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    Re: Ambergris

    Dear Mumsy,
    I think I got this thing resolved. E-bay says the guy not only has to refund my money but has to send me a mailing label!
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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    Does anyone know where I can find peach lactone?
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    Re: ambergris tincture

    Oh, your excellency, don't be mad at me for never smelling poison. My experience with modern perfumes is extremely limited.
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    Re: Oud Perfume

    Dear DragonN,
    What happens if I use Styrax anyway? Will they put me in jail?
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    Re: Let's Talk Musk ....

    Oops. I got the wrong thread.
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    Re: Let's Talk Musk ....

    I set out to try Kirdjian's ouds and wasn't very impressed until I smelled Oud Cashmere. It emulates the scent of rather expensive oud. (I find that ouds, as they grow more expensive, lose their...
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    Re: Ambergris oil

    As concerns making a "tincture" of ambergris dissolved in oil I, in a very unscientific way, dissolved some little pieces directly in oil (fractionated coconut oil as I remember). My conclusion is...
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    Re: Ambergris

    As I read these posts, I see that only one mentions the aroma of "rubbing alcohol." I have tinctured a number of pieces (separately) in different concentrations and find that they all have this top...
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    Re: Sandalwood Perfume

    Mumsy, you're absolutely right. As I once heard: "Money is a great slave but a terrible master."
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    Re: Oud Perfume

    Thank you everyone for your great responses. I'm sorry I lost track of this thread. I only discovered it now while searching around. Meanwhile, I've come up with an Oud perfume that I sell under the...
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    Re: Sandalwood Perfume

    Thank you everyone for your thorough advice. I'm sorry that I lost track of this thread and only found it now as I was searching myself (yes, I tend to be egotistical). I've been experimenting with...
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    Re: Amber and Ambergris

    Amber can mean one of three things: fossilized amber (the jewelry we wear) which is distilled; amber (sometimes called ambra) is a composition of balsamic compounds (see info above); and ambergris...
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    Re: Ambergris: a bit fishy?

    Again, I'm so sorry to be on this thread when I have so little experience with commercial fragrances. However, to put my two cents (scents?) in, I only have to say that when I combine an abroxan...
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    Re: Ambergris: a bit fishy?

    I'm suspicious of perfumes that have a definite "ambergris" dry down. The base notes of ambergris are quite subtle (they smell nothing like fish) and would be hard to detect when combined with other...
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    Re: Ambergris Question

    Please excuse me if I'm speaking out of turn. I know little about commercial fragrances even though I produce fragrances of my own (Brooklyn Perfume Company). The classic amount of ambergris called...
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    Re: Ambergris

    One more quick thing. I tried the sinking test in heavily salted water just incase the increased buoyancy would make a difference. But when I added the rocks to the beaker filled with the salt water,...
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    Re: Ambergris

    Dear Mumsy,
    What's really absurd is that the guy won't accept a return because he's afraid I'll substitute rocks for the "real deal" that he sent. This patently ridiculous as it would impossible to...
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    Re: Ambergris

    Another fact. The "ambergris" doesn't look at all like the pictures on their ad.
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    Re: Ambergris

    Dear Mumsy,
    Thank you for your support. That's a fabulous idea. Just as a preliminary, the "ambergris" does not create smoke when touched with a red hot skewer. I've done this before with real...
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    Re: What does Frankincense smell like?

    This is actually good news as I'm not going for that smoky churchy smell. I'm rather pursuing that wonderful balsamic quality (sans pinene etc.) that I found in my stuff from Singapore. I'll let you...
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    Re: What does Frankincense smell like?

    I hate to admit it, but most frankincense (I'm talking about burning incense) smells to me like furniture polish. I ordered examples from all over the world until I hit upon something magnificent,...
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    Re: Truffles

    Sorry for the long delay as I missed your post. I identify things as pheromonic when they affect me in strange and unpredictable ways that have little to do with the aroma. I also have the peculiar...
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    Re: Truffles

    Strange, I always thought that alcohol had a low polarity (compared to water, for example), but what I find really strange is that the truffle aroma is suddenly ethanol soluble after first being...
  24. Re: I heard 'real musk' is out of this world... Has anyone smelled it?

    I ordered my musk from Agarscents. They have so-called black musk which is cloying and sweet and clearly not musk. But they also have red musk (for about 10 times the price) that is unmistakably...
  25. Re: I heard 'real musk' is out of this world... Has anyone smelled it?

    As far as I was able to tell, Absolue Pour Le Soir contained only artificial musks and not natural musk. I doubt any commercial perfumes are made with authentic musk because of ethical issues.
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    Re: Ambergris

    Dear basenoters ambergris authority needed,
    Fortunately I made this payment with PayPal. I contacted the PayPal credit card company and they are putting payment on hold. The seller has restated that...
  27. Re: I heard 'real musk' is out of this world... Has anyone smelled it?

