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on notes and other tasks

Today’s picture is a quick illustration that I used the other day on Facebook: I did it on Saturday, towards the end of my bottle filling (air du désert marocain) and putting labels on. I did not even put off my latex gloves that I wear when handling bottles and was so happy to get distracted for 5 minutes. It was quite a busy weekend and this week will be pretty busy, too. I will be travelling for two weeks, starting towards the end of this week (bad, bad timing, but…): Thus, a lot needs to get done by then, paper work for shipments and taxes, preparing shipments, and stocking up and packing perfume and sending mails out. A lot of mails…. Thus, time to leave this blog and get back to work.

But before I do so, and as I am coming up with the notes and all the info that needs to go onto the sample sticker labels for NOONTIDE petals, such as allergens (I did the list of the allergens that I need to declare in order to fulfill the EU laws: Wow. This baby is fully loaded!)

I am fiddling with the notes and am doing this directly in Illustrator, without paying much attention to layout and give it to my designer for optimizing the layout. This way, that’s the hope, we make it right from scratch. The labels should go into production end of January and I want to be able to start shipping the first samples to perfume lovers in March, starting with the US in spring, and then moving forward towards Europe.

The notes on the samples label will more or less be a list of what I feel is important.

HEAD NOTES: A glittering and bright opening: Bergamot, sparkling aldehydes and soft Bourbon geranium.
HEART NOTES: A seductive chord of flower petals: Finest rose, ylang, tuberose, jasmine.
BASE NOTES: A supple and sensuous gleam: Patchouli, frankincense, vanilla, sandalwood, iris with a hint of styrax and vetiver.

Fragrant greetings!