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  1. Elf's Compendium of Notes 6- Chinese Star Anise

    Certain spices remind me immediately of particular places, and star anise is one of those that immediately remind me of China and Japan. Today Iíve put some Chinese Star Anise (Illicium verum) steam distilled EO in the heater, and itís wafting evocatively around the living room. Star anise is a small native evergreen tree of southwest China. The star shaped seeds are harvested just before ripening. Star anise is used in Chinese, Japanese, and Indian cuisine, among others. Itís one of the main ingredients ...
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  2. Elf's Compendium of Notes 5- Seville Lavender

    I have a collection of lavender essential oils and absolutes, all of them subtly different from each other, yet recognizably lavender. However, one is a real weirdo. Itís called Seville Lavender, or Lavandula luisieri, and itís grown in Spain and Portugal. Its blooms are collected in the spring. The plant is left intact, so this is a sustainable harvest practice.

    The absolute is viscous and a dark caramel color. It has a very rasin-like odor, with a strong hint of Fig Newton! There ...
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  3. Elf's Compendium of Notes 4- Massoia Bark

    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 ...
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  4. Elf's Compendium of Notes 3- Auranone

    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 ...
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  5. Elf's Compendium of Notes 2 - Choya Nakh

    Today's note is a new one I've been experimenting with. It's also known as one of the big stinkies. Choya Nakh. It's made in India by roasting seashells (that's right, from the beach) in a clay vessel that's designed with a top lid and a gooseneck on the side. Choyas have been made for many thousands of years, probably before the age of metals. There are several varieties, all dark, mysterious, and smoky as Hades. A long roasting session in the clay pot yields drops of choya on the gooseneck side, ...
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