    Thank you Dorje123,
    I have been using my musk in my experiments in my lab, especially in compounds calling for other musks (to which I'm often anosmic) such as galaxolide. It is very strong and...
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    Re: Ambergris

    Dear Social Woman,
    Thanks for your thorough email. I will investigate all possibilities to get this issue resolved.
    best,
    James Peterson
  29. Re: I heard 'real musk' is out of this world... Has anyone smelled it?

    Not to the oud frag. I've experimented with adding it to just about anything but I was concerned that it would be recognized in my other frags and that my frags would start to smell all the same. But...
  30. Re: I heard 'real musk' is out of this world... Has anyone smelled it?

    I've tried to emulate the aroma of authentic musk in my musk for Brooklyn Perfume Company. Of course it isn't the real thing, but it's the closest I've smelled. (Of course I'm prejudiced.)
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    Re: Fragrance similar to Kiehls Musk?

    I'm afraid mine's a bit dear (no pun intended).
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    Re: Fragrance similar to Kiehls Musk?

    Dear superfluous,
    What is GFD? I'd be delighted if you sample my musk. Of course I hope to death that you like it after all of my chatting it up.
  33. Re: I heard 'real musk' is out of this world... Has anyone smelled it?

    Yes, I have smelled real musk. I'm giving away my age, but my mother used to wear perfumes from the 40s and 50s. I remember the dry down to this day--when all the floral components had evaporated. In...
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    Re: What is your favorite Musk fragrance?

    At the risk of self-promotion, I've found that those who have tried it are fascinated by my musk. On the Brooklyn Perfume Company thread, one basenoter described it as containing natural musk (which...
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    Re: Fragrance similar to Kiehls Musk?

    Oh, I know I'm sounding insistent, but you must try mine. They sell samples of all four of Brooklyn Perfume Company's scents at thetwistedlily.com. You have to buy all four (my whole line) for 16...
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    Re: Fragrance similar to Kiehls Musk?

    Should I try Kiehls Musk? Can you tell me a little about it?
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    Re: Ambergris

    Basenoters: Be careful. I was just the victim of a scam on ebay. I ordered $999 worth of ambergris and when "it" arrived, it was nothing but 3 rocks. When I sent a note to the sender, he insisted it...
  38. Re: New brand Brooklyn Perfume Company with four fragrances

    I hope your like them. Let me know your thoughts.
    Jim
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    Truffles

    I find that fresh truffles, especially those coming from the Perigord region in France (black winter truffles) and Alba truffles (white winter truffles), are the most pheremonic substances I know,...
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    Re: Looking to buy first Oud Fragrance

    Dear Colognnoisseur and krsams1,
    Have either of you tried my newly released "Oud"? It has just been launched by Brooklyn Perfume Company. My website is brooklynperfumecompany.com. It can also be...
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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    Would aldehyde C-14 be appropriate? or too harsh?
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    Re: Heliotrope / Heliotropin

    I have samples of three heliotropins: so-called natural, ex-sassafras, and synthetic. They range hugely in price but for the life of me I can't detect any difference. Perhaps when they're actually...
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    Re: Ambergris

    One more thing. I find ambergris on line (including sources from New Zealand and Ireland) and find it surprisingly inexpensive. Of course it isn't cheap seeming when you buy a chunk of it, but by the...
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    Re: The Notorious "Ambergris Base" What does it actually smell like?

    I'd be delighted if you'd sample my amber (made from fossilized amber) from Brooklyn Perfume Company. They're available at the Twisted Lily in Brooklyn NY.
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    Re: Looking to buy first Oud Fragrance

    I hope this isn't too self serving, but I would like someone on this thread to try my new oud perfume--called simply "Oud"--which I'm selling under the name "Brooklyn Perfume Company."
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    Re: Sandalwood Attempts

    Oh yes. They're identical.
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    Re: Sandalwood Attempts

    Dear Doctor,
    Thank you for your encouraging note. I'll be eager to hear what you think of the other scents.
    jim
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    Re: Sandalwood Attempts

    Dear Bill,
    Thanks for your kind note. I really appreciate your positive feedback about my perfumes. Now I hope you can enjoy wearing them.
    Jim
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    Re: Sandalwood Attempts

    It's on the way.
    James Peterson
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    Re: Sandalwood Attempts

    Gentlemen/Ladies: I have an apology to make. I asked if anyone wanted samples figuring I'd just mail them out. When I realized I wasn't really set up for the time and expense of sending out these...
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    Re: Sandalwood Attempts

    Thank you PK.
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    Re: Sandalwood Attempts

