Originally Posted by artandolfaction
We're working with an artist who is requesting some very specifically evocative notes for a scent she is conceiving of. We're a bit lost on these components, and thought maybe someone wiser might have a clue of what we should try.
- warm deserty dust/dirt: we're thinking of using a mitti attar, but does anyone know of any aromachemical components that could elicit the same sort of response?
- old hot vinyl (as in an overheated car): people say labdanum. any other suggestions?
- sweat (human): do you guys think cumin is the right choice for this?
And thank you!
Warm Deserty / Dust / Dirt
I'd go with these to start with and pick from: Geosmin, Humus Ether, Mahogonate, Terrasol, Terranol, Mitti Attar, and Mitti Vetiver, possibly with a bit of vegetal odor of Creosote bush tincture.
Old Hot Vinyl, don't have too many suggestions, As I'd have to do too much research for you to answer you. But you could have a Headspace GC-MS done of that, and start there...
Sweat: Aldron, Salt Accord, Cumin (yes), plus some animalic musks like Tonquitone.
If you're really stuck, drive on out to my Perfumarium and come play... 5 south to 91 East, to 15 South, exit Railroad Canyon Road in Lake Elsinore, then six miles east. Bring a Hat, It's HOT!