While attending Natural Products Expo West 2015, I had the opportunity to speak with Victoria England the CEO, CO, and Creator of Tulip Perfume, a company located in the remote coastal town of Arcata in Humboldt County, Ca. Tulip Perfume aligns itself with a philosophy and belief in the holistic approach to thinking and living. “I set out to design and create a handcrafted line of bath and body products that would encourage a strong connection with nature as a vital part of life,” Victoria explained.
In our interview, I asked Victoria about the genesis of her company. “It was just eight years ago — that is when Tulip began,” she shared with me. In the early days, I learned, it was primarily a home-based concept. She mentioned that in her garage and basement she “began experimenting with different fragrances that [she] liked, and the plants from which they were derived. That is when [she] learned to become an alchemist and mixologist.”
Victoria reached over and picked up a bottle of perfume from the front of the Tulip display booth. “Here, try this. This is Amber Vanilla Bean,” I heard her say with excitement. The scent of the perfume, at least to me, is beautiful; not too rich, yet it is lightly intoxicating, inducing a state of calm inside. It seems to encapsulate all of GLN in this one bottle. Tulip Perfume, like GLN, is founded on principles of returning to our natural state of being and our most authentic, natural selves.
I learned that Victoria studied Natural Medicine and worked for an acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine before starting Tulip. As she shares more of her story, she is excited to tell me that she has established a business relationship with Target.com. “I met them here at the 2014 Expo West,” Victoria says this with a glimmer of pride in her eyes.
The Tulip brand offers a classic selection that is diverse, including the Amber Vanilla Bean scent as well as other exotic scents that include: a Neroli Wood Roll On Perfume, a Lemon Sugar Spa Lotion, and an Oak Moss Lily Blossom Roll On Perfume. The Charmed Collection consists of oils with an enticing selection of choices: Sea Oil, Pikake Oil, Tea Rose Oil and many others. The Apothecary Collection continues to explore brilliant and exotic scents that include: Ginger Love Body Mist, Freedom Rain Body Cream, and a Sultry Roll On Perfume. All items are priced smartly at around $20.00 to $30.00.
Before Victoria and I bid adieu, I asked her about the success she has achieved with Tulip. I expected to hear about connections or an MBA degree. Victoria, however, shared her connection to nature in Humboldt County. “You can’t believe the enormity of these Redwood Trees. It is indescribable — the beauty of growing up around such an intense array of nature. It was easy to be inspired,” she shared with pride.
The entire line of Tulip products are without dyes and parabens. The Tulip line is also vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free.
You might also enjoy checking out Victoria’s own personal blog entitled Kitchen Witch Blog, where you will see that Victoria England is not only an innovative mixologist and business woman, but also that she possesses a talent for writing. If we’re lucky, Victoria just might share her talent for writing with GLN, too!