I want to wish everyone a happy new year! I hope 2014 brings good things for all of us.
Many thanks to the blogs that included my scents on their Best of 2013 lists! It was especially encouraging to see my first two natural scents on four lists this year.
Cocoa Sandalwood on Mark Behnke’s Top 25 List on Cafleurebon
Last year was a little challenging for me since I needed some down time both in Feb/March and in Oct/Nov. I released the two naturals Cocoa Sandalwood and Spiced Citrus Vetiver, and I reformulated Vintage Rose into Rose Volupte. I worked on several new formulas that are still unfinished (a ylang/jasmine/tuberose mixed media scent, an all-natural amber incense, and a tweak on Tabac Aurea).
In the coming year I hope to finish a few of those in-progress scents, and I will be retiring some of the Exclusives, or at least moving them into the “by request” category. I also plan to switch from standard perfume alcohol in the mixed media scents to natural organic alcohol (the same alcohol I use in the naturals line). It may mean a few dollar increase in the mixed media scents, but I think it will be worthwhile. As I go forward I will be leaning more toward naturals in my formulas, though I still have some mixed media in progress.
This was the first year that I didn’t even try to sample new releases, though there are a few that I really want to try (Christopher Street, Ashoka, Knightsbridge, Une Rose de Kandahar, and Cuir de Gardenia). It has become far too hard to keep up, but every year there are a few I like to experience.
I worry about the explosion of niche and indie fragrances, and as I work on new scents I keep asking myself if the formula is unique enough to justify release into an already saturated market. I want to tighten up my scent list with that thought in mind.
I can’t thank you enough for your support of indie artisans and for the wonderful camaraderie in the perfume community! Here’s to 2014! 🙂