An interview by Andrea at Vegan Presence
I had the opportunity to interview the lovely Sage Machado: artist, jewelry designer, perfumer and entrepreneur and the creator of her eponymous perfume line. I was excited to learn about her creative process.
Q: You are a triple threat plus: artist/jewelry designer, perfumer,
clothing designer and of course entrepreneur. What is your background, training and how did you get into this line of work?
Sage Machado: I grew up in a creative family. My mother is an artist and she taught me at a very young age the beauty of making something with your hands – whether it be a painting, a one-of- a kind piece of jewelry or a beautiful scent.
Q: Do you follow the same creative process when it comes to creating perfumes as designing jewelry?
Sage Machado: They are a bit different. With fragrance, I am always inspired by a gemstone. I will start the process by researching where it is found, it’s properties, etc so that I can capture its essence and evoke the color and feeling associated with the stone. When I design jewelry it’s like a painter with her canvas. There’s no pre thought or planning…I just go!
Q: I love how the perfumes are named after gemstones; did your work as a jewelry designer inspire you to come up with the perfumes?
Sage Machado: Yes, absolutely.
Q: Your perfume scents are gorgeous and I particularly love the single perfume oils that can be blended together or worn separately. Was that done intentionally to have your customers express themselves creatively?
Sage Machado: Yes, people who are comfortable and fluid with scent love to layer with the different oils. For those that want guidance, I created blends that work well together.
Q: What is your favorite perfume or blend you created and why?
Sage Machado: That’s an impossible question to answer – I love each and every one! I would say Pearl is my most sentimental fragrance, as it was created for my daughter when I was 8 months pregnant with her. And personally, I gravitate to the earthier musks…a deep rich scent works well with my body’s chemistry.
Q: Is it your preference to select perfumes to wear based on the season, what you’re wearing or your mood?
Sage Machado: All of the above!
Q: You have traveled the world, what are your favorite places to travel and why?
Sage Machado: I find France and Italy the most inspiring in terms of both countries’ antiquity as well as range of scenery.
Q: What environmental causes are you passionate about?
Sage Machado: Animal welfare is my #1 passion.
Q: Any advice for aspiring artists or anyone wanting to start their own business
Sage Machado: Be prepared to work hard, own your passion and never stop loving what you do. And when you’re feeling less than love and gratitude for your business, remind yourself why you started.
So there you have it. I encourage you to experience Sage Machado perfumes to find out why I am head over heels in love with them!
My favorite scents from the earthy, musky group.
Enjoy and be well!
“My life is my work, there is no line between the two for me.”