A DIY blind challenge just for fun... if you have NOT smelt SL Filles et Aguilles, it's really good
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Fille the Fourth
A haphazard journey into the woods.
so as I sat reading the various briefs posted by BN members, I came to a few decisions.
1. I definitely did not want my scent to be of a pine sol-y nature.
2. I had to capture some sort of camp fire with which is being fed by aromatic woods
3. I had no Idea what Huate concentree meant as far as blending goes (since then I've diluted most of my oils to 15%)
4. I need to figure out how to get fresh bakery goods into the mix?
thanks to the limited reading material I have I started with my base (a side note fourth denotes which blending variant I created)
For my base I started building my childhood memories of a camp site. earthy, smoky and cool
my blend notes show that I have
Fossilized amber oil
I used Sri Lankan Vetiver as I found it to be a cooling earthy note with a fleeting hint of vegetation.
I followed with Atlas cedar, as cedars are one of those trees that I readily assume inhabit most forests and provide a clean mountainous note along with the intro to my incense note which I figured would be emanating from a freshly kindled campfire
also included in the incense note is a bit of Frankincense I loved it's spicy sappy nature.
I went heavy when mixing this to try to capture something of a source for warmth in an other wise cooling landscape.
Finally to cap the base off I added the fossil amber oil, mine was obtained from Eden bot. and they claim theirs is sourced from broad leafed trees, which in turn lends to more of a resinous and smoky notes, with less of a harsh turpentine note.
for my heart chords I figured I would need to come up with an amalgamation of notes that would mimic fresh pastry and dried fruit. to be honest I was at a loss for almost a month then I devised the following blend
Tobacco leaf abs
Orris has some thing of a sparkling quality to it that I can't describe well, I can say that if anything I had found that it imparts some thing of a fatty, creamy note, but at the same time it doesn't weigh things down in low concentrations.
I used this as my premise for a rich deep note, it probably actually is what caused the linear nature in my scent.
After this I was left to search for a several notes that could carry both dried fruits and also pastry.
Hay absolute. provided a sweet moist jammy note, but being hay, it had something an herbaceous quality, with some kind of slight animalic barnyard nuance.
I coupled it with Bulgarian lavender which in my mind has some kind of warm sweet slightly spicy nature, also the floral nature helps to push the sugary bits I needed for
for both ends of the brief.
I captured more of the spiciness using clove bud oil, but some where in the oil I always picked up a tangyness that in the end helped push my idea of dried honey fruits unfortunately there's a problem with the fact that clove bud likes to dominate every thing, and I found this out every time i tried a blend, this time i think I got it almost right.
Tobacco leaf absolute is an interesting addition to anything and if you go heavy with the dilution of this Absolute you can get a really thick and sweet note out of it. I used this as the final component to the honeyed dry fruit/ fresh pastry notes
Getting into the head notes I actually had a solid Idea of where I wanted to go with the introduction, the problem presented itself when I finally sampled the pine EO's. turns out that most of them have a woody/pulpy note in them, so
clary sage 50%
the blend of conifers was how I got around the whole lumber yard-ish-ness that I was encountering, especially the silver fir. I actually didn't care for it so it remained in there as a trace to the trio. I found kessia pine was resinous and fresh and it's the key to my pine body.
mandarin green and peppermint were the other constituents to the pine scent. I can't figure it out but when I smell pine I get some kind of bright citrus-y note and the peppermint was an after thought used in slight moderation to push a little bit of a green note on the end of this chord, I actually don't know if it shows through as much as I was hoping it did but that's the gist of it, to be perfectly honest I was looking for my note book and couldn't find it yesterday but I did find this on my laptop and remembered most of the information. However, when I do find the notebook I will post the actual numbers and updated elements of the scent.