Victory Wolf 2009-2014

 SOLD OUT

Please read this post while playing "Wind Beneath My Wings"  quietly in the background.

 Victory Wolf was my second OLO Fragrance.  I made it way back when this was still a hobby and I wasn't even trying to do anything other than pay for my supplies.  It is with great sadness that I announce that Victory Wolf, as we know and love it, will be no more.  One of the ingredients is no longer available.  There was little notice so I'm down to the last batch.  There are about 50 bottles left on the website and whatever inventory available in stores.  I will remove Victory Wolf from the site once it is sold out. 

I have outlined the five stages of grief for you below.

1. Denial

2. Anger

3. Bargaining

4. Depression

5. Acceptance

I am currently between numbers 4 and 5.  I am still depressed but have accepted the situation. 

  There is hope.  I have reworked the Victory Wolf formula.  It is different.  It will never, ever be the same.  Some people will notice the difference and like the new version better.  Some will hate it and curse my name for daring to try to pass this off as anything like Victory Wolf.  I will release this new version in a few months, after we have all had time to heal. I may keep the name, I may release it under a different name.  Time will tell.

  At this time I would like you to turn up the volume to "Wind Beneath My Wings" and scream cry into your pillow.

XO,

Heather

 

 

 

 

 

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D'or by OLO & WINDOWWALL

"I want to do something different.  You are just going to have to trust me"

I still remember those words.  Kimmy had just watched Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard and French New Wave was fresh in her mind.  She had a plan for me. I walked out that day with a pixie cut.  I had never cut my hair that short and I had no idea how empowering it would be.  My life at that time was a tapestry of conflict and this drastic change was the elixir I needed to power through.  Discarded was my idea of myself and what made me attractive or feminine.  It felt like stripping down to my core, the true essence of me.  Any time I think of Kimmy I think of that haircut and what kind of skill and perception it takes to create that kind of physical change in a person.

When asked to do a fragrance for WINDOWWALL I reflected on that day, on what inspired us at that time and how I surrendered myself to Kimmy's vision.  D'or is my interpretation of that moment in time.  D'or translates to "golden" or "of gold".  Gold is a soft, malleable metal.  It can be hammered and shaped so thinly that sheets of gold may appear greenish blue. This fact made me realize how each of us can manipulate our appearance, changing how we are perceived by others and in turn, changing how we perceive ourselves. We are all golden.  Absinthe always fills me with warm light when I drink it. It offers a physical release in the body while maintaining lucidity of the mind. It is bitter sweet in scent, a reflection of life. I always think of Paris when I think of Kimmy and I always think of absinthe when I think of Paris...it all came full circle to create D'or.

The main notes of D'or: bergamot mint, lavender, fennel, anise, wormwood, myrtle, cypress, labdanum, balsam

This is a custom scent so it will only be available at WINDOWWALL. Launch date is Saturday 3/15/14.

 

 

 

 

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BLACK LODGE


  This collaboration between OLO Fragrance and Bridge & Burn started in earnest when we shared a booth at Portland Bazaar two years ago. This is when I convinced Erik that Victory Wolf and Erastus would change his life for the better.  He trusted me, traded an awesome coat for the two scents and a mutual appreciation for each others work was born.

  Both brands draw inspiration from the Pacific Northwest.  We live in a small city but the abundance of unmarred nature surrounding us can't be ignored.  Who would want to? It's so easy to head out of the city limits in any direction and find yourself in a lush forest or standing knee deep in a lavender field. With OLO, I try to bottle those elements of nature and bring them back to the city with me.  Bridge & Burn creates clothing that allows you to stay in town for the day or take a quick hike in effortless style and comfort. It's all about coexisting with our surroundings instead of fighting them. 

  Black Lodge is meant to be like the fastest day trip ever! It starts off with the dry, slightly fruity undertones of bitter orange, unfurling into the sweet warmth of juniper berry and a herbaceous yet soft lavender.  Lavender various so much depending on location and season, I decided to blend seven different lavenders to get the scent I wanted for this fragrance.  The dry down opens up to bright, coniferous evergreen and birch and settles into a rich, resinous amber and labdanum. It's like spending the morning picking lavender in Hood River and the afternoon hiking Cape Lookout in the rain. What starts off as soft and dry ends up warm and animalic.

  There is also, of course, the Twin Peaks reference in the fragrance name. It had to come up eventually!  Many people have only seen the Pacific Northwest through the lens of that show.  It definitely put this place on my radar when I was young! Motor oil, cherry pie and coffee might not really wear well on the majority of people though so I opted to stick with physical elements we encounter on the regular. However, there is that duality of the White Lodge/Black Lodge present here.  The plateau and the temperate rainforests coexist as almost alternate realities of the same place.  This land is magic in the realest way I've ever experienced.

