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.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


This morning I managed to identify and fix all of the known bugs in the catalog. By afternoon I put the first trial website online. The url is http://www.orchidscents.com. I think it’s functional in all of the basic respects, but it does need to be tested to find whatever bugs remain.

If you would be willing to help me test the e-commerce system by placing an “order” for the test item that I have embedded in the catalog, you will pay one cent and I will send you a big package of items and samples as a thank-you for your testing and whatever feedback you provide. I will do this for the first 5 people who place a test “order”. After that, I’ll see what further testing is needed.

To find the test item, go to the website and click on “Fragrance” in the menu on the left of the home page. The test item is the last one on the list, and is identified by the same orange rose icon shown in the photo. If you “buy” it, you will be taken through the whole shopping cart procedure (I hope), and I will be notified of your “order”. I will then have your shipping information and can send you your goodie box. Any and all comments regarding the website will be appreciated.

I am excited to move on to this next stage of sharing my creations with the public.


  1. Done! I am looking forward to the package, and I must say your products and prices are tempting to say the least. I actually found myself hoping I'd like something enough for a full bottle!

    Yours, LBV

  2. you know, the website looks really good, and I love the thumbnails you have selected to represent the fragrances.

    One thing-- I really wanted to see orchids in the arrangement behind the perfumes in the image at the top of the fragrance page--it just seems more appropriate, you know? But I imagine you are exhausted and don't have time to take another pic now, so maybe sometime in the future....

    The bath products look awesome (I love the pineapple!), but I found some of the pics to be a little blurry.

    the 'about the perfumes section' made me want to buy your stuff! You make everything sound (and I'm sure it is) very high-quality. I might consider a different font though, something a little more graceful and less blocky.

    Ok, this is all very nitpicky, but I figured you wanted critique, so you got it! (LOL)

    Again, I look very much forward to smelling your work.

    Yours, LBV

  3. LBV, Thanks for the comments. I agree with all of your critiques. I didn't have the right orchids blooming (except for the purple vanda) at the time I took the product pics, but will eventually do as you suggest. The blurry pics and the blocky font are the default options that are provided by the host site template. I load in high resolution pics, and they get reduced to what you see. I haven't found out if there's a way to change the font. Nothing is obvious. Eventually I'd like to go to a custom website, but this was something I could do myself to get started.