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  • 1st June 2010, 11:13 PM

    Re: High Fibre Fragrances (or How I Discovered Natural Perfume)

    My apologies, it seems I confused the author of the article with another I'd had a long (and conflicting) conversation about naturals with some time ago.....
    I am delighted to find people happily blogging about naturals now though! A few years back we were still the outcasts of the perfume world!

    Your description truly brings Ayala's lovelies to life! I can almost smell them off the page!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ambrosiawomble View Post
    Nice to see you've finally stepped out and discovered how wonderful naturals can be!
    Lat time I read one of your posts you were insisting it couldnt be done...grin!
    If you want to try some more, I'll happily send you some more little bottled adventures from down under Australia!

    my online natural perfumery
    my natural perfumeing blogspot
  • 31st May 2010, 09:51 AM

    Re: High Fibre Fragrances (or How I Discovered Natural Perfume)

    Nice to see you've finally stepped out and discovered how wonderful naturals can be!
    Lat time I read one of your posts you were insisting it couldnt be done...grin!
    If you want to try some more, I'll happily send you some more little bottled adventures from down under Australia!

    my online natural perfumery
    my natural perfumeing blogspot
  • 30th May 2010, 12:45 PM
  • 29th May 2010, 09:30 PM
    Tony the Tiger
    Very interesting article. I appreciate all-natural fragrances a lot and it would be great to have a sniff and samples of Ayalas wonderful creations. I haven't tried any of them yet, but if I'm lucky now I have chance to try them. Keep up the good work!
  • 24th May 2010, 11:33 AM
    My research in naturals led me to here by chance. I am a beginner in the greater scheme of things and I have a natural reluctance to go towards the aromachemicals when there is so much to be learned within the natural sphere. I would be most interested to smell and learn from the work of someone who has the longer experience and dedication to this than me.
  • 20th May 2010, 10:22 PM
    Ah yes, Ayala is still terra incognita to me, which really needs to change. Thanks for reminding me of how interesting and competent her work is - and now I want to win that set, of course, like everybody else :).
  • 20th May 2010, 07:27 PM
    Les Nuages de Joie Jaune sounds wonderful.:rolleyesold:
  • 19th May 2010, 12:10 AM

    Re: High Fibre Fragrances (or How I Discovered Natural Perfume)

    Quote Originally Posted by lightgreen22 View Post
    I brought a sample of Song of Solomon to my Pentateuch class

    I love your fragrances :)
    Was it Torah-worthy? :)

    I have just recently gotten into natural frags and I am loving them. I only have tried a few and would love to try more. They are much more calm to my nose--as in less headache-inducing. Wonderful!
  • 17th May 2010, 10:44 PM
    I brought a sample of Song of Solomon to my Pentateuch class

    I love your fragrances :)
  • 17th May 2010, 10:40 PM
    Simply beautiful! These are now on my "to smell" list!
  • 17th May 2010, 05:00 PM
    Great article! I have to say, my own experiences with natural perfumes have been underwhelming--usually they smell nice, but rather simplistic. Generally they seem to be just 3 or 4 essential oils mixed together, something which I can easily do myself much cheaper. These, however, sound wonderful. I wouldn't know which to choose to try, and the price is unfortunately a little steep for my budget, so I would l LOVE to win this set!
  • 17th May 2010, 06:41 AM
    Great read, thanks for the article.

    Definitely need to try out the vetiver from the sounds of it.
  • 17th May 2010, 06:02 AM
    Renee M
    I can't wait to try some of Ayala's perfumes and have read about them in the past (maybe from Etsy)? It's inspiring to see successful perfumers who keep natural!
  • 16th May 2010, 07:05 AM
    I haven't had the pleasure of sampling her fragrances but, I definitely would like to do that in the future.
  • 16th May 2010, 04:36 AM
    I've never sampled anything from this house. Would like to win the drawing so I can rectify that.
  • 15th May 2010, 06:15 PM
    Wonderful article. I hope to sample Ayala's work someday!
  • 14th May 2010, 07:28 PM
    I love the real smell captured in a bottle and whoever does that is a real magician!!Well done! :thumbsup:
  • 14th May 2010, 06:57 PM
    Thank you for this unique opportunity! I hope I'll be winner! I lust for this sample set of Ayala!
  • 14th May 2010, 03:09 PM
    I'd love to try something from her line!
  • 14th May 2010, 02:24 PM
    Um, I like whole-wheat pasta. So much better than the white-flour, Wonder-bread-like mushy stuff. I'm not a long-haired hippie either. And I certainly don't carry any prejudices against so-called "natural" perfumes just because they carry that moniker.
  • 14th May 2010, 02:09 PM
    This is a great article. Thanks for enlightening me!
  • 14th May 2010, 01:22 PM
    I enjoyed reading about Ayala's perfumes and I would love to try it.
  • 14th May 2010, 10:11 AM
    Thanks for this excellent read; I haven't been fortunate enough to sample any of Ayala Moriel's fragrances, unfortunately, and this article makese the yearning worse by listing fragrances based on some of my favourite smells: Vetyver and Lavender. Argh... This is saying how much I'd love winning the set... fingers crossed!
  • 14th May 2010, 08:10 AM

    Re: High Fibre Fragrances (or How I Discovered Natural Perfume)

    I liked the article very much; I found the descriptions hugely helpful since for me and many others, natural perfumery is merely a great idea but harder to find done well. In my quest to move away from the larger commercial perfumes I have been wearing Penhaligons but this is just the start.

