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  1. Re: 99% Ethanol used normally for violin varnish and tinctures

    In Italy the alcohol for making cocktails is pure and easily available from the ordinary supermarkets. It might be available in Spain too. I don't know the laws there.

    There are a few threads on...
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    Re: First attempt was terrible, please help!

    A nice exercise is to try putting a drop of each oil on a testing strip up to a certain point. Smell them separately to learn their own aromas, and then waft some together in front of your nose to...
  3. Re: Most comprehensive natural perfumery online course?

    I'm a pupil of hers. Her course is comprehensive and thorough.
  4. Re: How do you have confidence in your perfume compositions...?

    I find having any confidence in ones own creations is very difficult. I have made a few that I thought good enough to work further with, but have never reached the stage of 'perfection' that I seek...
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    Re: Question re: split rules for raw materials

    It's usually conducted by PM and/or off BN on the yahoo groups. It isn't permitted in DIY but discussions are OK as long as the split isn't online. No idea really but I suppose a line has to be drawn...
  6. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    We have one new judge. How kind of Wooznib to do this for us. Thanking you.

    If xx can do it too then we may end up with three but that is fine too.

    How are the brews going?
  7. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    Re: second judge. Have asked and will ask again. Perhaps the mail went in spam. I didn't like to pester seeing as it's quite a task with this many playing. Usually there is a natural being-too-busy...
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    Sticky: Re: Basenotes "Surrender to Denver" Meet-Up Reports

    I have just smiled my way through that video with my grin now stuck each side to my ears. Thank you dear things for sharing. I feel I can nearly hug you all now.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2017

    Thank you for that. There are a few surprises in there imo...

    Acaciosa
    Amarige (my mums perfume for years so maybe I'm biased here)
    Boudoir
    Cabotine (I may wear this one today)
    Charlie (was...
  10. Thread: Jayne Mansfield

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    Re: Jayne Mansfield

    Now... no more..... this is a perfume shop in New York in the 50's and the packaging at the top right looks similar.

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  11. Thread: Jayne Mansfield

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    Re: Jayne Mansfield

    Ha ha... I hadn't immediately noticed that..... how funny. It actually looks like the shape of a woman hips in those trews...

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    Now back to the perfume ID....

    I've changed it from 72dpi...
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    Re: Houbigant mini oils with the black labels

    Well no need to cry for anything other than joy then. We can play perfume fairies and share with someone as passionate about these.

    They certainly weren't that expensive because otherwise I...
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    Re: What formula did you make today?

    Messing with ripening fruits in a cologne again today. Mine stay so light and fruity but I want light but juicy with that really ripe and deep, rich twang. That very one that catches your taste buds...
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    Re: Perfumery is done by weight.

    The overall dilutions can get incredibly low when a material was being used at maybe 0.01% in the first place and in a tiny amount within a sample design. I suppose the answer is to dilute yet again...
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    Re: Perfumery is done by weight.

    All your advice is heeded and will be applied. Thank you. Will be back when the blend is correct.
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    Re: Perfumery is done by weight.

    Most of my trial batches used to be as small as just 1ml when trialling a simple accord of just two or three materials. Nowadays they are 5-10mls for trial blends. Excel sheets reconfigure them to a...
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    Re: Perfumery is done by weight.

    My scales were the best I could afford at the time. The iBalance and it weighs up to 100g at 0.005g increments. They are one of my most treasured perfumery possessions.... but I repeatedly find the...
  18. Re: Beautiful words to do with perfumery.... anything goes (as long as it's nice)

    It goes very well with the woody word of Geosmin. The chemical of that nature.

    ... and Mitti too, the oil of the earth.
  19. Re: Beautiful words to do with perfumery.... anything goes (as long as it's nice)

    Extrait

    noun
    an extract, esp in perfumery


    The French extrai... pronounced without the 't' is so much more elegant than the clunky English word 'extract' with the emphasis on the long 'aaa...
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    Re: Houbigant mini oils with the black labels

    Now I had to go and see where we were.... Some photo treats for all you uber nerds like me.

    The musk bottles... lots of shapes and sizes. (There is a clear tiny musk bottle the same size as the...
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    Re: Houbigant mini oils with the black labels

    Indeed, they do. The patchouli one has got softer and much nicer actually. I keep it in a cotton lined plastic bottle to save it from ever getting broken. I don't wear it often but allow myself a...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I'm off to hunt for those to see what you mean. Thank you for the tips. I might even own the first one. Isn't it shocking when you can't quite remember, because you've got and had so many... I think...
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    Sticky: Re: Basenotes "Surrender to Denver" Meet-Up Reports

    What absolute fun. Thank you ever so much for sharing all this with us. It is like feasting for a perfumistas eyes and imagination. Now who slept on the smelliest bed? What heavenly seas of samples....
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    Re: Do you mix by weight or volume?

