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.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


I did not realize that yesterday was the summer solstice until I was in the grocery store and the checkout clerk wished me a "happy solstice". You have to realize that summer solstice is a big deal in Seattle, almost like Mardi Gras in New Orleans. When I was looking for "solstice" images on Wikimedia, I found that probably 90% of them were pictures of the famous solstice parade in the Fremont section of Seattle. I chose one of this year's colorful images to wish you all a "happy solstice", too!

Summer for us, winter for those of you on the other side of the equator - in any case, it's hard to believe that the year is half over!

[Photo from one of our local newspapers]

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