Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Natural Perfumers Guild project for 2011

The theme and details of the next Guild project will be revealed to the Guild perfumers on Tuesday, Feb. 1st. They will release the perfumes and the project will be launched on the Internet Oct. 1st, 2011.  I can say this much: it's an extension of the Outlaw Perfume project, although the words outlaw and perfume don't appear in the slogan ;-)

Ask the Perfumer - Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 10 a.m. to 10 PM EST

It's a beautiful day for perfume talk. I'll be gardening outside today, and thinking up new ways to extract scent from the lovely aromatic plants. What's your perfume question?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ask the Perfumer - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 - 10 a.m. to 10 PM EST

It's chilly here in Miami, only up to 70F today!  Still, the aglaia is blooming, some jasmines are blooming, and so the perfume making obsession is still fueled by nature.  Are you frozen in somewhere? Want to talk about the beautiful aromatics that make our life better? Ask your questions until 10PM EST USA today.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Natural Perfumers Guild: Administrative Manager and Bottle and Box projects

Admin Announcement from Anya McCoy, Guild President:

The Natural Perfumers Guild Wekcines Elise Pearlstine as Administrative Manager.  Elise, the nose of Bellyflowers Perfumes, is taking on several projects as part of her duties for the Guild.

First, Elise has inventoried and categorized all of the items in the Guild Scent Library.  As Perfumers and Associates join the Guild, they are requested to submit, according to their category, perhaps one full size bottle of perfume, and samples of their perfume line, or perhaps soaps, body lotions and other fragrant products.  It is important that we keep a reference library of the Perfumers products first and foremost, for historical purposes and also for PR and communication purposes.  Elise will contact Guild members who may need to send products to fill in the gaps of their materials in the Scent Library. 
Second, Elise is working on a project that we believe will be very beneficial to Guild members: negotiating with a major bottle supplier to procure perfume and cosmetic bottles at a good price.  New High Glass is in Dade county, where I live, and Elise is just a few miles north of here. I've visited the New High Glass showroom and warehouse, and Elise has met with a local sales person and begun collecting data on what stock they have that they can sell in less than a palette to us.  In some instances, cases may even be too much for one perfumer to purchase, so we'll be looking into group buys and Elise obtaining the bottles, repacking them, and shipping them to our members.

These bottles will be screw top or crimp top, from perhaps 5mls up to 30mls, larger on request.  Caps need to be purchased separately, and we'll be supplying information on them. 

We do plan, in the future, to obtain glass stoppered bottles, but for now, we're working with a company that is close to both Elise and me, so we can pick up the stock.

Yes, shipments will be available to members outside the USA.  I am very excited by this project, as we all know that packaging is a huge headache for our microbusinesses. 

I'm working on a basic primer of the terms and conditions used in the bottle supply industry.  This will get everyone up to speed on how the system works.  In the future, if you wish to approach a company on your own, Guild members will have the vocabulary and knowledge that will help you appear professional in their eyes.  These companies often deal with palette customers - those who buy in huge quantities, maybe 10,000 pieces minimum - and the more professional you are, the more willing they are to negotiate. 

PS: the next project after this may be working with Miami cigar box manufacturers to produce little boxes for our bottles!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

You could win my Light or Amberess on Cafleurebon

You need to leave a comment to be in the running for the drawing to win perfumes.

Light and Amberess are among a number of beautiful perfumes offered in a giveaway on Cafleurebon. Draw ends Thursday January 13, 2011 at 1 am and 11 seconds EST.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Ask the Perfumer - Sunday, January 9, 2011 - until 10 PM EST

It's the first Ask the Perfumer Sunday of the new year, and the new decade.  Happy New Year to everyone!  Got any perfumery questions? I'll be here unti l10 PM tonight.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

What is the Essence of American Liberty? Comparing perfume making to government making

I must admit I have never seen an article like this before.  The writer obviously knows the basics of perfume making, and compares it to what is needed to, well, for want of a better phrase, government making.

My goodness:

What are the head chords, heart chords, and base chords of the American republic? Which of all the fragrances did our Founding Fathers mix to concoct the sweetest, most aromatic bouquet ever devised by the political perfumers of history? The evidence is in the product itself, and the various component spices are readily recognizable by one with a trained and discriminating nose.

What do you think about this article?