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    Re: Home study courses for perfumery?

    Irina, thanks for the info.

    Sadly, I find the holidays so depressing. I haven't been working on my perfume or my jewelry.

    This too shall pass.
  2. Re: Where to buy the best quality Benzoin Siam (STYRAX TONKINENSIS) in the U.S.?

    Thanks for the info, all!
  3. Where to buy the best quality Benzoin Siam (STYRAX TONKINENSIS) in the U.S.?

    I have benzoin from a couple of vendors and I don't think they are the best quality. Is there a U.S. vendor of quality Benzoin Siam?
  4. Re: Any acceptable substitutes for Fossilized Amber Oil?

    I bought some of the EB Fossilized Amber Oil a while ago. I just dug it out and put some on a test strip. I'm still new, so my description is probably lacking. At first sniff, it smells smoky and...
  5. Re: When your potion smells great on the test strip, but awful on you...

    Thanks!

    I do believe that some substances in the body can react badly with certain chemicals. My mother sometimes wore Emeraude. It smelled great on her. But, whenever I put it on it immediately...
  6. Re: When your potion smells great on the test strip, but awful on you...

    Thanks for the suggestions! Time to deconstruct.
  7. When your potion smells great on the test strip, but awful on you...

    I've had this a few times lately. A formula will smell really great on the test strip. Then, I put it on my wrist and it either smells awful right away or within a half hour.

    I know that different...
  8. Thread: Mango

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    Re: Mango

    Davana essential oil smells like overripe mangoes to me. It is powerful stuff!
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    Re: Love for Chypre top notes

    I love oakmoss, yet I know that there could be too much.

    I have two Oakmoss versions. The Oakmoss Absolute I have is from Eden Botanicals and is low-atronal and IFRA compliant. (Reading the...
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    Re: Love for Chypre top notes

    PK, in Chypre Accord #1, what dilution would you recommend for the Oakmoss Absolute?(Not for sale, for my own use.)
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    Re: How long have you been creating perfumes?

    Thanks for the replies!



    Another thing that got me in to creating perfumes was actually an accident. I have been creating jewelry for several years. Last summer, I injured my arm and was unable...
  12. Re: Had My First Sales Event-- my experience so far...

    Congratulations on selling your creations! What a great feeling! Maybe you could set up selling/trading small samples to Basenoters. I love scents with tobacco!

    As for the girl, next time you see...
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    How long have you been creating perfumes?

    I'm fairly new at this. I worked a bit with essential oils for aromatherapy and then became interested in fragrances. I'm curious about how long and why other Basenoters are doing this.

    How long...
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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    Thanks, PK. It is probably too much ionone.



    I didn't kvetch, whine, bitch, complain or moan. I didn't say it was no good. I just said I didn't like it.
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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    I made up a few blends using the Grojsman accord. Something in there smells "old lady" to me.

    (I'm an old lady and ought to like it but it is so blah.)
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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    I found an older BaseNotes thread with a reference to the Grojsman Accord:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/301625-Iso-E-s-introduction-in-the-fragrance-world?p=2565170&viewfull=1#post2565170
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  17. Re: Alcohol smell standout, how do I get rid off it

    The perfumer's alcohol that I bought smells awful. Almost skunky. I won't use it.

    Everclear smells fine and the odor dissipates very quickly.
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    Re: New Article

    Thanks for the link, llp! I would have missed that.
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    Re: The surreal world of the amateur perfumer

    That was a fun read. Thanks!
  20. Re: FYI: SKS Bottle database has been compromised...

    I have sent SKS an email to ask if there has been further information about the breach. Also, to ask what measures they have take to avoid a breach happening again.

    We'll see if they reply!
  21. Re: FYI: SKS Bottle database has been compromised...

    SKS never followed up with any more info about the security breach.

    You might want to give Customer Service a call to check on your order.
  22. FYI: SKS Bottle database has been compromised...

    I have purchased from this company a few times and received this email today:

    "To our Valued Customers:

    SKS Bottle and Packaging became aware of unauthorized access to customer payment data for...
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    Re: If you like charts...

    The chart in the second link is a bit larger. I enlarged it a bit more with the browser buttons for size. Of course, too much enlarging makes the fonts blurry. It is easier to read on my iPad, where...
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    If you like charts...

