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.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Plagued by snow wherever I go

This morning I got up early to pack for the flight to San Francisco, and what was the first thing I saw? Snow! It’s on the ground, it’s on the trees, it’s coming down out of the sky, and it’s supposed to be spring. Ironically, it’s the first snow of the winter. It brings back recent memories of our 26-hour snow-plagued flight from Frankfurt to Totonto, which was going to be part 4 of the travel report. I’ll save that for the next post.

Before I go into details about that, however, I’d like to invite anyone in the San Francisco area to check out the Second Annual Artisan Fragrance Salon, which will take place on Sunday, March 24, at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavillion at Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s in tandem with a chocolate show, so anyone coming to smell perfumes can also go to the other side and taste chocolates. It’s an opportunity to meet a lot of indie perfumers and smell their work, both old and new. I’ll be featuring six different, contrasting fragrances, ranging from an old standard to a new one that’s not yet been released.

I just hope it’s not snowing in San Francisco.

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