How do I get an account with The Perfumery?
The Perfumery has an initial order requirement of $500 to get your business account set up. Beginning October 2011, all new accounts are required maintain a yearly minimum of $6,000 too keep your account active. If your company can meet these requirements then click here to set up your new account and place your first order Please note that if you are a new customer and your order does not total $500 then your account will not be set up in our main accounting computer and your order will not be processed.
What is an essential oil?
Essential oils are the volatile, aromatic oils obtained by steam or hydrodistillation of botanicals. Read more about them here.
How do you open these #%@! bottles?
The Perfumery uses metal containers for sizes 1 lb and above because they provide the best durability and reliability in transit so our customers don’t have to deal with breakages at the hands of UPS. Please see the step by step instructions on how to open the 1 lb, 1kg and 5 kg bottles. These bottles use an industry standard crimp-top pour out spout closure that is very common to the essential oil and fragrance industry. The reason you have not seen this type of closure before is because you most likely have never dealt with a bulk importer or large wholesaler of liquid aromatic products before. These closures have been used for decades on 15 kg and larger steel pails but we have adapted them to the smaller 1 and 5 kg bottles because they provide best vacuum seal to protect the oil and give better pourability than the stand plug-style aluminum bottles.
I forgot my password, what should I do?
Forgetting your password is not a problem, simply click on the LOGIN link in the upper right hand corner of the site and then click on the “Forgot Password?” link. You will then be prompted to enter your email address and a new, temporary password will be sent to your email. You can then login with the temporary password. Once logged in, click on your email address in the upper right hand corner and you will be taken to your USER HOME. From there you can change your password to whatever you want. If you have problems with the password reset then please contact us but remember to first check your spam folder for the auto responder with the new password information because sometimes these emails get misidentified as spam. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU CREATE ANOTHER ACCOUNT WITH A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS IF YOU FORGET YOUR PASSWORD. IF YOU CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT YOU WILL BE TREATED AS A BRAND NEW CUSTOMER!! Your old account with all your purchase history will be gone and you will be subject to all the minimum purchase requirements that all new accounts are subject to, in addition to loosing all your credit towards reaching the minimum that was built up in your old account. If you have multiple shipping and/or billing addresses, its not a problem to handle with one account, simply change the appropriate address at the time of your order as necessary, our internal systems will automatically be updated with your new address info as well.
Can individuals order from The Perfumery?
The Perfumery is not a retail supplier and since we do not ship in small retail, dropper type bottles expected by the average retail consumer, we recommend that end users find an appropriate retailer to meet their essential oil needs. Our goal at The Perfumery is to provide COMPANIES with the highest quality oils at affordable prices. By ordering from The Perfumery you are testifying that you are either a company who uses our products in the production of your own finished products or that you are buying our products for the purpose of resale. If you place an order on our site without providing a company name or by just putting your name in the company name field (unless your name is followed by Inc., LLC., etc.) we will not process your order and one of our representatives will call you back to inquire as to your company name and the nature of your business. If you are a home-based business, The Perfumery welcomes you as a customer as we do not discriminate based on the size of the company, as we ourselves were once a home based business and we have a strong desire to help our customers grow their companies.
What is the typical order turnaround time from The Perfumery?
The Perfumery is continuing its commitment over the last 8 years to be THE FASTEST SHIPPING ESSENTIAL OIL COMPANY IN THE WORLD. 99% of orders placed on our website by 12 noon, Eastern Standard Time, Monday-Friday, are shipped out the same day! If you have any experience at all with other vendors, you know that same day shipping in this industry borders on the ridiculous. The Perfumery is able to achieve its quick turnaround because we maintain a huge inventory at all times and don’t wait until we receive orders before we place orders to our growers and distillers. For a map of shipping times in transit by UPS GROUND just click on this link http://www.ups.com/maps/results and then punch in our zip code of 47111. Our fast shipping times allow us to be the warehouse for many small companies who can’t afford or don’t want to tie up precious capital in purchasing larger quantities that will take them many months to sell. We have many clients who never stock any oils at all but simply place orders from us as their orders come in because they know they can depend on us to get their orders shipped quickly and without mistakes. We can also drop ship your orders to your customers, making it look as though the order came from your company directly, if you supply us with your labels and/or bottles (we can also provide a custom label for you but we can only print labels in black and white).
Can I get a sample?
Yes! In most cases we send samples with any order but we do not just send out samples by themselves. You are free to ask for samples of our products by putting your request in the NOTES section of your order. In most cases sample requests are honored without changes, however we cannot guarantee that all requests will be honored. Sampling will be done purely at our discretion in terms of the number and types of samples we will allow. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis depending on the cost of the oil, size of the order and customer history. In some cases, for the really expensive oils there will be a fee for our standard 1 gram sample vials. The fee can be calculated by multiplying the factor of 0.07 times the published 1 oz price. For the samples which do have a fee associated with them you will not see the charge on the receipt generated from the site but you will get a second invoice with the correct total in your email.
Are bulk discounts available?
