Monthly Archives: July 2013

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  • anthropology, wasteland : must be the moon

    I am not really a guy who dances around oak trees under the moon celebrating Donar or alike. I am a pretty much down to earth guy. Still, there are from time to time a few things happening that make me wonder, oddities, miracles. You name it.

    Oddities like the fact that adding a lot of wonderful fragrant raw materials into a bottle leads to something that smells of little. A scent can be less than the sum of all fragrant ingredients. Why? Only Donar knows.

    Or miracles like the fact that a fragrance can be more than its ingredients. Wow. How miraculous is that when it happens?  Happy me, it happens from time to time. Less frequently than the above mentioned annihilation , but still often enough to smile from time to time.

    Or wonders like days where everybody that reaches out to me, asks for samples: be it by facebook messages, long and epically describing all the connections to groups and basenotes and blogs  and shops and communities, and ending with a request for free samples. Be it by real letters, again, long and complicated or short and easy, ending with the request for samples, or the more basic email request that is super easy to just click away. What a waste of energy. Yesterday, I got 5 of all kind of queries for samples that are not annoying anymore since I do not really reply, with a few exceptions, but I look at them more as a teaching lesson in anthropology. And Donar tells me: Must be the moon. Seriously.

    Today's picture shows you a quick look into the cupboard where I store the 2 ml spray samples for all scents, hand filled and labeled by hand, with lot numbers for tracking, sitting there in the dark, waiting to grow up and become happy samples in a discovery set or hanging in there on a single sample sticker.



  • nice feature and a hike

    Yesterday, right when I got into the train bringing me to a place 90 minutes of Zurich, I got a mail with some pictures from the weekend editions of the Singapore Business Times. Cool. Tauer got a full one page head shot there. How cool is that?

    And here, by clicking on the picture (you need to click twice), you can see what I said, among other things, how to find inspiration and ideas in search of new fragrances....
    so that was a nice start into a hiking day trip. The hike brought me to a place that was peaceful, quite, with lots of curious cows, fir trees in the sun, with a wonderful rich amber scent, green pastures with flowers all over, and all of this for 5 hours, pure hiking joy. I figured, after a weekend shift, I sort of deserved it. And, it gave me time to reflect a bit.

    Reflection also about some of the comments yesterday. Indeed, I tend to forget sometimes. There is this wonderful passion for scents among my readers, and sometimes my readers need to remind me about what is at the core of all the many boxes and labels and excursions here and there in logistics and packaging and all the discussions of legal and financing issues: it is only the tool to present a scent.

    A lot of Ueberbau (superstructure) for a  few spritzes, I know. But that's the name of the game.

    so.... today: Packing. And sending mails. One of them says, please send a quote for 1 kg Mimosa.

  • no rose shortage, maybe

    The last few days saw  me stocking up a little bit, fooling around with cellophane foil. I still need to practice there, but looking at the boxes in the shelf, things look ok. We do not use an additional glue (the cellophane wrapped packaging that you get from your supermarket or mall usually involves glue). The wrap is sort of easy to pull off, but it sticks and it is super protective. No fingerprints, no smears, no nothing.

    And I was going through some  printed material that I got in Paris from natural raw materials suppliers. I smelled some wonderful qualities and love the idea to work with them, like mimosa, vetiver, in a special quality, actually: 2 vetiver in a great quality, tobacco,  and roses. I was told by a couple of producers that this year, the harvest was low, very low, as it was a bad year for roses, and that prices will go up, sharply. One supplier, who does not produce rose extracts and hence is somewhat neutral, mentioned this: "get your rose absolute now; prices will double in a few months". I still haven't decided whether to invest in rose absolute just to keep stock, really. Roses will be less limiting in the coming months, as I was building stock or am on the way of building stock of fragrance concentrates these weeks and months: Rose chyprée, air du désert, rose vermeille. More stock's to follow, depending on stock levels in September, of orange star, incense extreme, lonestar memories. Thus, no rose shortage, maybe. But these days, things are hard to predict. Thus, I am trying to balance my way into the second half of this year.

    The rules of my business which is creating scents, producing scents, selling scents, have changed. So, yes, besides all the fun and the creative aspects of my venture: I am running a business. The legislation changed, the communication, the buyers and their buying pattern. All these changes translate into hard to predict stocking up needs.

    Anyhow, I am still undecided whether to get some of the mimosa, vetiver, tobacco, et al. It is tempting to get them, play, and create. But as tempting as it might be: There is no need really. The buyers are flooded in scents. No need for another one, really. I might still get my mimosa, though. But I do not know for whom, really. Maybe for me, only. Which is fine, and it does not matter as we are all flooded by and drowning in new releases, nobody is listening, really, to the trumpets heralding the news of the hour.

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