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20141220s

day 20 of my advent calendar, and a rabbit showing off

December 20th, 2014

A warm welcome to my advent calendar post for day 20! After yesterday’s explorer set  (pssst: I think you can still comment there, on perfume posse and enter the draw!)  you can win today again a discovery set, with 5 samples of 1.5 ml each, your choice of scents. Good luck to you!

Today’s picture: a rabbit sneaking in, kind of showing off. There is no other reason (no place for Easter bunnies here really) that this bunny is appearing than me; I just happen to love bunnies in the first place, thus I painted one and I decided to publish it- ah, and yes: Publishing. I am waiting for the article to appear here, in the local newspaper.

When talking to the journalist on Thursday, it was quite amazing, actually: Both of us completely forgot the time. We ended up  talking for more than 3 hours, and both of us turned up late at the next event/happening/dinner. We talked about a lot, perfume mostly, how it is born, why. Where. And what happens these days in the perfumeries, the stores, those selling niche and those selling not so niche, and what makes the differences, between real or fake, artisanal and designer, low volume and high volume.

We basically talked pretty much about everything. And I think we both agreed that our days are really exciting, also for perfumer folks like me, as the world of perfumes is changing, fast.

But back to our rabbit and why it is here: Because of me. The same is true and will always true in my perfumery. Me, me, me: Me creating, me and nobody else, and also nobody else deciding what to share with my perfume loving friends. So there we go: More “rabbits” are on their way for 2015. Why? Because I just cannot not do it. But, psst: This is going to be a surprise. 2015 will be a year of a couple of surprises. The time is right for a couple of changes. I am very much looking forward to it.

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20141218s

Day 18 of the advent calendar , a penguin, and allowances

December 18th, 2014

(This draw is closed now. Make sure to visit the Dec. 19 draw. Worth a try… good luck!)
Tatata! It is day 18 of my advent calendar. And today, you can win something special. Sometime, from time to time, I make fragrant soaps. This are special as they are no product that I sell (yet). So there we go: Today you can win a Mandarine ambrées and a plush Gardenia soap. They are 100 gr., super yummy, really a treat, very fragrant, and I will ship them from Zurich. Just comment here and you are in. Good luck to you all. And thank you for your comments.

And tomorrow, we have another treat, worth checking in again….

Today’s picture: A penguin that looks like it is coming a bit late to the party.

Here, I am also a bit late with my allowances that I should have done since months basically. My bookkeeper reminded me every day. This morning, finally, I did the paperwork, September- December. Business stuff so to say. It was like a flash back: Travelling to Turin with the incense event, to Florence with Pitti, to LA with meetings, to Olten with a radio interview…

I am late because I am not super professional when it comes to the business paper work. But it needs to be done. It is part of this “juggling” of business side and the creative side of what I do. There was a great interview that Persolaise from the Persolaise blog did a while ago where I talk about how to balance the different parts. In case you are interested: Here is the link to part 1. What is funny about this business side: Technically, I am just an employee of Tauer GmbH (Limited Liability Company). And as employee I have to do the stuff that the company asks for. Like allowances. As owner of the company, I have to sit together with the bookkeeper and define what needs to be done. And as employee I have to do what the owner of the company decided.

Today, I will meet with a journalist in the “factory”, discussing some business and some creative aspects, I guess. That’s going to be fun, and the perfect excuse for not having to pack perfumes for an hour or so. Very welcome, indeed, as besides being the creative director and the super trooper CEO, I am also the packing underdog.

 

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20141217s

Day 17 of the advent calendar, and wishes

December 17th, 2014

This draw is closed. Dec. 18 waits for you with another chance. Thank you! Welcome to day 17 of the advent calendar: Today, you can win again a discovery set, by just leaving a comment you’re in and with a bit of luck random.org will pick you.

Today, I shipped another explorer set to a winner of the previous days: There are more prizes like the explorer set, thus stay tuned!