    Gentlemen or Ladies: Please send me your addresses via private message and I'll get the line of four (including the sandalwood) out to you. Also, I'm not quite sure how to send private messages so...
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    Re: Ambreine

    I've been playing around with Jellinek's suggestions and have come up with the following ultra simple formula:

    vanillin 20% (3 parts)
    coumarin 20% (this requires warming since the solubility at...
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    Re: Sandalwood Attempts

    I'd be delighted if any of you gentlemen/ladies would check out my own attempt at replicating (and amplifying) sandalwood for Brooklyn Perfume Company.
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    Re: Sandalwood Attempts

    Hi Jeff,
    What kind of sandalwood is it?
    best,
    James Peterson
  56. Re: New brand Brooklyn Perfume Company with four fragrances

    Ugh. Heavens. Perhaps that description is too extreme. I'm thinking something like airport bathroom--that vague funkiness that doesn't really smell like any one specific thing.
  57. Re: New brand Brooklyn Perfume Company with four fragrances

    Thank you SexySmells for your careful observations and analysis of my sandalwood perfume. I agree with you in many ways. I love the way the perfume opens up at the beginning, but as you say it tends...
  58. Re: New brand Brooklyn Perfume Company with four fragrances

    Just a comment on the amber. It is made from fossilized amber, not the accord we normally think of. As far as I know there are no (or very few) fossilized amber perfumes out there.
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    Re: The Best Oud-Dominant Fragrance?

    While I'm at it, I need help understanding the basenotes edict against self promotion. At the same time I want people to know about my company (Brooklyn Perfume Company), but I don't want to break...
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    Re: The Best Oud-Dominant Fragrance?

    At the risk of self promotion, I really do feel that my oud is the best one out there. There is more information under Brooklyn Perfume Company on this site.
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    Re: Heliotrope / Heliotropin

    Dear Truffle hunter,
    At the risk of being gross, I recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica. When I returned, my dirty laundry smelled exactly like black Perigord truffles. Just a thought. As...
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    Re: Fragrance similar to Kiehls Musk?

    Oh, I'm sorry. I'm not very familiar with most of the musks out there, but I do feel that this musk is the closest to the aroma of natural musk (one basenoter even said he thought there was natural...
  63. Re: thoughts on new vs vintage vol de nuit

    My mother wore it in the 1950s. I still remember the smell of natural musk when she got home from a party and the top and heart notes had disappeared. It was gorgeous. I also loved her smell when she...
  64. Re: Any perfume containing real "Musk" (animalic, deer musk) ?

    I know that Vol de Nuit had it because my mother would wear it and I still remember her smell when she returned from an evening out. Of course this was in the 1950s.
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    Re: Fragrance similar to Kiehls Musk?

    I'd be delighted if some basenoters checked out my musk (Brooklyn Perfume Company). It has the musk of musk ravageur but with an animalic, dirty component that a lot of people I know find quite...
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    Re: Orris Root Absolute

    I'm not sure what the "lipstick, powdery" note is. I associate iris with a deep rooty aroma combined with delicate floral aspects. I find that dihydro ionone beta is an underrated chemical and is...
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    Re: Warming up florals

    Hi Nizan,
    I'll give it a whirl, although I have a hard time smelling guaiac wood.
    Jim
  68. Re: New brand Brooklyn Perfume Company with four fragrances

    Dear mikeperez,
    I hate to admit it, but we started by just putting our noses to the bottles. This wasn't really a problem since there was no alcohol involved. Then we tried skin application over...
  69. Re: New brand Brooklyn Perfume Company with four fragrances

    Hi thebeck,
    Thank you for your kind reply. I must ask you. Have you tried the amber? It is the one I consider the most pheromonic. In fact, all the perfumes are erogenic (the only artificial musk I...
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    Re: Warming up florals

    Civet? If it's around.
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    Re: Any civet fans out there?

    I love real civet, but unfortunately can't use it because of ethical concerns. I'm working on tracking down this guy in China who raises civet cats in a humane manner. If I find it, watch out, for I...
  72. Re: New brand Brooklyn Perfume Company with four fragrances

    I'm trying to verify for sure that what I'm using is Mysore and haven't had a whole lot of luck. I have 17 bottles of sandalwood that all say Mysore, so I took them all over to The Twisted Lily where...
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    Re: Any civet fans out there?