    I found this cool chart at: http://winefolly.com/review/taste-flavor-pairing-chart-combinations/

    which was originally posted at:...
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    Re: Fragrance pictures

    Geurlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille Eau de Parfum, Fragrantice via Google

    29747

    Geurlain link:...
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    Re: Small note on natural perfumes

    As a newbie, I'm finding this thread really interesting and illuminating. I first started out wanting to use only naturals and then decided to branch out because I didn't want to limit my palette.
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    Re: Fragrance oils

    The good thing is that many companies sell small samples of their FO's. That way you can get an idea of there are any you would use. I think most of them are in a base of DPG.

    I just got a sample...
  28. Re: Disappointment with mixing fo, eo, and aroma chemicals

    Hello Enhance. I am a newbie, too. The hard part for a newbies is that you want to get to the "fun," Nutty Professor mixing-and-blending part right away. There's nothing wrong with that.

    I try to...
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    Re: Free Fragrance Composition Software

    Another Mac user here.
  30. Thread: Scales

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    Re: Scales

    Thanks, Doc! I've done some searching and that one has been discontinued. The new gen is the Jennings/J-scale JSR-200. I don't know if it has the option to turn off the "nod off" feature like your...
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    Re: Small note on natural perfumes

    Interesting.

    I have a few all-natural formulations that I ended up not liking. The only reason I haven't discarded them is from reading the DIY board saying that they may get better with time.
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    Fixateur 505/Grisambrol...

    I was reading about Fixateur 505/Grisambrol in a book and went online to find more information. I can't seem to find any US vendors.

    Any suggestions of where to buy this in the US?
  33. Thread: Scales

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    Re: Scales

    I have two scales and they both do that. The Ozeri kitchen one takes longer to go to sleep, but it isn't as good as the American Weigh one at small amounts. I have to write things down before they...
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    Re: Beeswax Absolute!

    Thanks for the suggestions, mumsy and Odeon!
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    Beeswax Absolute!

    I had tried a sample from Eden Botanicals and ended up buying a larger size. It smells so good to me. Not really like honey or flowers, but still wonderful.

    I used it an some lip balm and a hand...
  36. Sticky: Re: DIY Suppliers List ------Editing in progress 12/2013

    Adding another vendor - Glory Bee Foods.

    http://naturalcrafts.glorybee.com/

    I bought some of their natural filtered beeswax and it smells so good. I have used it in some lip balms and a hand...
  37. Sticky: Re: Don't Add Water, Glycerin or Jojoba to Alcoholic Perfumes

    Good idea, llp!
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    Re: Male Domination of Basenotes

    I recently joined Basenotes for the DIY section. I did notice more guys than gals. Usually "craft" forums are female dominated. Either way is fine with me as I'm here for information.
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    Re: Davana and "individualistic notes"

    I haven't tried Davana on my skin yet. It has a very strong odor and I would imagine that a little goes a long way.

    To my nose, on a scent strip, Davana smells like flower & overripe mango.
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  40. Re: Propolis - various types from various places - long term experiment - samples welcome

    Here is some potentially good news (in the U.S. anyway). They are trying to help the bees.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/25/us-usa-agriculture-bees-idUSKBN0F02HR20140625

    .
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    Re: Home study courses for perfumery?

    Anya and Adam, thanks for the info and links. I will be checking them out.



    That's good to hear because it isn't much of an asset in the rest of my life. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Isobutavan - smells sour to me....

    I will try lower dilutions. After a day or so, the test strip finally started smelling something like vanilla. Time will tell how it works out in blends.



    It could be. I had read such glowing...
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    Isobutavan - smells sour to me....

    I have smelled Isobutavan at 9% dilution and at 100%. I just get a sour, semi-fruity odor. No vanilla or chocolate.

    I shoved the 9% dilution test strip under the DH's nose and he says, "Vanilla...
  44. Re: Propolis - various types from various places - long term experiment - samples welcome

    I received a reply from Y.S. Eco Bee Farms. They wrote that they source propolis from all over the U.S. and Canada and then blend it.

    Won't help your project, I think.
  45. Re: How to stop fooling around with a formula and leave it alone?

    :lolk:
  46. Re: Propolis - various types from various places - long term experiment - samples welcome

    The company that makes the propolis/honey paste is Y.S. Eco Bee Farms. They are located in Illinois.

    http://www.ysorganic.com/

    I sent them an email inquiry.
  47. Re: Propolis - various types from various places - long term experiment - samples welcome

    Mumsy, I'm glad you started this separate thread on propolis.

    You inspired me to purchase the propolis extract in honey from The Vitamin Shoppe. I have a bottle and a jar of 20% propolis/honey &...
  48. Sticky: Re: DIY Suppliers List ------Editing in progress 12/2013

    I placed my first order with Bulk Apothecary recently. Really, really slow to ship. Really slow to arrive.