    One thing I have found when multiplying weight quantities from small to great is to just keep an eye (or actually nose) open to the final amounts of each of the powerful or more influential...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Absolutely one of my staples. I have three back up bottles of this one and a few minis. Probably enough to last me out... I think this is one of the greatest masterpieces in perfumery. Complex,...
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    Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass

    My son told me that a piercing of the front part of the ear was supposed to cure such things. No idea if it works for everyone, but he has a friend for whom it did work for. It's the newest viral...
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    Re: Best Place to Apply Perfume

    Turn round!! Lol

    The tummy is quite good for a long lasting waft up the shirt all day.
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    Re: Do you mix by weight or volume?

    When I began this and was using drops but wanted to change to weight without losing the spontaneity factor. I just placed my pot on the new scales, zero'd it and carried on, but noted the weight of...
  29. Re: Spoiler alert - Ponk club Module 2 - reveal + GC results - so don't look or mention it elsewhere

    All of these are incredibly useful in perfumes to add that different and mysterious slant to a main material in real micro doses.

    I used number 1 in that L'Humidor game perfume. It is fabulous for...
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    Sticky: Re: Basenotes "Surrender to Denver" Meet-Up Reports

    Me too. My imagination is on fire with all you lovelies sitting there smelling and yabbing non stop perfume.
  31. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Wow, it seriously does look real.

    So now you need these scents then on one of those sorts of evenings... both featuring whisky and rum.

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Who's been wearing my perfume? I can smell your lovely scent from here as now you've made me put some on.
  33. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    I love this thread. I'm scenting you in more than one. You look like you're an in the spirit of the mood perfume wearing chap.
    Penhaligon's Endymion
    Davidoff Zino
    Amouage Jubilation XXV Man
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    Sticky: Re: Basenotes "Surrender to Denver" Meet-Up Reports

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/25e95ea3de44ddf8c085f8b45d0ad69a/tumblr_mopjjvjdle1rkv6xuo1_500.gif

    (i don't know how to post a gif directly on here)
  35. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    And for the Panda look, some bamboo shoots

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  36. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Maybe something else like Lalique White or if you are much sweeter then Sorriso by Profumum Roma
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    Sticky: Re: Basenotes Meet-Up • April 8, 2017 • “SURRENDER TO DENVER”

    Just a weeeeeny tiny piccy..... Pretty pleeeease. xxxxx

    (scratches gently at the screen, purring)
  38. Sticky: Re: Basenotes Meet-Up • April 8, 2017 • “SURRENDER TO DENVER”

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    Jealousina here...... My face is as green as my avatar.....

    Have a wonderful day. We are thinking of you all, and there in spirit.
  39. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    A nice little Lebanese tincture. From May 2014 so three years old now.

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  40. Thread: Blenders

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    Re: Blenders

    My take would be this. A modifier will have a noticeable altering affect on other materials. A blender will harmonise all the ingredients.... but there are always exceptions and depending on the...
  41. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    Oops I was off the ball there.... both in.

    I've been developing my salty accord with some fresh air ideas. Sort of working but not how I want yet. My fresh air accords all seem to go too synthetic...
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    Re: Green Irish Tweed GCMS

    The biggest pieces are smellable with the nose too. It's the well blended ones that defeat the amateur.
  43. Re: PONK module 9 - odour descriptions here (spoiler alert past post 1)

    If you would like a sample of this at the full strength then I will send it to you.
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    Re: Green Irish Tweed GCMS

    For learner perfumers feeling a way forwards in the dark. Any GC results at all are good for understanding a little more than before. However, whether the result sheets are meagre or generous, they...
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    Re: Green Irish Tweed GCMS

    What a shame. I was under the impression you'd all done and seen loads. I've only ever shared getting one done long ago. They were around £100 then.
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    Re: GCMS data to perfume

    These are always fascinating to us, so thank you for sharing. These little nuggets are like having another cooks recipe just for reference, even though one may never cook like that, nor even make it....
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    Re: Green Irish Tweed GCMS

    This is exactly what perfumers talk were doing but sharing the cost out between them equally in advance. I thought they'd done this perfume already.
  48. Re: PONK module 9 - odour descriptions here (spoiler alert past post 1)

    No matter what the material, it is really, really hard smelling blind. You've picked up some interesting nuances there and I will smell them again to see what you are getting. Interestingly it is...
  49. Thread: Five Letter Game

