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  1. Re: How to mix benzoin with beeswax for candle making

    As usual, great info. Much appreciated!
  2. Re: How to mix benzoin with beeswax for candle making

    Interesting. I never knew that about FCO. Do you think castor oil is a better choice when diluting scents for candle making?
  3. Re: How to mix benzoin with beeswax for candle making

    Thank you, David. So far I've tried three different concentrations of benzoin in beeswax. The EO was 10%, 33%, and 50% benzoin in FCO. The candles burned well but the scent was very faint in all...
  4. Re: How to mix benzoin with beeswax for candle making

    I guess that's possible. Meanwhile, I did as you said and mixed benzoin resin with some oil and made a small trial candle waiting to cool. I went 33% because 50% was still too thick. I'll let you...
  5. Re: How to mix benzoin with beeswax for candle making

    Thank you, David. You're always very helpful. You mentioned that the absolute would work better. I tried incorporating it into a candle but there was no scent upon burning, that's why I'm resorting...
  6. How to mix benzoin with beeswax for candle making

    Hello, all. I have another candle making question. How do I mix benzoin with beeswax? It's probably not a good idea to mix it as is, so can I dilute it in fractioned coconut oil? If so, what's a good...
  7. Re: Essential oils vs absolutes in candle making

    Got it. Thanks!
  8. Re: Essential oils vs absolutes in candle making

    Thank you, David.



    I know absolutes may be too expensive to justify using them in candles, but it there another reason why they should not be used?

    JC
  9. Essential oils vs absolutes in candle making

    Hello all. For making scented candles, do I generally need a smaller amount of absolute compared to essential oil to achieve a similar effect? I'm just trying to find a justification for paying the...
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    If I had to choose between an extracted natural compound and an identical synthesized compound, I'd choose the synthesized one for environmental reasons, unless the natural compound is less...
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    The natural scent of apple, for example, is known for being relatively safe simply because it's been around for centuries. If I had to choose between a molecule that is identical to the scent...
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    Wow. Great advice, everyone! Definitely have several options of finding out whether or not a chemical occurs in nature.

    Many thanks!

    JC
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    Thank you all once again. I guess what I'm looking for is a database of perfumery compounds stating which compounds are nature-identical (whether natural or synthetic) and which ones do not occur in...
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    Thank you both for your informative replies.



    If I can find out the ingredients of a fragrance oil, is there a way to know which of these ingredients are nature-identical and which are not?
    ...
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    Nature identical compounds

    Hello all. I've been limiting myself to essential oils but now I'd like to include some nature identical synthetic fragrance oils in my blends. Where do I look for them? New Directions Aromatics has...
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    Re: Does Age Define Taste?

    If you think of fragrance as an extension of fashion, then if an older person likes to wear clothes that were popular a decade ago, they will probably like to wear fragrance from the same era.
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  17. Re: How often do you smell fragrances on other men?

    I'm currently in the upper Midwest and I see clients throughout my day. Out of all my male clients, the ones who predictably wear lots of cologne tend to have just started a new relationship and...
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    Re: A Walking Fruit Bomb cologne?

    Same here. Pulp to me is the epitome of fruit. It also comes with unbelievable projection and longevity.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, May 12th, 2013

    Armani Prive Figuier Eden
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    Re: Byredo potency

    Thanks for the info. If it's not too much trouble, can you mention the Byredos with which you were impressed?
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    Re: Byredo potency

    Good to know. Thanks!
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    Byredo potency

    Pulp is probably the strongest and most long lasting fragrance I've ever tried. I learned to spray no more than once and definitely avoid fabric. I haven't sampled any other Byredos yet.

    But...
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    Re: creed toilet water?

    When I saw the title of the thread I thought it was about how bad Royal Water smells.
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    Re: I think something's wrong with me

    Welcome to the club. I find vetiver thoroughly repulsive. Even Jardin d'Amalfi, which many people adore, was unappealing to my nose because of the vetiver dry down. Vetiver reminds me of cooked rice...
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    Re: Diet and smell

    You findings are completely normal. Many diet items (herbs, spices, etc) have aromatic compounds that are excreted through sweat. A strong example is fenugreek - you will smell like fenugreek through...
  26. Re: My new discovery. Please keep it a secret.

