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  1. Re: What musks were likely used in creating Muscs Koublaï Khän?

    Tonquitone is a good place to start if you want to make something a bit dirty.
  2. Thread: Hekserij

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    Re: Hekserij

    They're great and responsive. Jan is even a basenoter, methinks.
  3. I don't think Lauder will mess with the scents,...

    I don't think Lauder will mess with the scents, at least not initially.
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    Re: Okoumal from PA

    I have gotten Okoumal a couple times from PA, and I could always smell it, though not so much neat. (I find pretty much all the woodambers hard to smell neat.)
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    Re: What Makes a "Pink" Fragrance?

    If I'm not mistaken, creatingperfume.com has an accord called "Pink Notes," which I think is a berry type thing.

    As for the color, I always thought anisyl acetate smelled pink.
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    Re: Musk xylene/musk ketone

    I don't know what the percentage was in the solution, but I've been able to dissolve musk ketone in benzyl salicylate.
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    Re: Becoming A Supplier

    Why not start out selling to basenoters and the people on the perfumemaking Yahoo! group--sending out/posting a pricelist and shipping small orders, to gauge interest?

    I also say the more the...
  8. Thread: Iso e super

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    Re: Iso e super

    Is that the Benzoin base there in the picture? How does it compare to the typical benzoin essential oil?
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    Re: Recreating log fire scent

    If it's labeled birch tar, I'd say it must be a mixup.
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    Re: Recreating log fire scent

    You probably got birch essential oil, which smells wintergreeny. It's the birch tar that smells smoky/leathery.
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    Re: Galaxolide 50% IPM - Scent?

    Does anyone know if Cervolide has more of the "hot iron" smell than Habanolide. I really love that aspect of Habanolide, and I haven't smelled Cervolide. But if that aspect is significant, I may...
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    Re: Galaxolide 50% IPM - Scent?

    The smell of Galaxolide always makes me think of Trésor.
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    Re: ylang ylang and... banana?

    In Perfumes: The Guide they refer to ylang as having an overripe banana smell.
  14. I'd like to know the same thing! How DOES one...

    I'd like to know the same thing! How DOES one become a YouTube star??
  15. Thread: Hard at work

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    Re: Hard at work

    Nicely done!
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    Re: What make it sexy?

    I'm surprised to read that you find Tonalide sexy. I've always gotten a fruity and dry laundry aspect from it, and consider it to be very fresh smelling. I'll have to have another look at it and see...
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    Re: Hyrax Source Small Scale US

    Is that the same as Africa Stone tincture? Because that you can get from enfleurage.com.
  18. I've developed an on/off nose spray habit in the...

    I've developed an on/off nose spray habit in the past few years. In Sweden, you can't buy a decongestant in pill form, which I find ludicrous, but you can buy the sprays. I've known lots of people...
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    Re: Negative emotions scents

    I kinda lived that underwear experiment for most of my 20s. And maybe 30s.
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    Re: Corpse Flower Bloom

    I'm jealous. I didn't smell much of anything when I saw one bloom in Brooklyn. I think most of the piquancy had worn off by the time I got to see it.
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    Re: Negative emotions scents

    I've just very recently experienced Tonquitone, so I must note: "a bit" animalic? I was bowled over by it at 100%. It smells like a pair of underwear that I've worn 5 days in a row. My experience...
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    Re: ISO Apple Blossom FO

    Just out of curiosity, what do apple blossoms smell like? I've never smelled one.
  23. Re: Great FRÉDÉRIC MALLE Interview, - Interesting slant on All Natural Scents too

    I thought that cologne referred to either the concentration or a particular type of composition--i.e., a light, citrusy type of scent like 4711, Acqua di Parma, Chanel Eau de Cologne and Bigarade...
  24. Re: Great FRÉDÉRIC MALLE Interview, - Interesting slant on All Natural Scents too

    I find this a tricky analogy, because it seems to me that equating modern music with auto-tune, drum machines and Pitbull is the same thing as saying that modern perfumery is all Calone and...
  25. Thread: Using Ultrazur

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    Re: Using Ultrazur

    Does anyone else think that Ultrazur smells really 90s?
  26. Cuiron was a true gem.

    Cuiron was a true gem.
  27. Thread: Musk ketone

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    Re: Musk ketone

    Didn't Chanel No. 5 have around 10% of nitro musks? I don't think anyone ever died from that perfume.
  28. Re: Article: Heeley launches all-natural Vetiver Veritas

    I can't help but wonder whether the juice is made up only of essential oils or whether it also contains fractionated oils/natural isolates.
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    Re: Hello, newb wants tips on copyright.