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    Re: Five Letter Game

    Glisteningly Lovely Illuminating Momentary Movement

    SLIME

    (oops sorry. I nicked your word)
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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  51. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    I tend to leave tinctures in for a long while and even then they still can be ineffective as anything other than a nice nuance. If more is wanted, then to magnify them by analysing their aromas and...
  52. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    I love the sound of that tea tincture. I am a complete fiend for tincturing. I do find they are easily dominated but love their delicacy when allowed to shine.
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    Re: New Smelly Game: Animalic

    Sometimes these things lead to better places. Stay happily smelly.
  54. Thread: Sorry

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    Re: Sorry

    Lovely to see you here with fighting talk Grant. We are all here for you (and us) so don't hesitate to ask. If membership needs to be a tad more then just say so, and/or add an additions button and...
  55. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    You are on the list.

    Apologies for not revealing the second evaluator yet. I have not yet had an answer. I will say so when I do.

    Happy blending.
  56. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    That says it all really..... you really mean it if you have backups... and then backups of backups for justincase.
  57. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    Never too late.... come and play too.
  58. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    I did spend some considerable time one holiday in the South of Italy, scraping the resin off the hillside conifers and infusing the wonderful lemon blossoms. The resin worked but the lemon blossoms...
  59. Re: Beautiful words to do with perfumery.... anything goes (as long as it's nice)

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    Horace.... I shall never be able to make a perfume again without him!!!! That made me weep..... ha ha
  61. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    Noooooo, I can't..... not unless you mean one at a time :evil:

    I tried to keep to Yendi but I miss the others then. I would have to roam this barren island all alone and squash flowers....
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I smell flipping marvellous this morning.... A new (to me) bottle of Tabu by Dana with some talc too. I've fallen in love with my own wrists.

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  63. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    This thread is too cruel...

    I have to add vintage Armani to the Yendi, and also squirrel away under some words, so you can't see it, a bottle of Ivoire too.
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    Re: My Gift To You (Cool Water formula)

    That took a bit of digging in the files. I've just gone and hunted for the formula to see what it was in there. I made quite a few variations in 2015 for a mothers day perfume for a friends mum. It...
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    Re: My Gift To You (Cool Water formula)

    I think it was Poison I'm remembering. Now both will have to get smelled.
  66. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    This game will be a fun one then as a contrast to that. Transparent perfume isn't a style that I lean towards either. I'm more a chypre/orientals type.

    I've got my salty accord on the go and am...
  67. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    Wonderful. Welcome in.

    We have a lot of newer BN members in this game. Perhaps you've joined from somewhere else or perhaps you've just begun. Do tell us how you found this game and what sort of...
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    Re: Should a newbie buy expesive materials?

    Here is a good thread with quite a few suggestions from more than one person.

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/291493-complete-newbie-which-starter-kit-please
  69. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Promise I'm not being rude and going on notes.

    Fetish Pour Homme by Roja Dove
    and/or Puredistance M
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    Re: My Gift To You (Cool Water formula)

    Why on earth should this conversation make me want to go and smell a perfume I really hated?..... but it does.
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    Re: Should a newbie buy expesive materials?

    If oud is a fascination for you then by all means buy a small sample of 0.2mls to smell some if plopping cash is an option. The beauty of it is that actually it isn't so very expensive in a way,...
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    Re: You know you're a basenoter when...

    Ha ha ha.... this is me....

    and

    When your children no longer wince when you ram your wrist under their nose with the latest on. They just either silently push it away, or say 'Mum, not now. I'm...
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    Re: My Gift To You (Cool Water formula)

    I had to make a poison-esque perfume once. I wonder if it actually was similar. I was only given a smelling strip with it on and it was fading. I used to hate that perfume so much on my skin, but...
  74. Re: Ancient formula writings.... for laundry and rose balls ++

    Oh such happiness will be found in cooking some kisses... Thank you for these recipes

    http://s28.postimg.org/6qineyatp/Screen_Shot_2017_03_27_at_14_46_04.png
  75. Re: Ancient formula writings.... for laundry and rose balls ++

    I had very strongly thought it was Benzoin but didn't know Rhodinol.

    Odor Description:
    at 100.00 %. floral red rose spicy waxy powdery geranium
    Luebke, William tgsc, (1987)

    Odor Description:...
  76. Thread: The diy lab

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    Re: The diy lab

    You know your kids love you when instead of flowers on mothers day.... they go all the way into the town for you on a Saturday morning (and after being out late the night before)... to get you...
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    Re: Should a newbie buy expesive materials?

