Brook Harvey Taylor’s fascination with the magical world of scents began when as a teen, she picked up a copy of author Tom Robbins’ novel Jitterbug Perfume. For a girl who had always been aware of the world of scents (as a child, Brook was fascinated with blending kitchen spices), Robbins’ book was an invitation to followher nose and promised that if she did, wonders would await.
At the time, Brook was living in Bozeman, Montana, and had begun mixing her own fragrances from essential oils she bought at the local food co-op where her mother worked. It was a start, though one with no specific destination in sight. The path got a bit clearer when in the early nineties, she moved to Eugene, Oregon, to attend college. While there she began studying aromatherapy with what she calls an “eccentric” aroma-therapist who taught her all about natural fragrances and later bestowed on Brook her entire library. Yet, obsessed with perfuming, Brook found herself embarking on a very personal journey, creating fragrances that were like no other.
As Brook was finding inspiration on the West Coast and a fresh direction for her perfuming, fate intervened in the form of Billy Taylor. Billy had studied photography and filmmaking in art school in Oregon, then spent five years traveling around the country making action sports films for the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Brook’s talent, Billy’s production background, and their shared love of the great outdoors magically collided, and together they created Pacifica, an idea conceived during a long drive home after a surfing trip.
Success did not happen overnight. There were many twists and turns along the way. The break-through moment came when they decided to take seven of Brook’s scents and turn them into candles. They tested their new products at a trade show and this time, results were immediate. They were a hit. The candles provided a foundation upon which Brook and Billy have built a world of fragrance.
From the beginning, Brook and Billy had a grassroots vision. They believed that if they invested in the quality of their products and the fragrance experience, rather than marketing, people who fell in love with Pacifica would spread the word. They were right. Their devout following of fragrance aficionados and earth-conscious connoisseurs deeply value Brook’s fresh approach to perfuming, which enhances rather than overwhelms. Her blends are sophisticated and complex, yet, fun, happy, and easy to wear. They come to life differently on each person, becoming a unique and integral part of them. People also trust Brook’s thoughtful attention to formulating natural, safe, and sustainable products.
Today, Pacifica is a breath of fresh, ocean air in the world of fragrance. Heralded from the beginning for the unique nuance and complexity of their blends, Pacifica fragrances are authentic expressions of the couple’s belief in beautiful scents to experiment with and wear every day. Most of all, Pacifica is an expression of the pure joy of being alive. With an intense respect for the inspiring power of fragrance, Brook and Billy are honored to know that their products carry genuine happiness into their customers’ hearts and homes and linger in their fondest memories.