My tiny bottle of essential oil of Crytptocarya massoia bark from Indonesia has not gotten much use yet, and this hard-to-find, and very unusual note, takes getting used to. But itís a lot of fun getting used to it. Warm, buttery, and intense, massoia dominates a composition in the same way vetiver does. Even in a very weak dilution, once you know the smell, you can say, ďThatís massoia in there!Ē This is because C. massoia essential oil is full of lactones, which are only found in a handful of
Chapter 1 of Avery Gilbertís What the Nose Knows provides a brief history of smell classification systems. Careful examination, especially by psychologists, has found problems with all of them. But still we all try to describe what we smell. Without words, fragrance reviews would be much simpler. I can imagine 1 to 5 smiley faces for how much I like a fragrance or a similar range for frowns. It would certainly save room. But Iím trying to train myself to recognize and appreciate more smells.
Full disclosure: I am one of those 40%-ers that are anosmic to many synthetic musks. This can be quite limiting in the lab! Auranone solved this problem for me (along with a few others) so I thought I'd blog about a few of them.
Auranone is a musk base by Firmenich. It's become my favorite white musk basenote. Here are the notes about it from the Perfumer's Apprentice's website:
Strong yet delicate musk blend with fine floral notes.
Auranone is a subtle assemblage
Iím alive, and in fact have been writing all this time, albeit in smaller, 140-character chunks on my Twitter account. So what happened after that fateful evening of March 15th? Well, an hour or two after writing that, I sent a message to a member on Basenotes named exquisitely_me, and the message saidÖ
ďWhatís new with you? Ē
The conversationís been going on for over two months since then, and Iíve discovered some new things, namely that I love this girl
Never seen a forum like this! There is so much to read about perfumes! That's like a treat!
I have a strong affinity for perfumes, can't live without them. I recently went to a Marcus Evans organized conference, and I was greeted with the smell of luxury, though the mixing really did not make it good!
I'm getting to know the forum better. I like the look of things here.
But I am not really confident if I would really find someone to talk with! I
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