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, August 16, 2012


The winner of the random draw for a 5 ml spray bottle of the Olympic Orchids fragrance of your choice is DIONNE.

Please send me the name of the fragrance that you would like and your full mailing address.

As usual, all of the names were written down on identical little scraps of paper, folded in the same way, shaken up, and drawn with closed eyes.

Thanks to everyone for your constructive comments regarding the websites. Oh, by the way, the vote is overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the color scheme white on a black background. 

[Running chicken photo from Wikimedia in honor of the chicken races that will take place in Fort St. James, BC, on September 29. Bummer that I can't be there.] 


  1. Yaaay! Elly, do you mind if I take a week or so to work through the sample set before I make up my mind? It hasn't arrived yet, and I'm really looking forward to trying everything.

    Thank you so much. :)

  2. Dionne, of course you're welcome to take all the time you want making up your mind. I hope the sample set arrives safely!