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  1. Thread: Jasmine

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    Re: Jasmine

    Call me a Philistine but I sometimes pick out a hint of what can only be described as raw sausage meat in jasmine.
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    Re: The Smell of Communism

    What actually is this smell? What aromatic agents are responsible for it, and how did they manifest themselves into something as abstract as "communism"?
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    Re: Copycats... Again >:(

    Why are some of the ingredients kept secret (named under the banner of "parfum") but others explicitly named on the label?
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    Re: What happens during maceration?

    Funnily enough I noticed this last week. I normally mix into brown or blue glass bottles so I never noticed, but lately I've been trying out different pairings in 3ml clear glass vials (with...
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    Re: Copycats... Again >:(

    Didn't France's high court decide that you can't copyright a smell? I know that's just one country but, hell, this is arguably the perfume capital of the world...
  6. Thread: Cinnamon

    by Con-Li
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    Re: Cinnamon

    The leaf is a strange one. Straight-up it smells very sickly and sort of dry and powdery (with a sort of throaty sensation) but I'm convinced it might work as a trace element in a blend. I've yet to...
  7. Thread: Amyris

    by Con-Li
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    Re: Amyris

    I had an essential oil called "sandalwood (amyris)" - is this the same thing? I really liked it: sweet but not sickly like benzoin, more of a "natural" sweetness.
  8. Re: How to add thick and viscous ingredients to a perfume concentrate?

    I mixed my absolutes with perfumer's alcohol and I regret it. I do my blending in glazed ceramic egg cups (the tapered shape gives a deep pool even for a small amount, plus it aids swishing) but when...
  9. Thread: Bergamot

    by Con-Li
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    Re: Bergamot

    You're right, it is more herbal.

    Also I just tried it with Virginian cedarwood - very nice. Very masculine. Then I tried it with frankincense... and got Shake 'N' Vac... :(
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    Re: Best solvent for candles

    I understand, but I was wondering how embedding the oils in such a viscous material would affect the evaporation. Would something like lime be so fleeting mixed with wax?
  11. Thread: Bergamot

    by Con-Li
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    Re: Bergamot

    I just bought the EO - another of my blind purchases. I was a little skeptical because I already have sweet orange and grapefruit, but I keep reading about bergamot in perfumery literature (plus I...
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    Re: Best solvent for candles

    So base notes are less useful for both?
  13. Thread: Geranium

    by Con-Li
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    Re: Geranium

    It makes me think of Jolly Ranchers for some reason. It's perargonium graveolens, if that makes a difference.
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    Re: Trying to create woody fresh perfume.

    What Cedarwood do you have? Atlas and Virginian smell vastly different. Also your collection, although a little smaller, resembles mine. I think we're in the same boat. I've realised I'm not going to...
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    Re: Best solvent for candles

    I was going to make thread on similar lines but I may as well post it here: for candles (and hair wax, which I've been considering) do the normal rules about top-middle-base apply? Given that the...
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    That's oddly specific....
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    Re: This lady needs to get some Camphor oil

    I have some. Not even sure if it's suitable for perfumery so I'm not entirely sure why I have it.
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    Re: Which formula composition software do you use?

    I've just noticed that Atlas Cedarwood is not on PW's database. Do I have an outdated version? It's dated 2014.
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    Re: Fragrance workshop/party

    How would a "gender-neutral" perfume party differ from a "gender-non-neutral" one?
  20. Thread: Geranium

    by Con-Li
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    Re: Geranium

    My Geranium EO came today. Like many, this was one I hadn't smelled before, so buying it was a bit of a leap of faith.

    It worked out though - I love it. The rose-like Turksh delight aspect hit me...
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    I guess some women like the smell of a sweaty man, so maybe some guys would like to enhance that aroma - and perhaps dress it up with some other notes.
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    Can you tincture a sweaty football shirt?
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    I'm UK-based but I'll have to start looking into new suppliers. Thanks.
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    These were from one called Mother Nature's Goodies. I also buy from Mystic Moments (for absolutes). TBH I did half expect such suppliers to be... not quite bang on the mark. Of course I was aware...
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    It was from an eBay shop. I did wonder if if there had been a mixup but I wouldn't know at this stage. In the same order I got vetiver and cedar, both of which I thought were wrong at first. I...
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    Re: Musks and Animalic elements profiles document

    Great! It'll be a while before I'm dabbling in this stuff but a fascinating read nonetheless.
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    I have some clary EO. All I get from it is "pine disinfectant" though. Not what I was expecting and it feels a bit redundant seeing I have pine and cypress too. I was disappointed with it. Am I doing...
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    In my limited knowledge, I was gonna say cumin too. I bought a bottle because I've loved the smell since I was a kid. But yeah, there's a real BO note to it. And it lasts ages.
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    Re: Woody like Cade ?