    I wasn't crazy about their benzoin essential oil. Is is a bit runny even when cold,...
  49. Re: Out with it.. what is the worst blend you have ever made?

    I made Aftel's "Alchemy" blend from her book. I should have left out the ylang ylang. It smelled good until then. I realize I don't like ylang ylang. I will give it some more time to age, but don't...
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    Re: Adventures in diluting crystals...

    Thanks, Paul. I don't think I need them in bulk yet. I ordered this from Amazon and it ought to be good for now:
    ...
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    Re: Adventures in diluting crystals...

    Thanks for the replies. Very helpful!

    Yes, I now see that they are 20% dilutions. Oh, Moe!!!

    I'll make 10% and 1% dilutions.

    Um, when I get some spatulas/spoons.
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    Adventures in diluting crystals...

    I have diluted essential oils and absolutes with no trouble. But, diluting crystals made me feel like all Three Stooges at once.

    I wanted to make small 4g batches of 10% dilutions of of each of...
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    Re: Narcotic florals

    I kept reading about using "Perfumer's Alcohol," so I bought some. (Very expensive, including shipping.) I took the top off the bottle and the smell is rank. Kind of skunky even.

    High octane...
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    Re: Narcotic florals

    Thanks for the info, Mumsy!
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    Re: Narcotic florals

    Mumsy, where do you store your tinctures while you wait for them to be ready? Do you put them in a fridge or in a dark cabinet?

    Also, do you filter the tincture through a coffee filter or...
  56. Sticky: Re: Don't Add Water, Glycerin or Jojoba to Alcoholic Perfumes

    Maybe you should type that advice all in caps. ;)

    Before budding perfumers find BaseNotes DIY, they are subjected to the worst kind of "expert" advice on assorted forums and blogs. The more...
  57. Re: Natural Florals that Give me a Headache...

    Whiffing too much ylang ylang will give me a headache and even some dizziness. I have had to stop using it at all for now.
  58. Re: How to stop fooling around with a formula and leave it alone?

    Chris, your advice made me smile. I am so far away from even making fragrances for friends and giving them away for free, let alone selling them to an unsuspecting public. :)
  59. Re: How to stop fooling around with a formula and leave it alone?

    Thanks, all, for the thoughtful and helpful replies.

    I have a notebook where I write all my experiments (err, I mean "formulas"). I am still learning the best record-keeping style for me.
  60. Re: For those who refrigerate their materials...

    Thanks for the info and the links!
  61. Re: 150 yr old Sunken Treasure Perfume Article, P&F June 2014

    Thanks for the link.
  62. How to stop fooling around with a formula and leave it alone?

    I had some beginner's luck with my first perfume blend. I like how it smells now. But, with each new EO or AC I get in the mail, I keep thinking of adding to it.

    How does one avoid the "George...
  63. For those who refrigerate their materials...

    At what temperature do you set the fridge? I wouldn't think it would need to be as cold as a food fridge.
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    Re: Spikenard - yikes!

    Thanks for the replies.



    Thanks for the links. (BTW, I love the odor-able PePe LePew. L'amour, L'amour!)



    A good idea. Might be a tough sell to the DH though. Maybe for our anniversary....
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    Spikenard - yikes!

    About three weeks ago, I had ordered the Sacred Oils Sampler Pack from Eden Botanicals, along with some other oils. When the box came it smell strongly of something I couldn't identify. (I'm new and...
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    Re: Great Free PDF of a book

    Thanks! So many of the books I've been looking at about perfumery are very expensive.

    Free is always a good deal.
  67. Re: What are your favorite non-floral heart/middle note ingredients?

    Thanks, ClaraAus. Good suggestions!

    I'm not crazy about patchouli. I'm one of those who got overexposed to the stuff back in the day. ;)
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    Re: Home study courses for perfumery?

    Thanks for the info, Andria. I'm glad you are enjoying the course.

    I will look in to it. :)
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    Re: Perfume`s Ingredients

    Wow, you old-timers are a bit harsh sometimes!

    I'm an "old-timer" of over 15 years on another hobby forum. I have over 12,000 posts there. When newbies ask the same old newbie questions, I cut...
  70. Re: What are some of the most minimalist perfumes you've created?

    It's your turn, lpp. :)
  71. Re: What are some of the most minimalist perfumes you've created?

    I am new to the whole aroma chemical thing. I studied a 5% solution of Iso E Super. It is a there, but not there kind of odor. I read a post here by someone who added oakmoss to Iso E Super (both...
  72. Re: What are some of the most minimalist perfumes you've created?

