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.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


On Saturday, April 12, Meredith Smith and I are planning a fun event at her Sweet Anthem shop in West Seattle (6021 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA  98136). I will be minding the shop for her while she’s away, starting at noon, and will use the opportunity to have a “meet the perfumer” social event combined with a trunk show of my products, an opportunity for everyone to sniff and sample new things I’m currently working on, and a chance to sample two of the perfumes that are finalists for the Art and Olfaction Awards, my Blackbird and Meredith’s Owl. How funny that two birds, both from Seattle, are in the finalist group!

If you’re in the Seattle area and have time, please stop by Sweet Anthem on April 12th and say hello!

[Photo of Sweet Anthem storefront from a Yelp page. The only photo I ever took was in the snow, not really appropriate for April!] 


  1. Hi Ellen,
    Is there an event on March 29th as well? Did I get my dates wrong or is this something new?

    1. The date for my event at Sweet Anthem was changed to April 12.