Checking in and update…


Here’s a picture of some fall hydrangea blossoms. I cut them to bring in before a much-needed rainstorm here in northern CA.

If all goes well, my plan is to put samples back up for sale late next week and bottles the following week. I’ll post again next week about that.

Still working on the Amber Incense. I’m trying some beta damascone in it and really like it, but I’ll need to get the natural isolate version since I want to keep this formula all natural.

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Update and some links…

I’m making progress on all fronts here (dishwasher installation is in progress at this moment, I’m researching medical insurance, we’re hosting some family visits etc). I’m working on Amber Incense in my spare moments.

I’m very appreciative to see that Robin included Incense Pure on her fall 2014 incense list yesterday along with some other great incense ideas. I’m hoping people will like the new all-natural Amber Incense too.

Last week Mark posted a nice explanation of supercritical extracts and included a fun video by Mane that explains the process. It might be of interest if you missed it.

I wanted to bookmark/link here to another article I’d noticed about the genetic variation in olfactory perception. It’s a topic we’ve discussed here over the years, so I try to tag the studies I notice on this subject.

One more link of interest: recently U.K. perfumer Pia Long was interviewed by Christine of Perfumer Supply House. Pia has worked for Lush Cosmetics (she’s currently at Equinox Aromas) and is an eloquent speaker and talented writer. The audio interview runs long but is quite worthwhile, especially if you are interested in the perfume ingredient regulations issue.

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Checking in….

I wanted to give an update on my plans for the shopping cart — I would like to put it up before the end of October. I know that’s not very specific, but I’ll give more updates as I go.

We have family visiting both next week and the following week, and I have a number of other personal things going on. (The dishwasher just died and needs to be replaced, and my health plan was just canceled and I need to research the other options and join a new plan, and there are several other even more boring things to take care of, lol.) It will be hard to accomplish anything once I put the cart up, so I’m trying to finish as much as I can first.

I’m also working on the new Amber Incense. I’m working on scaling up the formula, and I need to send out some more testers. We are also still batching the regular scents to build up more stock.

The weather is gorgeous right now so I’m trying to get outside a bit too. I love October here. :)

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Prices Posted Again, and Fall Top 10 Lists

Just a quick note to say that I put the drop-down menus for pricing back up so people can browse the prices again. I’ve had requests for the pricing so that people can plot orders. I did not put the Add To Cart buttons back up yet but will do that later this fall.

SSS scents were on two Fall 2014 Top 10 Lists today: Forest Walk is on Robin’s NST list and Champagne de Bois is on Elisa’s Bois de Jasmin list. That was very nice to see this morning! :)

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Update and Review on Colognoisseur

We’re starting to batch some scents to build up enough inventory to put the cart up this fall, and I’m trying to finish the first mod of the amber incense. I really like where this new formula is going. I’m in the mood for all naturals these days, and this scent is hitting the spot for me. I hope testers like it too!

Mark Behnke posted a lovely review of Sonoma Scent Studio today on Colognoisseur; his 101 Series describes the top 5 scents that he feels are a good starting point as an introduction to various brands, and I am appreciative that he included Sonoma Scent Studio in the series. He covered Champagne de Bois, Tabac Aurea, Wood Violet, Cocoa Sandalwood, and Velvet Rose, which together give a nice overview of my scent list.

I have always enjoyed reading Mark's coverage of various fragrance events, and he is heading to Pitti in a few days, so look for his coverage of the 2014 fall Pitti event on Colognoisseur soon! :)

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Signs of Fall


My Japanese Maple trees think it is fall already — their leaves are turning bright shades of red. Although I love the beautiful fall season here, I am always sad to see summer go.


The grape harvest is just beginning, and soon we will be hearing the rumble of the large gondola trucks traveling down the road carrying their load of freshly cut wine grapes. The afternoon light on the hills becomes more and more golden as the season progresses. I try to spend as many evenings outside as possible this time of year.

I’m still working on the new amber incense. I have one mod that I like, and I’m comparing it to other slight variations to see if any changes improve it.

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Checking in…

You’ve probably heard that Napa, CA had a rather large (6.0) earthquake last night, waking people up at 3:20 in the morning with shaking, damage, and power outages. It woke us up in Sonoma too, with quite a bit of shaking and rolling. My cottage is on stilts on a hillside, so the swaying can be scary. All is fine here though — we didn’t even have any bottles or items tossed to the floor (with all the bottles in my workroom, that could be a nightmare). My heart goes out to those in Napa who sustained damage.

I also wanted to mention that I am back to work on the all-natural amber incense scent. So far the notes are bergamot, elemi, Sichuan pepper, frankincense, cedar, New Caledonia sandalwood, jasmine sambac, rose absolute, beeswax, clove, cinnamon, ginger, oakmoss, patchouli, benzoin, heliotrope, and vanilla. I have a small sample that I like, so I’m scaling up to the next level. I’d like to finish this, if possible, before putting the cart back up. The Sichuan pepper is new to me but is yummy; it has opening notes that are fresh with a zingy citric (almost lemony) feeling, and then the far drydown becomes woodsy.

The first signs of fall are starting to emerge. We still have tomatoes and zucchini, but the plants are looking tired and the maples are already showing some red leaves. The mornings have been foggy and cool while the afternoons are still hot, which is typical late summer weather here.

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