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  1. Thread: Sharp top notes

    by Odeon
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    Re: Sharp top notes

    Sharpness to me means strongly contrasting notes. Decrease the contrast by adding blending notes
    that tie two or more sharp notes together, or add a little fixative to bring them all down.
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    Re: What The Hell Makes Joop! Homme So Powerful?

    Most people have smelled it, some just don't know it yet. :)
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    Re: Oils to help aid sleep

    Valerian root EO has a powerful relaxing effect on me, so powerful that I am cautious to use it.

    I discovered it accidentally after smelling it from the bottle before bed. I woke up in the middle...
  4. Thread: Longevity

    by Odeon
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    Re: Longevity

    Sure, and generally speaking if you lower its diffusivity (via carrier type, dilution level, temperature)
    you increase longevity. It's not to say a molecule can't have both, it's that the quicker a...
  5. Thread: Longevity

    by Odeon
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    Re: Longevity

    In my understanding and trials, longevity is the opposite of sillage for a given fragrance.

    e.g. I took my fragrance concentrate, diluted some to say 20% and 10%
    and put these in identical spray...
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    Re: Cedar on Fragrantica - I just don't get it

    Well, Fragrantica sometimes shows tree resin when they mean whale secretion
    so I don't trust their note selection. However if there are a lot of votes for cedar then
    obviously the voters are...
  7. Re: Geosmin can be detected in 0.1 parts per billion!

    I have some valerian root EO which has such an earthy lingering note that I wonder
    if some geosmin was captured in the process. If it is geosmin then perhaps it
    can be used at extremely low levels...
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    Re: D&G The One. Do you think they...

    If your complaint is too little projection and too much longevity, EDP dilution
    would make it more so.

    Try one spray of the product versus two sprays diluted 1:1 with alcohol
    and observe which...
  9. Thread: Butyric Acid

    by Odeon
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    Re: Butyric Acid

    I'm not sure it could smell worse if it did!
  10. Re: Have Reformulations ruined fragrances? : Dior Homme, Chergui, Timbuktu?

    Some fragrances are improved e.g. increasing performance.
    If the driving force behind the reformulation is not
    improvement but cost cutting and crippling restrictions,
    then it's far less likely...
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    Re: Rasasi Fragances - advice wanted

    Rasasi Amber Ood comes well recommended. You only need the smallest amount
    to last over 12 hours and it doesn't change much.
  12. Re: What notes do you get from Johnson's Baby Oil?

    I mostly know the scent in an grown up context. It reminds me
    of masseuses and for this reason it is an exciting scent and
    I'd like to try it as a note in some fragrances. I wonder if I can...
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    Re: Glass dropper/amber bottles cleaning and care.

    It sounds unusual like maybe they had an accident where fragrance was spilled.
    I use ethanol with a tiny amount of odourless denaturant.
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    Re: Glass dropper/amber bottles cleaning and care.

    Are you sure it's not the 'fresh Chinese plastic' smell being released by the plastic,
    like the smell that fills Dollar Stores? Heat and ventilation will help, whatever the
    contaminant may be. I...
  15. Re: What notes do you get from Johnson's Baby Oil?

    Thank you all for your input. Impressive number of notes David Ruskin. Lots to keep me busy.
    If it's true about hundreds of ingredients Accolon, then it may be easier for my purposes
    to vacuum off...
  16. What notes do you get from Johnson's Baby Oil?

    I can't quite put my finger on the notes in Johnson & Johnson's classic baby oil
    to try and create an accord. For some reason I find this scent difficult to break apart.

    So far I've only got...
  17. Thread: Fragrance oils

    by Odeon
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    Re: Fragrance oils

    The often common element with FO's is the unknown. Avoid them if you have ambitions
    of selling fragrances.
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    Re: What smells say Thailand to you?

    We have taro available in New Zealand. Never tried it, it's popular with the Pacific Islanders though.
    I would not know what to do with it.
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    Re: What smells say Vietnam to you?

