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, July 20, 2012


It turns out that no one correctly guessed all 5 of the most-viewed posts on this blog, but GAIL was the first to come close with 4 out of 5. She wins the big box of random perfumey things, which I'll send as soon as I get a chance. CELINA is the runner-up, also with 4 out of 5, so she will get a small box of something perfumey.

So here are the all-time top five, going from most viewed to least:

1. Ambrette Seed, Okra, and Botanical Musk (this is the one no one guessed! Okra is a delicious food.)
2. Topiary Tree Torture (do the S&M crowd somehow find this by googling? Is there an S&M device called a "topiary tree"? Can we invent one? Patent it and sell it? Name a perfume after it?
3. The Making of a Summer Fragrance: Dendrobium moniliforme
4. Fragrant Phalaenopsis: Javanica
5. Turmeric in Food and Perfume

I would never have guessed any of these myself, but presumably the stats don't lie.

I 'm leaving tomorrow morning for Memphis, Tennessee, where I'm giving a talk on orchids for the Memphis Orchid Society. Once I get back, I go into final frenzy mode on a grant application that I just found out was due 10 days earlier than I thought. This probably means that I may not post here again until late next week, but never fear, I'll be back sooner or later!

[Topiary troll face and okra plant photos adapted from Wikimedia]


  1. YUM! Okra. Should have guessed this one as I love okra too. Enjoy your trip. Gail

  2. Okra? I wouldn't have guessed that in one hundred years.