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 11, 2013


There are innumerable opportunities to help people every day, either directly or indirectly, and perfumistas tend to be really big-hearted when it comes to sharing bits of their collections and enabling others in their habit. However, it’s not every day that you get a chance to be a good fairy and help people who are interested in perfume by doing something other than sharing the perfume itself. In these two cases, the help you could provide takes two very different forms, one would cost you some time but no money, while the other would cost you some money, but very little time.

1. A survey on personality and olfactory expertise
This is an opportunity to help an Australian undergraduate student in psychology who is conducting a study on whether there is a correlation between personality traits and expertise in perfume-making and/or perfume appreciation. What you can provide is a set of data to help increase the statistical validity of his study, which will, in turn, possibly provide some insight into the question of whether we perfume-lovers share certain personality traits. The data will be kept anonymous and confidential, and will be used for educational purposes only, as part of the student’s honors thesis. To read more about the project, please go to this post on the Australian Perfume Junkies website. Here’s the link to the survey, if you’d like to go there directly. 

2. Replacement of a blogger’s dying laptop
This is an opportunity to help Sheila Eggenberger (akaTarleisio) of the Alembicated Genie continue with her blogging and writing. Sheila has a unique voice among perfume bloggers, and we would not want it to go silent because of a technical failure. You can read all about it here. She has limited resources to replace her dying laptop, so has set up an Indiegogo campaign to fund a replacement. You can help by giving as much or as little as you can afford to the cause. Contributions large and small all add up.

 [Good fairy graphic by Walter Crane, 1878] 


  1. Thank YOU so much for posting, Ellen! That really touched my heart!

  2. Sheila, How could I not spread the word? If anyone deserves a state-of-the-art laptop (or at least a healthy one!), you do.

  3. I had actually contributed to Sheila's fund a few days ago, and so I'm glad you're publicizing it. And I participated in the research project, can't wait to see the results, it sounds pretty interesting. Thanks for the links!

  4. Marla, Thank you for contributing!