    You forgot to mention the incident where, after you wore Aventus, girls flocked toward you helplessly and unconsciously with their eyes closed and their noses flared and pointing up, waving their...
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    Re: Creed Aventus Question

    I ordered a few Creeds directly from creedboutique.com and all of them had at least one line in Arabic on the box.
  28. Re: It's not Aventus, DHI, or Chanel but I like this one a lot ....

    I think it's nice and it's certainly popular. How did you find the longevity?
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    Re: Rocabar is so underrated here.

    I tested it a couple of weeks ago and didn't like it, although I wanted to. I guess my mind is too good at picking up the incense note and amplifying it. All I could smell was incense.
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    Re: Creed Green Valley

    True. That's why it reminds me of the 80s, making it an outdated scent to me.
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    Re: One comment ruined my nose!

    I don't think it's unique to Fat Electrician. Vetiver just utterly stinks to my nose and I don't see why anyone thought it belongs in fragrance. Don't feel bad about disliking vetiver - you're...
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    Re: Creed's Acier Aluminium

    I think there are many other better Creeds. I'm not too sad that it was discontinued.
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    Re: Summer Creeds Question

    Sample all 3. SMW is my favorite.
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes

    I think Attila brings up a salient point. While being a complete conformist with a "follow the status quo" mindset is extreme, being a complete individualist with a "do what you like and the hell...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, May 10th, 2013

    Right now: SMW. Later: Perhaps Aventus.
  36. Re: Men, what's the worst FEMALE fragrance you have ever smelt?

    It's hard to know names since it would require asking a woman what she's wearing, which is almost guaranteed to label one a stalker. What's more awkward is asking the same question when you don't...
  37. Re: Looking for the Perfect Summer 2013 Fragrance

    Creed Silver Mountain Water.
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    Sample Swap for USA

    Hello all. Below is a list of the samples I'm willing to swap. Please see my "Test List" in my wardrobe for the samples I'm looking for. Samples that say "full" probably are 1-2 drops empty. Sorry...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite tea?

    Silver Mountain Water is by far the best tea I've smelled. Next is perhaps Armani's Figuier Eden, which has a noticeable tea. L'Occitane's The Vert is a nice scent with tea being dominant. It's...
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    Re: Citrusy summer (hotter weather) frags?

    Hello Jouho. To me that describes Creed's Neroli Sauvage.



    You have to try Jo Malone's Orange Blossom. It's the best blossom I've smelled.
  41. Re: I have 38 x Niche Decants and only 6 are 'Bottle Worthy' for my tastes

    You're definitely not alone. One thing to be sure of is: even if every person on the planet likes one fragrance, that does not mean you have to like it. I'd give them another try, but don't be...
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    Re: Creed Aventus Is A Waste Of Money

    Took the words out of my mouth!
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes

    I do agree that it smells a bit older than 19, but if you feel it reflects who you are, wear it. Your friends can wear Aqua Di Gio all they want.
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    Re: Looking For Firewood Type Fragrance?

    My favorite woody fragrance is Creed's Spice & Wood (although it has a slightly fruity apple dry down, but the cedar is there start to finish). Others you can try include:

    Hermes Rocabar (incense...
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    Re: Skin/health issue , anyone care?

    I'm sure I'm more likely to die from driving my car than from wearing cologne. Every pleasure in life comes with hazards and no earthly pleasure is perfect. You can sit outside to enjoy the nice...
  46. Re: Thinking about getting my dad Green Irish Tweed for father's day

    Sorry to disagree. GIT to me is too synthetic and definitely not suitable for an older gentleman.
  47. Re: My fragrance journey has come to and end. My last bottle.

    Good for you - you found what you like and had the strength to let go when it was time.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, May 9th, 2013

    Jo Malone's Pom Noir on my chest and Orange Blossom on the backs of my hands.
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    Re: Job Interview

    I see SMW as a great work interview scent. It's very pleasant, fresh, and gives off an aura of niceness that will appeal to anyone. I would stick to unisex colognes and definitely stay away from...
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    Re: Time to play a little game...

    Nnnnnoooooo! This game is turning into a vicious, massive, aimless mud fight.. And that's hilarious :D

    My turn:

    NORNE.. Bye bye.. See you when you can get people outside of BN to actually like...
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    Re: Time to play a little game...

    Noooo! Not Do Son!
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    Re: If only it lasted longer?

    JV original
    JV Artisan

    Great, great scents while they last, which is a dismal 30 minutes on my oily skin.
  53. Re: My wife: "What is that...it smells kind of girlie"

    I haven't smelled it myself, but from my experience, which could be completely false: when a woman says that, she means that the scent is not attractive to her. If I were you, I wouldn't wear it...
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    Re: Name "Special" Designer Fragrances!