    My suggestion is to find another beginner or few and share the cost between you all. Or buy different materials each and swap them.

    It isn't ever worth learning from the wrong odour, but equally...
  78. Re: Ancient formula writings.... for laundry and rose balls ++

    I've used gum tragacanth in cake flower paste so I have that ingredient....

    I wonder if it was used in the traditional amber/musk balls for pomanders then.
  79. Beautiful words to do with perfumery.... anything goes (as long as it's nice)

    I shall start with this word. Sent to me today in a PM and it is beautifully apt for our hobby.

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  80. Re: Ancient formula writings.... for laundry and rose balls ++

    I don't know if these are real or not.... my dad and I were trying to translate them today. If they are real then a younger person has written them IMO.

    Update:- i will add missing and corrected...
  81. Ancient formula writings.... for laundry and rose balls ++

    This was off a Berry Bros wine catalogue cover..... no idea where they got it from. Just thought I'd share.

    http://s14.postimg.org/5xdm9g6ht/IMG_0005.jpg

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    Re: My Gift To You (Cool Water formula)

    The best GC machine is also your nose. Obtain a sample of the fragrance you want to replicate and wear it again and again on the one hand, next to each materials in the suggested ingredients list on...
  83. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    None whatsoever in this game. Let nothing but imagination restrict anybody. Let's make the finest perfumes we can?
  84. Spoiler alert - Ponk module 8 - reveal - no peeking unless you want to know

    Time to do the public reveal for this box for the benefit of those who are just following by reading. Plus for those who wish to obtain some materials for themselves to do the PONKing too without...
  85. PONK module 9 - odour descriptions here (spoiler alert past post 1)

    PONK is an organised regular blind smelling group gymnosium. Fun nose practice for any level of perfumers with a monthly mystery box of untitled materials.

    This is open house practice to learn...
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    Re: Links to perfumery books

    Thank you. I too find online books unsatisfactory to read. I like them in my hand. Also this is fabulous to know about for that book locked inside oneself as yet. What fun to make it happen.
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    Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass

    Watch out... we WILL all be there one day.... it's on the horizon somewhere...

    Been watching this thread and you all have been so wonderfully descriptive. Thank you. There are often many more eyes...
  88. Thread: The diy lab

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    Re: The diy lab

    I've just found an absolute gem. The very thing that every perfumer needs IMO....

    .....an ice tray for mini ice cubes. Made of silicone so easily washable. Just brilliant for filling multiple...
  89. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    'Tis forgive me, for not making it clear. I shall post instruction at the top.

    We normally allow 1-2mls per judge. I am negotiating another judge.

    The best pot is the tiny mini dram bottles...
  90. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    Well this game certainly is getting exciting... such a variety of ideas already.

    (I've PM'd you about another judge David.)
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    Sticky: Re: Welcome to Just Starting Out...

    Hi, there's no need to be embarrassed in here. Everyone can smell and be smelled. Welcome to the kingdom of stinkies.
  92. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    David has kindly agreed to be a judge again, so thank you David. Your time and expertise is highly regarded and very appreciated.

    Our judges are all valuable, busy people so we cannot 'wear them...
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    Re: New Smelly Game: Animalic

    Vintage patchouli is/was a beautiful thing with deep and rich facets, but the more recent ones I have smelled have more of the musty/mouldy vegetal qualities that are less attractive to my nose. Even...
  94. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    Nor mine, which is why it seems a good idea to explore this area. I seem to remember Hermes Eau des Merveilles was fairly transparent and was pretty lively. I liked that one.



    It shouldn't...
  95. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    This is going to be fun. Do share ideas and aims on here.

    I started a nice salty accord some time ago and never gave it a direction to go in. I might give that some thought and maybe further that...
  96. Re: Concerns over shipping and Realistic shelf life

    This will be the area needing more research than your product when you get to this stage. Shipping ethanol counts as dangerous goods and requires specialist carriers. There are numerous threads on...
  97. Re: How to make deer musk oil out of deer musk grains? DPG vs. IPM?

    Just my halfpennyworth...

    The reason sandalwood is used is because it is highly prized for attars and so is musk. It is quite right that such a product should be so highly prized because of all...
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    Re: New smelly game - ideas first

    Done and done. x
  99. Re: March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    Done. You're right. It will be far too confusing with two in one. One aim only.
  100. March 2017 smelly game - transparent, light, summer, daywear perfume

    Kicking off a new game after the last animalic game. Some participants have already entered. Just say if you want to play.

    PERFUME STYLE OBJECTIVE

    Objective
    A Summer fragrance aimed for warm...
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