    Napalm, especially in the morning. :D
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    Re: What smells say Thailand to you?

    For a gentle natured Thai addition, try pandan leaf (although I haven't experienced the EO)
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    Re: Little question about Benzoin from a newbie

    I don't know the fragrance in question but it's more likely they mean 12% of the perfume concentrate
    and not 12% of the product (which is what IFRA is concerned with)
  22. Re: Cold, Powerful Iris Accords and Auxiliary Materials

    Something that works on the cold receptors?

    "In addition to menthol and AG-3-5, a number of cooling agents, including Cool-actP,
    Cooling Agent 10, FrescolatMGA, FrescolatML, geraniol,...
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    Re: Beeswax Absolute!

    I love beeswax absolute and it works with so many things (including a formula with peppermint).
    I agree it's nice with with woods (incl. cedar) and florals, also with resins, amber (real and accord)...
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    Re: First date: Which fragrance to go for?

    :thumbup: plus it's a mature scent.
  25. Thread: Synth birch tar

    by Odeon
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    Re: Synth birch tar

    Would that be the Chinese incense cedar? I don't get much smoke from Chinese weeping cedar EO.
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    Re: Ethyl linalyl acetate?

    Not to be confused with ethyl acetate which is acetone-free nail polish remover
    and possibly a solvent in some paints and household products. This one is
    also supposed to smell fruity but I find it...
  27. Sticky: Re: Don't Add Water, Glycerin or Jojoba to Alcoholic Perfumes

    You can add jojoba oil to an ethanol fragrance if you want to achieve
    a floating layer / droplets of jojoba on top of your fragrance.

    Question why you want the ingredient in there, and find out...
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    Re: Do Women Really Like Your Colognes???

    Sometimes the worst BO smelling men (with average looks) have great success in attracting women
    but other men can't stand within 3 feet of them. So I think the repulsion factor of bad smells is...
  29. Oh dear, is a cold remedy the suspected cause?...

    Oh dear, is a cold remedy the suspected cause? http://www.basenotes.net/threads/381786-Zinc-in-the-life-and-smelling-of-a-Perfumer
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    Re: Ambergris in the UK

    If I were you, I would buy an old shrimpin' boat with the money, find a legless first mate,
    and go trawling for ambergris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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    Re: How exactly does one learn their materials?

    I played a fun game when a package arrived with several essential oils in identical bottles.
    They were all sealed and I wondered if there were enough molecules that had made it
    past the seals to...
  32. Re: Out with it.. what is the worst blend you have ever made?

    I've been planning my worst blend for months and hope to start mixing soon. I hope
    it doesn't turn out nice like yours Mumsy.

    One of my worst was a gunpowder accord which smelled interesting in...
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    Re: Deep, leathery vanilla

    Hmm, I made a tincture using the complete chopped pods and to me it smells too much
    like the skin of the pods, but that completeness might be just what you're after.
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    Re: Notes that have a sparkling/tingling effect

    What I'm referring to is not a note but an effect on the fragrance: like you described
    as a feeling rather than a note in your original question (and it does make sense)
    I haven't had the four to...
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    Re: Notes that have a sparkling/tingling effect

    When I first experienced ambergris I thought of it as adding sparkle but I didn't know
    if it was the right word. Later after reading articles and books I noticed the word sparkle
    came up a few...
  36. Re: Benzoin question, fenugreek curiosity, and the wild wonderful world of ionones

    I love the smell of Western Red Cedar wood. I've incorporated it into custom
    fragrance containers. I haven't had the pleasure of smelling the EO.
  37. Re: Fragrance that smells most like household cleaner?

    To me, part of Knize Ten smells like laundry powder and the chemical in a Porta-Loo
  38. Re: Great FRÉDÉRIC MALLE Interview, - Interesting slant on All Natural Scents too

    That's why I say the height of popularity: it is no longer the predominant form,
    it is not the biggest seller.

