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  • virtue and its reward

    Today a little exercise, oil on canvas again, done over the holidays. I am not satisfied, yet and started another painting that will need some time to get finished. Although this is a picture of Mr. Trump, this is not a political post, but when reading Theresa's comment on the blog post yesterday, saying "virtue is its own reward" I could not help coming up with this post "virtue and its reward" and thinking about a blog phenomenon that we see this year like every year: The end year lists.

    I can be happy there as "I made it into some of the lists", mostly through tauerville. This is nice, but to be honest: Not very relevant, mostly. As a creator, I want to look at what I came up with and be able to say to myself: "well done, without bending myself too much".

    And as a businessman I want to be able to look at numbers that tell me "well done, you sold enough, allowing you to continue". The end year lists are nice, but neither do they tell whether I have created a good perfume (or not) nor do they reflect what sells in the stores in the end nor do they make a difference there. A fact that nobody wants to know or hear about: Blogging has become quite irrelevant for sales. It used to be different. These days, sometimes I think the world of (niche and indie and artisanal) perfume would be better off without some bloggers, not in light of sales numbers but in light of "in what pot with what other brands an indie brand is put". Most perfume blogs are nice, though and driven by passion and love for perfume. Some are not, unfortunately.

    You know, I mentioned it a couple of times here: Perfume blogging is somewhat dead, too much negative writing, too much bad writing, too little joy of sharing beauty and too much greed. In discussion with perfumery friends, in the past, we came often to the conclusion that although blogging is dead and some of the blog corpses start to stink and disintegrate, we need to keep on going and treat all of them with respect. But, the more I think about it, the more I come to the conclusion that me, as creator and as a blogger who writes about what he does, and also as a business man, I need to speak out from time to time and that some blogs do not deserve our, the creator's and business men's, respect anymore.

    Now, please do not get me wrong: (niche) perfumery is pretty much dead, too. Too much negative energy, too many bad perfumes, too little joy of creating beauty and too much greed.

    The goods news, me thinks, for 2016: It does not matter much and it does not bother me at all anymore; both, the blogging and what's happening on the other side of the table. This is what I learned in 2015: You just need to go your way and it will be ok. And you need to go your way alone, as lonesome rider. Never rely on others, don't expect help, and don't wait for company.

    And here's another news: Here's my best perfume blogging list. I respect and fully support Now Smell This Perfume. Thank you, Robin.

     

     

  • an apple a day

    The holidays are over and we are going back to normal which is actually easier than one might think. I do not know about you, but I cannot handle too many festive days in a row. I get all slack and honestly: I can't handle too much food, too. Thus: Welcome back normal! Over the holidays, when not in the kitchen cooking or in the dining room eating, I was working on a couple of perfume ideas and doing some painting exercises. Like working wet in wet in oil. The result: Today's picture. I haven't worked in oil for almost a year and it was interesting getting back there. I learned a lot using other techniques and realized (again) that sometimes it really helps staying away for a while. The same thing is true in perfumery

    Perfume work: Well... this needs a couple of more trials. But I am getting there. I am revisiting a couple of trials and ideas that ended up unfinished in my excel. I sort of rediscovered them after having them sit there for a year or more. Sometimes, yes, sometimes doing nothing and just waiting does the trick.

    Today, I'll start moving some of my stuff into the new room (painting stuff): I am using part of the room to store perfume packing material. This I already moved up there Dec. 23rd. I will need to get a couple of things like a table and a chair, too. I think this is all super exciting.

    In a certain way, the table and chair will be my holiday gift from self to self. Otherwise, I did not give myself anything. This is perfectly fine. I have everything that I need.

  • Advent calendar day 24

    (This draw is closed and the winners will get a mail Dec. 28.)

    Today, we are having a couple of prizes:
    A first prize over 100£ goes to Peace Direct to support them in their local approach in building peace around the world.
    And then we have three prizes from Tauerville. I will pick three winners and the winners can pick one 30 ml tauerville scent. Either ROSE flash, or VANILLA  or INCENSE or AMBER flash. This  prize will ship from Switzerland or the US.

    Good luck to you all!

    And with this post, I am closing this year's advent calendar. It was fun and rewarding. I thank you all for participating and I thank you all for your support of my ventures in 2015.

    I wish you merry Christmas and happy holidays!

  • Day 23 of my advent calendar and a tauerville rollerball for you

    (This draw is closed) Good morning from Zurich. Today you can win a 10 ml rollerball from my tauerville line (either ROSE, INCENSE, AMBER or VANILLA flash).

    Good luck!

    Actually, I will be offering the roller-balls after the holidays in a set of 4 (1x ROSE, 1x VANILLA, 1x INCENSE, 1x AMBER) for a great price. I figured: That's a bit like a tauerville holiday gift for those who missed a gift :-)

    I rarely talk about tauerville here on my blog: In a certain way there is no need.

    And now, I will be heading down to the factory. I am awaiting a last shipment of goods. With  me in my backpack: a limited set of ink colors. They are great for quick sketches and super bright.

