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  • Day 24 of the advent calendar.

    The draw is over now. A big thank you to all of you. Merci!

    I wish you merry holidays!

    This is the last day of the advent calendar and again an opportunity to win by leaving a comment on this blog post.

    Your prize today: You can pick a  fragrance from my range of scents that I offer on my website, or a Cologne du Maghreb, or a flacon of Miriam from Tableau de Parfums. It is your choice.

    The advent calendar this year was really exciting. I never had so many comments on my blog, and reading all your thoughts was wonderful. Thank you to all of you for participating and sharing.

    Today I cook for friends (curry!) and tomorrow, I will cook for the family, and like the last years I will be making homemade Gnocchi with a couple of different sauces. And as every year, I will close this blog for a few days.

    I wish you peaceful holidays.

  • Day 22 of the advent calendar

    This draw is closed now. Follow this link for your chance to win a flacon of a fragrance from my line,your choice, December 23.

    Welcome to day 22 of the advent calendar and another chance to win an all natural, all botanical Cologne du Maghreb. Just leave a comment on this blog post and you enter in the draw. Any comment will work just fine. And as always, I will pick the winner by random.org and will inform the winner by e-mail.

    I will meet the insurance guy in a second who visits our apartment to do a post burglar inspection of the damage and make an educated guess on our claim. (see post Friday 16 for details on the burglar issue) . In the mean time, we figured out that the burglar had a very strange stealing pattern indeed: He took a half eaten Salami from the kitchen, too. A hungry burglar.

    After this meeting, I am looking forward to play for a moment with an ambra base, a mixture that I created almost a year ago, rich in amber gris, vanilla, cistus extract(s) and a few other treats. I need to search it, somewhere in this sea of bottles that fills a lot of space and needs some selection and clearing, and I want to smell it again; stealing some time before I have to start working conceptually.

    Working conceptually basically translates into filling excel lists, to layout ideas for next year and come up with a plan. It is always good to have a plan. Right?

     

  • Day 21 of the advent calendar

    This is day 21 of the advent calendar and today you can win a bottle of the Cologne du Maghreb again. Just leave a comment on this blog post and enter the draw. I wish you good luck. The winner is picked by random.org and I inform the winner by e-mail.

    Here is a news for "Mireille", winner of the Perfumeshrine draw, of December 13. Please check your e-mail inbox and send Perfumeshrine your address together with your selection of the fragrance from the Tauer range that you won. Thanks.

    I am very busy today, and need to head immediately for my little factory  (two rooms: One storage, one actually production related) where I wait for DHL to pick up a large box that I prepared for clients. And then I will need to write a few cards, and send them off, together with the orgami envelope that I folded to hold a little, simple card, saying "Merry holidays and a happy new year".  This year, I wanted my X-mas cards to be home made, home folded and simple.

    The picture below shows you the work in process. Other work in process for the festivities: Pack the presents, think about the meal with friends  for the 24th, decorate, bring myself into the right groove.  But then I am ready.

    Are you?

    (this draw is closed now. Please see the advent calendar for another chance to win. Thank you!)

     

  • Day 20 of the advent calendar

    This is day 20 of the advent calendar and soon, very soon we come to the end. Thus, I invite you to take your chance, leave a comment on this post and maybe you win a Cologne du Maghreb. Good luck to you! Any comment works. But if you need an inspirational topic: Any discoveries in 2011 that were exciting?

    Yesterday, I learned how popular yoga seems to be. This was new to me. It is one of the things I learned in 2011. Thanks for sharing! Other things I learned in 2011 are among others: How to incorporate Marjoram in to an eau fraiche or eau de toilette scent. Marjoram, a carbon dioxide extract, was a big disovery this year and the all natural eau de toilette that I built around it is one of the formulas sitting in Excel waiting patiently for a release date. I guess I will do  as many of you suggested in yesterday's comments: I will follow my heart.

    Other fragrant discoveries in 2011 that are not part of a fragrance yet, but even more thrilling due to their status of being new in my palette of things that I explore seriously. I smelled most of them before but finally I have large quantities allowing me to play seriously in 2012: Apricot natural extract, osmanthus absolute, frangipani absolute, cypriol, tuberose absolute, and I think Verdantiol is also a 2011 molecule discovery. Each of these come with a multitude of opportunities and challenges.

    I think 2012 will be fragrant. Not easy as there are quite a few clouds on the horizon, but at least it will be smelling exotic.

    This draw is closed. Please see the advent calendar 2011 for another chance to win. Thank you to all of you sharing and participating.

     

  • Day 19 of the advent calendar

    It is day 19 of the advent calendar and we are approaching fast towards the end. Thus, I invite you to take your chance to win another prize by leaving a comment on this post. Anything goes. Today, you can win again a Cologne du Maghreb. Good luck! If you need inspiration for a comment: What kind of body exercise do you do?

    We got snow here in Zurich. I started my usual Sunday half marathon in snow flurry and it was wonderful. For about 5 minutes. I am a bit more a sun and sand lover, but after a while I always get into a running groove anyhow and I usually start thinking perfumes, their creation, their bottling and their presentation. Yesterday, I was thinking about an aldehydic, floral incense woody orris scent that I am working on. Not that I would not have enough scents already in my line, though. And with the next fragrance (Loretta) in the Tableau de Parfums line waiting to be mixed early spring for its big show off early autumn I will soon have more.

    This will be one of my biggest conundrums to solve for 2012.  Being creative and come up with new scents, without blowing up my range of fragrances that I sell the way I sell them now. Yep: Maybe I need to sell some in a different way. Maybe I need to create a tauer outlet for some of the many new scents in the pipeline.  Maybe I am not supposed to sell some. I got a lot of comments by perfume lovers telling me to stop bringing more perfumes to the market next year and I got a lot of comments by perfume lovers telling me to bring new scents to the market.