    I love birch tar. It's in danger of becoming my go-to fix-it base note. Screwed up a blend? Just put 2 drops of birch tar and enjoy the smoky cresosote base. Everything else just becomes incidental...
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    Re: Woody like Cade ?

    I love Virginian cedarwood, more so than Atlas (despite it being the "proper" cedar, Virginian actually being part of the juniper family). I'm waiting for some to be delivered, too, so I can blend...
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    Re: A scale recommendation?

    I've just got into the habit of gently pushing on the sensor every 20 seconds or so, to keep it "ticking over".
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    Re: Vetiver fragrance

    When I first got vetiver (from Indonesia, as it happens) I thought it was patchouli. Then, the more I smelled it, the more different it became. Nutty is definitely one of the ways I'd describe it. It...
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    Re: Allyl Cyclohexyl Propionate - HELP!

    I'd have thought it would be a garlic scent, with allyl in the name. Not that I would know...
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    Re: Which formula composition software do you use?

    I use PW, but only really for the relative odour impact and odour life data (and even some of that is dubious). Have no idea how to actually use it properly as it seems to wildly overcomplicate...
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    Re: About Smelling Strips...

    Ah so it's the warm skin speeding up evaporation? I thought it might be a chemistry thing. I read that Jean Carles preferred to vaporise instead of using strips - and I have an EO vape (tea light...
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    About Smelling Strips...

    Do you need to buy specially made ones, or does cutting up plain white cardboard suffice? The main reason I ask is because when I use my "strips" I find the smell quite unrepresentative of how...
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    Re: Waste - How Much/What You Do With It

    I see what you mean - and I considered it. But, in my impatience, I started buying random oils in high street shops (after reading some web pages on the matter, lurking here, etc). I had no idea what...
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    Re: Birch / Sweet Birch / Betula

    I know what you mean. In low concentrations birch tar gives an almost minty aroma for me. Is this what they call "phenolic"? It kind of reminds me of creosote.
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    Re: Waste - How Much/What You Do With It

    Thanks for the tip. I'm a bit apprehensive about synthetics at the moment though - I'm still familiarising myself with the EOs I've bought. I'll bear that in mind when I take the plunge though.
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    Re: Bee Pollen Tinture

    Tincturing sounds interesting. Are there limits on what can be tinctured? Can I do this at home with leaves, etc, at relatively little cost? Is it similar to an absolute (except with the alcohol left...
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    Re: Waste - How Much/What You Do With It

    Yeah I'll have to get used to it. I think I've ruined my base now, too. Atlas Cedarwood is deceptively strong. It's mixed with vetiver (of which there is over 4x as much) and it's still dominating in...
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    Washing/Moisturising Hands/Cleaning Glassware

    I tend to wash my hands a lot more on a given day if I'm blending oils - I'm sure it's the same for many of us. Can anyone recommend any particular products for that? If you like to moisturise dry...
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    Re: Waste - How Much/What You Do With It

    Yeah I'm still on drops. Until I get a feel for each ingredient, anyway. It was for a middle accord I was trying to put together. Cypress, cinnamon leaf, black pepper and the dreaded lemongrass. I...
  44. Thread: Cedar

    by Con-Li
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    Re: Cedar

    It's quite sweet isn't it? Nothing like the (Virginian) cedarwood I had previously (which apparently is more closely related to juniper). I'm trying to get a balance with vetiver ATM but the...
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    Re: Waste - How Much/What You Do With It

    A truer word was never spoken. I've always hated waste though - and with these lovely oils it seems like such a sin. Time to just suck it up...
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    Re: Waste - How Much/What You Do With It

    Thanks for replying guys. I, too, have started keeping a "dirty blend" - a shot glass of random waste. I cling onto the hope that, one day, I will accidentally stumble upon the nicest smell in the...
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    Waste - How Much/What You Do With It

    When experimenting with blends, how much oils do you typically end up throwing away? Does waste bother you?

    I'm very new to this and I always hate having to throw away duff blends. I think it's...
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    Re: Mouth Tingling While Smelling & Blending

    Ah thank you. This must be ultra fatigue. I read that it's advisable to dilute all your ingredients but I don't have enough alcohol, or spare bottles lying around. Can I get away with just diluting...
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    Mouth Tingling While Smelling & Blending

    Is this normal? It seems that, after a short time, scent vapours are getting into my mouth and it tingles for over an hour. It gets unbearable. Should I be smelling oils directly, or diluting them...
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    Re: Tea Tree / Ti Tree / Melaleuca

    For me it has a sweet "misty" smell. It feels like white noise at the top end, if that makes sense.
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    Re: Labdanum / Cistus / Rock Rose

    I get a distinct vermouth vibe from it. Particularly Martini Rosso. Am I doing it right?
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