    Fineprint: we pick a winner using random.org. The rollerball ships from Zurich, Switzerland, or AZ USA.  And wherever you live, local taxes, VAT, and import fee may apply and are not covered by Tauer. The winner is responsible for making sure that they are allowed to import the prize. The draw is open for anybody, but winners from these countries should provide a mailing address elsewhere: Italy, Russia, Spain, Croatia, Greece.

  • Day 22 of the advent calendar

    Welcome to day 22 of my advent calendar. I hope the discovery set prizes won't get boring: Promised.... Dec. 24 there's going to be a bigger prize. Thus, today you can win a discovery set.

    Yesterday, I got a couple of questions about the painting that I want to answer briefly. I use Lascaux Studio quality acrylic paint. Normally, and also for yesterday's painting, I work with undiluted material, and I do not use any paste but just apply the paint, after blending and mixing them with the spatula. The painting yesterday was on wood plate, an ideal compromise between canvas and simple paper. It is stiff, better than cardboard or paper that soaks too much when applying colors thick and the pressed wood plates are not expensive.

    The other question is an interesting one: How long does it take? In perfumery , you could ask the same question. My painting teacher (aquarelle) once told me: You always have to calculate the paintings that did not work into the making time. Because the one that works is the result of all the others before that did not work out nicely. In perfumery the same thing: Even if I manage to get a new perfume for a new idea done with one stroke.... it is only possible because I created a lot of failures before.

    The painting of yesterday took about 30 minutes. So there you go....
    Today's painting, that is around 30 days old took a bit longer. Like an afternoon. I use it today as there was no time yesterday to paint. Thus, I answered that question, too. I am trying to paint every day, at least a sketch, and I try to fit it in where it fits: Not having much time is sometimes helpful.

    Fineprint: we pick a winner using random.org. The discovery set ships from Zurich, Switzerland.  And wherever you live, local taxes, VAT, and import fee may apply and are not covered by Tauer. The winner is responsible for making sure that they are allowed to import the prize. The draw is open for anybody, but winners from these countries should provide a mailing address elsewhere: Italy, Russia, Spain, Croatia, Greece.

     

     

  • Day 21 of my advent calendar and a discovery set as prize

    Good morning to day 21 of the advent calendar. Almost there! Wow. This is amazing how it goes, suddenly!

    Today, you can win a discovery set. Good luck.

    And, on a bright side: I got all gifts ready, except for one that I will fetch this Wednesday. Nothing, almost nothing, can go wrong anymore. Hossa! For the 24th, for a dinner with a dear friend, the beef is marinating in wine already since yesterday. And I know what I'll cook the 25th for the family coming over. The bath bombs are packed, too and my: They look almost professional. Ha!

    On the business side there is one last delivery for the warehouse planned for the next two, three days and then we can close the doors. Not really, as I will be working between the holidays and new year: Starting to pack the shipments of stock for January. And then everything starts again.

    Today's picture: Well. I am not sure about it. It is a spatula work in acrylic on wood. Let's just say: It is colorful. Have a great day!

    Fineprint: Fineprint: we pick a winner using random.org. The discovery set ships from Zurich, Switzerland.  And wherever you live, local taxes, VAT, and import fee may apply and are not covered by Tauer. The winner is responsible for making sure that they are allowed to import the prize. The draw is open for anybody, but winners from these countries should provide a mailing address elsewhere: Italy, Russia, Spain, Croatia, Greece.

     

  • Day 20 of the advent calendar, a prize for the African Wildlife Foundation, an explorer set for you and me making bath bombs

    This draw is closed. Thank you to all of you who participated. Thank you! Welcome to today's advent calendar give-away: We have two prizes.

    In the year of "Cecil the lion" a prize of 100$ goes to the Afrian Wildlife Foundation. Their mission "The African Wildlife Foundation, together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever."

    And you can win an explorer set with 3 scents, in 15 ml, your choice (see here for details, and the fine print below). Good luck.

    Today's picture shows you my scent bath bomb with somewhat limited foam results so far. Making the balls is super tricky. I will stick to hearts therefore. They are a touch too big, but much easier to prepare. The scent: Absolutely amazing rose&vanilla. A bit sweet but then: Hey! It's X-mas.

    One last word about Cecil the lion. I do not know how you think about it. For me it was a prime example how a discourse should not happen, an outcry, the shaming, hatred facebook posts but no actions;  and only few asked the real questions, like what is happening with wildlife in Zimbabwe besides Cecil? This is maybe, for me, the most saddening part in the story. Cecil died for nothing.

    I tend to think  these days about what happened during this crazy year, the closer we come to 2016, the more. And when thinking about it: Actually, a lot of great things happened, too.

    Fineprint: we pick a winner using random.org. The explorer set ships from Zurich, Switzerland. And wherever you live, local taxes, VAT, and import fee may apply and are not covered by Tauer. The winner is responsible for making sure that they are allowed to import the prize. The draw is open for anybody, but winners from these countries should provide a mailing address elsewhere: Italy, Russia, Spain, Croatia, Greece, Australia, Ukraine, most countries in the middle East.

  • Day 19 of my advent calendar, my X-mas card and you can win a sample set

    This draw is closed. Thank you for participating!
    Today you can win a discovery set from my line: Just leave a comment and you are in. See the fine print below for details. Good morning from Zurich!