    Edshepp, yes that is a way to to cater to modern expectations of dynamic range. ...
  39. Re: Great FRÉDÉRIC MALLE Interview, - Interesting slant on All Natural Scents too

    It's true that old natural fragrances have fallen from the height of popularity but the same
    can be said of classical music. But to conclude that Beethoven's symphonies are ghastly
    because they...
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    Re: Simple way to make a heavily resinous scent?

    All natural ingredients or all-natural ingredients? :confused:



    I built my most favourite fragrance around patchouli as the highest % ingredient. It is blended in a way
    that it loses the...
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    Re: Simple way to make a heavily resinous scent?

    Yes I did something similar and I found that even the smallest amount of
    patchouli in the formula didn't fit in well. On the hand, real distilled amber EO
    is a great resinous addition.
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    Re: No pain, no... smell

    Speak of the devil, I had a migraine for hours today. The one thing that sometimes helps
    is inhaling peppermint EO so when I had a chance I put 3 drops on a tissue and inhaled
    and now it's...
  43. Re: 150 yr old Sunken Treasure Perfume Article, P&F June 2014

    Highly entertaining read. Pity about the rotten notes occurring despite the storage conditions.
  44. Re: Found a note that I dislike: galbanum. What's your scent peeve?

    Ah yes, I dislike the smell of cheap laundry musk in costly fragrances.

    Also some aldehyde(s)? which smell like stale unwashed soap on the skin.
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    Re: Zinc in the life and smelling of a Perfumer

    In all seriousness I get that in the mornings when I have to be up extra early.
    Just opening the fridge is stomach turning, it all smells too rich and intense in
    those mornings. The morning...
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    Re: Zinc in the life and smelling of a Perfumer

    Noticing the effects 1 minute after ingestion seems extraordinarily quick for a pharmaceutical.
    Too quick to be incorporated into intracellular mechanisms, so maybe it acts as a neurotransmitter?...
  47. Re: Men's fragrances for sensitive skin? And/or suitable for allergies?

    It sounds like you have two issues:
    1) The skin reaction
    2) The hayfever-like symptoms (colloquially called allergies)

    In my experience, spraying on clothes does not address the hayfever...
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    Poll: Re: D&G The One VS Armani Code

    The One: its longevity must have been 'fixed' because one spray on each wrist
    in the morning can be smelled at arm's length after a work day.
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    Re: Question about musky Ambergris absolute

    The major fragrance components of ambergris are solid. Tinctures usually contain a few % of these.
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    Re: Question about musky Ambergris absolute

    There you go, why would an ambergris absolute be liquid? If it were an absolute
    dissolved in alcohol it should have been sold as a tincture with a % figure.
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    Re: pheromone use in perfumery

    The more sensible pheromone fragrances advise you to spray on clothes not skin, and they
    smell very pleasant. Others are roll-on for skin use and they quickly turn into a strong sweaty smell.
    ...
  52. Re: Found a note that I dislike: galbanum. What's your scent peeve?

    What kind of mint? I like peppermint but dislike spearmint in anything but gum
    because of its association with gum. The two are very different chemically.

    I dislike powdery notes if they are too...
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    Re: Gunpowder essence

    After a couple of months I have returned to the tincture I made from burnt powder residue.
    It looks and smells something like rum in the bottle and there are very small crystals visible
    in...
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    Re: Musk Ketone Restrictions

    Thanks for this insightful post, it is the discontinuation of this fragrance that really
    motivated me into perfuming. It's ironic if it was a little too expensive to produce
    and now it's sold for...
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    Re: Heliotrope Investigations

    Surprising to see those aromatic hydrocarbons and not surprising that they add a gasoline note
    even in low concentration.
  56. Re: Is it possible to use rotten garbage in a fragrance ?

    It makes me think of Mugatu and his Derelicte collection. It would fit right in. :laugh:
  57. Re: Is it possible to use rotten garbage in a fragrance ?

