Draw Winners Announcment + Food Drive Outcome

I'm very glad to say that the food drive was quite successful - we've raised $21 to Greater Vancouver Food Bank, which will in return buy people in need in the Lower Mainlad $63 worth of food (that can make one giant meal for at least one family!).
Thank you for participating, and buying truffles to support this cause! I will match that amount and donate a total of $42 to Greater Vancouver Food Bank, in hopes that no one will go hungry. All we need to do is spread the wealth that we have and share it - and the world will be a better place to live.

Also, we have winners for the draw!
1) The Gift of Beauty - $25 towards an Organic Facial @ Belmondo Skin Care Studio - the winner is Cathy
2) The Gift of Health - 1 week unlimited classes @ Beyond Pilates - the winner is Audrey
3) Fragrance Sampler - gift box with 8 of Ayala Moriel's most coveted perfumes - the winner is Ainslegh
4) The Gift of Choice - $65 gift certificate towards a purse roll-on or towards any other purchase from Ayala Moriel Parfums collection - the winner is Colene

Congratulations to all the winners!

I will be holding another fun draw at the Holiday Soiree coming up Sundary, December 21st at the studio (6-11pm). Hope to see you there!

"The Gift of Health" Winner Announcement

And the winner of The Gift of Health - 1 week unlimited access to Beyond Pilates is... (drumrrrrooollll):
Rachel Tuttle!

Congratulations to Rachel, and those of you who haven't won, don't worry; we will have monthly draws from now on with Ayala Moriel's business partners one of which is Beyond Pilates, where you can get your Pilates training from the top teachers in the city. The centre was founded by dancer and choreographer Noam Gagnon and won The Best of the City award from the Georgia Straight for 2008!
At Beyond Pilates, you can often enjoy Ayala Moriel's candles while getting in shape and breathing deeply!
For more info about classes and schedules, visit Beyond Pilates website.

And a couple more holiday-related events coming up while I still have your attention:

1) The Portobello West Holiday Market is a full weekend - December 13 & 14th, and I will be there with my entire perfume line as well as a full supplies of holiday specialties such as candles, truffles, sachets and scented botanical paper

2) Come and join me to light the first Hannukah candle and enjoy some Sahleb (pudding beverage that is a winter treat and also my the inspiration for my newest perfume of that name). This Holiday Soiree takes place on Sunday December 21st 6-11pm at the studio #314-1230 Haro Street Buzz #295. RSVP so we make sure we have enough sahleb for you!

Warm regards and happy holiday season!

Beyond Pilates: New Space, Same Scent

Renowned dancer, choreographer and Pilates instructor Noam Gagnon has just opened his new Beyond Pilates Wellness Centre. The studio was originally run by Monsieur Gagnon alone, from his shabby-on-the-outside and stunningly-serene-on-the-inside Chinatown location. With the assistance from a handful of talented teachers when he was away on his international dance tours, this was only the beginning of a very promising future of a centre for Vancouverites to learn real Pilates in a very fun and humorous environment (Noam is not just a serious dancer, he also has the most exceptionally fabulous sense of humour, so you get your abs really working in his classes!). Noam knows how to make you work really hard and make you lough at the same time, and that cannot be said about too many other instructors that I've encountered in any field, really...

You may ask yourself what this has to do with perfume? well, not much. Except that the humble perfumer and writer of this blog finds an enjoyable workout/maintenance of the body to be a very important part of her life and, well... well-being. And besides the fact that I always love to promote things that I love, especially when delivered by exceptional people. And what a better place than a blog that attracts 8,000 visitors a month?!

But it won't be completely worth a Smelly Blog entry if Noam's studio didn't still have that old, familiar scent that I was so hoping would not get lost in the big move. Despite the fact that the cherry wood floors, Chinese paper dragons and incense and Catholic-scented candles were left behind in the old location - there was still some of that familiar Noam Gagnon scent in the air when I went there for the first class today after a long Gagnon-withdrawal. Think vanilla, sandalwood, candles, cat's fur and a bit of lemon would best describe the scent. It's always welcoming, and while being just enough spiritual, it does not lack humour. Although Noam told me he wears Gucci perfume, the whole impression smells like a much improved dry down of Shalimar Eau Legere.

To try and get a guess at it yourself, or better yet - experience some hard-core Pilates with a bunch of exceptional teachers, you must visit Noam Gagnon's Welness Centre Beyond Pilates at 928 Davie Street (just between Burrard and Hornby, exactly where Atomic Cartoons used to produce their hilarious animation -whomever owns that place must like a good laugh!).
And now that the centre is offering a week of unlimited trials for only $30 - you must try it for a body and mind transforming opportunity.
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