Great to have a resource like this around, and thanks for everyone's time and attention in advance.
I'm a newbie, but I do have a bit of a science background, having done some undergraduate organic and bio-chemistry.
I've been playing around with some absolutes, aromachemicals, and premade accords from PA. I'm using FCO as my solvent.
Made a very successful wood accord based on vetiver and sandalwood, and also made a perfect simulacrum of Molecule 01 with Iso E and FCO (although I note the FCO muct be slightly more viscous as it sprays from the atomiser funny, and also dries more slowly).
Struggling with the leather accord. It is the one from PA and contains okaumal, castoreum, pharaone, styrax, ebanol, hercolyn and safraleine. I find it a bit strident. Reminds me of the base note of VC & A pH, which I don't like so much. I want to make it "warmer" somehow, more like Cuir de Russie (if that's possible!). Would musk and animalics help? I was thinking of adding cetalox and/ or cosmone. Was also considering synthetic civet, although after last night's disaster would have to dilute it down a lot more.
Any other suggestions for mellowing a leather accord?
On a side note, I'm also struggling to get the cetalox crystals to dissolve. Should I assume this is because I am using FCO instead of ethanol?
Are there any other major disadvantages to using FCO, apart from the slight viscosity issues? I know that it also won't mix with oils carried in ethanol.