A friend of mine recently asked me why I don’t like vanilla in perfume, even though it is one of the most universally-liked notes out there. Not liking it eliminates a staggering number of perfumes right off the bat. One of the fragrance wheel theories says it is the base for all orientals, so that is a whole class right there. Yet I love vanilla as a flavor (I will take vanilla ice cream or cake over chocolate any day.) But the question got me to thinking about the real why behind this.
I'm fortunate in my friends. Besides the samples I've bought, I've been given many more - some several years ago and many more, lately.
When I had a couple of dozen samples, I kept them in boxes. Filling the boxes about half full of little plastic pellets lets the samples stand up nicely. (I originally saw this idea suggested by 30roses.) But now I have more than 100 sample bottles and
So I've finally gotten around to testing out the sample I got months ago of Miss Dior Cherie. I was testing mostly because I rolled my eyes when strawberry was a listed note in the new Valentino Valentina scent and wanted to test the note in other frags before I committed to such haughty dislike. So here goes...
A notes list for MDC on Basenotes includes mandarin, strawberry leaf, violet, jasmine, caramel popcorn, wild strawberry sorbet, musk, and patchouli.
Originally Posted by Chris Bartlett
I thought it might be helpful to list some of the aroma chemicals that I find most useful, most often, in no particular order:
Synthetic Ambergris - there are several and I use one in many, many accords I make
Iso E Super - adds a unique diffusive quality to many accords. IFRA limits this to 20% but that's more than you are ever likely to want to use anyway - I find 2% is plenty in a finished product (that's 2% of the total product not 2% of the aromatics, just to be clear)
Originally Posted by sarıpatates
Asking for things not tested on animals, and without animal products is ok. But please don't call them cruelty-free in a place where not everyone shares your ethical views.
Otherwise I may call the ones that are tested on animals stupid-free.
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