    Here, the first thing I did was checking some track and traces and Hurray! at least the urgent shipments to Germany got there; pretty fast. A relief in a year where everybody tells me (including me) that never before was the shipment so troublesome. Whoever was affected: I am so sorry, but I think it will all work out before the holidays.

    The good news: for the US I have a new solution in place. Now. This is important as it is one of my strategic goals for 2016 to upgrade tauerperfumes.com, and to become one of the best stops for shopping Tauer. You know: It is like if you buy directly at the farmer.... the margin stays in the house. And the margin that goes into the "chain" is large.

    The other day, I was looking into solutions to sell some of my paintings, not prints, but the original artwork; one reason is simply because I got too many by now. And doing so I realized that I can do "your price is mine". The idea is: You sell something, tell the buyer the minimal price (can be 1$) and the buyer pays what she/he thinks it is worth. I did some reading about it and learned that usually the price that clients pay is fair, and often even higher than what the seller would have hoped for.

    This is water on my mill. I always say: People are good, generally speaking, and only a few will ever cheat you.

    I have shipped many samples this year, with payment after the client got the samples. And all except one paid. Thus, yes, ... people are maybe even better than we think.

    Anyhow: I decided to use the winter landscape in acrylic for our private holiday greetings card. I print these myself: Every year a different theme.

    Fineprint: we pick a winner using random.org. The discovery set ships from Zurich, Switzerland. And wherever you live, local taxes, VAT, and import fee may apply and are not covered by Tauer. The winner is responsible for making sure that they are allowed to import the prize. The draw is open for anybody, but winners from these countries should provide a mailing address elsewhere: Italy, Russia, Spain, Croatia, Greece.

  • day 18 of the advent calendar with a prize for you and one for one acre fund

    This draw is closed. Thank you!
    Greetings to you on day 18 of my advent calendar. I invite you to follow my story here, on the overview page. And I totally kindly ask you for your apologies. I wanted to proof read the story, but I just can't.

    Today, you can win (your choice) a soap, mandarines ambrées, OR a discovery set with 5 samples of your choice, or a tauerville rollerball (your choice of ROSE, INCENSE, VANILLA or AMBER flash, 10 ml).

    And there is a prize of 100 $ that just went to oneacrefund.org. OnceAcreFund.org has an A rating on Charity Watch.  It is just a small difference that money can make but it can make a difference (my words) and once acre fund says "Smallholder farmers living in remote places need support in more than one area. We provide a complete set of services within walking distance of the farmers we serve. Our service bundle includes:

    1. Financing for farm inputs
    2. Distribution of seed and fertilizer
    3. Training on agricultural techniques
    4. Market facilitation to maximize profits from harvest sales

    Farming is the dominant economic activity of the world’s poor. One Acre Fund makes that activity significantly more productive."

    Here, in the house of tauer, I learned a tough lesson yesterday (more of a reminder really). After the 10th telephone call within an hour I gave up trying to go to bed. All calls were important. Last minute stuff, deliveries orders etc. Bottomline: Being a 1.5 man show before the holidays means: You just can't get sick.

    But I am in slow mode. Like really slow mode.  Soooo slow that it feels like I am meditating which is sort of cool. The perfect ground to come up with ideas. Believe it or not: When up and running again I have more than one idea for a scent.

    And in the mean time, until I am up and normal again: I say thank you to my perfume loving and buying friends and customers. I think I have the loveliest clients one can have.

    Finally: One of the calls yesterday: I will rent more room there where I pack and label and make tauer perfumes shipment ready. Hurray! And yes: I need more room as there will be more , new stories coming in 2016.

    Fineprint: Fineprint: we pick a winner using random.org. The discovery set, the soap and the rollerball ships from Zurich, Switzerland (USA: Rollerball ships from our warehouse in AZ). And wherever you live, local taxes, VAT, and import fee may apply and are not covered by Tauer. The winner is responsible for making sure that they are allowed to import the prize. The draw is open for anybody, but winners from these countries should provide a mailing address elsewhere: Italy, Russia, Spain, Croatia, Greece.

  • Day 17 of the advent calendar

    Thank you to all of you who participated. This draw is closed.
    I invite you to continue participating: There are a couple of nice prizes waiting for you all.
    Welcome to day 17 of my advent calendar.

    Today, you can win a prize again: A discovery set. Just leave a comment and you're in. 5 scents, your choice. You find your choice here on tauerperfumes.com. Please see the fine print below for details.

    And yes: We are quite down here. I am just doing what needs to be done and then I am back in bed. Today's chalk illustration is about 2 weeks old but fits perfectly.

    I just hope that I will be up and running soon again. I do not want to stay in bed over X-mas.

    Fineprint: we pick a winner using random.org. The discovery set ships from Zurich, Switzerland. And wherever you live, local taxes, VAT, and import fee may apply and are not covered by Tauer. The winner is responsible for making sure that they are allowed to import the prize. The draw is open for anybody, but winners from these countries should provide a mailing address elsewhere: Italy, Russia, Spain, Croatia, Greece.

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