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.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


I got back from San Francisco last Sunday, just in time for our friends’ wedding, and have been playing catch-up ever since. This weekend is a little better, given that I have taken care of most of my backlog of shipping and the worst of my backlog of university administrative tasks, but there’s still a long way to go to feel back to normal again. 

The event at Tigerlily in San Francisco was great fun, a wonderful chance to meet customers, including some who have become good friends, and see what Antonia Kohl has done with her shop. The history of Tigerlily, as I understand it, is that it started out in a tiny corner of the Love and Luxe jewelry shop down the street from where it is now, then quickly expanded to occupy half of a shop in its current location at 973 Valencia Street. Given the number and enthusiasm of Tigerlily’s customers, it looks like it won’t be long before it outgrows that situation, too. If you’re in the San Francisco area I highly recommend that you spend an afternoon shopping on Valencia Street and sniffing perfume at Tigerlily,  followed by dinner at LoLo across the street, an excellent California-Mexican place that uses local ingredients, but has reasonable prices.

All but one of the Northwest perfumers featured in the NW Fragrance criterion discovery set were there, holding a small trunk show. I was amazed at the size of the  turnout and the enthusiasm of Antonia’s customer base. She is definitely doing something right. To enhance the evening’s festivities, she served cocktails based on each of the fragrances in the set. During the event there was constant traffic, so I was too busy to take any photos, but here are a few taken before the evening’s activities started. 

Here is Antonia herself. What a great smile!

Here is the Sweet Tea display by Jen Siems. She is in the background, behind the flowers. 

Here is the Pirouette Essentials display by Karyn Gold-Reineke. 

Here's the Sweet Anthem display by Meredith Smith with a picture of her back. 

Herre's Nikki Sherritt setting up her Rebel and Mercury display. 

[All photos are mine, taken with my trusty phone] 

1 comment:

  1. What fun! I am still enjoying the contents of the Indie Fragrance Criterion box. I wish we could have been there. While you guys were sniffing perfume we were negotiating the curvy roads on Highway 1 somewhere near Mendocino. Maybe next time?