In Memoriam

Sending out heartfelt thoughts and gratitude to all those who served and died for our country. And for family gone too soon, loved ones and cherished friends.

We at Soivohle will be taking a little break through this holiday weekend. All orders placed over the weekend will go out Wednesday the 28th.

I am still waiting on the second shipment of matt board for the Rose prints. It is set to arrive the first week in June. Sorry for the delay.

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Soivohle News

We have been treading water so to speak this past week and likely the next two weeks. In the middle of moving the studio, so everything, details and all things Soivohle are on a must do basis until I am resettled. Orders and online transactions are as always priority number one.

I have a ton of stock from the studio to re-shelve in my workroom, and more to go through and figure out what we are going to do with it. I will not make any decisions on the Street Collection oils until later this summer or beyond.

Currently I am getting ready to bottle Amun Re: The Tears of Ra. I have sent out a few samples with orders and will continue to do this up to the launch date TBA...

The first batch of Kentucky Bourbon Rose prints will go out the first of next week. I have been mounting them in-between other things. Hopefully they will all go out by the first of June.

Kentucky bourbon Rose: LE print

Kentucky bourbon Rose: LE print

I have had a lot of questions about the studio move, so am going to address it here and move on. As you can see, we recently revamped the entire Soivohle website with new shopping cart, easier checkout and a very updated look. This was all part of the plan. To optimize the online experience so that I could close the physical location. Most of our business is done online and I have spent the past few years building the online business. With the new format we are optimized for the web, tablets and smart phones. Any way you view this new website will give you the perfect viewing experience for your device...

My new studio location will be devoted to my visual art and Olfactory Art Installations. There will be a settling in period, but this is the perfect set up for me. I can spend much less time on web concerns because a lot of what I was doing before, is now done for me with the new system. The time saved and the time saved from being at a physical location (where I could not paint) frees me up to paint more. This will not take away from Soivohle but make it better. Instead of being overwhelmed by it I can come to it with a fresh outlook and enjoy it more. Being able to do the two things I love is perfect for me. I am sure it will show in all of my work as time goes on.

Most of the news related to the Olfactory Art will be posted on my Art website and blog: and occasionally here if I feel there is a valid connection to Soivohle, otherwise I prefer to keep the two separate as there is already enough confusion about scent and scent as art etc...


Kentucky Bourbon Rose

This Saturday is Derby Day. To be precise Kentucky Derby Day. To celebrate my Kentucky roots and birth state I am releasing Kentucky Bourbon Rose on Saturday. This is a Numbered Edition of 25/4.5ml bottles.

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We will have a pre-order period beginning today. Included in all pre order packages will be an  early release 11ml atomizer of our Spring 2014 Limited Release: Magnolia 826 eau fraiche. Magnolia 826 will be available mid-May.

If we sell out during the pre-launch all orders will ship with the Magnolia 826.

Orders placed with a May 3rd or later date stamp will not have the Magnolia 826.

There are only 25 bottles in this edition that was created over a period of years. A fine Kentucky Bourbon was tinctured with organic Mexican Vanilla Beans to create the carrier/base for the parfum.

Rose Absolutes from Morocco, Bulgaria and Egypt were blended with a harmonious accord of spices including a touch of clove and cinnamon, with a natural oakmoss accord that included green and brown oakmoss. The concentration is +50%.

To insure that this is a truly artistic work there was no formula kept, no notes taken or measurements of any kind recorded other than the amount of carrier to materials used.

Kentucky Bourbon Rose will never be made again..

Soivohle News

I have had a lot of interest in the Street Collection Oils that I mentioned in my last post. These are not available onsite, but are available in my studio/shop. As I had mentioned, I will be closing the perfume shop, and moving some of those items to the online shop. Some will be available for immediate sale and others will not.  I will be in the studio on Wednesday taking inventory and packing up a lot of the perfume stuff... I will then decide which scents stay and are moved online and which ones are archived (if any) and which ones go...

NEW MINIS - I am working on labels right now for a new 5ml size that will be available in the Demis and EDT/Colognes... I had offered a smaller pocket spray in the past, but these will be small open cap bottles. I sometimes give these out with orders, and will be adding them to the site soon. They will be available individually and as curated sets..

STUDIO Z - I have had no news about moving yet... Still waiting on studio space in the city. In the meantime Studio Z will be open for business, perfume bar and all, for the upcoming art walk at the Art Center. I will not be moving anything until I have my new lease confirmed. This could be a month, two or three.., so when I know I will pass on the info. The perfume shop will remain as is until that time. and yes I can still come in for special appointments. just shoot me an email or call. My schedule is pretty flexible at the moment, but prefer that it be during regular business hours at the art center which is 11-5 Tuesday thru Friday, 11-3 on Saturdays.

Next Up

I have added an archive page to the website. Nothing is listed yet, but this gives a bit of information on how to go about inquiring about something that is not in the collection.  I have had some inquiry about the Acousticjus Stellar All Over Oils and I must say that I no longer have them in the collection.  This was an item as with many of the other non perfume offerings that had been available first at the boutique. Now that I will be closing the boutique/perfume shop, I will not stock any of these items. They will be a special order if available at all. They were never that popular as an online purchase, and I do not want to keep a lot of stock made up of things that do not sell. Particularly body oils where shelf life is a huge factor.