    Whale vomit is worthless. The valuable stuff is understood now to be an intestinal secretion
    so it's pooped out but it's not poop. Its usefulness comes from very specific chemicals
    which make up...
  58. Re: Fragrances which don't smell as their name deceiptively suggests

    So far nothing I've smelled makes me picture pure black. Then I realised, black is the abscence of smell.

    I don't really get light blue from Light Blue.
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    Re: Can you use too many naturals?

    I will quickly agree with mixing in the same order for the most accurate re-creation. Or mixing as quickly
    as possible to negate the effects of order, if you only have a few ingredients.
  60. Re: That fragrance you wanted to hate but actually love

    If the fragrance is intended to be controversial or has a reputation for being skanky
    then I want to experience those things. Sometimes I am disappointed when these
    turn out to be pleasant.
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    For example two bottles of 99.9% ethanol from the same supplier but presumably different batches.
    I can smell them apart in a second because the one is clearly offensive and the other smells clean....
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    Re: Leather, now what?

    Apparently the leather fragrance to compare to is Knize Ten. I really hope there are better leathers than this,
    but it has a dryness and dirtyness that might interest you; almost a cat-pee phase in...
  63. Re: How much fragrance oil do I use? Please help!

    It's easy to go above the recommended eugenol limit with bay oil.
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/292501-IFRA-Standards-Discussion-thread-(Temporary-partial-version)
    The safety of 25% strength...
  64. Thread: Valerian

    by Odeon
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    Re: Valerian

    This is an interesting one. The traces on the outside of the sealed bottle gave the renowned old sweat impression,
    like well-used running shoes or a locker room. This is the effect in low...
  65. Re: What are some of the most minimalist perfumes you've created?

    A solution of the beeswax absolute I made is nice and complex enough as a single note fragrance.
    I have worn it as a fragrance and I apply many single notes to evaluate the skin drydown.

    I tried...
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    Re: Question about aromachemicals.

    Unless your vodka is over 96% alcohol (and I'm 99% sure it isn't) you should not be adding spring water.
    It's well worth paying the bit extra for suitable alcohol. I have experimented with adding...
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    Re: What can $838.83 buy you these days ?

    $838 can get you about two bottles of D&G By! ;)
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    Re: A question about composition

    The final volume will be close enough to the sum of the component's volumes for your purposes.
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    Re: Aroma CHEMs Vs Essential oils

    Could they really? I thought volatility depends on fixed physical properties like boiling point and vapour pressure.
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    Re: Why doesn't CIS-Jasmone smell of Jasmine

    Then how about starting with a ylang-ylang extract? I can imagine it being jasmine-like with some modification.
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    Re: Fragrance Challenges

    See how many sprays of x-fragrance you can wear before you get a complaint.
    I suggest Joop! as a candidate.
  72. Re: Name a fragrance you own, but no other Basenoter does...

    It smells like the result of a Nigerian scammer wearing Lacoste who has been processed
    by a crocodile's digestive tract, passed out and heavily diluted in river water.
    Possibly completely water...
  73. Re: Please help me find this special hidden ingredient

    Only if you like the smell of diesel (the petroleum product, not the fragrance)
  74. Re: Name a fragrance you own, but no other Basenoter does...

    27604

    "Lagos" essential EDT
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    Re: Strength of Ambergris Tiincture

    It seems to be the case with all the different characteristics and ages of natural ambergris.
    To avoid disappointment I highly recommend expertly selected and aged tinctures.
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    Re: Strength of Ambergris Tiincture

    Ambergris tincture when applied by itself is ethereal, intriguing, unmistakably animalic and marine.
    Smelling from the bottle only gives a hint of this. When you combine it with fragrances you...
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    Re: Strength of Ambergris Tiincture

    PK have you used the tincture in a fragrance or applied some over a fragrance on the skin?
    This is where the magic happens. It could be one of those things that smells stronger in dilution,
    but...
  78. Re: Is this Ambergris? Can you please help me identify this, found on beach in San Diego.

    Note that there are other fragrant floating materials that melt/smoke with a hot needle
    for example tree amber and surfboard wax.

