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  1. Sample Choir

    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 ...
  2. Miss Dior Cherie - Strawberry Oh Wow!

    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.

    On the ...
    Tags: dior, strawberry
  3. Useful "starter" aromachemicals

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Bartlett View Post
    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)
  4. Vegan conundrum....

    Quote Originally Posted by sarıpatates View Post
    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.
  5. Providence Perfume Co.

    This is my first natural perfume from Providence Perfume Co. I have a pot of Chiffonade solid perfume for which their website lists the notes as:
    Violet Leaf

    What I get is mostly orris and basil with hints of other green-ness that I assume is the violet leaf or other herbs and some floral which must be the mimosa and iris. The herbal notes diminish first, but the orris does not and it gets sweeter as I wear it. It is very ...
    Tags: chiffonade
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