    Back in the 80s, I got a lovely perfume oil from the local flea market named "Abdul Salaam Compares His No. 32 to Obsession for Men." You could always try that type of strategy!
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    Re: Makking solid perfumes

    You are a national treasure, David Ruskin! :)
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    Re: What smells like sea salt, beach?

    I don't know what Choya Nakh smells like, but once upon a time I had some Tangerinol. I remember reading that it had a seaweed aspect, but I don't recall getting much of that when I smelled it. If I...
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    Re: What smells like sea salt, beach?

    I have the seaweed decolorized absolute. A friend of mine said it smells like "burnt brakes," as in car breaks. He smelled it 100%, though. It makes me think of sushi. I like it, but I've not smelled...
  33. Re: Adding Vitamins C & E, glycerin, Polysorbate-20

    Would the vitamin C alter the pH enough to alter the less stable aromatic components?
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    Re: Materials Wishlist

    Pharmacist blender: There was someone selling 10ml samples very recently (I got some last week) of different things on the Yahoo! perfumemaking group. Among those was Polysantol.
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    Re: Benzyl Benzoate, smell of...

    I think musk ketone is also soluble in benzyl salicylate. At least I've gotten crystals to dissolve in it. Just don't ask me the percentage.
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    Re: Help with incense blend

    C12 MNA for topnote effect?
  37. Re: Is it possible to use rotten garbage in a fragrance ?

    The perfume Calyx has been decribed as having a rotting garbage aspect with its guava, and I smell it in there.
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    Re: Musk xylene/musk ketone

    Just out of curiosity, what were your preferred nitro musks? I've read that musk ambrette is the one that everyone wishes they could use, and that musk xylene isn't as refined as musk ketone. Did you...
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    Re: Single aromachemical fragrances

    Oh my, this is embarrassing to be asked--shoulda thought that through.
    The truth is that I don't know, probably 5-15%, more or less. See, the whole Habanolide thing began when my partner wanted...
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    Re: Musk xylene/musk ketone

    I think I read somewhere that Musk Xylene is classified as an explosive in Sweden.
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    Re: Amber and White Musk

    +1 to Nizan's comment. I love spending hours reading old forums. It's a great way to learn.
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    Re: Single aromachemical fragrances

    I would definitely recommend Velvione, since Helmut Lang's Velviona is said to be composed only of it. I have a dilution of just Habanolide that I wear.
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    Have you looked at the Good Scents Company page? (to see if -and where- chemicals have been found to occur in nature)
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    Omikron has a handful of oils it sells that it calls nature-identical. The site's in German, though:...
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    Re: Any experience with ordering from CGherbals

    I'm looking at their site now--I had no idea they sold in small amounts, and they have tons of stuff. What currency do they sell in? I can't find where to change the currency on the site, and I don't...
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    Re: i love pistachio ...

    Have you smelled the pistachio CO2 from Hermitage? http://www.hermitageoils.com/pistachio-co2-select-1335
  47. Thread: Suede leather

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    Re: Suede leather

    Don't know the perfume, but I think Suederal is always a great place to start.
  48. Re: links for perfume making, especially about chemistry?

    If you like foresty smells, oakmoss absolute is a good thing to have. Fir balsam absolute as well. And Hermitage Oils has geosmin and some pyrazines which you might find interesting.

    As for wet...
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    Re: Raspberry-Ketone, strange things...

    I can barely detect anything when I try to smell it at 100%. I think it's just one of those chems that needs dilution.
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    Re: Note sure how do describe a scent

    I still get tripped up by the 'phenolic' descriptor. I've smelled cresol and one of the acetates, and I've smelled an old disinfectant product with some phenol derivative or something. But I notice...
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    Re: Always Vanilla Ad - UGH!

    What's this buzz on Ultravanil? I think I remember reading about that--that it has a very 'vanilla absolute' note. Does anyone know if there's a place to get small hobbyist quantities?

    I'll admit...
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    Re: Jasmine absolute - synthetic

    I think Sampaquita is fantastic. It doesn't feel as indolic or weighty as jasmine sambac, but it's lovely. Have you smelled Gelsol? I'm interested in that base.
  53. Re: Remedy for olffactoral fatigue...for real or old wive's tale?

