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    Re: Buying a First Perfume Under $100

    I completely agree with lpp and 30 Roses. Boys are attracted to happy woman. Wearing a perfume you like may enhance your self-confidence, good feelings, and happiness. Shining happiness will be...
  2. Thread: Grojsman Accord

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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    At Scent-and-Chemistry is a GC of ambergris tincture shoving a typical 0.05% -/- Ambrox:
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    Re: Benzyl Acetate Harshness

    AHA! ... some time ago my wife told me that benzyl acetate smells very strong, unpleasant and chemical evoking the image of ‘artificial plastic flowers’ and polish remover. I replayed that perhaps...
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    Re: Musk feedback requested

    Disclaimer: I am para- or an-osmic to some musks, so my opinions are perhaps very subjective. I don’t know the smell of Juniper Lactone, Macrolide, Muscenone and Muscone.

    Ambrox and Cashmeran are...
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    Re: GC for Tonka Bean Absolute, Anyone?

    30855Do not know how to send pdf files. In the paper is the following table:

    Table 1 Yields of components, obtained by CO2 extraction and by ethanolic extraction. Results of the HPLC analysis, mg...
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    Re: Benzyl Acetate Harshness

    O.K. I just emphasized the addition of water.
    Edit. because the mention of acetic anhydride.
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    Re: Benzyl Acetate Harshness

    It never happened with my benzyl acetate and I don’t know if the problem comes from acetic acid, so the following may be BS.

    - Benzyl acetate is very little soluble in water, while acetic acid is...
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    Re: Subtle fakes and obvious fakes

    Yes, go with trusted dealers.

    Regarding value, one blog (no longer active) mentioned that in most cases the cost of the perfume is less than 10% of the retail price.
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    Re: What's the one ingredient you hate?

    Ten or 40 years ago I rejected perfumes like Miss Dior, Chanel 19, Cabochard, for their harsh top note. Although I love green notes, galbanum immediately evoked memories of childhood when I helped...
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    Re: What's the one ingredient you hate?

    Neroli, cumin
  11. Re: Sandalwood essential for beard oil (and other beard oil suggestions)

    I’s vey possible. I expect that distilled oil will differ in composition from an extract (absolute), the thing those guys analyzed. At the one hand, if b-ionone is or not an artefact of the...
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    Re: Perfume that Men love the most on Women?

    Poucher: “Chypre perfumes are generally classified as belonging to the extremely heavy, very clinging type, and curiously enough when copious quantities are worn by elegant ladies the peculiar...
  13. Re: Effect of Rose or Violet scents on male body language and behavior

    Some 40-50 years ago in a small village in dark Transylvania there were hard rules with regard to scent use:

    - Scents for males had to be dry, fugitive, close to the skin, without silage,...
  14. Re: Sandalwood essential for beard oil (and other beard oil suggestions)

    The perfumery product is sandalwood oil, not absolute. The oil has a much higher proportion of santalol, and maybe the ionone is present in oil in even smaller quantities than in the absolute, or is...
  15. Thread: Clary Sage

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    Re: Clary Sage

    Some clary sage absolutes contain up to 20% sclareol, which may be responsible for the amber/musky note = "animal".

    One sample of clary sage oil exhibited a distinct wet hair note.
    BTW, wet dog:...
  16. Re: Sandalwood essential for beard oil (and other beard oil suggestions)

    alpha-ionone is in Lebanon cedarwood and if I remember correctly also in Atlas cadarwood.
  17. Re: How to built a Chypre ( Mitsouko direction) accord.

    Replacing some coumarin and vanillin with the adjusted quantities of the respective tinctures improved the perfume, for me. I would replace musk xylene with ketone, as much as possible, and adjust...
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    Re: Hexyl Cinnamaldehyde

    saponier, hope this sample will be as expected.