    Armani Prive Figuier Eden: broke into my small niche collection because of its elegance and surprizingly good longevity.
  55. Re: I want to make two blind buys: A good floral or aquatic Spring, and a good citrus Summer.

    This. But beware that Jardin d'Amalfi has a vetiver dry down. Vetiver can be repulsive to some, myself included.
  56. Re: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - cheaper / better alternatives

    +1 for Artisan. Not the best longevity, though, but a fantastic citrus.
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    Re: Today I sampled

    Bond No. 9 Coney Island: mainly citrus with mixed fruits and a slightly powdery background. Very unisex. Worth trying.

    Bond No. 9 Brooklyn: beautiful strong pine. Not the best conifer out there...
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    Re: Lemony lemons with a spritz of lemon...

    Creed Bois de Cedrat is the strongest lemon I've smelled, but I haven't sampled many of the ones mentioned above.
  59. Re: Recommendations for a summer niche under $150?

    Fresh citrus tends to be a Creed specialty (a shortcoming in my book since they cannot seem to make anything else. As if it's never winter in France). I would try these in order:

    Neroli Sauvage:...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, May 6th, 2013

    2 sprays of L'Occitane The Vert and one Byredo Pulp.
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    Today I sampled (05/05/2013)

    Hermes Rocabar: Coniferous theme sure to please many. Unfortunately I am predictably put off by incense, and I couldn't help but detect what smelled like strong incense to my nose.

    Hermes Jardin...
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    Re: Favorite mint note in a fragrance !?

    Same here, although after sampling Heeley's Menthe Fraiche and a couple of other mint frags, SV smells the best of them. Still not bottle worthy to me.
  63. Re: Fragrances you love that doesn't last on your skin

    John Varvatos Artisan. Such a fantastic citrus scent that lasts about 30 minutes on my skin :(
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    Re: Today I sampled

    So far, same here. The two above may be nice, but are not bottle worthy to me.

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    You're welcome. Can you suggest a few for me to sample?
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    Re: The ultimate incense war

    In incense war? Good! Let's hope all incense scents destroy each other :D
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    Today I sampled

    Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta: nice citrus scent with a strong amber presence. The dry down is almost all amber. Average longevity for an EdP.

    Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso di...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I've been sampling a lot lately. The only two that really WOWed me were Creed's Spice & Wood (strong cedar with fruity undertones) and Armani's Figuier Eden (never thought I'd fall for a designer's...
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    Re: New Brut Dominant

    Agreed! Although I used to love the original when I was 9 years old. Thankfully, I grew up.
  69. Re: Which "Vanilla" here would be sensual, and great for Night ?

    My thoughts exactly.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, May 4th, 2013

    SMW laced with a tiny bit of Byredo Pulp.
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    Re: The kind daddy

    To me, it sounds like you're looking for something along the lines of the Lagerfeld for men or Invasion Barbare. Very soothing gentleman scents, IMHO.
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    Today I sampled

    Invasion Barbare. Good but not bottle worthy to me.

    Blenheim Bouquet. Happy to have sampled it so that I know to stay away from it.

    Also tested Xerjoff 1861, Montale Dark Purple, Heeley...
  73. Re: Comme des Garcons - Black Eau de Toilette (My Initial Throughts)

    Thanks for sharing, rynegne. I'm curious to try CdG's line with the creepy (yet hilarious) staring heart.
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    Re: Suspect Creed Acqua Fiorentina

    The Arabic text is there even on the boxes that come directly from creedboutique.com
  75. Re: Jardin D'Amalfi (my impression of Creed's exclusive)

    The opening and middle notes almost made me buy it, then the dry down came and was all vetiver to my nose. Wasn't surprised to see vetiver in the note list.

    I don't like vetiver. If you like it,...
  76. Re: "It bothers me that fragrance has an effect on other people"

    On Creed's Facebook page, somebody asked how fragrance should be worn. The answer, apparently from either Erwin or Olivier, was to wear two sprays on the back of your neck if you're wearing perfume...
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    Re: Do you really care for your fragrances?

    For me the answer is yes. I only have 9 bottles currently, each of which I arrived at after sampling many, many fragrances, then getting the approval of my wife. It wasn't easy for me to make my...
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    Re: Best scent for a public hanging?

