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.

Saturday, September 7, 2013


First things first. The winners of the random drawing are:


Because Nadja wins all of my drawings (I swear the drawings are totally random!) I picked a third winner:


If you are international, you will need to e-mail me with your full shipping address. You will receive a selection of samples, mine and others. If you are in the US, you will receive samples plus some larger items. Congratulations to all winners!

This past week I’ve been pretty much buried under teaching, trying to keep up with shipping, and planning for our fall theatre production. The fall rains have swept in with a vengeance, a month or two early, making my early morning commutes miserable. The only bright side of the unusual weather is that plants I thought were dead and mummified have suddenly revived and are growing at a ridiculous rate. The fall crocuses appeared overnight, and are gorgeous. The peppers and tomatoes are getting a second wind, and the second fig crop is well on the way to ripeness. This weekend gives me a short breather before class continues next week. 

The days are getting shorter, and the sun is lower in the sky. It’s sad to see summer end, but exciting to have a new year begin, with all the changes I have planned. 

[Lottery machine photo from Wikimedia. The big leaf maple is mine.] 


  1. Lol! I DO seem to be exceptionally lucky in all of your giveaways! I think there is one or two that I have entered but not won... ;P Thanks a lot!! I'm so excited!! I love surprises in the mail! Do you need me to send you my adress again? The Finnish adress you sent the last package to is still valid.

    1. Nadja, I checked and found that the address I have for you is Sweden, not Finland. Please send me the address in Finland and I'll update my list.

  2. Maybe Nadja is one of those people who should buy lottery tickets! Congrats Nadja!

  3. I'm also curious if Nadja really would win the lottery...

    Whoopee! Thanks Ms. Ellen! Just curious, what kind of perfumes are they? And since I don't know your e-mail, I'll just the one for Olympic Orchids >.>

    Living in a tropical country sadly doesn't really give me much experience with changes. Everything's pretty much the same, except maybe the fruits. Then again, while the weather doesn't change, the plants do, so I still get to notice those natural moments of change you guys in temperate regions do.