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.

Monday, February 11, 2013


It’s getting to be spring, the birds are singing, the crocuses, hyacinths, and tulips are sticking their heads up, and there are several projects, perfume salons and other events on the horizon, each of which is going to be honored with a special edition perfume if things go as planned. In the works are a 100% natural white floral tropical perfume for Lyn Ayre’s Tropical Challenge Project at the end of this month, two different chocolate-themed ones for the San Francisco and Seattle chocolate + fragrance salons in March and May respectively, and an offbeat one for my Blackbird event in July.  In the meantime, I hope to finish a few others that I’ve been working on (or not working on!) for way too long.

Some of you have volunteered as testers in the past, so this is a call for about a dozen noses willing to sniff my latest experiments and provide written feedback. If you’re still reading this blog and are up for the task, please leave a comment to that effect. I already have addresses for those who participated in the testing exercise in the past, but I’m sure there’s going to be considerable turnover from year to year. Even if you’re on my list (or think you are), please confirm that you’re interested. For those who volunteer and provide feedback, there will be some sort of fragrant reward at the end of the process.

I’m looking forward to finishing up a whole list of projects before summer comes, including a start on upgrading my packaging and website. More about that project soon. 

Update on February 13: I still have room for 4-5 more testers, so there's still a chance to sign up. 

[The top flower is Adenium obesum - not an orchid, but one of the cool plants that I grow for fun. The lower one is Clerodendron trichrotomium, aka Harlequin Glory Bower, a tropical-looking tree that grows at the Ballard Locks in Seattle] 


  1. Oh, do I get to be the first to sign up? You bet I'll volunteer! Especially for anything chocolate or tropical.:-)

  2. If you are in need of any new testers I would be happy to volunteer!

  3. Hi Ellen,

    I was trying to say that if you need more testers I would be happy to test again. If you want newer noses and fresher opinions that's OK too.


  4. I would be glad to volunteer my nose for testing!


  5. Great! So far there are 4 testers, so please sign up or re-up!

    Gail and Marla, I have your mailing addresses. Nadja and Nancy, you need to send yours.

  6. I'm in! As always. Very excited to try more of your stuff. I've moved, though, so I need to get you my new address. If you email my feminine(dot)things @ gmail address, I'll send you my new address. i'd email it to you, but I can't seem to find an email!

  7. I would love to be a tester, but I live in Canada. I participated in the davana report previously. Please let me know if you need my address. Thank you, Zen.

  8. I would be extremely happy to test any fragrance you compose. You should have my mailing address from my previous orders.
    Good luck with you new scents.


  9. Nadja and Nancy, you're on the list.

    Diana, you're on, too and 'll e-mail you to get your new address.

    Robert, I have your address from before, and you're signed up.

    Zen, I'll check and see if I still have the davana testers list.

    Thanks to all who have volunteered so far for this year's testing.

  10. I'd be happy to be a tester!
    egeither at hotmail dot com


  11. Elise and Kathleen, I have both your addresses from orders. You're both on the list to receive samples for testing.

  12. Ooh, if there is still room I'd love to be a tester for these!

  13. I haven't been reading the blogs regularly lately so if I'm not too late, I'd like to apply too. :)

  14. Ines and Laurie, You're on my list. I have both of your addresses.