The thing I love about perfume the most is not actually scent itself but the people it has brought into my life. Not just the amazing friends I’ve met but also those I only interact with online and the wider community as a whole. I feel very grateful to be part of this very special group of perfume people and I am touched by their kindness and generosity over and over again.
So when I heard that Tama Blough – perfume lover and Managing Editor for CaFleureBon – had been diagnosed with incurable cancer, I was very affected by it even though I’ve never had any direct contact with her. That’s because, quite simply, she is one of us.
Unsurprisingly the fragrance community swung into action at this sad news. A fellow long-time Now Smell This commenter, Nina Zolotow, set up a GiveForward campaign to raise the $20,000 needed to pay for Tama’s health care and living expenses. These funds will enable her to remain at home (with her cat Buster) for as long as possible.
Happily the response has been amazing so far but a final push is needed to reach the target.
The Editor of CaFleureBon, Michelyn Camen, also came up with a lovely idea to raise funds. She approached perfumer Tanja Bochnig to produce a limited edition April Aromatics fragrance in Tama’s honour.
The rose is Tama’s favourite flower so the perfume is fittingly called San Francisco Rose. It is an all-natural, high quality fragrance and by all accounts it is a beautiful, grown-up rose. All profits go towards the Fundraiser.
Ingredients: Rose Otto from Turkey, Rose absolute from Bulgaria, Orris Root from France, Hibiscus Seed from Ecuador, Tonka Bean from Brazil, Sandalwood from India, Patchouli from Sumatra and a touch of Oud from Saudi Arabia.
Price: $138.00 (111.00 Euros) for 30ml Eau de Parfum, available at April Aromatics.
So at this special time of year, please consider contributing to the GiveForward Fundraiser or purchasing San Francisco Rose for yourself or as a present for someone else.
If you’re a blogger please think about writing a post to raise awareness about Tama’s situation, not least because GiveForward will contribute $25 for every blog post (up to a maximum of $1,000).
A great big thank you in advance for any help you’re able to give.