    Have you read The Secret of Scent, islearom? That's Luca Turin's book the goes into depth about his take on the vibrational theory of olfaction. I confess that the latter 2/3 of the book got over my...
  54. Re: Article: Demeter's Zombie fragrances back from the dead

    I have to say---they sound great! I never saw them when they were out. I wonder if they live up to their descriptions. And if so, I wonder whether they're wearable.
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    Re: Article: Cheetos launches cheesy scent

    If this is actually real, I must have it!
  56. Thread: Musk

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    Re: Musk

    PA has cosmone in small quantities. And you could also try muscenone, if you like the nitromusky vibe.
  57. Thread: Musk

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    Re: Musk

    Interesting about Cosmone. I get a vanilla/heliotrope vibe from it a little, and my partner said it had a note of 'old milk'. I get the ambery feel from it, I think, but also the powdery connotation...
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    Re: Orris root powder

    I noticed that they're getting Irival in stock on creatingperfume.com. I don't think they have it yet.
  59. Thread: Fecal notes

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    Re: Fecal notes

    You've smelled some mercaptans in dilution already--they're used to odorize natural gas so leaks are perceptible.
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    Re: Cannabis in perfumery

    the THC itself isn't responsible for the odor of cannabis. I think I read that the odor is due mainly to the sesquiterpinoids.
  61. Re: Advice on adding a baked/roasted nut scent that doesn't overpower?

    I've gotten homofurunol from PA before. Yes, it's rather caramellic. I think of it as having a slightly 'bread pudding' aspect. It has a bit of the roasted note to it, and I can see how it can be...
  62. Thread: Fecal notes

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    Re: Fecal notes

    I wouldn't describe marijuana as fecal, more 'skunky.' And only some of it at that, of course.
  63. Re: hi guys i need your openion on the compliment factor of these colognes

    I don't take compliments from people into account when I get a fragrance. I've gotten compliments wearing all kinds of things, and I think that the compliments say more about the person giving them...
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    Re: What smells like sea salt, beach?

    You could try dimethyl sulfide--it's supposed to be the "smell of the sea": http://www.livescience.com/4313-key-smell-sea.html That said, it's also supposed to be rather unpleasant on its...
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    Re: Rose Otto & Damascone

    Perfumers Apprentice does have beta-damascone, but it's expensive..
  66. Thread: Cinnemaldehyde

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    Re: Cinnemaldehyde

    I think cinnamon bark essential oil is around 95% cinnamaldehyde, so you don't really need to distill it yourself. Perfumers Apprentice and plenty others also sell it. I haven't actually used it...
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    Re: Favorite notes?

    -new mown hay / tonka bean
    -jasmine sambac
    -galbanum, tomato leaf, crisp vegetal notes
    -a gingerbread accord
    -tuberose
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    Re: Compiled list of so called (old man) scents.

    People used to tell me that Aramis smelled like their grandfather. I'm sure it's generational, what's considered old smelling--for my generation, old man scents were usually ones heavy on the...
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    Re: Do suggest me a new chanel summer scent

    I'd choose Pour Monsieur from the three you mentioned. But I would also suggest considering Cristalle Eau Verte. Nice, light, green, summery, not too floral. And probably not many other guys...
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    Re: 2-Nonenal - the 'elderhyde'

    I think to get grey hair, one would bleach the hair to the lightest possible shade, which would be inside-of-the-banana yellow, and then tone it with blue/purple to cancel out the yellow, using just...
  71. Re: Why is phenyl acetaldehyde always sold in PEA?

    I remember getting smell fatigue with the phenylacetaldehyde, but not in seconds. When it polymerized, however, it became pretty much odorless. I don't think the entire small bottle of it had...
  72. Re: Why is phenyl acetaldehyde always sold in PEA?

    I'm pretty sure you can get pure phenylacetaldehyde from Olfactik. I have before, and it's super strong. And sure enough, after a while, it polymerized.
  73. Thread: Why no sulfur?

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    Re: Why no sulfur?

    I've definitely gotten leather from Cuiron and Tuscan Leather. (And if you like Tuscan Leather but don't like its price, try Leather by Monothème--it smells just like it.) Both of those are kind of...
  74. Re: Synthetics, Fixatives, and other crazy ingredients for a HOBBYIST?

    Don't forget Hermitage Oils. They have a great selection of synthetics these days, especially musks.
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    Re: Less volatile alternatives to benzaldehyde

    PK---I wouldn't say I need the cuminaldehyde; I'm just curious. But if it oxidises very quickly, then maybe I shouldn't get any, since I have less than ideal storage conditions.

