Monthly Archives: December 2010

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  • 2011

    I wish you a peaceful and fragrant 2011.

    A happy new year to you all!

  • Day 24

    This is day 24 of my advent calendar. (The advent calendar draws are now closed)

    It is the last chance to win the cologne du Maghreb, in a very simple 50 ml flacon,  all natural and all botanical, by simply leaving a comment below.

    But wait, wait, wait: Because it is Christmas, you have another chances to win. If you are on facebook: You can comment here on my facebook page and double your luck to win. Click here to get to the facebook page.

    And do not forget to leave a comment here on this blog, below. I will pick the last winners after the holidays and will be silent on my blog until early January.

    This year's advent calendar was a special experience for me. It was so fun, and I feel like I learned a lot about people and X-mas. When I woke up this morning, quite early, in anticipation of cooking and having my brother's family here with us, when I looked back to my Christmases of the past, missing the festivities with my father and my mother, the miracle of X-mas, experienced as a little boy with singing and the comfort of my parent's love, then I realized how blessed we all were and still are.

    My family has its roots in Germany, and left with and after the war, and I am probably representing the first generation in a long while that could celebrate Christmas always in times of peace, without having to worry for food, for shelter, for fathers in prisons, for mothers in arms. I hope that my brother's kids will continue celebrating with their kids in peace. It is a privilege and the most precious gift we can hand over to our kids and friends and family: Celebrating with our beloved ones in peace.

    I wish you and your beloved ones merry holidays and a peaceful 2011.

  • Day 23

    If you look for your chance today, on December 23, to win the cologne du Maghreb:

    Please visit one of my all time favorite blogs: Click here to go to the nonblonde blog.

  • Day 22 of the advent calendar

    This is day 22 of the advent calendar, typed by Andy again, and your chance to win another Cologne du Maghreb by leaving a simple comment:

    What will you be cooking in your house on December 24?

    I will make (with lots of help from W.- factor) gnocchi and salsa for my brother's family with 4 kids. The desert will be simpler than last year, when I tried a recipe from a blog by a none blonde girl which was delightful, but so rich in calories that I had to go on diet all January.

    Tomorrow, the advent calendar for day 23 will be hosted by a lovely blog (yes: on ), thus it is the second last post before X-mas from me. To be honest: I look forward to a typing break, but I have to praise my doctor: He injected some cortisones into the joint (yes, ouch!) and a few high tech medicaments (yes, very ouch!) that aim at dissolving the calcinated things. And I can feel it: It works. No natural infusions healing here: Praised by synthetic chemistry! I do not know how folks survived their shoulders 100 years ago.  And thus, we hope that I will be up and running for physio in January and thus, we hope I will be fine in the new year. And if not: there is even more high tech somewhere in Zurich I was told, a few specialized doctors, who are said to do miracles. Thus, no worries. I just have to take things slow for the next days...

    Love to you all for your healing comments. And promised: As soon as this shoulder is not hurting anymore, it will get daily pampers and nice words. But until then, I threaten it with military drill and radioactive wonderwoman.

  • Day 21 of the advent calendar

    This is day 21 of our advent calendar and it's again the W-factor who is typing these lines. W stands of course for Werner (Werni) although I could live with some of your suggestions such as Wunder-Werni.  Another wonder is the fact that W survived Andy's whimpering during the last few days. Contrary to what some of you suspected, Andy could not reach the keyboard anymore because he had shrunk nor had he worked too much; he's simply getting old. Proof: See the x-ray below, showing some  soft tissue calcification, responsible for a serious inflammation.

    The doctor is optimistic that he can save the arm and make a fortune with it in the coming years. Andy is optimistic to be up and running in 2011, trying to earn the money for the doctor.

    The doctor says it's a vicious circle. Andy says that he's so right. Today you can win again a "Cologne du Maghreb" by simply hello in the comment section below.

    x-ray, right arm


  • Day 20 of the advent calendar

    Welcome to day 20 of our advent calendar and fragrant greetings from the W-factor who is writing these lines as Andy can not lift his arm high enough anymore to reach the keyboard. Another chance to win a "Cologne du Mahgreb" by simply leaving a comment below.

