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  1. Re: Your most loved and hated note in perfumery currently.

    I like this notion of not necessarily liking something, but respecting its place in perfumery heh heh...
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    Re: Saying hello

    :-) Well said, Chris.
  3. Re: Your most loved and hated note in perfumery currently.

    Mike: Sniff some Joy (Jean Patou). This has one of the strongest civet notes in any perfume.
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    Re: Your 10 Modern Masterpieces?

    Yeah these two are incredible.. Rien is hard for me to wear, it's so intense, but Les Nuits, I wear that at least once a week... sublime wonder.
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    Re: Formal Fragrance Training Courses

    What I'm finding in the world if DIY perfumery is that many people have many different experiences, as I talk to different people. Some here have had extensive professional training and have worked...
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    Re: Your 10 Modern Masterpieces?

    Hmmm... Masterpieces might be too strong a word, but some that come close...

    Annick Goutal: Ambre Fetiche
    Serge Lutens: Jeux de Peau
    MDCI Parfums: Chypre Palatin
    Hermes: Elixir de Merveilles...
  7. Re: Your most loved and hated note in perfumery currently.

    Most loved: Juniper berry
    Most hated: Violet
  8. Re: On the beauty of Tagetes and Velvione...

    David, I confess I do not know much about musks; this is the first musk molecule that I've had a chance to get to know, but there are many others I want to learn about.

    Cacio, this is interesting...
  9. On the beauty of Tagetes and Velvione...

    I'm a beginner to mixing and blending, and I've just found a few Essential Oils and Molecules that are so lovely and inspiring that they really make me want to dive deeper in.

    Tagets is unlike...
  10. Re: Starting "open source" perfume formula's; donate yours!

    Very cool idea jsparla, and thks for the additional info Chris and Mumsy...
    I have been looking for resources from which to begin mixing work, and I started out using the Givaudin formulas (the...
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    Re: Shipping Perfume

    Yeah, that's my bad on the USPS/FedEx mentioning; USPS ground shipment would allow for perfume delivery as per the USPS website. I've seen mention in a few places (a la google searches) that small...
  12. Re: What does everyone's laboratories look like?

    This is a great thread - these arrangements are inspiring.
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    Re: Shipping Perfume

    I agree that this is a complex problem with many sides. I think it's natural for some people to wonder why quite suddenly there is a heightened alert placed on the shipping of certain items. I...
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    Re: Shipping Perfume

    God it sounds as though it's getting very bad in the UK...
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    Re: WORST Fragrance you have smelt?

    I know, I am certainly in the minority on this one, but it may be the mysterious 'S' molecule that Mugler advertised. When I smell it, it has that salivary trigger, something like fish sauce or...
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    Re: WORST Fragrance you have smelt?

    Le Labo: Santal 33 (smells like a dirty kitchen in a Japanese restaurant)
    Bronnley's Lavender (exactly like a cat box....)
    Thierry Mugler: Mugler Cologne (Just so very loud and bizarre.)
  17. Re: A Question about Dilution before Mixing

    Hi David - This is very helpful, thank you. I just ordered some Oakmoss, too. I'm not terribly familiar with most of the solvents you've listed (except IPM), but I will find out more about them. I...
  18. A Question about Dilution before Mixing

    Hello All:
    I have a question about diluting Essential Oils and Aromachems. I have read in a number of places that some very strong perfume elements should be diluted before mixing with others. ...
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    Back in the mix

    Greetings Bnotes DIY'ers -
    Goodness it's been a little while since I've been on BN - life's pressures have kept me very occupied (death in the family, new job, new freelance job), and for a while I...
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    Re: A sad day at Pell Wall

    Very sorry to hear the news, Chris - I lost a dog in 2000 and it's rare that a few days pass that I still don't think about her, I understand this kind of connection. It's amazing that she had such...
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    Re: Fuzzy Texture

    Slightly off-topic, but I remember reading this thread back in November and really had no idea what you meant by this fuzzy texture!? I'm happy to report that I've since smelled two commercial...
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    ylang ylang and... banana?

    Hi DIY folks -
    I was eagerly awaiting my first bottle of ylang ylang essential oil, and really enjoyed my first sniffs. I've been experimenting with it in some combinations, but I've noticed that...
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    Re: Next Lutens release: L'eau froide

    Thank you all for the kind words :-) !
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    Re: Next Lutens release: L'eau froide

    Hi Folks - I just did a review for Fragrantica about L'Eau Froide - http://www.fragrantica.com/news/L-Eau-Froide-by-Serge-Lutens-Review-2783.html - very intriguing scent and it really feels like it's...
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    Re: Coriander / Cilantro

    I've always wondered - since coriander is so different smelling from all the different plant parts, do EO distillers make it clear from where the EO's are coming? If you consider how different the...
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    Re: Best Bottles for Essential Oil Storage

    Down the road I'd love to get a scale, I'm sure it's wickedly accurate plus they look really snazzy too.
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    Vintage Youth Dew, Estee Lauder

    Hi Folks - I came across this vintage bottle of Estee Lauder's Youth Dew at an antiques shop in November. I'm not certain of it's age, although the labeling seems to suggest possibly the 1950's...
  28. Re: Complete newbie feeling ill after sniffing essential oils

    Redrose - I had a similar experience many years ago when I had bought some essential oils and began opening/smelling/testing them. I'll never forget that I'd put just a bit too much essential oil of...
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    Re: House of Guerlain