    An early solid perfume experiment I made had only three ingredients: sandalwood, clary sage and bergamot. A cheerful and relaxing blend.
  73. What are some of the most minimalist perfumes you've created?

    I see the formulas for some fragrances with a dozen ore more ingredients. The other extreme, I guess, would be one-note fragrances like sandalwood.

    What are some of your minimalist perfumes with...
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    Re: Fragrance Wheel

    Thanks! Fragrance Wheels are visual aids. I like visual aids. Especially ones with colors.

    I also found this site which is helpful. No wheel, though...

    http://aromachemicals.net/

    .
  75. Re: What is meant by "incense" in a perfume?

    Thanks for the info!
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    Re: Fragrance Wheel

    Thanks for that link, mumsy.

    I sure wish there was a fragrance wheel for aroma chemicals. It is hard to remember which smells like what with the chemical names.

    (Yeah, yeah, I know, I could...
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    Re: Fragrance Wheel

    I think fragrance wheels are useful for beginners, like me, who are still learning the smells and odor classifications. The wheels add a colorful, visual element to the learning process which some...
  78. What is meant by "incense" in a perfume?

    I see the word "incense" in the descriptions of some perfumes.

    What exactly does that mean? Is it some combo of resins, woods and/or balsams?
  79. Re: What are your favorite non-floral heart/middle note ingredients?

    Thanks, all!

    Mumsy, I spend part of the time learning the ingredients individually and part of the time just playing with combinations in alcohol or jojoba oil. It's all good. Professionals call...
  80. Re: What are your favorite non-floral heart/middle note ingredients?

    I've derailed a few threads in my life, Doc. :)



    Mumsy, thanks for the link. I have four Perfumer's Apprentice Education Kits:

    Beginners Perfumery Set (FO Accords)
    White Musk, Amber,...
  81. Re: What are your favorite non-floral heart/middle note ingredients?

    Thanks for the ideas. Lots to think about.
  82. Re: What are your favorite non-floral heart/middle note ingredients?

    Any one who knows me will tell you I have no trouble doing things my own way.

    Rules are made to be learned and then broken. :D

    I was just curious about what others use and how non-floral...
  83. Re: Can't new members read code of conduct?

    I didn't even know there was a Code of Conduct. I just figure it is best to be respectful and avoid name-calling and personal digs.

    :)
  84. What are your favorite non-floral heart/middle note ingredients?

    Most of the books I have read list florals (rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, etc.) as middle/heart notes. What non-floral essential oils or aroma chemicals make good heart/middle notes?
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    Re: Two alcohol related questions...

    Yes, glass is best. I have glass containers for the Everclear arriving this week.

    Any comments from anyone about my second question re: the unpleasant odor of the Creating Perfume Perfumer's...
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    Re: Two alcohol related questions...

    Hi David, the safety of assorted plastics seems to depend on which website I visit. One may say that PET is fine, the next says it can leach chemicals into substances when subjected to heat or...
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    Two alcohol related questions...

    Don't panic, I read the Alcohol sticky thread before posting my questions. If these particular subjects are there, I missed them. I also did a search and read assorted threads on alcohol (denatured,...
  88. Re: How to compare and contrast different absolutes/oils of the same flower?

    Thanks, PK!
  89. How to compare and contrast different absolutes/oils of the same flower?

    I have the Eden Botanicals sampler sets for Rose and for Jasmine. I am new at this and would appreciate advice about the best way to smell the differences and similarities of the oils. (I'd post...
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    Re: Home study courses for perfumery?

    Thanks, llp!
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    Re: Home study courses for perfumery?

    I'm kind of surprised that there isn't more info or reviews on the various perfumery education sites. I have searched the threads, but the info is limited, dated or doesn't pertain to what I am...
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    Re: Home study courses for perfumery?

    Thanks for the helpful and thoughtful replies! I checked my settings and saw that I had "Private Messaging" turned off. I fixed that. If someone wanted to PM me with info, that would be great, too.
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    Home study courses for perfumery?

    Hello, I am new here. :)

    I have been looking in to finding a home-study course on perfumery. I thought I would start out with natural perfumery and then see if I wanted to delve into...
  94. Sticky: Re: DIY Suppliers List

    I have been lurking and thought I'd try my first post.

    Didn't think I could get in too much trouble adding new info. :)
  95. Sticky: Re: DIY Suppliers List

    New Directions Aromatics recently started a "$100 Minumum Order" policy.

    http://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/

    "Ordering Guidelines

    Policy Update

    As a wholesaler, we are finding it...
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