    Freggin' NORNE. Maybe they'll think there's a fire and halt the proceedings.
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    Re: Creed untouched territory for men/unisex

    lol!
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    Re: New fragrance - "Allergen"

    That's why I'm not sure this is a good solution.



    An asthmatic attack is not the biggest fear, actually, since most asthmatics carry their inhalers along all the time and can ward off the...
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    Re: Creed untouched territory for men/unisex

    LOL!

    Saki, hand collected from the mustachios of drunk Samurai.
    Salt, carefully harvested from the tears of seals watching the arctic ice melt from global warming.
  82. Thread: A good fig

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    Re: A good fig

    Sorry for bumping this thread up again but I just have to say that Armani's Figuier Eden is very good. I accidentally poured the entire 1ml sample on my neck this morning, then got several...
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    Re: New fragrance - "Allergen"

    As much as i agree with the OP, I think it's a dilemma. I love to wear perfume, but if my son is allergic, I sure don't to constantly worry about him suddenly passing out at some public place because...
  84. Re: Which perfumes make men melt when you walk past?

    Tuberose is very attractive on a woman. My wife wears Do Son and it.. does things to me. I also like fruity juices like Nina by Nina Ricci and Aqua Fiorentina by Creed.

    Woody, vanilla based, and...
  85. Thread: A good fig

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    Re: A good fig

    Out of curiosity, what plum scents have you sampled so far? I might start looking for a plum scent soon. My wife has Aqua Fiorentina and it smells wonderful, but too feminine for me.

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  86. Thread: A good fig

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    Re: A good fig

    Not a big fan of vetiver, but thank you for your recommendation of Armani - it is why I ordered the sample!
  87. Thread: A good fig

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    Re: A good fig

    Thanks! I will take note of these. By the way, I ended up ordering the Armani just because of how elegant it is.

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    I'm sorry if my language came across as accusatory. I...
  88. Thread: A good fig

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    Re: A good fig

    Ok - I received four new samples today for my figventure:

    - Ineke Hothouse Flower, proposed by JiveHippo. Not even a fig scent. It simply has a fig accord to try to reproduce gardenia. Not sure if...
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    Byredo Pulp + oud

    Not that Pulp isn't good enough on its own, but layering it over a little oud gave it a little more masculinity, uniqueness, and a more nocturnal quality. Very nice to my nose. Just thought I'd share...
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    Re: Anything close to a forest?

    Unfortunate, really, because I had such high hopes for Norne. I was hoping for something to make me feel like I'm hiking in the woods. Creed S&W does not give me that, but I prefer an actual cedar...
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    Re: Creed untouched territory for men/unisex

    Creed has many takes on citrus - over 6 colognes dedicated to it. IMHO, perhaps they can spend a little less time on orange peel and give a little time to passionfruit. It will keep them within the...
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    Re: Anything close to a forest?

    I'll have to try that!
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    Re: Anything close to a forest?

    I'm sorry - I have to strongly disagree with Norne. The incense is so heavy that it's debilitating. This is a burnt forest and tons of smoke. I could not detect anything beyond the incense.

    Creed...
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    Creed untouched territory for men/unisex

    This goes to Creed (and their associates). Having sampled almost all their male/unisex line and unless I'm mistaken, here are some categories I wish the house of Creed with all its majesty could...
  95. Re: Longest Lasting Summer/Spring Citrus Frag?

    I've looked long and hard for a citrus frag that remains citrus smelling for a good amount of time. The closest I got to that was Annick Goutal's Eau d'Hadrien EDP, AKA Hadrien Absolu EDP. Good...
  96. Re: Ordered 5 colognes, dislike all of them, need advice please!

    Start ordering niche samples. If you're picky like me, your journey has just begun :)

    JC
  97. Re: Summer is almost here. Rank my Summer fragrances

    This.
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    Re: Allergic reaction

    My coworker was so happy to buy Orange Blossom by Jo Malone, only to find out that her husband is allergic to it. His throat felt itchy and he had serious hives after sniffing it. He tried sniffing...
  99. Re: have you been assumed of being a smoker just by wearing a tobacco based fragrance?

    Being in the medical field and having seen first hand what tobacco smoking can do to a person, I think that I developed an aversion to anything related to tobacco. I stay away from colognes that have...
  100. Re: Which designer scent sends you running for clean air?

    Tommy freggin' Bahama Men.
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