    Over the years I have become more aware of the ingredients we put on our bodies and how many of them are questionable (that's saying it mildly) for having read that perfume houses can hide up to 28 ingredients under the name 'fragrance' which is just another word for concealment. Many of these ingredients are either totally unethical or just plain nasty. I've been curious about this ever since I started to develop allergies to fragrances I have previously worn for years and having gone back to them, have spent 2 days sneezing and with headache. One criminal for this is Coco Chanel, also top of the list for most undeclared and questionable ingredients.

    My other reason is the growing sense that commercial fragrances in their quest for mass production are producing fragrances with a certain lack of realism. One reviewer picked up on a rose scent as coming over as plastic like; when would rose ever smell like this? So the only answer seems to be the sensitive development of natural fragrances which respect the rareness of some ingredients, instead seeking different elements to use.

    Lastly my quest for a pure spice perfume goes on and I believe will only be found in natural perfume. Spices provide such wondrous, quality and lasting notes, when I crush and cook with them, I wonder why it's never been done well before. Maybe it has, I shall make a note to find Epice Sauvage. Somewhere, someday I will find perfumes which reminds me of the spice markets in Delhi and the tea stalls in Luxor.
  • 14th May 2010, 06:23 AM
    Natural perfumery is always a hit or miss with me. Reading this article on Ayala's natural perfumes, I am sure they are a hit, I would love to sample them.
  • 14th May 2010, 05:40 AM
    There is no reason why natural perfumes shouldn't be just as good or better than synthetic ones. If you get someone who is a good enough nose the scents could be masterpieces.

    I have dabbled in natural perfumery myself, and would love to try some of Ayala's scents.

    Interesting article, I wonder how my picky nose will perceive these fragrances.
  • 14th May 2010, 02:54 AM
    Ayala I love your fragrances, I even brought a sample of Song of Solomon to my Pentateuch class. I really love it and i'm now happily saving up for a full bottle:thumbsup:
    I really must go to Vancouver again I went as a child and it was BeautIFUL
  • 14th May 2010, 01:05 AM
    Cool article. Would love to sample these scents.
  • 14th May 2010, 12:18 AM
    I'd love to sample these alongside the article! Thanks for introducing me to Ayala's line and blog.
  • 13th May 2010, 11:07 PM
    The fragrances sound lovely. How strange that we've gotten to the point where the idea of smelling what we smell, made from the real thing, would seem novel - I love that idea!
  • 13th May 2010, 11:01 PM
    I've had little experience with natural perfumes, so this set would come in handy... It'd be interesting to explore this new world.
  • 13th May 2010, 05:28 PM
    Another great article by Walker! Although I haven't tried any of her fragrances, I wonder how nice they must be!
  • 13th May 2010, 05:28 PM
    Nice article indeed! Oh I wish...
  • 13th May 2010, 05:07 PM
    Loved the article, very curious on trying Ayala's fragrances. I hope I'll be the lucky one to win the fragrance set:thumbsup:
  • 13th May 2010, 03:54 PM
    These sound really interesting. I've always been interested in trying natural fragrances, but was worried that the individual raw ingredients would combine into fragrances that would be way too overpowering. Your review of Ayala's seem to suggest otherwise. I'm especially interested in Espionage. I hope I win the giveaway!
  • 13th May 2010, 01:05 PM
    Nice article! I'm curious to try them too :)
  • 13th May 2010, 12:29 PM
    Only good words. Now I want to try Ayala's perfumes.:vrolijk_26:
  • 13th May 2010, 12:06 PM
    Love the concept. Dying to try them. Hope this gives me the chance
  • 13th May 2010, 11:28 AM
    Wonderful article - I'm anxious to try this line! I hope the trend toward natural fragrances continues; there is something so primal about our reaction to pure scents from nature. Thank you, Ayala, for your dedicated passion!
  • 13th May 2010, 11:21 AM
    Awesome:P I want to win.
  • 13th May 2010, 04:09 AM
    I have long believed that the cure for cancer lies somewhere in nature -- a root, a bark, the toenails of a Madagascar insect, or some such. I also believe the best smells are in nature -- grilled meats, roasting peanuts, cake baking in the oven, etc. It is about time that more people get involved in aromatherapy, IMO, and the more natural the scent/scent ingredients, the better! Congrats, Ayala for bringing nature into your products!
  • 13th May 2010, 03:47 AM
    Wonderful, wonderful read....