And yesterday, I talked to my sister-in-law: Children’s’ wish lists, four of them. These days, the wish lists get pretty long as here in our days and our place, we live happily in plentifulness. I am quite sure that my wishlist for the holidays, back then when I was a child, was pretty long, too. Maybe a touch less expensive, as back then, in the sixties, early seventies, money was tighter.

These days, grown up, my wish list is pretty small. I mentioned it before: A pad to write and work with. There are other wishes for the holidays, but these do not very materialistic really. Like peace for our time. Health for my friends. And tranquility to accept what cannot be changed.  And happy moments with friends and family. And laughter under the x-mas tree. And a couple of other things, like “please, please, please: Sun!”.

This was the inspiration behind today’s x-mas tree: A couple of wishes for the holidays (a higher resolution is going to appear on facebook). This illustration was done with airbrush colors, using regular brushes, not with watercolor.

And here’s the thing: I will probably not follow the children’s wish list too much. Surprise, surprise!

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20141216s

Day 16 of my advent calendar, or a stressed squirrel

December 16th, 2014

(This draw is closed now) Welcome to day 16 of my advent calendar. Today, you can win again a discovery set. Just comment here and you’re in, and with a bit of luck, random.org will pick your comment.

Yesterday, we had a technical issue with the blog and hence many could not comment while the blog was offline. Hence, the draw of Dec. 15 continues until tomorrow. If you haven’t commented there yet: Here’s the link to the Dec. 15 draw again, and thank you for your understanding.

Today, I share a busy squirrel. Squirrels are always super busy, like indie perfumers, and hence again: My little advent squirrel does not really look happy. For reasons beyond my comparison, my advent animals don’t look too happy.

Maybe it is subconscious and reflects me, yesterday: Yesterday, we (my IT gurus) had to migrate the website, from one server to another. There were a couple of issues and the result was the broken website. Nothing to worry really, but annoying for me and you, I guess. But it was a welcome reminder how vulnerable all these internet things actually are. What we see on the screens on our phones and PCs, what looks so ethereal and feels like its coming right out of space: It is all coded and written and sits in or on servers, 0 and 1 on magnetic coatings in a micro, almost nano, world. Very vulnerable if you start thinking about it; and basically magic. And every 0 and 1 needs energy to be written and rewritten and deleted. Sometimes I wonder how many power plants  are just running on this planet to keep this internet thing going. Must be a lot.

Bottomline: It is magic. And just the beginning. And even if -rarely- this internet thing does not work: I am so glad it exists.  The squirrel does not know about it; it is busy storing food for winter, I guess, and not in the mood to stand still with a Christmas ball ornament.

 

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20141215s

Day 15 of my advent calendar, or a candle missing

December 15th, 2014

(This draw is closed now) Welcome to day 15 of my advent calendar. Today, you can win a discovery set, 5 samples, your choice of scents, shipped in a tin box. Just leave a comment and you are in. Good luck to you all and thank you for your comments!

Yesterday was the 3rd advent Sunday (already) and the countdown to X-mas runs faster and faster. Today’s illustration of happy advent pictures misses a candle, in the sense that with every advent Sunday we light another candle, but there was no place really to put a third candle on the giraffe.

So we are moving fast towards X-mas. Saturday saw one highlight of the season, too. The traditional “Duftapero”, that I run every year together with Pascal, the shop owner of the Zurich shop Medieval art&vie where everything around Tauer Perfumes started and where my fragrances are sold exclusively in Switzerland. A happy gathering with scents, literature, food and drinks and a good crow, enjoying the warmth of the season. I talked a bit about Gardenia sotto la luna and showed some of the ingredients that go into the scent and that helped me come up with a Gardenia scent that is inspired by the picture of a white flower blooming under the moon.

Now that this event is over, we are moving into the hot phase of X-mas preparations. Sort of. One of tasks: X-mas cards.

