Tamya's Bat Mitzvah

Tamya Parfum Formula, originally uploaded by Ayala Moriel.

Tomorrow is my daughter Tamya's 12th birthday, aka Bat Mitzvah.

Completely spontaneously (I just thought about it this instant), the event will be celebrated on my websites by giving a 12% discount on every purchase of Tamya parfum, and also I will be giving away 12 samples of Tamya parfum for the first 12 readers who will be leaving a comment here; and if I you are not on my mailing list yet, please drop me a line with your mailing address so I can send it to you.

Thank you for joining the celebration!

P.s. I can't believe I'm a mom for 12 years now!

Related posts:
Behind the Scents with Tamya Parfum
Tamya's Pumpkin Blog

Game of Tag!

Tag, originally uploaded by pixelstate.

I’ve been tagged, twice!

By Perfume in Progress - Laurie Erickson’s blog (the perfumer of Sonoma Scent Studio) blog;
and Perfume de Rosa Negra - Cristiane Gonçalves’ bilingual perfume blog from Brazil – written in English and Portuguese.

To join this cool blog-game, I must post the rules here (and follow them, of course):

1. Link to the person who tagged you. (I’ve added the two blogs to my blogroll, to the left)
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Six completely random things about me:
1) Two things I want to do before I die: learn how to ride horses and fly an airplane.
2) My faovuirte colour growing up was yellow. It still is the happiest colour to look at by I prefer wearing beige and more neutral colours.
3) I am vegetarian since birth and no, I don’t eat fish (I always wondered why would be fish considered part of a vegetarian diet?!).
4) My family has been playing ping-pong between Israel and Canada for 4 generations now: My mom was born in Israel & raised in Montreal; I was born in Outremont (Quebec) and raised in Israel; and my daughter was born in Israel but raised in Vancouver. My accent is often mistaken for a Quebecoise accent, thanks to my mother’s influence.
5) One day, when I can travel somewhere else besides visiting my family in Israel & Montreal on a yearly basis - I would like to travel to: Japan, Grasse, Morocco, The Carnival in Rio and the Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
6) “When I grow up” I wanted to be any number of things – school teacher, veterinarian, judge, opera singer, architect, psychologist, and even wanted to open my own soap factory that will make only lemon-verbena soap. I think in the end I made the right choice.

It was difficult to choose only 6 blogs to tag, but I chose to tag the following excellent blogs in hopes that those of you who are not familiar with them will discover them this way. Keep in mind that my choices were limited to blogs that allow comments and I encourage you to look at my blogroll on the right to discover more perfume-related blogs:

Aromaconnection - Marcia Elston's (Samara Botane) excellent blog covering many important topics such as ecological & cultural sustainability, safety & toxicity, rules & regulations in the aromatherapy/perfumery industry, and more.

CB Journal - Chrsitopher Brosius (CB I Hate Perfumes) perfumer's blog

Gabriel's Aunt - Nikki Sherritt's (Gabriel's Aunt) candlemaking blog. Nikki makes the most amazing, all-natural and natural scented soywax candles and have created with me three candles already. I am not ashamed to take advantage of this game and give a little plugin for her work and her blog!

Legerdenez -Caitlin Shortell's blog with many fascinating and very well-written perfume reviews.

Moving and Shaking - Lou's excellent and beautifully illustrated blog, including some perfume reviews, but mostly just very, very fascinating topics.

Perfume Shrine - Helg's visually and sensually senstive, well-written and informative perfume blog, including many perfume reviews, news and pop-culture references (i.e.: movies, fashion, commercial video clips, bottle & packaging etc.).

SmellyBlog Logo Poll Contest Winner Announcement

Draw Logo Contest, originally uploaded by Ayala Moriel.

It's time to announce the results of the last few contests I run here on SmellyBlog.

First of all, I'd like to thank all of you who participated in the poll for choosing SmellyBlog's new logo. As you can see, I have completely disregarded your advice, and went for my own favourite... I'm kidding, of course. You can probably imagine that there were other factors for my decision making besides your opinion (which matters to me a lot). I asked many people in person, besides on the blog, and consulted with friends and family. The logo with the little "cartoony" nose seems to be the best choice - my decision committee (lead by myself and my devoted graphic designer) felt that this was the most original, and we liked how it was humorous and a bit of a parody on my company's logo. Instead of the graceful and dreamy fairy, we now have a snotty nose with a similar line qualities (and the same font, by the way) and an amused expression of scent enjoyment smeared all over that minimalistic face.