    David, at the beginning, many years ago, I suspected that the issue is related to the ratio of isomers, then I tried different compounds with known...
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    Re: Hexyl Cinnamaldehyde

    In my case I think something is wrong with my nose :embarassed:. For me cinnamic alcohol is distinctly spicy (two samples, one of GC/MS grade), cinnamic acid is much stronger than benzoic acid and...
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    Re: Hexyl Cinnamaldehyde

    To me hexyl cinnamaldehyde in concentration above 1% is heavy, cloying and sickening, and so is Jasmatone, another jasmine odorant.

    Keep in mind that the odor descriptions are agreed by experts, a...
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    DrSmellThis, I am sorry if my previous post was received as offensive or confrontational. It was specifically addressed to zmiyashiro. I added the notes to make clear my position viz. human...
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    zmiyashiro, the point I tried to make was that if you know exactly what you want, it is upon you to compose that note, whatever materials you may choose from the many suggested in the thread. What is...
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    Re: Universally sexy notes?

    LOL. But on a heavier note, my feeling is that the MHC & smell & mate choice theories are no longer fashionable. However, would they be true, each group will have his own sexy note, that is, no...
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    zmiyashiro, now I realize that maybe I misunderstood the question. Since there are / were (?) on the market colognes with aliphatic acids and steroids, like AndronTM by Jovan, maybe the question...
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    Isovaleric acid is also the “pimary odorant” in Amoore’s sweaty primary odor family. It’s not an important contributor to the armpit sweat smell as was supposed in the past.

    With regard to “an...
  26. Thread: Grojsman Accord

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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    I also think that experiments are the most important thing. You can go further and buy from Vigon a product that contains 83% of a methyl-ionone isomer with cas # 127-51-5, from Sigma-Aldrich a...
  27. Thread: Grojsman Accord

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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    “Isoraldeines - 70 & 95 and both Methyl Ionone Gamma(s) - 70 & 95” are trade names for products that guarantee that you buy something containing n-methyl ionone or alpha-isomethyl ionone in certain...
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    Re: Universally sexy notes?

    I also agree with cacio that there are no chemicals that alone or in a blend will be judged universally as “sexy” and that their odor quality is assessed somehow “unconsciously”. Those chemicals...
  29. Thread: Grojsman Accord

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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    Hi Paul, Nizan already answered.

    About the use of large quantities of Galaxolide and iso-E-super in the 90’s, I suspected that people genuinely believed that both compounds have pheromonal...
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    Re: Cedar on Fragrantica - I just don't get it

    For me cedar wood oil has a soft, medium lasting smell, without the ambroxan note of Iso E or the harsh sawdust note of concentrated norlimbanol.

    I find a common note in the smell of pencils,...
  31. Thread: Grojsman Accord

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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    Just my opinion: I see the Grojsman accord as part of a modern Polyanthus, the classical primrose perfume “that smells better than the flower” (4 rose, 2 jasmine, 1 violet, 1 musk). Modifying the...
  32. Thread: Concrete

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    Re: Concrete

    The well-known “fixative” for lavender is Exaltolide, but the proper composition/fixative proportion can be assessed only by trial and error.

    Poucher gives many elaborate formulas for lavender...
  33. Thread: Bees?

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    Re: Bees?

    In honey bees the Nasanov gland produces a pheromone that contains geraniol and citral. This pheromone attracts bees during swarming.
    Isoamyl acetate is part of the bees' alarm pheromone and will...
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    Sticky: Re: Welcome to Just Starting Out...

    Thanks,

    I enjoy the time on Basenotes for more than five years and learned a lot, especially from the diversity of viewpoints each topic is approached.
    Hope to contribute also.

    Thanks again,...
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    Sticky: Re: Welcome to Just Starting Out...

    Hi,

    I visit Basenotes for many years because my love for perfumes. It began when I first smelled a vintage Arpege some 40 years ago.

    Even before, smell was an important part of my “umwelt”: the...
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    Re: Coumarin, A Carcinogen?

    In my recollection:

    Coumarin is not carcinogenic. There is no evidence for that.

    Coumarin is toxic when eaten in large quantities.

    The harmful effects attributed to coumarin in the past were...
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