What is the Perfume Project?

This blog is a constantly evolving forum for thoughts on perfume, perfume-making, plants (especially orchids and flora of the Pacific Northwest) and life in general. It started out chronicling the adventures of Olympic Orchids Perfumes, established in July 2010, and has expanded in other directions. A big part of the blog is thinking about the ongoing process of learning and experimentation that leads to new perfumes, the exploration of perfumery materials, the theory and practice of perfume making, the challenges of marketing perfumes and other fragrance products, and random observations on philosophy and society. Spam comments will be marked as such and deleted; any comments that go beyond the boundaries of civil discourse will also be deleted. I am grateful to all of you, the readers, who contribute to the blog by commenting and making this a truly interactive perfume project.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


For readers in the Seattle area, this is a reminder that the next event in the Northwest Indie Perfumers Circuit will take place at Blackbird Apothecary in Ballard this Saturday, January 12, from 6-9 PM, and will feature scented candles by botanical perfumer Nikki Sherritt of Rebel & Mercury, including her Blackbird-inspired candle with notes of smoke, vanilla and tobacco. Several of her perfumes will also be there for sniffing and purchase at special prices.

The event coincides with the Ballard Art Walk, so you can come early and make the rounds, ending up at Blackbird where there will be some sort of munchies along with cocktails and/or wine thanks to Wine World and Spirits, who are sponsoring the series. It’s the perfect opportunity to strike back at the winter blues by spending some time in a warm, friendly, fragrant, candle-lit, atmosphere mingling with other perfume-lovers. What could be a better way to spend a rainy, dark, January evening? 

[Blackbird is located at 5404 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA  98107. The logo for the indie perfumers circuit was designed by Eliam Puente.] 

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