Thank you all for the warm welcome and the encouragement!
Dear Jackie123: I have been tinkering with my webpage for about 2 months, off and on. I have the basic layout figured out, and the welcome page completed (I am designing in Fireworks). I am a perfectionist, though, and my ideas are pretty plastic. I could put a screenshot up in my picture gallery for critique...I would love to see what you all think about it so far! Thanks!!
Dear Rich: What an honor it is to be able to be able to thank you directly for providing such a wonderful service. My hat is off to you and your brother!
My model for the fragrance design lab is one of hands-on collaboration. I truly love working with essential oils, and I enjoy the experience of guiding clients through the process of blending their own signature fragrance. There is a definable procedure to the creation of a perfume. It is also a journey, a process of discovery; the sense of smell can evoke memories and emotions long forgotten. The thrill of watching someone`s eyes open wide with surprise--and then close in pure bliss--never diminishes.
I know that DIY stores have their place, but not for a client who is a true fragrance connoisseur looking for an authentic work of art. The DIYs overlook a multitude of important blending principles (for example, the importance of proportion--you just get a squirt of each compound you choose), and they offer nothing but synthetic fragrances. The difference between the DIYs and the studio I envision is comparable to the difference between Burger King and the
Russian Tea Room. At Burger King, you can have it your way (basically) and the product is adequate, but forgettable. At the Russian Tea Room...well, you see what I`m saying.
As for the perfumery part of the business, it will feature 10 to 15 of the finest fragrances I have ever developed (both men`s and women`s), available in a variety of vehicles (perfume, cologne, eau de toilette, bath oil, powder, lotion, bubble bath, scrubs, etc). I have 4 journals full of fragrance recipes I have developed over the years--over 500 recipes in all--so I may rotate the availability of some of my offerings seasonally.
Whew--sorry for the lecture! As you can tell, the passion is as big as the dream...
To All, thank you so much again for the welcome, and I wish everyone nothing but the best!
"Ask not, know not." --Me