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on fragrance being too subjective and other epic fails

January 17th, 2014

Today’ s picture shows you an illustration that I did with photoshop, emulating pencil and watercolor, having a closer look at my left hand, painting with the right hand,  while waiting until the time was right to make a phone call to the US, about trade mark protection. That actually fits with a link further down this post.  I am glad I did this illustration as there will be not much time to sketch today: Another pick-up day in the factory; so I will be down there, taking some “creative” work with me, like musing about notes that should be communicated with gardenia, the upcoming scent from the sotto la luna®  line. One more word about that in an instance.

I will sit in the factory with shorter hair, after a visit (finally!) at my super friendly, super competent and super young hair dresser. We were talking about hair loss, and I mentioned that it is no issue for me (anymore), that I got used to the idea of loosing my hair. Simple enough: Mirrors don’t lie. So my hair dressers tries to cheer me up, going like “oh, I totally love bold men. They look gorgeous, the problems is just old men with bold heads, like in their forties or fifties. ” Fail, total epic communication fail.

But when you are around on this planet for half a century, like I am, almost, then you know how to deal with communication fails >smile.

So, yes, words can make a difference, and I will use my time in the factory to fill some samples, maybe pack this or that perfume, making use of hands that -as the sketch shows- are in existance since 50 years and show some degenerative defects that ask for anti inflamation drugs. To be honest: I know the formula of my gardenia scent, but to communicate notes is not easy. I do not want to head into sweet and sickly territory, these “über” words in all aspects. It is all too subjective. And still, … we will see.

Ah, yes, I need to come up with these lines, and a bit more text as I have this GANTT file, where my design buddy has the task of coming up with the labels and visuals and at the same time I have to come up with the words and the two lines come together in the near future. Arrgh.

Words and perfume: They don’t go well together, for me.

Here’s a few more words that are worth reading. The first link points to Victoria’s blog, Bois de Jasmin, where  she writes about a topic that sounds more boring than it actually is: Copyright protection and court  decisions there, in France, on fragrances. One of the punch lines there, in court: FRAGRANCE IS TOO SUBJECTIVE TO BE CLEARLY DEFINED. Hallelujah!   It is worth your 5 minutes, and the following 10 minutes for a thorough read of the comments section. I do not want to bring that discussion to this post here, thus I invite you to comment there.

And then, there ‘s a lovely review over there, on Now Smell This, by Robin, about PHI-une rose de Kandahar. One of the aspects that I loved most about her review: How she came back to a scent that ended on the “not sure whether I like this” list. Here’s the thing: Quite often, love needs time. Love on first sight happens, but usually a fragrance like a person needs time.

Sometimes, I feel that we do not give us this time anymore. Be it perfumes or guys or whatever: maybe we don’t because the next guy is around the corner, and like the other guy he promises flowers and all the good stuff. But wait: The first guy, wasn’t there something special?

 

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a Miriam review on Muse in Wooden Shoes

November 2nd, 2011

The first thing I read this morning was a review. Carol who runs the Muse in Wooden Shoes blog  posted a review on the scent Miriam,  and what a review! You find it here, following this link to her blog. She put the scent into the context of  Tauer and the movie Woman’s Picture by film maker Brian Pera. Her review ends with the words “Wearing Miriam feels bittersweet and emotional, tender and wrenching and beautiful. It smells like a memory of love to me, and I will cherish it.”

Miriam is a fragrance, that I created based on a fabric of emotions, pictures, scenes, reflections, all seen in the portrait “Miriam” of Woman’s Picture. It is a mirror of what I felt when watching and how I have seen this movie story that Brian tells us. Reading this review on the blog a Muse in Wooden Shoes, I feel very understood. This is a wonderful way to start a day.

I guess it won’t get better today. Thus, I stop writing here and make sure that I get those parcels out. Enjoy your day!

 

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Pera’s universe

September 2nd, 2011

“But not in Pera’s universe”… Elena from PerfumeShrine posted a review, an introduction to Miriam and I invite you, my readers, to visit her blog and leave a comment (anything goes, just a hello). The reasons:

First , her review puts the fragrance into context.

Second, because she runs a draw and you might want to take your chance to win samples and be the first to smell Miriam. Thus, please follow this link to her post.

On another happy note: I visited the hairdresser today, getting all nice and shiny for Florence, and Pitti Fragranze. The result is as always….stunning. I look different, and smell like a gigantic peach thing. Not bad, though. On my way back, I thought in a couple of perfume reviews where the reviewers were comparing fragrances to the scents of shampoo and usually negative.  I am not sure. I feel there are a lot of wonderful shampoo scents out there. So I walked back and realized that making the fragrance for a shampoo might actually be a much bigger challenge than a perfume that you spray on skin.

The shampoo scent needs to be cheap, I mean: real cheap. And it needs to smell nice. I mean really nice. If I had to do a shampoo scent, I would have a hard time. I am glad I do not have to do it. I create my scents always without budget tag in my head. The sky is the limit, almost.

I wish you a lovely weekend. And I thank you all for following me and Brian on our journey through fragrant land and moving pictures.