    Nizan--how long...
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    Re: Less volatile alternatives to benzaldehyde

    No, the site does not make it easy! I haven't smelled cuminaldehyde, but it may make it to my second to-buy list from them. On the list of things to buy first would include Cervolide, Musk R1 and...
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    Re: Less volatile alternatives to benzaldehyde

    one more thing around the benzaldehyde note: Lothar Streeck has para-tolualdehyde (4-methylbenzaldehyde) for sale in 20g quantities, so that could also be an option, I suppose. TGSC says the...
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    Re: difference between eugenol and isoeugenol

    I can barely smell eugenyl acetate. But eugenol and isoeugenol I can smell just fine.
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    Re: Less volatile alternatives to benzaldehyde

    para-methyl acetophenone can be gotten at creatingperfume.com. (They also have heliotropyl acetone, which won't help you much -either- because they don't ship that internationally, but just so you...
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    Re: Less volatile alternatives to benzaldehyde

    From what I've read on TGSC, it seems like para-methyl acetophenone could be longer lasting than benzaldehyde, but I have no experience with it. The regular acetophenone isn't very long lasting. I...
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    Re: How do you open a bottle of cologne?

    I had a bottle of Realm for Women* that had the permanent clamp on, and eventually it came off on its own. But I'm sure pliers would do the trick.

    *Love this scent, with its...
  82. Thread: Moxalone

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    Re: Moxalone

    If it's very important to you whether or not it's quickly biodegradable, then to be on the safe side, don't use it or anything you think may or may not contain it. There you go.
  83. Thread: Schiff's bases

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    Re: Schiff's bases

    How did the C12MNA come out smelling? Was it like MNA but with a floral undertone? If I had the proper expertise and equipment, I would love to try anisaldehyde or Triplal with methyl anthranilate.
  84. Re: Perfumer’s Supply House Tools – Table of Terpenes – a visual introduction from isoprene to latex

    LOVE these!!!! Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Strongest highly diffusive aroma chemicals

    Can't we just make the fragrance for you? Maybe purchase the bottles and do all the marketing too? Please????
  86. Thread: Acetates

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    Re: Acetates

    In my experience it seems that acetates tend to be fresher and often fruitier than the corresponding alcohols, but my experience is rather limited.
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    Re: difference between eugenol and isoeugenol

    Well, as for my two cents, I find eugenol to be the essence of clove---sharp, sweet, edible. I find isoeugenol to be a bit more floral and softer, and with a faint ham or salami undertone....
  88. Re: S.O.S. Room stinks of chemicals and can't ventilate due to storm

    Maybe you should stick to appreciating pre-made perfumes. Of course, those also break and can make a room stink. I believe that was the word.

    This type of thing is the risk you take when you make...
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    Re: Dior Homme Cologne (2013)

    I like it for being a cologne, but there are others in the class that I'd rather have.
  90. Thread: BDP vs Derby

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    Re: BDP vs Derby

    Derby!
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    Re: Heliotrope accord

    I'm sure I've heard people say that they use veratraldehyde as a substitute for heliotropin. You can also get the veratraldehyde powder from de Hekserij. (I probably misspelled that name. I can...
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    Re: Suggestions for a leather based fragrance

    I think Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford is a very user-friendly leather. You could always try Cuir de Russie by Chanel, but it's quite floral.
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    Re: Men use women's perfume

    "Women's" perfumes have so much more variety, and arguably better quality, than "men's¨" ones. As for men wearing makeup, guyliner often looks great.
  94. Re: Hermes launches Classic Collections; first out Bel Ami Vetiver

    Yes, THIS!

    I am intrigued to see what Ellena does with these interpretations, though. It would be nice to have the old Bel Ami and the old Equipage, though. Speaking of which, has Equipage been...
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    Re: Should skinny guys be wearing beige and red?

    I don't understand why not. Is there a good reason why not?
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    Re: Good MUSK combos?

    What is the musk ambrette? Is it from ambrette seed, is it the nitro musk or is in a (nitro) musk ambrette replacer?

    I'll point out that I quite like Musc Ravageur, but I find it more like an...
  97. Re: Article: Calvin Klein to launch CK One and Euphoria flankers next year

    The world doesn't need any more CK One flankers.
  98. Poll: Re: I'm losing sleep over this, help me out, Gucci Guilty line or Bleu De Chanel

    Wear something that makes you feel sexy and confident. That is what will appeal to the opposite sex. And possibly Chanel Pour Monsieur.
  99. Re: Where to purchase Tuscan Leather in Austria??

    I think you can order it from sephora.fr, if I remember correctly.
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    Re: New clothing smell

    I can attest to the hot-ironed smell that Habanolide has. I diluted some in water as a spray for various things. It really does have that nuance.

    And I SWEAR I have smelled something akin to...
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