Jazmin Saraï is a Montreal perfume brand. We spoke with Dana El Masri, Founder, to find out more about them.
What is your business called and what does it do?
Jazmin Saraï; perfumes and scented products
What made you want to do this work?
It’s my calling! I am very sensory-based and have a strong sense of smell, being a perfumer is what I was meant to do.
What problem did you want to solve with the business?
To be honest, I wanted to create scents as experiences, with a more informative and diverse storytelling approach than what I thought existed at the time. It is, however, a luxury, so there wasn’t really a problem that needed solving as much as a new perspective that needed exploring.
Who are your clientele/demographics?
People who love and appreciate hand-crafts, into music, culture, open-minded and artistic. I like to think I have a balanced blend of people as I like to create scents for all but I imagine it’s more women, then non-binary folks then men, 25-35 and beyond.
How does your business make money? How does it work?
I sell online and through retailers and I take on select bespoke projects a year to create scents for other brands, art collaborations and teaching about the scent online, currently at the Institute for Art & Olfaction.
Where in the city can we find your profession?
You can’t study perfumery officially in Canada.
What is the best question a prospective customer could ask a member of your profession when comparing services? Give the answer as well.
I honestly don’t know how to answer this, what is the context here, like an interview?
What is the best part about what you do? What is the worst part?
I never stop learning and my work is unique! Most people don’t realize how much time and work it takes and I do more roles than a perfumer needs to because I am a business owner as well.
What is your favourite joke about your own profession?
None of which any would understand, we kinda nerd out on smell?
Where can we follow you?
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