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  • frangipani twist

    I managed to hang myself through a series of busy days into Friday: fragrantly creative Friday and photo taking Friday and texting Friday. I will -finally!- touch the composition for INGRID again, one of the portraits of Woman's Picture, and inspiration for a fragrance that we will launch 2013, and add a twist. A frangipani twist.

    I have been thinking on the Ingrid composition for a long time now. I had it one for weeks now, in the night, during the day. The base of the fragrance is finished. It lasts and evolves wonderfully. The core axis are fine, too. It fits with what I want it to be, but there is something rotten and wrong there. I have a trial version that is call Version 2nd of August. Since then I tried about 6 or so different routes but none brought me there where I see the scent, in perfection, for Ingrid. It took me a while to find a good source for the frangipani absolute, but now I got it, a first 50 gr sample to work with and do a pre-batch if needed. I will use the frangipani absolute to sooth and correct one line in the scent that was odd. It was not sexy enough. And a bit odd. Hard to describe. The notes of the composition, that is quite complex, are: a citrus chord of Bergamot, sweet orange and lemon, with complementing notes of cinnamon, clove, lavender. The flower heart is now a super complex hyacinth, jasmine, rose.  This will change to hyacinth, frangipani, rose, the base is a rich oriental resinous base of tolu, vanilla, sandalwood, styrax and hints of cistus balms. Thus, today's  photo shows you what I will smell and mix in an hour: frangipani. I actually took the picture a couple of years ago in Kenya.

    Photos: I will try to make a nice photo of the Cologne du Maghreb flacon, using all I know and a bit more of Photoshop, too. The Cologne du Magreb is packed and shipped to indiescents.com.  I will talk about this venture a bit more in detail over the weekend, I guess. Bottom line: I need a photo and PR text for this all natural and all botanical baby of mine that I love so much.

    And yes, I have never in my entire life shipped so many perfumes out like during the last 3 weeks. And I have never packed so many perfume bottles and I actually never filled so many perfume bottles. So this was good. But, there is a but. We face a stock issue (again) and I think 2012 will see some changes on how we do things here.  This is good, I think.

  • a Miriam review on Muse in Wooden Shoes

    The first thing I read this morning was a review. Carol who runs the Muse in Wooden Shoes blog  posted a review on the scent Miriam,  and what a review! You find it here, following this link to her blog. She put the scent into the context of  Tauer and the movie Woman's Picture by film maker Brian Pera. Her review ends with the words "Wearing Miriam feels bittersweet and emotional, tender and wrenching and beautiful. It smells like a memory of love to me, and I will cherish it."

    Miriam is a fragrance, that I created based on a fabric of emotions, pictures, scenes, reflections, all seen in the portrait "Miriam" of Woman's Picture. It is a mirror of what I felt when watching and how I have seen this movie story that Brian tells us. Reading this review on the blog a Muse in Wooden Shoes, I feel very understood. This is a wonderful way to start a day.

    I guess it won't get better today. Thus, I stop writing here and make sure that I get those parcels out. Enjoy your day!

     

  • for the press

    Today, in an hour from now, I will meet the press, sort of. A journalist is coming by and visits me at tauerville to see, smell and feel how a perfume is actually made from A to Z. This is a first. I never had journalists visiting my little manufacture. And yesterday night, I was working on some text for another journalist, writing for the Memphis based  "The Commercial Appeal", a 150 year old Memphis daily newspaper. He will write on Woman's Picture. Memphis based movie maker Brian Pera made this movie and it will screen this weekend at the Indie film festival in Memphis. Here you find the program: Not to be missed!

    I was explaining why I started the long term collaboration with Brian Pera after he contacted me by e-mail to work on a fragrance project linked into Woman's Picture. Me doing the scents based, inspired on the woman portraits in the film Woman's Picture.  One sentence I wrote yesterday night went like "It was the first time that someone actually wanted to collaborate with me as perfumer and was genuinely interested in the exchange around the creative act itself. "

    The creative act and the exchange on how a perfume starts to exist in one's head, what might trigger which decision, what form is chosen for what image, emotion, mood, reflections that play a role in the movie Woman's Picture: Questions that the perfume creator usually does not pose to himself. Maybe you need an outsider, a sparing partner, who challenges you by asking "why", in order to truly understand your fragrant composition. I think I have learned a lot about perfume making in the last year.

    OK. Let me see that I get off this computer. Never let a journalist wait. Enjoy your day!

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