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October 08, 2008



Wendy, if I could make a suggestion - not having smelled the perfume you cite: tone it down a bit with the intense essences. Most of the ones you've chosen are a 4 or 5 on an intensity scale of 1-5. Amyris, copaiba balsam, maybe even some linden blossom absolute could soften the edges while adding body. You could also make tinctures of the intense stuff, much in the way you did with the wormwood - maybe a 2% oakmoss, 5% clove, benzoin, labdanum etc. Less, yes, is so often more ;-)


Woo-hoo! You did it!!

Somebody--Ayala / SmellyBlog?--just recently mentioned how one of her conjurings improved with age. Might be interesting to see if you are onto something with that.

Having not descended into a laboratory myself, I sure did enjoy this virtual peek over your shoulder. Now, I'll be off imagining both your formula, and the magical transformative power of a drop of amber gris....


Anya, thanks for stopping by, and becoming my first subscriber too! Funny that all of my essences are so high on the intensity scale, that's just what I like instinctively, and More is More is my motto! But a Lite version is definitely in the offing, and I'll take your suggestions to heart. Mmmm Linden Absolute sounds wonderful, and just what I need in lieu of more Lavender. Sadly I'm such a dilettante, I probably won't get to it for ages, but you'll know when I do!

Sorry to say that my OB tincture has been recycled, as it didn't "deliver" enough in three distillations (is that the right term?). I'm to much of a quick and dirty perfectionist to continue with it, not an ideal personality for a pro perfumer I know, but luckily I am a Hobbyist! I am the same way with my baking, luckily I get good results anyway!

My roasted coffee tincture worked out well immediately, now what to do with it? Perhaps it would like some Wormwood?


Scentself, nice to see you, you ARE my most loyal reader!

I think that Mandy Aftel talks about letting scents meld for a while in her book, it makes sense, no? The idea that Le Labo makes all of their scents up for you "fresh" seems counterintuitive to me, although many of their essences seem to be synthetic, so their protocol probably makes less of a difference.

Here is the exact quote from LT's blog Perfume Notes, dated almost three years ago, those were the days!

"OK, simple experiment: back of right hand, Yardley's lavender, 2 spritzes. Left hand, Yardley's lavender 2 spritzes +1 spritz ambergris. Result: the left hand still smells like lavender, but much stronger, more complex and in 3-D. Like switching from little speakers to big electrostatics. Small wonder people value the stuff !
Posted by: LT | November 30, 2005 at 05:35 PM"


It's amazing what ambergris can do to perfume and it's one of those rare essences that smell astoundingly wonderful by itself (at least I think so myself). It's great that you have done it and congrats on your perstistance! And bypassing Lite is always commentable in this day and age.

(and btw, you've been tagged:

Best! :-)


Helg, how nice, I've never been tagged before! And Dain too, I must head over there, didn't know she had a new blog (to me anyway) I must update my links someday, I'm such a slothful blogger -- I'll do my tag post tomorrow!

Yes, Lite is generally anathema to me too, but I have noticed how changing the intensity of perfume concoctions brings out and tamps down certain elements, and I'm just plain curious about how my primitive stuff fares.

Ambergris on its own, I remember hating it, let's see........................yep, it's WAY too fecal for me, yow!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


wendy, great to see you this weekend and spend some sniffing time together. hey, you did the absinthe, awesome! i have some suggestions, feel free to come by the studio after your journeys and we can do some experiments together with the plethora of aromatics here.
YES maturing makes a HUGE difference, especially with the formula you've created.


Roxana, thanks so much for the generous offer, I'll have to take you up on it after my trip, OK? And I can't wait to try your Absinthe, maybe it's time to resurrect it!


I'm fascinated by the process and would love to come and play- if only to sniff..


you're tagged. Sorry


Wendy, I'm the third one to tag you, now you've really got to do this!


Hey, if you're having folks over to play in the absinthe laboratory...aw, well, I can't go that far. But tell us about it!! :)


I'm going to give this a try once I get my vacation leave. As a perfume hobbyist, I never really gone that far. I only follow strictly what is on the recipe book and use the essences that are available in the market. This gives me an idea to have my own experiment.


Make Homemade Fragrances


H, T & D, I promise I'll do my tagged blog this week, before I leave for 6 weeks!

Scentself, I'll be sure to report on any other sniffers, but don't expect too much from my homemade brew, I'm probably the only one who likes it, everyone else has much more sophisticated noses I suspect!

Bobby, I'm curious to hear how you do with the proper ingredients, please report back!


What a wonderful experiment! Ambergris tincture with another note...I must try this. And how awesome that LT gave you your tincture. There's something to keep for posterity...

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