    Civet is hard to beat. It's one of those things like ambergris that I find very difficult to stop smelling, despite it's somewhat urinous and fecal notes. The problem is the ethics. I'd love nothing...
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    Re: The sour smell of perfume [a rant]

    I'll come clean. I'm a complete civet addict. Much like ambergris, it compels me to take a sniff every few days or so. I love using it in florals. I love it's funk that allows me to dirty things up....
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    Re: Ambergris

    I have a weird question but one that has always eaten at me. Does anyone experience ambergris as a top note? When I use it, even as 1% of a 3% concentration, I get a whiff of what smells a little...
  76. Re: New brand Brooklyn Perfume Company with four fragrances

    I will persist in my search for the best stuff out there.
  77. Re: New brand Brooklyn Perfume Company with four fragrances

    Dear Mike, I understand your confusion about Mysore sandalwood. To be honest, I don't know if I'm using Australian or Mysore because I have 17 different bottles that all say Mysore. My procedure was...
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    Re: Orris Root Absolute

    Thanks PK
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    Re: Orris Root Absolute

    My best luck has been with the 15% iron butter from Eden. It has a delicate earthy/floral aroma that I find irresistible. I have wondered if I could make an absolute by tincturing it and letting the...
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    Re: Blue Lotus Absolute

    I'll have to give it a sniff--you're right, it's silly to keep things in a safe--to see if anything comes to mind as a supporting element. Heliotropin comes to mind.
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    Re: Blue Lotus Absolute

    I mentioned earlier that I haven't had any luck with pink lotus absolute--it smells like nothing and costs a fortune. Blue lotus absolute from Enfleurage, however, is a magnificent thing despite...
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    Re: An amber accord

    Hi Shalimis,
    I might add some frankincense to give the accord a little more structure.
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    Re: An amber accord

    Thank you Trufflehunter. I'll explore. I agree with you about the frankincense.
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    Re: What make it sexy?

    I find civet to be almost indispensable. Unfortunately, civetone and some of the other synthetic musks and musk absolute (Hermitage sells one) don't have the sweet delicacy of the tincture. And, of...
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    Hermetic Bottles

    Hermetic bottles for essential oils and absolutes. I've been having difficulty storing these things without them evaporating over time. I've taken to storing my blended oils (those combined with...
  86. Thread: Civet

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    Re: Civet

    It's a pity that these synthetics have so little to do with the smell of natural civet. Natural civet has a delicate almost fruity aspect that while somewhat urinous and fecal is engaging and...
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    Re: freezing fragrances

    Thanks for the advice. I'll get back in the lab.
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    Re: freezing fragrances

    I have a problem with my naturals and aroma chemicals evaporating even though they're tightly sealed in small bottles with plumbers' tape wrapped around the top. I now keep them in the refrigerator...
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    Re: The problem with sweetness

    I've had luck with vanilla tincture--my own batch made by soaking a quarter pound of ground up Bourbon vanilla beans in just enough alcohol to cover and let sit for several months--and while this...
  90. Re: Classic perfumery accords and other basic exercises

    Oh, I'm sorry if I was confusing. I, too, never put ambergris with anything but ethanol (except for one small experiment with some oil). I just find, even after the ambergris tincture has evaporated...
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    Re: An amber accord

    I've put together an ambra accord from Jellinek. It has a lot of elements I like if being a tad too citrusy. All the ingredients here, except the ambergris (3%), are dissolved to 20% in ethanol....
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    Re: An amber accord

    Of course. One problem is that the dilutions are done by volume, counting a certain number of drops and then finishing with alcohol. Since the viscosity varies for each compound, this isn't a very...
  93. Re: First Experience with Real Oud (Oud Yusuf)

    I'm an oud lover from way back and am approaching the recommendations of Mohammed to spend a third of one's salary on scent. I, too, have collected a number from Ensar Oud and have found them...
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    Re: An amber accord

    Hi Paul, Everything is at 20%. Is that bad?
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    Re: An amber accord

    Oh, I'm sorry. Everything is diluted to 20%. That's pushing it for coumarin such that I have to warm the bottle slightly to get it to dissolve.
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    Re: An amber accord

    Is there any relationship between an amber fragrance and the ambreine accord? I love my ambreine accord and it seems very oriental to me. It reminds me of my mother's Shalimar. It's simple: 3 drops...
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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    No, I don't find that ambergris smells like amber at all. It has, rather, a kind of isopropanol smell, but that sounds pejorative. The smell is irresistible and dries down to a vaguely animalic,...
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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    I've only worked with ambroxan and grisalva. My notes are old, so I can't give you exact amounts, but very small amounts were needed to get a kind of ambergris effect. If the quantities needed to be...
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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    I tried adding some ambergris--just a few drops of 3% tincture--to the Grossman accord and was pleasantly surprised when the aroma of the ambergris was delightfully prevalent.
  100. Re: Classic perfumery accords and other basic exercises

    I agree. The cheap price is suspect. On the other hand, after tincturing (6% solution) for 3 months, it smelled of the classic isopropyl alcohol smell (but much richer and more complex). It seems to...
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