  Black Lodge is a unisex fragrance blend.

  Main notes: bitter orange*lavender*juniper berry* evergreen*birch*labdanum

  

Stop by Bridge & Burn this Thursday 12/5/13 at 5:30 for the release of BLACK LODGE.

 

 

 

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OLO & Pearl+ soap gift sets

  I'm happy to announce the release of one of my favorite collaborations of 2013. Pearl+ soap and OLO Fragrance have joined forces to release limited edition gift sets!

   TOJI is based on the yuzu baths popular in Japan during the winter solstice.  A citrus similar to grapefruit, yuzu is floated in steaming hot tubs of water.  The hiba wood from the bath mats brings forth the wet warmth of cedar to intertwine with the brightness of the yuzu.  I tend to visualize scent and TOJI looks like liquid gold and soft brown mist winding around one another, like an intimate dance.  Main notes are yuzu, hiba and hinoki.

  FORÊT NOIRE is a modified version of the original Forêt formula.  We wanted something a little more heavy, a bit mysterious.  It's still based on every forest I've ever walked through, I just added more moss notes to capture the essence of the forest floor after the rain. It feels a little misty, a little dark.  Perfect for winter. Main notes are cedar, fir and oak moss.

  These gift sets are limited edition so there will be no samples available.  If you want to smell them live, I will be selling at Black Magic and Portland Bazaar. They may also be purchased on the Pearl+ website.

  Each set contains an OLO Fragrance 5ml perfume and 2.5 oz Pearl+ Moisturizing Soap.

  $39

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SPARTAN fragrance debut

  It's done, it's done!!! We are launching Spartan next week in Austin. That's Texas. I'm going to Texas for the first time ever! Please join us for the fragrance launch party at Spartan next Wednesday, October 23rd from 5pm-8pm.  I will be there to talk about the new scent and free samples will be given to the first 20 folks in attendance.  Come see me!

  Spartan is inspired by the Texas landscape and the people that love it.  Austin is home to Spartan the store so it made sense to try to capture the essence of the place and people involved.  I've never been to Austin but store proprietress,  Currie Person, filled me in on her favorite smells from her hometown and surrounding areas.

There were a few notes I knew I had to include in this scent, things that I always think of when I think of Texas.  First off, tequilla!  Every Texan in my life knows their tequilla.  Therefore, the top notes of Spartan are tequilla, lime and cilantro. That sweetness mingles with notes of rhododendron, cactus flower and yellow rose. I wanted to capture the idea of the variety of landscapes of Texas.  The seemingly unforgiving desert and it's delicate cactus flowers combine with the oasis of humanity, the gardens of Austin.  As the scent settles, it dries down to sage, hay, Mexican linaloe, ponderosa pine and Ashe juniper (Texas cedar), all native plants of the area.  There is a hint of leather too.  It ain't Texas without boots!

  Spartan (the fragrance) is exclusive to the store for a few months so it may only be purchased at Spartan or on their website.  It may also be made available at their sister stores, Beam & Anchor and Voyager in coming months.

 

XO,

Heather

 

  P.S.  I will be traveling October 22nd-28th.  A friend will be living here, feeding my cats and filling OLO orders.  If I don't answer your email or fulfill your special requests it is not because I don't love you, I just need a break.  I'll be home soon.

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Palo Santo releases September 1st!

  Palo Santo is ready to go! Finally.  Free 1ml samples will be available with all online purchases through the month of August.  It will be on the website starting September 1st.

  I've been burning palo santo sticks since they were introduced to me a few years ago.  This is by far one of my most favorite wood smells.  I've talked about making this fragrance blend for quite some time.  I was originally going to do a more charred wood version but I decided on the subtle sweetness of the raw wood.  Palo santo oil is honestly pretty amazing on it's own so I didn't do much. 

  I have always used essential oils to help alter my mood.  I studied aromatherapy for many years before perfumery.  I still use that background, subconsciously most of the time.  My focus has always been based more on how my blends make me feel.  I've tried to take a more formulaic approach with OLO in the past but it didn't work for me.  Palo Santo is a bit of an homage to my super woo woo healing arts past.  I just went with what felt right!  It's basically just a combination of scents that make me feel relaxed, grounded and truly myself.

  This is a 98% all natural blend. Just a heads up, Palo Santo may not wear as long as some of my other fragrances.  At least it doesn't on me!  Some of my human guinea pigs have had it wear for a normal length of time so it varies.

  It's also limited edition.  The palo santo essential oil used is naturally harvested and in high demand.  I don't want to use up more than my fair share so I'm limiting my distribution. It will be available to my stockists for six months and then it will only be sold on this website.