    And here's a little riddle: The W in W-factor stands for

    a) Werni

    b) Radioactive Wonderwoman

    c) Whispering weasel

    The winner will get a cologne anyhow, but if you pick the right answer we'll add a fragrant soap

  • Day 18 of the advent calendar

    Good morning to you all on this bright winter day!

    I hope all your plans for Friday night worked equally well as mine. I wish you a lovely weekend and please leave a little hello in the comment section below to make sure that you participate in today's draw of a cologne du maghreb  in the advent calendar.

    And for all those of you who are still trying to find presents for Christmas: May the force be with you!

    I have them all and it sure feels good.

  • Day 17 of the advent calendar

    this is day 17 of the advent calendar, hosted by myself again, after a guest hosting over there at PerfumePosse yesterday. I love their blog!

    And, again, you can win your cologne du Maghreb, sent to you by myself, provided I picked you with from the comments below. You can find out more on the prize and the conditions here by visiting the advent calendar starting page. One word on the random factor at These numbers sometimes seem to be sooooo odd and not random that they have to be....

    Anyhow: Just leave a little comment, please. If you feel like it: How about your plans for Friday night? -y Friday night sees me getting together with a dear friend and engage in red wine and long talks in loud bars.  I look so much forward to it.

    I will not write a lot more, as my arm falls off these days. But one word on a topic that came to my mind this morning. I always write my blog posts the very morning of the day they go live. Thus, I was lying in bed and wondered whether the snow chaos that the TV weather fairy warned us from has fallen over Zurich. We are talking about 5-20 cm. Chaos? Well.

    "I wonder what they will call 50 cm snow", I mentioned yesterday to the W.-factor  who usually agrees there with me. "It will be the end of the world as we know it"

    Somehow our media and society has lost proportions for what is a chaos and disaster and what is not. This is what I told Courtney on Wednesday during our interview on the phone on the regulations in the fragrance industry.

    I feel I live in a society that have turned sort of wimpy. Sorry to be so blunt. And there is an over excitation on everything, everywhere. And perfumes are no exception.

    Thus, I say it all quietly and ask for your zero excitations levels: Yesterday, my designer guru and me finished the design concept for the collectibles line that will come later in spring 2011. The first perfume in this line will be the linden blossom perfume that I developed during the open letter series with Mandy Aftel. "Collectibles" means low volume perfumery, limited in the sense that I will use difficult to source raw materials that may change from year to year.

    The collectibles line allows me to create and present perfumes that I otherwise could not, simply because I cannot guarantee that I will always be able to make them. Thus, a separate line, collectibles, with a green flacon (50ml, pentagonally shaped) with a slightly different labeling concept, using silver labels, and some information stamped by hand.


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    In order to access today's (Dec. 16) advent calendar entry.... click here
    Enjoy your December 16!

  • Day 15 of the advent calendar

    This is day 15 of the advent calendar, and today you can comment on perfumes with changed formulas and whether you miss them. After yesterday's comment sections on notes with incense being very high on the list (would not have thought that)  here is another chance to win a Cologne du Maghreb by simply leaving a comment below.

    Today, in a few hours, I will talk to a journalist, for a feature in an US paper, on regulations in perfume industry. I did so already in a Swiss French newspaper, for a very, very seriously researched article on IFRA and EU et al. (if you are familiar with French: There is the article in the TEMPS.) Now, please, please, please: Do not complain about IFRA. I guess there is no use discussing IFRA here and now. But here is a thought: I will ask the journalist to have a look at my blog's comment section today for answers that I cannot give. And here are the questions for your comments (if you wish. But you are free to comment on anything to enter the draw. I pick you strictly random using

    QUESTION: There are perfumes that were changed  in the past years, that were replaced by changed formulas, and that are not the same anymore. I call them part of our cultural heritage that we loose. What perfume masterpieces do you feel have changed significantly? Do you miss them? Do you buy their follow-up versions? Thank you so much!

    Today's picture: A light pattern in a perfume flacon's shadow

    flacon shadow


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