    I totally agree with your reviews of Arbitrary and Bon Zai. I'm wearing Arbitrary right now as a matter of fact.

    I'm a fan of Ayala Sender's perfumes, and this article reminded me that it's time to try a few more. Maybe I'll get lucky and win this sample package...
  • 13th May 2010, 03:35 AM
    These scents sound very intriguing, I'd like a chance to try them out!
  • 13th May 2010, 01:26 AM
    These are scents whose descriptions and lists of ingredients I would enjoy sampling. I respect, even from a distance, people (in this case, Ayala) who obviously take pleasure and care in their work.
  • 12th May 2010, 11:49 PM
    Wow, I learned something! Thank you.
  • 12th May 2010, 10:30 PM
    Thank you for the lovely article.
  • 12th May 2010, 10:28 PM
    Walker, thank you for the terrific article. I haven't smelled any of Ayala's perfumes in person, but I have been to her website and dreamed of the way they smell. Your descriptions and impressions help me to 'see' how each fragrance lives - starts, finishes, fades....
  • 12th May 2010, 09:23 PM
    Really love the description of all the frags, I'd really love to try Vetiver Racinettes, and then the rest of the line. Hope I can win this one.
  • 12th May 2010, 08:32 PM
    Thanks for the detailed descriptions. Clearly I need to rethink natural perfumes.
  • 12th May 2010, 08:13 PM

    Re: High Fibre Fragrances (or How I Discovered Natural Perfume)

    I don't eat grains at all, so no pasta... But I do like perfumes.

    It's wonderful that natural perfumery is getting more attention as a viable alternative!
  • 12th May 2010, 08:04 PM
    I've already ordered some samples but a whole set would be fantastic!
  • 12th May 2010, 07:43 PM
    P.s. I'm sure you won't be shocked to learn that I love whole wheat pasta ;-)
  • 12th May 2010, 07:41 PM
    Dear Walker,
    Thank you so much for a wonderful article!
    Hopefully I'll get to meet you in person when visit Vancouver next :-)

    Dear Basenoters,
    Thank you so much for the wonderful comments and ongoing support. If it wasn't for you I would have never been able to be where I'm at now - this forum has always been so much fun with your fresh (mostly) male perspective on the world of fragrance. And you've always been very kind to me.

    I just wanted to clarify something about the giveaway - it's not a sample set, it's a coffret of 8 miniatures (4ml each) of the scents that Walker experienced and wrote about here. They come in an adorable little rectangular splash bottle and easy to carry around. Epice Sauvage might be a good choice if you are worried about running into a savage bear in the forest (just splash it in their face and run for your life ;-).
  • 12th May 2010, 06:47 PM
    Thanks Walker for sharing your story of how you discovered Natural Perfume. The Fragrance Foundation FIFI Awards need Natural Perfumery category; Ayala scent’s would be a top contender and has my vote.:thumbup:
  • 12th May 2010, 06:11 PM
    What an absolute gem of an article! I could imagine every scent you described and it just made me want to bury my nose in those vials exactly as you did before you knew better and gave yourself a sensory overload!

    Just like you, I love the thought that the ingredients list in a fragrance actually came from the materials stated, and not merely conjured up in a flask in a sterile lab. I've only just been recently introduced to Ayala's shop, and alas, have not had the luxury of sniffing any personally yet. I can't wait to get my hands on some samples now, after your wonderful descriptions!
  • 12th May 2010, 06:08 PM
    I really love her wares. Really beautiful stuff.
  • 12th May 2010, 05:56 PM
    As a natural perfumer in the making, I was very encouraged and creatively inspired by this article. I, too, thought that "natural" equated with smelling like a hippie from the '70s until I smelled some botanical scents for myself. I had the same reaction as some other's here. The depth in them goes way beyond merely "smelling good." They are somehow a connection with the deepest sensuality of life itself. The complexity (in the hands of a skillful perfumer) can, in my opinion, reach heights not obtainable with synthetics. There is something beyond words there. I have read some very good things about Ayala's scents and would love to experience them first hand.
  • 12th May 2010, 05:03 PM
    Argh, i cant wait, the end of may cant come soon enough!
  • 12th May 2010, 04:52 PM
    I cannot stand whole grain pasta and prefer to eat no pasta at all! This analogy is perfect, since I am not at all sure about all natural perfumes either.

    I loved your description of an urban quest for the right address with a 21-century web 2.0 industrial mail system induced urban happy ending. I thought Ayala was super nice for sending you a sample set and having a giveaway here.
  • 12th May 2010, 04:30 PM
    You made the best point with the pasta, as im sure you've heard. I am one of those long haired whatevers, and and now I get the other side, I couldnt for the life of me understand why everyone didnt love whole.wheat pasta. Now if I could just understand those scents, I always get such a picture in my head from descriptions, but to smell the smell myself, so different.
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