 

  Main notes:  champa flower*wild harvest palo santo*organic Sri Lanka vetiver*organic Siam wood*sandalwood

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Wyeth candle & fragrance gift set

  Jason Linscott and I met last February at an event we were both working.  He is basically the man me and creator of 2550° Artisanal Candles.  We bicker like siblings but we share a common esthetic and need to do EVERYTHING by hand.  No matter how tedious and time consuming. The less profitable the better!  I've always wanted to have OLO candles but I really don't want to make them myself.  But, I insist on making all my products by hand.  What a dilemma!

  The problem was solved when Jason and I decided to join forces.  I love the smell of the ocean air and the forest combination I experience when hiking on the Oregon coast.  He loves to capture the essence and personality of people both real and imagined.  I've always thought it would be great to have a scented candle that compliments my perfume.  I don't want to smell like a candle but I want the two scents to work well in an environment with one another.  

 Our candle and fragrance collaboration is called Wyeth, named after a sailor that landed on the shores of Oregon many years ago.  The coast of the Pacific Northwest can sometimes appear untouched by man.  I've stood looking out at the endless tree covered cliffs and wondered what sailors must have thought when they experienced those sights and smells for the first time.  "Wyeth's ship was lured to shore by the rugged beauty and the promise of cliffs green with forests.  His first inhalation of the wet wood, moss and ocean fog of the Pacific Northwest assured him the long trip at sea had been well worth it"  The perfume captures the heavy mist blowing off the ocean combined with wet moss and wood from the trees ahead.  The candle carries you further into the forest.  The salty air is faint atop pine resin, damp undergrowth, endless trees and wild berry bushes.  

 

 

   Limited edition gift set includes 9ml PARFUM & 3oz SOY WAX CANDLE

   Retail $65

   Debuts this weekend at Portland Bazaar!



 








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OLO pops up

   One down, two events to go.  I will be sharing a booth with 2550° Artisanal Candles at Portland Bazaar next weekend.  Jason and I have been working on a candle & perfume gift set based on the scent of the Oregon coast.  That magical moment when you walk out of the forest onto a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean.  The first burst of salt air mixed with the trees is one of my favorite.  I never tire of it.  It's going to be GOOD!  More info on the gift set next week.

  DEUX room spray will also be back.  I'm only selling it for a short period of time so come buy it up.  TOJI made it's debut Black Friday weekend.  Do stop by my booth if you haven't had a chance to smell it.  The response has been great so far so I'm pretty sure TOJI will join the regular OLO line up.  And there will be sample gift boxes for all your gift giving needs!

  



  I will also be sending a selection of scents and sample kits down to San Francisco for Kindred.  I wish I could tag along to my favorite city but I must stay here and muscle through the holiday season.  Samples, samples, samples... Anyway, thanks to these lovely ladies for inviting OLO to the party!

 

 





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TOJI

  I'm all about the winter solstice.  It's my favorite time of year.  December is my birth month so it all makes sense, it's my time to shine!  That being said, I don't like to be cold.  I like winter fashion. I like snow, fire places and comfort food. I'm just not into the shivering and runny noses that come with the season.

  TOJI is based on the yuzu baths popular in Japan during the winter solstice.  These baths are supposed to help strengthen the body to ward off colds.  The relaxation is really what I'm craving though.  I want to go to Japan in December just to take a yuzu bath.  That is not practical right now so I  made TOJI so I could pretend!  A citrus similar to grapefruit, yuzu is floated in steaming hot tubs of water.  The hiba wood from the bath mats brings forth the wet warmth of cedar to intertwine with the brightness of the yuzu.  I tend to visualize scent and TOJI looks like liquid gold and soft brown mist winding around one another, like an intimate dance.  Main notes are yuzu, hiba and hinoki.


  TOJI will be available this Friday thru Sunday at Open for Business.  Portland stores will have Toji the following week.  This is a limited edition fragrance for now so it won't be available on the website.  I will decide whether it will join the line up based upon it's reception.  A free bottle of TOJI will be given away this weekend.  Twitter will offer up the info so stay alert.  Sorry out of town folks, this will be a live action giveaway.

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Open Studio

 Come by the Towne Storage building tonight and pay a visit to OLO's new studio.  I haven't even hung the curtains or done anything to make the space pretty so don't judge!

Towne Storage 17 SE 3rd Ave #408

Saturday, November 3rd from 6-10pm 



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Cedar & Rose

 The new Cedar & Rose perfume is now in Portland stores.  It's on the way to Nashville and San Francisco this week and will premiere in LA next month.  Cedar & Rose will be a permanent fixture on the website starting in 2013.  Until then, customers are welcome to email me directly to purchase a bottle.  OLO will be including a free 1ml sample of Cedar & Rose with each online order through the end of November.  You also have the opportunity to win a 9ml bottle.  Check Reading My Tea Leaves for details. Thanks to all you persistent ladies that kept on me to make the hair tonic fragrance into a perfume.  I finally did it!