    Chris, BCarter, thank you both! It was a great experience, and it was also a right place/right time situation, too. The really positive note is that I'm finding that people in the sphere of scents...
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    House of Guerlain

    Hello DIY folks:
    This isn't strictly a DIY topic, but I thought this might be of interest - I just completed an article for Fragrantica about my meeting with Marie Line Patry from Guerlain Paris. ...
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    Re: Best Bottles for Essential Oil Storage

    Mumsy - wow, that device looks serious!! I can see why that would be ideal, what with the disposable tips. I think that (when/if?) I'm ever at a stage in which I'd be making such exact and exacting...
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    Re: Best Bottles for Essential Oil Storage

    Thanks Chris, that's very helpful. I was also thinking to myself that the dropper degradation seemed a bit alarmist. I know my mother had some oils in dropper-bottles and I recall now that they...
  33. Re: What holiday fragrance gifts are you giving this year?

    I did some research (actually a LOT of research) to find something my father's wife would like, and I settled on Balmain's MISS BALMAIN (since it is rose-floral but not too intense), KANON for my dad...
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    Best Bottles for Essential Oil Storage

    Hello Folks - I'm a bit perplexed as to the best kind of bottles / droppers I should employ for storing and usage of my essential oils.

    I've been acquiring my oils from a few different sources,...
  35. Re: Argh! So many bottles coming to an end at once!!!

    There are times when I'm glad to finish off a bottle of something, either because I've grown a bit bored with it (like Mont Blanc's 'Presence') or because I was getting nervous seeing so little left...
  36. Thread: Balsam

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    Re: Balsam

    Balsam is a kind of 'catch-all' word to describe natural resins that are thick, gummy, and or oily. So, in certain contexts, you could think of balsam as meaning 'botanical resin'. Probably the...
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    How Many Components Do You Own?

    Hi Group - A general question just to get an idea of the kind of palette that perfume makers work with: How many scent components do you have at your disposal (or that you own)? And, a follow up...
  38. Re: Real Ambergris - how powerful is the smell meant to be?

    Wonderful thread - I hope you'll allow a complete newbie to wade into these ambergris waters...
    I also share a great interest in ambergris, and part of it is for historic reasons. When I was much...
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    Re: Infusing alcohol with...tea?

    greencourt - I made a tea tincture recently that smelled really, really amazing. When I placed some on blotter paper, it kept its scent for about 20 minutes and then faded to a smell similar to...
  40. Re: Any fragrance materials you'd describe as "perfumes in themselves"?

    This is slightly off-topic, but I was recently sent a sample of a perfume called Sole 149. It's primary elements are tomato leaf and jasmine. I was prepared to dislike this perfume based simply on...
  41. Re: Advantages of mixing Essential Oils and Synthetics

    Mumsy, I meant to thank you for your compliments on my paintings :-) I appreciate the feedback, it's always good to hear. As you can see I have my fingers in many creative pies! Thanks again.
  42. Re: Advantages of mixing Essential Oils and Synthetics

    Mumsy, sorry for my late reply - thanks very much for the info, it's very very helpful! I'm particularly interested in the seaweed - I've been reading quite a lot of interesting stuff about seaweed...
  43. This is a great interview, and the questions...

    This is a great interview, and the questions asked were very even-handed. I think Mr. Wasser has a real love of material; something that can't always be detected just from smelling the products from...
  44. Re: Les nuit d'hadrien- Eau du Sud (by Annick Goutal)

    Ahhhh... I bet the eau de parfum is NICE! :-)
  45. Re: Les nuit d'hadrien- Eau du Sud (by Annick Goutal)

    I have both - I really like Annick Goutal fragrances in general, but these two are very interesting.
    Les Nuits resembles Eau d'Hadrien, but is a little bit more ambery and deeper, and lasting longer...
  46. Re: Advantages of mixing Essential Oils and Synthetics

    Hi Mumsy - Wow, I hadn't known about this issue with synthetic Musk.. I suppose this is a serious problem with anything man-made; how we cannot really know its long term effects until such time has...
  47. Re: Advantages of mixing Essential Oils and Synthetics

    This is great information, Chris - thanks very much for the list and for the general guidelines / practices.

    I think the ethics issue is quite important - I can't imagine using animal-based...
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    Re: Submit your application

    I'm a bit cautious with application - I tend to do this: I spray a bit on the wrist (as small a spray as possible), rub the wrists together, then wait about 5-10 seconds. I smell and get a feel for...
  49. Advantages of mixing Essential Oils and Synthetics

    Hello Group -
    I'm curious about the benefits of mixing natural Essential oils with synthetic scents in perfumery. Do the synthetics keep their chemical structure intact longer? Do they help to...
  50. A 'Small' Success with Rose and Frankincense

    Hi Group -
    After a disasterous start, I made a simple blend of oils and tinctures that was actually nice smelling! I have just started in DIY for scent, and made the mistake of putting too many...
  51. Re: Hello to Basenotes / Tincture question / Book suggestions

    Iez, Chris, Thanks very much for the suggestions and encouragement! I've found a great wealth of information online and have also found the scent community is really helpful when it comes to asking...
  52. Hello to Basenotes / Tincture question / Book suggestions

    Hello Basenotes, I'm a new reader and contributor, and very recently experimenting in creating scents. I first wanted to say 'greetings!' to the group, and also to ask a question.

    I decided that...
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