Bulk discounts are available and quantity pricing will automatically adjust in the shopping cart. Taking the 1 lb rate as the reference rate you will notice that standard 1 kg rate will be at a 5% discount off the 1 lb rate. Once you increase the quantity to 5 kg you will see the rate drop to at least a 10% discount and at 15 kg it drops again to at least a 15% discount. So, in summary, taking the 1 lb rate as the reference rate, the standard discounts are 5%, 10%, and 15% at 1 kg (2.2 lbs), 5 (11 lbs) kg and 15 kg (33 lbs), repectively. When in the cart you will also notice certain oils who have the 1 kg prices highlighted in yellow indicating that this oil is currently flagged as a bulk special in which the discounts are even greater than the standard discount rate. Oils that are flagged for bulk special are those in which we have larger than normal quantities on and have reduced the rates significantly to encourage faster sales.
What is the conversion from pounds to kilograms?
One kilogram (kg) equals 2.2046 pounds (lbs). Because The Perfumery deals internationally, we both buy and sell bulk quantities in the conventional international unit of the kilogram. Pound sizes are made available for the benefit of our US customers who are used to dealing with the English system but we highly recommend that you commit the conversion factor to memory because you will get better deals when buying in the kilogram sizes and it will be useful for you to know the conversion when comparing our prices to other US competitors who only sell in various pound sizes.
What shipping methods do you use?
The Perfumery ships almost entirely by UPS. We can ship your order by US Postal service if you agree to accept the consequences of allowing government employees handle your package. If the post office loses or damages your package it could be up to 6 months before we can be reimbursed for the shipment and they require an inordinate amount paperwork. With UPS we are reimbursed in about 1 week and we don’t have to do much of anything. Because of the extra red tape involved with with dealing with the post office both in getting the package to their location and in the event of a damage or lost package we have to charge an additional $100 in handling fees in order to send your package by post. In some cases this may be cost effective for certain international orders. If you are willing to accept this and to accept getting reimbursed when we get reimbursed for your lost or damaged package then we can send the package by US Post office and you can put your request in the NOTES section of your order along with the statement “I accept your terms and conditions stated on the website to send my package by post” and you will see the $100 handling fee on your revised invoice that comes from our accounting computer but it will not be on your initial auto-generated invoice from the website.
We cannot accept returns or give credits on orders after 10 days from date of receipt of your order. Returns must be in usable condition. Goods returned not due to our error will be subject to a 20% restocking fee. Please fill out our contact form to request your RMA number and you will get a reply stating the credit amount that you have minus the 20% restocking fee. All returns must have an RMA number supplied by our staff. Once your return request is approved you will be notified of the amount of the IN STORE credit that you will receive. All credits must be used within 1 year of the issue date.
Any claims concerning lost or damaged shipments must be submitted to us by email within 30 days of ship date in order for us to consider your claim. All packages are insured for the full value, so if it is lost or damaged by UPS then it will be covered, but in some cases we may have to wait until UPS reimburses us before we resend your order. It could take up to a week for UPS to honor a claim. Fortunately The Perfumery has a very small damaged package rate because we use the most durable containers in the industry and we pack everything we ship with extraordinary care and diligence. We pride ourselves on the lowest damage and shipping mistake rates of any e-commerce business on the internet.
Customers with accounts can log in and check the status of their orders. You will also get an email directly from UPS with your tracking number when your order ships. You can use this tracking number at www.ups.com to see the exact location of your package at any time. If you placed your order before noon, Mon-Fri, then your order should have shipped out the same day. Many times the tracking emails from UPS get mistaken for spam by many of the various email spam filters out there so make sure that if you use such a program that you create a rule to accept all emails from ups.com or you may never see your tracking notification.
Did my order go through? I never got an email confirmation!
Sometimes spam filters catch our order confirmation emails. Please update you spam filters to accept any emails coming from theperfumery.com in order to avoid such problems. We can send a confirmation again from the Order History/Status page. You order can always be verified by checking your order history from your account details by clicking on you login name in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
Why does The Perfumery ship some 1 ounce sizes in colorless glass bottles?
The Perfumery has discontinued the colorless frosted square bottles because our source for these has dried up and the new source has become too expensive. Most of our 1 ounce sizes now come in cobalt blue bottles however we may still have some remaining inventory on certain oils that are packaged in the older frosted colorless bottles. The bottle industry has promoted a fallacy for years that colored bottles will better protect oils from damage from UV light. The truth is that colored bottles don’t filter out UV any better than clear glass. ALL GLASS ABSORBS UV radiation. Read more about why colorless bottes are safe and why we use FROSTED colorless bottles at The Perfumery.
EOs and heat, what is the best way to ship in the summer?
Essential oils can be susceptible to decomposition when exposed to abnormal heat for long periods of time, which is why we store all the oils in an air conditioned warehouse, we incure more expense this way but we feel it allows us to give our customers a better quality product. If you live in an especially hot area of the country and are worried about possible heat affects then you may want to order at the beginning of the week so you can receive your order without having the order sit in storage (which might not be air conditioned) on Saturday and Sunday or else chose the best express service that would allow the oils to be delivered to you without having to sit over the weekend. We are located in Southern Indiana, just north of Louisville, KY. For a detailed map of shipping times in transit by UPS GROUND just click on this link http://www.ups.com/maps/results and then punch in our zip code of 47111. Ground service only delivers Mon-Fri so if you see that standard ground shipping would put your package in storage over the weekend then you may want to consider an express option. Even if your order does sit over the weekend, in all likelihood it will be fine, but we just want to make it possible for those customers who are worried about the heat to be able to plan accordingly.