    Also be careful because I read about dangerous dumped materials...
  79. Re: A most unusual experience with Oakmoss Absolute

    Ha yes PK it was meant for the other thread.
  80. Re: A most unusual experience with Oakmoss Absolute

    - wrong thread -
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    Re: Cloudy!!!! Uuugh!!!

    Be sure that it hasn't become hydrated from humidity. Heating will dehydrate it.
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    Re: Men use women's perfume

    If Sir Sean Connery, who uses Jicky, does not fit the definition of a man then I don't know who does.

    Read a lot of reviews and you see the mixed opinions about a fragrance's classification:...
  83. Thread: 10+ Sprays

    by Odeon
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    Re: 10+ Sprays

    What for, riot control? ;)

    I don't use more than 3 sprays of anything. If I need to extend the longevity
    I apply one of the sprays on clothes.
  84. Re: Is this Ambergris? Can you please help me identify this, found on beach in San Diego.

    Its hardness and reaction to heat make me think pumice but it doesn't look porous enough.
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    Re: Recs for a creamy sexy skin scent?

    Yes, real sandalwood is almost universally regarded as 'creamy'. Sexy is more subjective but sandalwood is sexy too.
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    Re: Problems with blending oils with alcohol or water

    I think I have found where all this alcohol + water + oil misinformation comes from:

    http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistryhowtoguide/a/makeperfume.htm

    How would this ever work?
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    Re: Home study courses for perfumery?

    The "single note exploration" forum could be confusing with naturals as single notes
    and some of their constituents as single notes. Terminology, so important.
  88. Re: links for perfume making, especially about chemistry?

    I don't have much experience with aromachemicals, mainly naturals and some inorganic chemistry.
    To me it is not fresh blood but completely dried blood that gives the wet iron smell when contacted by...
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    Re: Home study courses for perfumery?

    I was not disagreeing with your metaphor, it reminded me of one for a different aspect.
    Another one I like is to think of accords as chords because they are built from
    single notes. But not...
  90. Re: links for perfume making, especially about chemistry?

    My first thought about wet iron was that strong smell when you wash off blood. I'm not saying to tincture haemoglobin
    but there are many soluble complexes formed by iron.
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    Re: Home study courses for perfumery?

    The flute is one of the most pure tone producing instruments. In that regard it's more like a single aromachemical.
    String instruments with a lot of overtones are more like the natural counterpart,...
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    Re: Tincturing Lanolin?

    I expect some musks would give something similar. I have some of the dry-distilled amber, it has quite
    a different character but in my test it seems to be smoothed and enhanced by the lanolin. Quite...
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    Re: Tincturing Lanolin?

    "Lanolin? Like sheep's wool?"

    After reading the article and living in a country with more sheep than people I had to try this....
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    Re: hmmm is this still Sandalwood?

    It was about US $55 for 5 grams
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    Re: Litsea Cubeba / May Chang

    Not surprising since it is mostly citral! I have not smelled honey myrtle but apparently it's supposed to have the highest content.
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    Re: hmmm is this still Sandalwood?

    I was fortunate to receive both their soap and EO, they are of the same animal. The EO smells like I remember
    sandalwood smelling and it matches a small amount I have from another source. I'd like...
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    Re: hmmm is this still Sandalwood?

    Even from government regulated outfits?
    http://www.karnataka.gov.in/mysoresandal/Pages/home.aspx

    Edit: I mean they appear to have a good reputation and
    involvement with S. Album, so is it the...
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    Re: Performing a Gas-Chromatography...now.

    For sure. I don't think information in 'plain view' can be regarded as trade secret. As I understand you would
    only have trouble as an employee who reveals the manufacturer's inside information....
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    Re: Amber (fossilised)

    I have one from a different source, it smells magical, one of the few to get an instant 'WOW' reaction.
    It is very potent and the drydown is most pleasant and outlasts most other ingredients....
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    Re: Note sure how do describe a scent

    If I remember correctly phenol is similar to freshly sealed roads or naphthalene.
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