    I guess time will tell. Jogging did not end with an answer, but it sure felt good when the sun broke through and when I was done with it.

    This draw is closed now. Please see the advents calendar page for a new chance to win. Thank you for participating.

  • Day 16 of the advent calendar

    This is day 16 of the advent calendar and your chance to win again a Cologne du Maghreb. Today started weird at my house. Someone broke into my house over night and while I was sleeping the unknown guy took a few things that he found valuable. He sure had a selective taste: All recently acquired HERMES and all CHANELS are gone.

    But the Bond No 9 was not touched, neither was Badgley Mischka, nor was the Tiffany sitting right there next to my Chanels. Quite a selective taste for a criminal.

    Also gone is my backpack with a few X-mas gifts, IT gadgets, and books I bought in Paris. Thus, I spent part of my morning with the police man wondering about this and that. Amazing how much money we are talking for just a few things. But here is the good news: I can go shopping again -once I got the insurance money- , double shopping pleasure for the price of one. Ah well....

    I invite you to comment and make sure to enter the draw. Any comment is fine, but maybe you want to share in light of today's thrilling news: Has ever somebody stolen something from you?

    This draw is closed now. Please visit the advent calendar for your next opportunity to win. Thank you to all of you who shared your experiences with thieves and burglars and alike. It is amazing how many of us had to make this experience.

  • Day 15 of the advent calendar

    fragrant greetings from Paris! This is day 15 of the advent calendar and again another chance to win a Cologne du Maghreb. Just leave a little comment and you enter the draw, whatever you write there. Good luck to you all! And as always: we will pick the lucky winner with random.org and contact you by email.

    And if you search for an inspiration for your comment: Do you believe in random numbers? After many draws on this blog, I personally have my doubts. (...)
    Paris is indeed a special city and I always enjoy it here. This time of the year Paris, like many, many cities in the world, shines and glitters. I am sorry to disappoint you: I am not hunting exclusive perfumery material like oudh from Cambodia, or the most exclusive rose from Turkey. I hunt these, But do so on the webpage of Robertet or Biolandes or Ecomaat just to name a few.

    Thus, like last year, I visited a few perfumeries and like last year I bought a few presents for friends and family in Go Sport, FNAC and a few small boutiques, too. Tonight, I fly back to Zurich, which hopefully shines and glitters, too.

    In a sense it is us who make cities shine and glitter. Cities are what we make of them, I guess. The folks in Paris sure make a lot of their place.

    This draw is closed. See the advent calendar 2011 for the next post where you can win.

  • Day 14 of the advent calendar

    This is day 14 of the advent calendar and today (and tomorrow) I am abroad, visiting friends and perfumeries. Internet access is an issue here and thus, my posts are short and concise. Just leave a comment telling the world where you guess I am or where you are or where you wish to be right now. Every comment enters the draw and you can win a cologne du Maghreb. Fragrant greetings from planet earth.

  • Day 12 of the advent calendar

    Welcome back today. It is day 12 of the advent calendar, with another chance to win a flacon of the all natural, all botanical Cologne du Maghreb. The only thing you have to do: Leave a comment on this blog post.

    Today I share an intimate detail with you: You see below the only white, free spot on my desk. The rest of the desk is filled with computer, printer, perfume bottles from brands that I like, like Hermes's Eau de gentiane blanche, some paper, although I am pretty good in keeping the piles of paper small. Here I have a simple rule. For every piece of paper I ask myself immediately whether it is important or not. If not sure: I through it away. Thus, at least there are only small piles with important papers on the desk.

    But there are more bottles: 30 ml brown flint glass bottles where I store my experiments. I usually do my experiments in 12.5 ml -25 ml size, depending  on how much diluted raw materials I use. Right now, I am working on an aldehydic rose, some colognes and fresh cologne inspired eau fraiche, I am doing last inspections on the third Tableau de Parfums fragrance, Ingrid, and I am testing a lot of raw materials that I want to get in 2012. Cypriol coeur, Champaca, rose specialities, and other delights.

    And you also find a lot of small spray sample size vials, where I test dilutions of experimental fragrances. The concentrate needs to mature for at least a week or two. Later it gets diluted and filled into into small vials. And then the experimental fragrances get tested. And usually, we start over again.

    Thus, you see: my desk is sort of dominated by bottles.

    Now, I invite you to make sure to take your chance to win this cologne. Your comment can be as short as you wish, or you can tell the world what your desk looks like.  Just make sure to leave a valid e-mail (will not show on the blog) allowing us to contact you.  Good luck!

    This draw is closed now. See the advent calendar for your next chance. Thank you to all of you who participated.

     

     

     

  • Day 10 of the advent calendar

    Welcome to day 10, and another chance to win a Cologne du Maghreb, by leaving a comment below on this blog post. Today is Saturday and I prepare for the scent apero in Zurich. We expect some 30-50 people and will do some sniffing, reading, eating, drinking and chatting.  I will show a few essential oils, such as clary sage, dill, rosemary, marjoram. And I will show the Cologne du Maghreb as this cologne  is built - quite the classic way- around the contrast of citrus notes and herb notes such as rosemary and lavender.

    Yesterday, I diluted the herbs and the room filled with the perfume of a Provence garden. Lovely. Summer was back for a fleeting moment.

    I wish you a great start into your weekend.

    And please do not forget to comment to make sure you take your chance to win.

    This draw is closed. See the advent calendar for the next opportunity to win. Click here.

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