This year, it will be easy. I made many illustrations to choose from but I haven’t made up my mind yet. I will print them myself on the printer. That’s the easy part. Then I am supposed to write them in the next couple of days.

Most of them stay in Switzerland, so there is still time. But still…. the clock is ticking.

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20141212s

Day 12 of the advent calendar, and a minimalist x-mas tree

December 12th, 2014

This draw is closed. Please visit  EAUMG for the draw Dec. 13. Thank you and good luck!

It is day 12 of my advent calendar: you can win a discovery set today, Dec. 12. Your choice of 5 samples, shipped to you in a little tin box. Just leave a comment here to enter the draw for Dec. 12.

And, as we are flexible, we are cheating a little bit about the Dec. 13 draw. December 13 brings you the chance to win another explorer set, 3x 15 ml, your choice again. To enter the Dec. 13 draw:

Please visit Victoria’s EAUMG blog. The draw starts during Dec. 12 and runs until Dec. 14. Victoria was so nice and flexible to open the draw a bit earlier: This, in order to make sure that everybody gets a chance, although it is a weekend. My thanks go to Victoria! Here’s the link for the Dec. 13 Explorer Set draw. Good luck, and sorry for cheating a bit ….

Today’s picture shows you a minimalist x-mas tree. I like it that way. Our x-mas tree will – like every year- be super minimalist. Actually, it is not really a tree, but just a “symbol”, kind of a metal spiral, holding some candles and decoration. But you know what: We use it every year, saved some 20 trees since we have it, and we just love its minimalist appearance.

The “making of” this picture you see here: my “creative” workspace. A mix of paper, paint stuff, fragrant raw materials, a balance, a coffee mug, a computer screen.

creative bench space

creative bench space

The fragrant raw materials are a few bottles of raw materials that went into my interpretation of Gardenia, for “gardenia- sotto la luna”, among other things a bottle with methyl benzoate (powerful stuff), jasmine absolute, rose absolue, orange blossom absolute,… I need these to later make dilutions in ethanol, for a little scent gathering focused on Gardenia over the weekend.

What the picture does not show you: The mess at the bottom where you find more paper, more tubes and vials with paint, and many, many more fragrant raw materials. Arranged in no particular order. I always say creation is a fluid process. You have to let go to some extend. Let the material and your imagination guide you. In my case, it might also just be an excuse for not having to clean up… Have a great day and don’t forget to visit the EAUMG blog somewhen around Dec. 13. Thanks!

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20141211s

day 11 of my advent calendar, or advent greetings for my friends “down under”

December 11th, 2014

This draw is closed now. Please visit the advent calendar page for your next chance to win. thank you. Welcome to day 11 of my advent calendar! Today, after yesterday’s explorer set on Perfumeshrine, you can win again a discovery set, with 5 samples of your choice. Good luck. (and… .make sure to visit the advent calendar page tomorrow again: Worth it!)

Today’s illustration is for my perfume loving friends “Down Under”, or “Up and TOP”… Due to the time difference, I am sorry!, they might be a bit disadvantaged entering the draws. So there you go. A little sketch for you’ll. After being done with sketching the kangaroo, I realized, from a distance, that he/she does not really look super happy. And the fir twig with the christmas tree ornament is sort of floppy, too. Ah well.

Thus, I figured: Maybe this is the unconscious, fighting its way to the surface. As nice as the holidays are, if you run a perfume business they come with extras that are a touch difficult. I am not talking about more sales or shipments or orders. This is actually nice (!) and highly appreciated. And you can prepare, sort of. Although, a comment in brackets here: You never really know what you gonna get. And: Perfumes are like wines: It takes a lot of time until they are ready. It starts with the scented raw materials: Not always available right away. Then there are all the materials to pack perfume: Sometimes, especially when ordering in France, you have to wait for months. And then: A perfume, the way I do things here, with  lots of naturals, needs at least 2-3 months; it needs to mature after mixing. It needs to mature after dilution in ethanol, and then it needs to get into bottles.

