Roses for Autism Non-Profit Launches New Perfume

At the former Pinchbeck family farm in Guilford, the non-profit Roses for Autism grows and sells a variety of flowers.

“It is the perfect synergy of business and social services,” said managing director Michelle Ouimette. “The thought was let’s reopen the farm and reestablish the business as a non-profit organization and give individuals with autism the opportunity to become employed or gain the skills they need.”

Roses for Autism is now launching its first non-perishable product, a perfume which captures the scent of the Lavande Rose.

“They are purple roses that I think smell like sweet tarts,” Ouimette said.

“We actually received a large bouquet of the lavande roses for inspiration,” said perfumer Donna Ramanauskas.

Ramanauskas has a decade of experience developing fine fragrances and personal care products, but she says creating the new Ardent Rose perfume was extra special.

“It’s so amazing,” she said, “it’s one of the best projects that I’ve ever received in terms of my career so far.”

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT 5th District) came out to support the Thursday afternoon product launch.

“We’re coming up National Autism day on April 2nd,” Rep. Esty said, “so today is a great day to celebrate the abilities that those with autism have.”

Like the proceeds, proceeds from the new perfume will be used to expand Roses for Autism’s programs. Since 2009, the organization has provided valuable job training for more than 100 individuals with autism.

“If people choose to spend $20 to buy our roses, they know that they are helping to preserve Connecticut heritage and employ individuals with autism, provide opportunities for young adults,” Ouimette said.

You can buy the new fragrance or roses at the Guilford shop located at 929 Boston Post Road or order here.

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