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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Evening of Perfumery in Sacramento, CA

I received notice about an event in California that I thought I would mention in case anyone is interested. The American Society of Perfumers and The International Fragrance Association, North America are sponsoring an “Evening of Perfumery” event on August 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Sutter Club, 1220 9th Street, Sacramento, CA. The announcement said, “Drawing inspiration from nature, vistas, and crops native to California, perfumers Chris Diienno (drom international, Inc. USA) and Monica Aneiros-Burke (Arylessence, Inc.) will present perfumes created for this event. These unique scents will illustrate how important California is to the craft of perfumery in the United States and worldwide.” The perfumers will discuss their fragrant interpretations of California. For more information or to RSVP (before August 14) email

I think this event is part of an effort to educate the public and lawmakers about fragrance (a similar event was held in Washington D.C. last November, but with different perfumers and a different fragrant theme).

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Container Zucchini


We’re trying a new zucchini seed this year developed especially for container growing, and the plants are great — giant decorative foliage with abundant zucchini tucked into the center of the bush. The variety is called Astia and is sold by Renee’s Garden seeds.

IMG_0492_sm_webIf you need to grow your veggies in pots, this is a nice way to do zucchini.

I’m also getting lots of tomatoes and am trying an experiment this year to freeze the excess crop. I’m blanching them and freezing in glass jars to use next winter.

We’re having a heat wave right now with temps well over 100 degrees (it peaked at 108 today), and the plants are looking droopy. People are looking droopy too, lol.


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Checking In…

BRcabinet_smI wanted to check in and give a few updates and links. The picture at left is an armoire that my parents no longer needed, and it fits perfectly in my bedroom. I’ve been organizing the cottage this summer, so the armoire is a welcome addition. (The walls are actually a muted gray-green, but the photo makes the color look brighter.)

Hope everyone had a nice 4th of July. It’s been hot here and we’re harvesting lots of tomatoes — Sweet 100, Sun Gold, and Early Girl. We’ve also had lots of strawberries and lettuce, and the zucchini is just starting. Unfortunately, my flower garden does not look good this year and the drip system needs work. Minerals in our well water clog the droppers, even with filters in place, and then plants get too dry.

I wanted to say thank you to Victoria at EauMG for including me in her 4th of July list of 15 favorite indie perfumers. I very much appreciate being included!

I thought this was an interesting site with lots of chemistry information presented in an approachable way. For example, here’s a page that explains the smell of old books, and here’s a page that explains the odor of rain.

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