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on communication

January 4th, 2011

These days, as I have a lot of fragrances to pack, I have some time to think. Less time to write, unfortunately. While packing, I look into some phenomena that I find worth thinking about and I dare sharing one or two with you. I came to the conclusion that Facebook is boring and rather annoying. I am amazed about the amount of nothingness happening there. And I wonder how investors can spend so much money to be invested in it.  But then, the Golden Sachs boys did a few other odd investments the last few years…

I considered my facebook appearance an experiment and I am not sure whether it is a pleasant experience so far.I am considering changing my presence there to a simple fan page. To be decided….I feel that 2011 will be year where communication is goint to be king for me.

Next to communicate: I look closely into a few perfumes and I need to write a piece on one of them. You would not believe how difficult this is, especially if the perfume is a top notch 5 stars fragrance.

Finally, I start thinking about how to communicate on the Carillon pour un ange, a fragrance that will start selling in many perfumeries this spring. By the way: you find a lovely recent review on the Olfactoriatravels blog. Right now, it is exclusively sold by Luckyscent and in my shop. In March-May 2011 it will be available as part of the HOMMAGES Line. I want to create some PR for this fragrance. Difficult!

It is amazing how important words are when dealing with perfumes.

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ciao

September 9th, 2010

And off we go for a few days.  Pitti and Florence: We are almost there!

In the mean time, enjoy Persolaise’s review of UNE ROSE VERMEILLE by clicking here to get to Persolaise.com.

I feel like this review is important. And I feel like I need to talk a bit on the Rose vermeille in the coming weeks.

I will be back next week, with my first newsletter edition (please consider and do not forget to subscribe) ,  more facts on my new babes in town, pictures  and hopefully juicy stories, on perfumery and what happens in the large world of fragrances.

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creative day

September 3rd, 2010

Uff. It is Friday, this week’s big shipment is ready in front of the house for pick-up by Schenker, and I can worry about other things, such as my hair or creation of new perfumes. I decided that Friday afternoon will be my “creative day”, translating into at least 4 hours working on fragrances.

Otherwise, if not scheduling it like that: No chance. Too much going on….But first things first: Newsletter final texts, pictures for the shop. I will hit the essential oils in the afternoon before hitting downtown.

Today’s creative challenge: Ambreine. I get mine from Biolandes in France. It is a natural substance, isolated in a few steps from Cistus ladaniferus, to be precise: solvent extraction of  the concrète. It is not easy to work with, as it is -in all its beauty- very quickly dominating an entire composition. I want to use it in a mix where I just need its dry woody incense effect, without the ambergris part. And it has a harsh side.  Let us see how we can soften it. I guess I will bring in some green contrast. We will see.

I feel, perfumery is very much about light and darkness, about contrasts, about effects…I need to think a bit more on contrasts in perfumery.

And with this I wish you a great weekend, and here is your reading recommendation for it:
Open Letters Monthly, on “difficult pleasure”, featuring among other things Lonestar Memories. Enjoy!

(picture of today: A cut out from a larger photo taken last weekend, stones and water in sunlight)

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turning on mating instincts

August 18th, 2010

From Ape to Gentleman has a nice clipping and reviews on Tauer. Thus, I am doing it for the second time this week: Enjoy Chris’ writing on Tauer… by clicking here you get to the “Ape to Gentleman” page.

A great name for a website: Ape to Gentleman…

Now, a few lines on the EAU D’ÉPICES…today is the second day in a row with EAU D’ÉPICES (wearing it over night). This perfume  features as one (key) ingredient: Orange blossom, from Egypt. I am using the orange blossom absolute. Maybe you have never smelled this ingredient in its pure form: It is like sniffing the flower, but with the natural indole content pumped up, concentrated, with the woody and natural musk lines amplified. Actually, pure orange blossom absolute is somewhat disturbingly dirty and much less citrus than you’d expect. Neroli, which is the steam distilled orange flower concentrate, if you want, captures the nice and shiny aspect of orange flowers. The absolute, which is an organic solvent based concentrate, captures the animalic, love potion side.

Maybe, in a sense, orange blossom absolute is the “male jasmine”. I turns on mating instincts and transforms the gentleman back to ape in about 30 seconds.

OK, maybe a bit exaggerated. It takes 60 seconds.

Like most flower extracts it is a middle, heart, note and doesn’t last too long on skin. To fix it and to prevent it entering into foully territory is one of the challenges when working with this real stuff. And you need to hide the indole a bit. Please, do not ask me why you find jasmine absolute in the formula, too. I guess it is for the ladies…

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Jo says

August 16th, 2010

Jo says: “…. the world is divided into those who love smoky scents, and those who really seriously don’t…..”

I guess I go for the smoky stuff. Can’t get enough actually.

Read Jo Fairley’s review of a smoky scent (No 3 Lonestar Memories) here and follow her thoughts on how to divide the universe of perfumes. Love it!  And for those who do not really go for smoke: Here’s a non smoky treat. A little cut-out of the Lonestar Memories cowboy picture. One day, one day… I need to make T-shirts with that guy printed on them.

And please: do not forget to comment yesterday’s post to join in the draw.