So you see: My x-mas starts in spring.

I usually start planning and ordering  in spring all the things that I think I might need in October, to serve the shops, and later in November, to serve clients who order directly from me. And later in December for all the last minute orders. There we go: That’s one of the extras of the holiday season that is a touch difficult, sometimes: Things get very hectic. Everybody tends to get hectic. But after a few seasons I learned to calm down about the business, trying to remember what the holidays are all about. It’s about giving.

In that sense: The conclusion of this post. I guess Mr. Kangaroo is my unconscious self. But not because I am worried about my stock or late incoming orders. Nope. I guess my unconscious just told me that I did not organize any presents, yet. Not one.

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20141209s

day 9 of my advent calendar, or a christmas tree under snow

December 9th, 2014

Welcome to day 9 of my advent calendar. Today, you can win a sample set with five of my scents, your choice, or a rose flash 10 ml roll-on, but as I can only ship the rose flash within the US right now, the rose flashdraw is for the US only. Sorry. But here’s my promise for 2015: I will see that I can bring rose flash to Europe. One way or the other.

And make sure to check the link above again tomorrow. Its worth doing so…

This morning when I fetched the newspaper, early in the morning, it was snowing! It is still too warm for the snow to stick, but still: Snowflakes in the air. There you go: The perfect excuse for today’s kitsch aquarell. A single candle on a christmas tree, outside; I am not dreaming of a white christmas but make it happen on my drawing paper.

Actually, the holidays are the perfect excuse for many things, like eating too much, or spending too much money. Not only for others but also for oneself. At least, that’s the way how I do it. I sort of pamper myself with a present for myself. Mostly, it is something perfume or business related. Like: I want this cellophane wrapping machine! Please.

 

Although, I have to tell you that “machine” does not really fit here. It is all manual.

Manual Cellophane wrapper machine in tauerville

Manual Cellophane wrapper machine in tauerville

You see it standing next to air du désert marocain boxes in the “factory” tauerville picture in the right down corner.

This year, the gift from Andy for Tauer will need to be a pad. Mine, ipad 2, is still working, but it is getting soooo slow. And, as I do all my mails during the day there and much more: I guess that’s an ok present.

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20141208s

day 8 of my advent calendar, or a typical Swiss advent cow

December 8th, 2014

Welcome to day 8 of my advent calendar: Today you can win a discovery set. Just comment here on today’s blog entry and you are in for the draw. I will pick a winner tomorrow by random.org.

Today’s picture: I could not resist after last week’s deer. So there we go: A typical Swiss advent cow, celebrating the second Advent Sunday yesterday (hence two candles).

My second advent Sunday was busy and perfect. Besides the usual stuff that needs to get done, such as paper work for shipments and mails that got unanswered during the week, there was time to work “conceptually”. My term for coming up with crazy ideas and thinking them through. Thinking them through: This actually means different things. Yesterday, coming up with crazy ideas was about crazy fragrances, and thinking them through basically means evaluating them next to each other, looking into their formula, trying to see what can be done better, and whether there’s a mistake in the formula. My five scents, of course.

Thus, a Sunday, full of smelling and looking into excel formulas on the computer screen, and trying to figure out what’s ok and what’s not. And, besides judging the esthetic quality of a fragrance trial: I always worry about  whether a particular fragrance is or is not “necessary”.

And now: Good luck to you!

 

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20141207s

an advent calendar update

December 7th, 2014

Good morning to you all. It is Sunday, Dec. 7, and this post is just a quick update.

Some might have realized: Yesterday we had a little glitch and the Dec. 6 draw got published late for my European and Far East friends to participate. Thus, we decided to let the Dec. 6 draw for an explorer set continue until Dec. 8. So there you go: Just leave a comment there (click here).

In order to avoid confusion I deactivate comments here. Tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 8, we will be back, with a more regular advent calendar happening. Thanks for your understanding and a happy Sunday to you.

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