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.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


I don't plan to post anything until I'm back from my San Francisco trip on the 11th, and it may be a few days before I get around to it even then, with catch-up to do after leaving the orchids in the care of a house-sitter.

To provide a little fun and games to brighten up your summer, I'd like to set up a contest. It goes like this:

In the two years that this blog has been in existence, what are the 5 posts that have received the most page views? Frankly, I was surprised when I checked. The person who comes closest to guessing will get a BIG gift package full of fragrant surprises. The second place person will get a medium box of fragrant surprises, and third place will get a little box of the same. If no one guesses any of them, I'll start giving clues to aid in the treasure hunt, and it will be over when it's over, i.e., when there are three people who correctly guess at least one to three of the most "popular" posts.

Over and out.

[Roulette photo from Wikimedia]


  1. I would have to say Mystery Perfume Brief, March1, 2011. Gail

  2. Or maybe Happy Mother's day, May 14, 2012?

  3. I will guess these five: Nature of Creativity, Myth of Eternal Growth, Ambroxan, Lilith Effect, Aerangus Fatuoso. Gail

  4. Congrats on two years of blogging! As I skimmed the posts, I realized I need to go back and read the ones I've missed. There is wonderful writing in them!

    My guesses are: Ambroxan, Art and Not a Perfume; The Mystery Perfume Brief; The Lilith Effect; Labdanum and How Do You Like Your Samples.

    Enjoy yourself at the show!

  5. What about Random Reviews: Orange Blossom, Lavender and Green Things, The Orchid Show, April 16, 2012, Cattleya Intermedia, The Fragrant Cockelshell and The New Perfumes: Emergence.

  6. The Lilith effect
    The mystery perfume brief
    Happy Mother's day
    The nature of Creativity
    Spring Drawing for samples of natural materials

    Am I wrong? ;)


  7. I would guess something not necessarily perfume related
    Taxing, tipping and transparency
    The need for luxury
    Making natural perfumes affordable
    Ambroxan, Art and not a perfume
    The road to no nonsense perfumes
    Thanks for this fun game Ellen,

  8. Hello, here are my guesses...

    Amber and fossilized amber
    Magnificent magnolias
    Myrrh and mushrooms
    Gardening by the moon
    Kyphi- round one

    Hope your trip was amazing.

    Thank you,


  9. My guesses (in no particular order) are:
    JAR Perfume reviews July 22, 2011
    Perfume and the Asch Phenomenon, August 3, 2011
    On Learning Perfumery, December 8, 2011
    Making Natural Perfumes Affordable, January 14, 2012
    Dawamesk, May 27, 2011.

    Not to say that these are *my* favourites. Those would be the ones on your own scents and your rants.

    Hope you had a great success at the Artisan Show.

    -- Lindaloo

    1. Lindaloo, I'm glad to hear that somebody likes my rants! I'm sure not everyone does. You (or any other reader) can still add your guesses based on the clues and the list of correct choices so far. That way, you'd be in the running for third place.