May 23, 2019 | By Cassandra Gagnon
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Nov 21, 2011
After years of friendship, a jeweler and a perfumer came together to create botanical-themed silver lockets that hold solid floral perfumes inside. MCMC Fragrances founder Anne McClain and Katrina Lepenne of Katrina Lapenne Jewelry met while studying at Brown University and RISD. Years later, they reconnected in their Brooklyn neighborhood, living just three blocks from each other. Inspired by the flowers that grow in their neighborhood, these lockets come in Bulgarian rose absolute, lillial or French basic.
The lockets are made using a hydraulic press to form the shape. Katrina then solders on the hinges, clasps and a rim to house the perfume. It is decorated with a hand-carved floral design that corresponds to one of three floral aromas. Once the lockets are formed, Anne fills each one by hand using the traditional method of melting down beeswax and jojoba oil before combining it with the fragrance-specific ingredients. Perfumes boast a concentration of 25% (higher than standard perfumes) with rare and precious materials.
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