Today we are all about perfume. Let's start with the article that reminded me of two of the treasures in Portland, Oregon:
It reminded of The Perfume House and its owner Chris Tsefalas. I was introduced to both several years ago when one on my clients took me on a walk through The Hawthorne District near where she lived. It turns out that Jade was Chris's brother. I learned more about perfume in the afternoon at The Perfume House than anyone could in a lifetime.
Make sure you click on "heritage". You will discover that Mr. Tsfalas is a "nose", one of two hundred in the world. And is considered one of the twenty six best "noses" in the world. What is a nose? How do you become a nose?
"Perfumers, creators of fragrance, who are known as "Noses", are held in the highest esteem in the perfume industry and theirs is the final say as to whether or not a fragrance is acceptable. The primary requisite for becoming a Nose is a keen olfactory sense. It is not enough for the perfumer to be able to distinguish blindfolded between the fragrance of a rose and a tulip, but his sense of smell must be so acute that he can detect in a mixture of 100 or more ingredients the precise amount of the various substances that have contributed to the formula.
In order to become a perfumer one must be able to recognize various raw materials but must have the capacity and artistry to blend them harmoniously. One must be able to tell, for instance, whether a certain lot of labdanum is from Greece or Corsica; whether the oil of ylang-ylang comes from Madagascar or Manila; tell the difference between oils of the same species of plant cultivated in different countries, and which type will achieve a particular result. Lavender oil, for example, can have a top note that is floral, balsamic, sharp, sweet, green or nut-like. The Nose has his counterpart in the wine industry where the skilled expert can tell in an instant the region, type of grape, and vintage of the wine he is sampling. To get to be one of the top 26 noses in the world the prospective candidate must be able to recant all of the elements that comprises the essential elements within a fragrance before sprayed droplets of that perfume reach the floor."
Closing with an article about romance and scents that quotes Mr. Tsefalas.
If you want to order something from them I am sure they ship, if anyone visits Portland I will serve as your guide there. If you go alone, order off of the Internet, or contact them by phone tell them that Jade's former accountant, Bill, sent you there.
Now that you know more about perfume than you ever wanted to know comment away.