I have also placed my order for the new carrier for our perfumes. I had been using a grain based carrier. We are switching to an organic esprit de sucre. (cane) for all of the Demi's, Absolutes Colognes and EDT's. I will phase out the remaining tincture and stock and phase in the new. It should arrive by weeks end.  I will be using this for the first batch of Amun Re The Tears of Ra. The materials are set out on my bench to be the next thing formulated. After that Violets & Rainwater. No I did not forget... Time has just been beating me over the head lately.

Scentscapes™ I have done a lot of thinking about these scents and have to say that as with things in the past Olfactory Art and Perfume are like oil and water they do not mix well and the ideas do not translate from one to the other. The scentscapes will be exclusively linked to my Olfactory Arts projects. You can read more about this on my fine art website.

The new Kentucky Bourbon Rose will be a signed and numbered limited edition Soivohle Essence.  This will be available soon.  Keeping these things separate will best serve the work and everyone who has an interest in it. 

I have added some of the parfum oils (the attars) to the site. I will be adding some of the other oils as well. I do not know exactly how many of them will make the cut, but the next grouping will be from the natural oils collection.  After that I will add a few other things back to the collection and then a little break as we anticipate the move of our studio back to downtown Cincinnati.

 

Soivohle A Look Ahead

As I try to wrap my head around the possibility of warmer weather and a not so cold lab (the dungeon) my thoughts are turning to the next phase of Soivohle. I am phasing out Custom Perfumes any and all body products, oils, lotions etc... My passion and interest has always been with scent creation, and I find that veering off into drugstore fare just doesn't speak to my sensibilities. In other words I am going back to the future.. To that place where I started with interesting, quirky small run essence blends. I like to work and stay busy and the idea of creating every scent as an open edition that never ends can be overwhelming. Right now I have too many batch and bottle essences in my collection. So much so that it takes up all of my time just keeping them in stock (mostly) and up to date.

FREE FORM SCENTSCAPES™ - I have spoken a bit about this concept, and in a nutshell they will be small single run Signed & Numbered editions. The first to be released is Kentucky Bourbon Rose. There is no release date and no there are no samples available. I have had so many requests for samples since I mentioned this, that if I had given them out there would be no essence left. This edition is  less than 120ml to be divided between full 4ml bottles and a very limited amount of samples. There will be no free sample giveaways.  The scentscapes will be available exclusively through my Fine Art Website, Studio and through Fine Art Venues. They are not perfumes. Each edition will be packaged with it's own scent vessel, for enjoying the essence.  For more about scentscapes you can visit my art site here

STUDIO Z - My studio at the Pendleton Art Center in Middletown OH is really the home base for all of my work right now. It is mostly dedicated to Olfactory work but is also a place where I show my original artwork/paintings. I have maintained a retail perfume studio/boutique for the past several years and although I enjoy it I am also going to be phasing it out. Since I will no longer be creating custom perfumes I will have no need to maintain such an elaborate blending station in the studio. I have already disassembled the DIY scent station. I had put myself on a two year time plan to phase out the perfume studio, but I am going to fast track this and try to transition out in a year or less if things fall into place. What this means for Soivohle is that it will be an online business only. I have just ended my relationship with the last retailer who was carrying Soivohle, and I have no plans to work with retailers in the future. This is strictly a business decision. A larger company can absorb some of the cost of doing business with distributors and retailers, but someone like myself loses money every time.  It may look like a sweet deal on the surface, but once you crunch the numbers and figure in your time and extra efforts, it is very draining and offers little to no reward other than saying so and so carries my perfumes...

I think so many people get caught up in that I want to be a rock star mentality and think bigger is always better. As someone who has devoted an entire lifetime to the arts and the ideals of high art, I can say that it is very difficult to stay true to a vision when you allow others to peddle your dream.. It is near impossible to find just the right folks with enough insight and integrity to nourish rather than exploit you.. Believe me. LESSONS LEARNED... many times over.

STUDIO FUTURE - I am currently looking for a new art studio in the city (cincinnati) and will hopefully have something in the next month or so.  At some point my studio space will overlap with Studio Z and the new space. Once I am in the new space I will be devoting my time to painting and Olfactory Art Installations. This is where it gets tricky folks... Soivohle will go on as a retail business, but the scent work that I will be doing in the new studio will be all about the artistry of smell.... It will not be about perfume. The continuation of this conversation will be best suited to my art blog, so I will just leave it hanging here. To be continued somewhere else at a later date, haha!

As things stand now I did look at new studio space yesterday but neither place was well suited to my needs. Too many stairs, too narrow, too isolated... At first I was thinking small, but now I am thinking I would like a really big space, even bigger than my old Scentual Artistry space... Yes, I want it to be grand. I want to pick up where I left off with my scent work, and introduce more people to the idea of scent as art. This has always been my passion, and with my scentscapes and the new direction of Soivohle I feel that I am getting my life back. Hopefully others will be feeling the vibe of my renewed love for my work. Being frustrated the past couple of years has not been fun for me or anyone around me.

So here's to the future.  LZ