span m='127370'>just</span> <span m='127680'>have</span> <span m='127810'>to</span> <span m='127940'>jump</span> <span m='128360'>in</span> <span m='128810'>and</span> <span m='129100'>follow</span> <span m='129539'>what</span> <span m='129750'>you</span> <span m='129900'>love.</span> </p>","file":{"id":340433,"video_id":"3083810778001","name":"1779-Laurie-p-Perfumer","duration":131727,"thumbnail_url":null}});