After I have got my graphic designer, the talented Terry Sunderland, to perfect it and clean it up (the lines and the angles are a bit different - you'll need to have an eye for detail to really notice the difference between what I posted originally here as part of the poll, and what you can see above as the header for this humbly stinky blog). It's been up for a while, with no frilly introductions. Now is the time to announce its presence, as well as who won a full bottle of Opium Fleur Imperiale!

SAMANTHA, you are the winner - so please contact me with your mailing address (your bogger profile is secret, so I have no way of contacting you other than through this announcement). Once I hear from you, Fleur Imperiale will be shipped to you immediately!

First Perfume Party / Open House

The pictures from the open house turned out extremely blurry, so I am putting up a little collage of thumbnails for those of you who weren't able to make it ;)
It was plenty of fragrant and social fun, in an intimate setting. We enjoyed together perfume, Okanagan wines and orange blossom truffles. For our "under-age" guests we served a gourmet virgin-cocktail of white cranberry-grape juice flavoured with orange flower water, and vanilla-rooibos tea.

We did a few collecting sniffing rounds - first of rose perfumes (Rosebud, Cabaret, Fete d'Hiver...), and than a round of masculine fragrances, which the ladies found they love tremendously! Lastly, all the guests got to try the latest creations for the soliflore collection - my new ylang ylang soliflore, Coralle, and Tirzah - a linden blossom soliflore which will come out in June. But also - those who attended got a sniff of preview of perfumes that won't be coming out until the fall! I can't tell you too much about them, except that they are going to be utterly delicious.

Each guest got a fragrance consultation and a personalized sample set, and got to try on different scents as well as pieces from the collectible perfumed jewelry (gem-stoned poison rings and solid perfume lockets).

This open house is the first of many monthly events such as this. The next one will be on Saturday, June 16th to celebrate the launch of Tirzah, and will also have lots of other surprises (TBA). If you are in Vancouver you shouldn't miss it!

Picture above (from left to right, top to bottom): Vinni, Sandra and Ayala sniffing along (some of us even compared sniffing armpits instead of coffee... it looks funny but it works LOL); Colleen (who helped me to pull this together not just by myself - thank you!), and Christen with the roses.

Contests Winners and Announcements

First of all, I have to apologize for taking so long to announce the winners of SmellyBlog's recent contests. One of the contests is still open (more in a minute), and some already have winners!

Following up on the Annick Goutal trivia question, Theresa is the winner of a cute little purse spray of Annick Goutal's Songes EDT (I will perform the illegal act of decanting it myself). Congratulations, Theresa! Your prize will be on its way tomorrow.

Theresa is right: Elizabeth Taylor was sued by Annick Goutal for the use of the name Passion and now her perfume is called Elizabeth Taylor's Passion. As much as I love Songes and the brand of Annick Goutal, they seem to be into suing for name rights for perfumes (I am sure many of you remember the battle over Extrait le Songes by l'Artisan). I am surprised Annick Goutal brand was never sued for using names such as "Vetiver" or "Neroli", so often used by other brands...

I am still waiting for more SmellyBlog logo votes to come in before I announce the winner of an Opium Fleur Imperiale bottle (100ml) - the limited edition from last year. There are more than 200 people visiting SmellyBlog daily, so it's impossible to think that only 10 people will vote here. Surely more of you have your own opinions. So please, will you share them with us, please? The contest details are here, and you can either vote for:
logo no. 1
logo no. 2
or logo no. 3

Please leave a comment on the post showing the logo you like. The draw will take place May 31st, and the winner will be announced than. I am going to add more prizes (drumroll...):
1) Opium Fleur Imperiale (100ml)
2) Complete collection of my Vetiver Mods which were discussed quite elaborately on this blog
3) Sample set of 4 of the newest perfumes from my collection - Coralle, Tirzah, and two others that will remain secret for now except for the lucky winner...
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