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ABOUT OUR FRAGRANCES

All of Ghost Ship's fragrances are handmade in Chicago with only the finest all-natural perfume oils and perfumers' alcohol. We do not add anything synthetic or even water.

Our fragrances are high concentration parfum, containing at least 33% perfume oil. They are lovingly bottled by hand, and our labels and packaging are all designed by us in house.

We do not make large quantities of our perfumes, so please do allow some time for your fragrance to "cure" to achieve optimal performance. Though it will smell great when you get it, it will just get better with age.

Be kind to your perfumes and store them in a cool, dark, dry place. Take care handle your bottles with clean, oil-free hands to protect the labeling.

Unless otherwise noted, our full size bottles are 1.7 ounces (50 milliliters), and come in a flint glass bottle with our signature screw-on cap and a complimentary atomizer for those who prefer to spritz their fragrances. Each bottle is packaged in a protective velvet pouch and boxed in our signature gift box.

Our sample sizes are large, 5 ml rollerballs bottled in heavy flint glass. Build-a-Box samples are not labeled, but come in a cello bag with scent note card enclosure.  Our gift samplers included individually labeled rollerballs, packaged in our gift box for giving--or keeping!

ABOUT SHIPPING TIMES

Please allow 5 business days for your order to be prepared and shipped. Be sure to add your calculated shipping time to that, based on the shipper you choose. We offer free economy shipping (5 to 8 business days), or purchase a faster rate or shipper of your choice.

 

ABOUT OUR PERFUMER

 

Ursula Bielski founded Ghost Ship Fragrance Co. after a 33-year career in parapsychology, and history and folklore research.  She is the founder of Chicago Hauntings, Inc. and the host of PBS’ “The Hauntings of Chicago” (WYCC).

An historian, author, and parapsychologist, Ursula has been writing and lecturing about Chicago’s supernatural folklore and the paranormal for three decades and is recognized as a leading authority on the Chicago region’s ghostlore and cemetery history. She is the author of twelve popular and critically acclaimed books on the same subjects including the "Chicago Haunts" series and Graveyards of Chicago.

Ursula began making perfumes for herself and her family and friends after years of bringing home leaves, flowers and rocks from the many haunted places she visited around the world during her work as a paranormal researcher.  Longing to capture and share the "haunting" experience of these unique sites, she began experimenting with the idea of recreating them in olfactory form to share with other legend trippers.

 

(Keep reading to learn more about Ursula than you ever wanted to know)

Ursula’s interests in Chicago ghost hunting began at a young age. She grew up in a haunted house on Chicago’s north side and received an early education in Chicago history from her father, a Chicago police officer, who introduced Ursula to the ghosts at Graceland Cemetery, Montrose Point and the old lockup at the storied Maxwell Street Police Station.

Aside from her writing, Ursula has been featured on numerous television documentaries, including productions by the A&E Network, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, SyFy, The Travel Channel, and PBS. She’s been a judge on “Paranormal Challenge” and a regular guest on “Ghost Adventures” and the “Maury Show”s paranormal specials. She also appears regularly on local Chicago television and radio and lectures throughout the year at various libraries, historical and professional societies.

In addition to her books, Ursula is the author of numerous scholarly articles exploring the links between history and the paranormal, including articles published in the International Journal of Parapsychology. Ursula is a past editor of "PA News, " the quarterly newsletter of the Parapsychological Association, a past president and board member of the Pi Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, and holds membership in the Society of Midland Authors. She also edits children’s books on the paranormal for Bearport Publishing in New York and teaches courses in Paranormal Studies for Harper College.

A graduate of St. Benedict High School in Chicago, Ursula holds a B.A. degree in history from Benedictine University and an M.A. in American cultural and intellectual history from Northeastern Illinois University. Her academic explorations include the Spiritualist movement of the 19th century and its transformation into psychical research and parapsychology, and the relationships among belief, experience, science, and religion.

In 2003 Ursula founded Chicago Hauntings tours with her husband, firefighter and journalist David Cowan, author of To Sleep with the Angels, about the Our Lady of the Angels school fire in Chicago. The company has won many awards and hosted hundreds of thousands of visitors over nineteen years before closing during the pandemic of 2020.  The company name continues under the umbrella of American Ghost Walks, a Wisconsin-based tour operator.

Ursula has designed tours for the City of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo (built on the original city cemetery grounds) and other organizations and Ursula received the prestigious award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation in 2018 for significant contributions to Chicago's literary culture.

Ursula is available as a speaker for libraries, schools, colleges and universities, and professional societies. To set up a visit please contact her directly at ursulabielski@sbcglobal.net.