Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Molecular Epic: Aftelier Perfumes

Apple Girls Mandy ASftel There has been a debate, carried on in a sporadic way on perfume blogs about natural perfumes versus synthetic and mixed fragrances.  Most perfume lovers come down on the side of the classic fragrance that combines chemicals with naturals, though unfortunately, the list of naturals in scents coming out of Europe these days is growing short. Continue reading

Interview with Ellen Covey of Olympic Orchids

pollack representational1)      Do you have a smell from childhood that you loved-anything from your Mom’s perfume to your dog’s paws-and what was it?


When I was about two years old we moved from the house where we had been living. As my parents packed things up, I remember sniffing the windowsill in the bedroom and feeling a little distressed to think that the new place wouldn’t smell the same. I really loved the smell of that house. Continue reading

Interview with Shelley Waddington of En Voyage Perfumes

ZeldaDo you have a smell from childhood that you loved-anything from your Mom’s perfume to your dog’s paws-and what was it?

The smell of sleepy warm kittens in the sun.  My grandmother’s bottle of Tabu by Dana.  The fragrance of hot rice boiling on the stove.  Nestle’s chocolate chips in a small ceramic ramekin.

 Are you a synesthete, do you “visualize” odors, or “taste” colors, and does it affect your output? 

Yes, each fragrance ingredient and accord is perceived as a specific color.  I have thoughts along the lines of, “This accord needs more blue”, (or white, or green, etc.)

The indigo accord of lapis lazuli, violet ink, and Parma violets, is significant to the new fragrance of Indigo Vanilla (to be released in May, 2014), and is a perfect example of my synesthesia, as well as my wish to share it with others.

How do you see people using your perfumes, as accessories, personal signatures, or therapeutically? Continue reading

Magic in Carmel: The World of Shelley Waddington

Sleeping Nude for zELDAYou don’t associate Carmel with enchantment.  Just south of Monterey, you associate Carmel with shoreline and views of the Pacific, magic-not so much.  However, one of the more interesting independent US perfumers lives and produces there, Shelley Waddington of En Voyage Perfumes. She has a style.  This is a very simple way of putting it but bear with me. When you are used to industrial perfumes, coming across arresting artisanal work is like tasting micro-brewery beer when all you’ve ever drunk was Miller Lite: a revelation.  That is what you get with Shelley Waddington’s scents, revelations. Continue reading

California Chic : Sage Machado

Girl in HammockSomeone once remarked that there are only two state names that function as adjectives when combined with the word “girl”: California and Jersey.   The US may produce 50 states worth of women but for all intents and purposes only California and Jersey contain immediately recognizable types of them.

Jersey is not the chic one. Unfortunately.  I should know, I live here, but California is  an entirely different matter.  We all want to be California girls, or all have at some point in our lives.  California is not only a style but more importantly, Continue reading