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.

Saturday, April 13, 2013


This spring has been a blur of traveling and overscheduling of events, so I’ve been remiss not only about posting here, but checking other blogs and groups and commenting on anything at all. Now that most of my planned travel is relatively local, I’m trying to get back in the habit of communicating.

The big event coming up is the Seattle Artisan Fragrance Salon on Sunday, May 5, so that’s where a lot of my effort is concentrated. I’m making a new special edition fragrance specifically for the show, and will be launching my new all-natural fragrance, Tropic of Capricorn, which was the winner of Lyn Ayre’s Tropical Challenge earlier this spring. Right now I’m waiting for more maile vine absolute and freeze-dried mango to arrive so that I can make a big batch.

My plans for the Seattle show include a display with lots of live orchid plants, which I can’t do at out-of-town shows. There will also be some goodies to taste, related to the Seattle theme perfume (not coffee!), samples of featured fragrances, and a drawing for a full bottle of something, still to be determined.

If you’re in the Seattle area, the salon is a unique opportunity to meet a variety of West Coast perfumers in person and enjoy samples of artisan chocolate creations, all on the Seattle waterfront.

Next weekend I’m going to be at the Oregon Orchid Show in Portland, exhibiting and selling plants. I’m also going to try something that I haven’t done for years, which is to bring some orchid-theme perfumes to the show. Michael’s coming with me, and will be demonstrating them as he does at the fragrance salons. He’s become quite good at it! If you’re in Portland and are curious about orchids, I highly recommend checking out the show, and stopping by to sniff my perfumes while you’re there. If you’ve never been to an orchid show before, it will be an amazing experience to see the variety of flowers and smell the fragrant ones.

Last night I spent several hours putting together 50 sample packs for the Los Angeles Scentsation event, which will take place on May 11, and includes a bus trip with the fabulous Portia of Australian Perfume Junkies. If you’re in LA, this seems like an amazing opportunity to indulge in a decadent day of perfume sniffing. You’ll probably get one of my sample packs in your swag bag, along with lots of other goodies. If I can’t be there in person, I’ll be there in spirit.

June should be calm and restful compared to everything that came before, giving me time to focus on preparing for the Blackbird Northwest Perfumers Circuit event on July 13, featuring my fragrance line. I have big plans for that, too, including live orchid plants, lots of edible goodies, beverages sponsored by Wine World, live music, a couple of drawings for perfume and/or orchid plants, and the launch of the special edition Blackbird perfume that I’m working on. 

[Seattle waterfront photo from Wikimedia; fragrance salon poster courtesy of Taste TV; Priscila bus photo stolen from Australian Perfume Junkies website, where you can find out who they stole it from] 


  1. Wow, you have more energy than I do, I need to drink more coffee! The Seattle show sounds wonderful, I'm sad I'm on the wrong coast. And what sounds especially fun is the Bus Trip with Portia and the Posse, I'm so glad that group in particular will be getting samples of your line, you'll have a lot of new fans.

    1. Marla, I don't know about energy. I just always over-schedule and have to somehow keep up with my calendar. I usually feel like I'm trying to run up the down escalator. I wish you could be here, too!