Linden blossom

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  • 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.


  • flacons for the line and inlays

    After yesterday's post that basically aimed at:
    - showing you the Cologne du Maghreb, that I made specially for the advent calendar draws, taking place December 1-24 (yes, you cannot get it anywhere else)
    - with some irony reflecting on pictures used to present perfumes

    we are back.

    But today I am a bit more serious, with a short post on another issue high on the list of things that need to get finished. But first things first: We got the reordered flacons delivered from France. Perfect timing, indeed! 400 kg of blue and amber flacons, neatly packed into boxes with 72 flacons each, all neatly stored now in the basement. Yep: carrying these down is sort of a "Pump it up action", replacing the gym. Now, that these are delivered and paid: I am getting ready with my designers to order the next round of flacons.

    Flacons for the PENTACHORD line, planned to launch autumn 2011

    Flacons for the COLLECTIBLES line, planned for May 2011 (I will probably launch the linden blossom in this format, as it is a collectible in the real sense of the word

    For those who haven't seen the video yet, of how these flacons are made. There we go (sorry for the bad quality, this was one of my first videos done)...

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    On the things that need to get finished: We will have a final (so we hope!) round on the folded inlay. Today's picture to the left shows you the folded inlay, version 2, perforated there where I need to fold it. Version 1 which is used in production is not perforated, thus it is safe but hard to fold (although it is embossed at the folds). The red circles show you where the biggest strain is found on the paper. There is the biggest risk that the paper does not hold and tears in. This we want to fix. Today, I will sit together with the designer guru and we test about 10 different papers with different structure, coming right out of the embossing-perforating printing press. We will test them and need to decide to come up with version 3.


    And, as we talk packaging: I need to write an article for a packaging site on the flacon, and the packaging of it, which is sort of cool.  Finally, talking writing: Here 's a reading recommendation for you.  Nathan Branch published the next series of open letters to a fellow perfumer, between Mandy Aftel and me. Click here for the article. Enjoy!

  • linden blossom next open letter series

    Nathan just published the next round of our open letter discussion, as a continuation of a serious of exchanges: Mandy Aftel and myself, getting closer to building a linden blossom fragrance. This time, I feel it becomes obvious how we,  in all differences, come to similar conclusions. It is a tricky essential oil, this Linden blossom CO2 extract, but I feel it is very rewarding working with it, and I am utterly curious to learn more.

    Here is the link to Nathan Branch's blog who is kind enough to publish our letters. A big merci to Nathan and Mandy for making this possible!


    (today's picture shows a tree, seen Saturday, while hiking in the hills around Moutier)

  • caramel

    Caramel alarm!

    Yesterday, before spaghetti dinner and after boxing some air,  I wanted to get a  first trial on Linden blossom done, with the goal: create an homage, a fragrance that does justice to Linden blossom. You know: before I go for my biking trip. I sure need to repeat this experiment, as I fell into an old, actually well known trap, that lures nevertheless again and again. Ethylmaltol, Caramel sticking to everything, this is THE caramel molecule, and whenever you think just a hint of sweet powder, then you already added too much.

    This stuff is sooooo powerful. Think angel dust, suffocating everything.

    But as I was not pleased with the entire chord, I will redo it again, using my Linden blossom CO2 extract (I got the linden blossom from Ecomaat, in Bulgary) but this time more on the happy side with lots of citrus. .. hmm: Lemon zest. I guess.... . Maybe with a bit of rose, with lots of citronellol as it might add a lift to the rather rough and harsh linden blossom extract,  but not the Carbon dioxide extract, nor the Swiss Alp rose (see picture of today) but rather the absolute from Bulgary.

    And I feel like pushing the amber and iris root button. But this will all happen on the side, as I need to get some stock ready before I hit the bike towards mid of this week.

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