I may have found a new assistant and hope to put the cart back up next week. I will keep you posted!
Elena of Pefumeshrine also posted an interesting interview with Mandy Aftel on Fragrantica a few days go. They discussed a new model of business being adopted by many small artisan perfumers in recent years: staying small enough to create only what can be produced by hand in-house, using high-end ingredients not found in the mass market, and distributing products directly through the artisan’s own website rather than using distributors and retail stores. The traditional distribution chain causes so much markup that formulas tend to be cheapened in order to end up at a reasonable price point after everyone gets a cut. By going directly to customers without the middle men, artisans can use more expensive ingredients and still be competitive (though we must wear many hats and do everything we can ourselves in order to save money for the juice, which makes the business also a project of love). Keeping control of the distribution of your own line also lets you present it exactly as you wish. The interview is an interesting read.