   I'm off to San Francisco so all OLO Fragrance orders placed the 24th-28th will ship Monday the 29th. Enjoy the week!

 

Best,

Heather







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Changes for Fall

 

  It’s been forever since I’ve written anything on this blog.  I’ve had a ton of stuff going on so I’m just going to go through the list!

  New website.  Finally.  I’m not into computers so this was a painful process.  It has pictures and some words.  You are able to click buttons in order to send me money in exchange for perfume.  Websites get the job done.

  Tubes.  Your perfume now comes in tubes.  You take the perfume out of the tube and most likely throw the tube away. I’ve heard you can keep change in the tube.  That’s handy.

  New smells.  Cedar & Rose.  People have been asking me to make a cedar and rose perfume since way back when I released the argan oil hair tonic.  I’ve been working on it on and off but I felt like I kept making it too complex.  It always strayed too far from the popular hair concoction.  Customers honestly just wanted a perfume version of the hair tonic so that’s finally what I did!  Email me directly if you want a bottle because it probably won’t be on the website anytime soon.  If you live in Portland, the Cedar & Rose perfume can be found at Nationale, Palace and Beam & Anchor.  I will also be including samples with all online orders for the month of November.

  Collaborations.  OLO and 2550 Degrees Artisanal Candles will be releasing a candle/perfume gift set on November 25th at Open for Business. If you are not familiar with this line of candles you are missing out.  Black tea, a hand rolled cigarette and a mossy window sill, Clive is my dream candle.  They are exactly what I would try to make if I took on candle making. Jason Linscott and I met last February at an event and we are so the same! We set up next to each other for the day and have been playing smells ever since.  Our collaborative set will capture the moment you step out from the forest and catch the combination of the ocean and the trees mingling in the air.  It's one of my favorite things about the Oregon coast and I can't wait for this release!  We still haven't named it, sorry.

   Events.  I've managed to only commit to two events this holiday season.  I can't begin to express how proud I am of myself! I did way too many last year so boundaries have been set in 2012.  I am co-curating Open for Business again this year with Alison Hawley from Nice Work.  We started OFB last year on Black Friday as a way to kick off the shopping season.  Located at the Cleaners, with support from the Ace Hotel, Open for Business aims to showcase gift ideas from makers far and near. There will be a special item on sale from the Ace Hotel as well as their exclusive Pearl+ soaps.  I will launch my candle/perfume gift set as well as bringing DEUX room spray back!  Keep an eye on the OFB website to see who else will be participating.  Portland Bazaar is taking place again this December 8th and 9th and OLO Fragrance will be there too!


  OLO Headquarters.  The big leap has been made.  I've spent the last three years working from a tiny room in my home, dodging the threat of a hostile take over of my office by Britches and Hoover (my cats) and generally tripping all over myself.  I've taken over every closet and ruined every rug.  I actually really enjoy working from home but changes needed to be made in order to grow.  OLO is now located at the Towne Storage building on SE 3rd, next to the Burnside bridge.  Lovely neighbors include  Anja Verdugo, Keegan Meegan & Co, Yo Vintage and Summerland to name a few!  It's so luxurious to have a place for all my supplies, to be able to sit down and work without having to think about where I'm going to move things to make room.  Thank you all for supporting OLO and making it possible for this business to grow and thrive.  I'm so grateful to be able to do this full time and I really do appreciate all the kindness that's been show to me.

  XO,

Heather






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August Giveaway

Leisure Nomad video

The last few months have been busy for OLO. New packaging, new website and a few collaborations and new scents in the works. I've also been preoccupied looking for a new space. I have completely neglected my blog and my monthly giveaways. So sorry!

I will be giving away a 9ml bottle of Leisure Nomad. This collaborative scent made it's debut in May 2011. Leisure Nomad was inspired by my friends who manage to constantly travel to distances both great and small. I often receive text messages or phone calls asking if I want to spend the day in the gorge or go to Larch Mountain to hunt mushrooms or somewhere I've never even heard of to pick sage. I'm always impressed by these people, their ability to use the most of their free time to explore and still manage to earn a living. Somehow.

To enter, simply comment here, Instagram @olofragrance or Twitter your favorite leisure nomad spot. Where do you go? Do you get all mystical in some field in the middle of nowhere? Is some off the beaten path trail your special place? I may draw a name at random or I may select my favorite. Winner announced Friday, August 17th!

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