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.
I’ve been working on a summer scent that I had to put on hold a year ago after spending months on it, and I’m very pleased with how it is coming along. I want it to be a more natural take on a beachy summer floral, and I think I’m getting there. Almost time to send out a few testers. So far it’s about 95% natural, but I will let it be whatever it needs to be in order to work best.
You might remember that I used to be carried by the niche perfume boutique Sundhaft in Germany. Sadly, they have closed, partly because of the upcoming new EU regulations that go into effect in July. Andy Tauer just posted today about this issue, and he gave a link to the full pdf of the new regulations so that you can have a look if you are curious. Basically, it is becoming impossible to be a small perfumer in the EU. It is also very hard to do business with the EU if you are an artisan perfumer elsewhere. I wonder what will happen as this goes into effect. I can’t answer detailed questions about the law at this time because it is so long and complex that I have not had time to try to understand it all, but we will have to see what unfolds this summer. On a happier note, Andy also mentions he was just in Forbes Romania (a really nice feature story).
And I wanted to say thanks to nancyknowsbest at the blog “Make Perfume, Not War” for the review of Wood Violet today. I loved your story.