Friday, October 17, 2008

Tagged! Surprised there's no perfume by that name


Lucy of Indie Perfumes has tagged me - it a way to open up the rolodex of perfume bloggers out there. Here's the scoop on how to participate.

1. Link to the person who tagged you. (Lucy, above, in a fantasy pic with me, festooned with birds - why not?)
2. Post the rules on your blog. (here they are)
3. Write six random things about yourself. (below)
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them. (below)
5. Let each person know they've been tagged and leave a comment on their blog. (makes sense)
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up. (OK)

Six random things about me:

1. I've always wanted to live in an "underground" earthship type house. A Bucky Fuller dome would be second.

2. For as much as I'm in the car, I've never had road rage, and that's saying something in Miami, voted the worst city in the USA for bad drivers. I just shine them on - they have guns!

3. My fingernails and hair grow like they're on steroids - long and lush and strong. And quickly.

4. I'm legally blind in one eye with 20/400 vision - I can't see in 3-D, I have no depth perception, etc. Paul Klee painted like I see.

5. I hitchhiked cross-country by myself for the adventure. Took me four days and somebody tried to give me a car on the journey, which I declined.

6. My dreams are often filled with scent and color - and fabulous storylines. I love to dream. Last night there were giant asparagus lining the road. Sometimes an asparagus is just an asparagus. Even if there are hundreds of five foot ones.

Here are my choices for the tag - great bloggers all, great people, too.

Bois de Jasmin -- Victoria was one of the original perfume bloggers back in '05, and I'm trying to nudge her into posting more often. Everyone misses her!

Perfume Smelling Things -- Marina writes beautifully, reports on perfume houses large and tiny, and has a great sense of humor

MossyLoomings -- Aimee keeps it real - real perfume that is - from Austin, which seems to be a perfume hotspot. I think.

A Little Olfactory -- not perfume, but musings on the raw materials, how we smell stuff, etc., from a trusted supplier

Andy Tauer-- a perfumer who shares and schmoozes and globe trots.

Fragrance Bouquet -- Divina's Divine views on perfume and life.

Patchouli Panties

Photo of patchouli plant in Anya's Garden

This is an genderless post, men and women can play patchouli panties/bras/undies/boxers/tighty whities!

I've written here before I don't use scented laundry detergent. Think it's unnecessary, plus I try to keep my nose as "clean" as possible from extraneous scents.

I keep large folded stacks of cotton washcloths in my bathroom for drying hands. Very sanitary, better than towels.

About 10 days ago I had a patchouli spill in my perfumery studio. It was minor (thank goodness, with the price of patchouli, and this was gorgeous aged patchouli) and the spill tray caught it. After I poured the bulk of it back into the bottle, I grabbed one of the washcloths (had it nearby for a reason I forget now) splashed some alcohol on it, and wiped the tray clean. Even though only a teaspoon or so, the cloth reeked. Strong stuff. Tossed it into the hamper. Forgot about it.

I wash my undies and washcloths together.

Opened the garage door to get them from the washer and thought "why does it smell like patchouli in here?"

Of course, I had forgotten about the patchouli spill.

Oddly, when I put the damp laundry into the dryer, I didn't detect the scent.

When I folded the laundry I "got it."

Garage smelled like patchouli for two days.


The scent is so light and delicate - it's beautiful.

On my underthings it's practically undetectable.

But - when I dampen a washcloth to wash my face - gorgeous!

I have about 50 washcloths, so I'll be enjoying this for some time.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Perfumer? Body Care Business? Own a Small Business? Oppose the "bailout" proposal for the US. Fight the FDA Globalization Act of 2008!

Vote Down H.R. 3997, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

If you own a small business - and I know this blog is read by a lot of small business owners in the cosmetics and beauty industries - please be aware that the "bailout" bill being proposed by our government can harm your businesses.

Donna Maria Coles Johnson of the Indie Beauty Network has blogged about this situation here and I encourage you to go to her site, read the article, and send the letter to your senators and congressional representatives. I have had trouble reaching my representative via email because the site keeps crashing due to high volume, so I called his local and his D.C. office to register my vote against the bill.

Act now - this is a very time-sensitive and business-sensitive matter!
Fight the FDA Globalization Act of 2008!