Meet Brea, the Maker behind Nosey People Society
Brea Patterson is the owner of Nosey People Society, a perfumist, and creator of small batch fragrance and body products. She is passionate about fragrances and body products and feels there is always something new to know.
Read her story below
How’d you get your start?
I began learning about fragrance in classes after work as a form of relaxation and renewal. Each time I stepped into class it was rejuvenating. Inhaling each smell brought you not only ever more present, but also in vibrant contact with distant memories and evocative feelings. I immediately realized that I would like to share this experience.
“I strive to guide people in the steps of understanding what fragrances they enjoy and why. I believe this is a part of our senses that is not considered enough, even though scent is a part of every moment of our lives.”
Has rejection ever affected your creative process?
Absolutely, especially now that every part of making a business falls on the owner. I never claimed to be exceptional at graphic design, being on camera, writing, marketing, or even the ins and outs of social media. You have to get out of your comfort zone and try a lot of skills you might not be the best at, you can end up with some pretty negative feedback or harsh rejection which can bring you down when doing anything else creative. You just have to get back up and try again, that’s the only way to move forward.
Starting a creative enterprise is hard, what advice would you give to those with similar aspirations?
Try to make sure that your business is the most “you” it can be. People connect with earnestness. The world today is one that is smaller and closer than ever before. Try your hardest, don’t be too hard on yourself when you make a mistake, and try to always connect to people who will give you criticism that is honest.
“I spent the majority of the Covid quarantine learning about wine tasting. It has a lot more to do with smelling than you think!”
Do you believe formal training in your field is necessary to success?
I have always been a creature of adaptation. To figure out how to do something even though you don’t know how is a big achievement for me personally. There isn’t a lot of specific institutional or academic learning for a perfumist. People can take classes and train under Nose (perfumist) but a lot is in your lab, on your own. It is science meeting art and that is what makes it so fascinating for me.
If you could move to any other place in this or any universe where would you go? "I’ve asked this question of myself for a long time. I was only supposed to live in Cali for 5 years. So….so far it’s here, no place has it beat."
Describe your perfect day out and about locally.
I have been a Long Beach resident for 16 years. I was drawn to this place ever since the first apartment search. I love that it is a mediterranean city with encouraged walkability.
I feel that the reason why Long Beach is such an amazing place to live is because the people come from white & blue collar jobs, the community is extremely diverse, and there is an overall positive and welcoming attitude. I’ve been a long time fan of MADE, and make it a regular stop for when I think of sending a gift to a loved one. I love the energy and feel of the small micro villages, Retro Row, 2nd Street, The East Village etc. I love having drinks with friends, walking around our beautiful city, and participating in all of our amazing community events and festivals!