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THE FRAGRANCE EXPERIENCE

Northern Ireland may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a fragrance mecca, but then again, nothing about Stories, the Irish fragrance house, is typical either. "It was born as a testament to the stories which have shaped my own life," explains founder Tonya Kidd-Beggs. "By sharing my fragrances and telling my stories through the art of perfumery, I hope to give people the space to stop and connect with their past, their present, or even dream for their future."

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Stories Parfum Fragrance No. 1 and No.2.

For a relatively new fragrance house (Stories’ No. 1 Fragrance launched in 2018), Tonya has managed to connect with the shared experience fragrance offers us. Her selection of carefully created perfumes and scented essentials were born out of her yearning to remember. "I originally wanted to create a personal, bespoke perfume for myself, and that journey led me to Grasse. It was an epiphany for me because the creation process brought back long-forgotten memories, and I realised the transformative power fragrance has. I experienced significant trauma at the age of 12 and suffered a loss of my childhood memories. I had no recollection (of them) until I began working with fragrances."

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Evocative ingredients in Stories Parfum No.1 and No.2.

While stirring and embracing our most profound memories is at the centre of Tonya's creativity, Stories is anything but old school. From the innovative packaging and low-impact design to the cruelty, paraben, and SLS-free formulations, Tonya is shaping Stories as a future-proof, earth-kind business. "We strive to improve our footprint all the time," she explains. "We're currently going through the process of receiving the Butterfly Mark with Positive Luxury (a luxury industry certification that guarantees best-in-class). Our Eau de Parfum caps are made from Zamak, a heavy-touch, luxurious material that is 100% recyclable and reusable, while our travel-size fragrance glass bottles are refillable, reusable, and recyclable."

We strive to improve our footprint all the time," she explains. "We're currently going through the process of receiving the Butterfly Mark with Positive Luxury (a luxury industry certification that guarantees best-in-class). Our Eau de Parfum caps are made from Zamak, a heavy-touch, luxurious material that is 100% recyclable and reusable, while our travel-size fragrance glass bottles are refillable, reusable, and recyclable.

Tonya Kidd-Beggs

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Tonya Kidd-Beggs is inspired by the rugged coastline of North Down in Northern Ireland, which she calls "the most exquisite landscape" that are the "scents of her childhood."

As for the fragrances themselves, Tonya dedicates their unique composition to her home. "Stories was born on the rugged coastline of North Down, the most exquisite landscape. Woody, green, and evocative scents of the forests and floral, herbaceous scents of the hedgerows and meadows; they are the scents of my childhood and have helped me intuitively create my fragrances. The feel of Irish linen recalls the texture of the material on our Eau de Parfum boxes, and they are an ode to the history of Irish linen history and some of my ancestors' livelihoods."

A typical day for the founder includes everything from overseeing finance, marketing, website, and retail, but there is one project in particular that is dominating her heart and mind. "I can share that we have been burning the testers for our new candle range for several weeks now, and they are divine! We cannot wait to bring them to counter in the Autumn."

In the meantime, Stories' olfactory range continues to garner a dedicated following. As for Tonya, she has just one wish for those who choose to explore her fragrances. "I hope they tell my story and encourage others to tell theirs."

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