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    Re: "Alcohol is not good for perfumes"....

    I am talking about a mentioned preference to only use ethanol rather than Perfumer's alcohol with Isopropyl myristate and Monopropylene glycol.
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    "Alcohol is not good for perfumes"....

    Ok, so I read some feedback that perfumers alcohol is actually not good for perfumes because it creates a drying effect and shortens the fragrance lifespan on the skin. It's preferred to use ethanol...
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    Re: Search doesn't work

    hm... could be a firefox issue. Seems to work in explorer.
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    Search doesn't work

    The search feature doesn't work anymore. It doesn't bring a single search result. It used to be fairly decent.
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    Base prep - what percentage?

    I want to pre-make a final finishing preparation.
    Those of you with a solid experience in chemistry, what is your recommended percentage distribution of the following:

    Ethanol (denaturate), ...
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    Re: Minimizing odor in a home hobbyist lab

    Hm.... would creating a candle from Parsley/Coriander maybe work and then burn it for 10-15 mins? Parsley can remove the taste and smell of even garlic within a minute! It may work as an air...
  7. Re: Sandalwood EO? Let me send an expert a sample in the US

    I personally think the Mysore Sandalwood is the absolute best and second to none. Since I cannot mention sources for my purchases from the risk of being flagged for 'promoting' the supplier, I can...
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    Re: Yes... its an Aventus inspired formula

    I personally think Creed is a marketing house more than they are a perfume house. I've got a fairly broad range of great testers of theirs (from a source I am apparently not allowed to mention to...
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    Timbersilk and Sylvamber... disappointing

    Ok, so one of my favorite suppliers of Iso E Super ran out of stock (won't mention the name of the supplier since I've been flagged once (!) for recommending quality sources for supplies....
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    Re: How much cologne should I add to lotion?

    It all depends what kind of perfume you want to use. If you use a perfume which is "Intense" (very heavy, very strong - around 20%) it's enough to spray just 3-4 times into a 200gram jar of cream,...
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    Re: Recommend an incense-led scent?

    Maharajah by Nicolai perfumes, the Paris based perfumerie is a really nice spice-scented perfume. It's full and rounded. I love the candle version, too.
  12. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I tried Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf and was pleasantly surprised. It's a really pleasant fragrance, a traditional cologne with a subtle sweet touch - almost reminder of candy.
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    Re: What do you think of Nicolai Amber Oud?

    Amber Oud from Parfums du Nicolai: It's a very strong fragrance - like all of Nicolai's perfumes - so if you like perfumes with a spread of a few meters and a sillage for hours on end, it's...
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    Re: Best source for quality testers

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    How can you get Aventus 17x01 for £14 when it costs almost £3 per ml? I know retailers can't even buy them at that kind of discounts wholesale.
    When luxury fragrances are sold too cheap it's...
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    Re: How many varieties of Aventus have been made?

    I have the testers of the current fruity version of Aventus, the smoky version and the 17x01 that I purchased from www.theperfumerie.com

    But I find Aventus to be somewhat of a clone of the...
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    Best source for quality testers

    It seems some are looking for high-quality authentic testers of luxury perfumes. I can recommend a really good, small webshop for great testers.

    Ok, this is where perfumers themselves buy samples...
  17. Re: Different effects in a mix of ISO E SUPER and TIMBERSILK

    "A typical GLC profile for Iso E Super is given in Figure 2. Peaks with greater than 1 percent concentration are labeled with letters A to H. In commercial versions, these isomers are usually present...
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    Re: What's your Aventus collection like?

    The eBay link is f u l l o f f a k e s. ....
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    Re: Do Dior Sauvage and Creed Aventus Smell the same ?

    No, they don't but I can clearly smell the base formula from Sauvage used to create Aventus.
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    Re: Sellers and Aventus decants, losing money?

    A real decantered Aventus would run anywhere a minimum £15 to £25 for 10ml.

    It's not possible even at wholesale rates for them to sell genuine Aventus at £10 or less. The eBay, postage, packing...
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    How many varieties of Aventus have been made?

    Does anyone know the number of varieties of Aventus made over the years, and what differs in the fragrance tree between them?

    I've heard some older versions of Aventus are woody while the new one...
  22. Thread: Am I wrong....?

    by MNX
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    Re: Am I wrong....?

    I do respect if he didn't want to give away his formula - but why pretend to give it, lead people on, recommend where to purchase the aroma chemicals and then insist the formula is accurate? I do...
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    Re: Yes... its an Aventus inspired formula

    On that note I read a report from a manufacturer of really cheap perfumes (they sell for as little as £10 each) where two of their creations for really famous luxury brands got awards... These...
  24. Thread: Am I wrong....?

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    Re: Am I wrong....?

    Some. But I asked him what company is the supplier for the aroma chemicals and after pulling a lot of hairs he finally said it was IFF. It still doesn't add up.... I just think he avoided to give the...
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    Re: tom ford tuscan leather fake or authentic ?

    Buy the real thing then you don't have to keep feeling suspicious....
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    Re: Yes... its an Aventus inspired formula

    Creed is only a marketing company. They publish thousands of fake reviews and use aggressive mass marketing to advertise their products, of which many are cheap copies of existing perfumes. The...
  27. Thread: Am I wrong....?

    by MNX
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    Am I wrong....?

    So, I've been on a few workshops with a French perfumer (professionally educated, worked for big brands) to recreate some classics. We've worked from a base accord and developed the fragrance further...
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    Re: creed GIT fake ? please help

    I don't really understand why so many people keep asking if their perfumes are real or fakes when they can buy them straight from the company and be sure they are authentic.
  29. Best short-run and cost effective packaging UK...?

    I'm having massive obstacles finding good quality short-run packaging / printing in London or UK for small quantities.

    Any suggestions?

    For lowest cost labeling I can recommend...
  30. Re: Sharing my Shalimar formula based on Louis Appell's formula-type

    I have an absolutely superb and beautiful base formula for Shalimar, but it's no more than 15 key ingredients. It changes dramatically depending on the manufacturer of the aroma chemicals. It's quite...
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    Re: Yes... its an Aventus inspired formula

    That's a massive list (=expensive) for a fragrance that is not particularly complex or sophisticated.
  32. 38 liters of human urine found in Jeddah perfume factory selling "Oud"

    Saudi perfume factory selling Oud in the Middle East region...

    Yikes...

    http://lifeinsaudiarabia.net/blog/2016/05/08/38-liters-of-human-urine-found-in/
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    Re: WPC 2018 Presentations

    That would be wonderful. Thank you!
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    Re: Crimp versus screw bottles and leaking

    The only way I have resolved this issue with screw necks which is a huge problem even with crimp bottles is to add petri dish tape.

    You wrap (a little bit tight) PetriSEAL stretchable tape* for...
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    Re: Perfume Formulas (found in Patent Applications)

    There are thousands of free formulas to be found out there. But many are not a particular preference to the person who has them - and it's pretty expensive and very time consuming to experiment with...
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    Re: Real or fake? How can they sell so cheap?

    They are all clones. It's not possible to sell an authentic fragrance unusually cheap. The perfume manufacturers provide a wholesale price to distributors. Sellers must quality to access those rates...
  37. Re: Don't Add Water, Glycerin or Jojoba to Alcoholic Perfumes

    It's clear that there are some perfumers who are completely against water in their creations. On that note I may add that I took a course by one of Dior's senior perfumer in Paris [who had also...
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    Re: Great Free PDF of a book

    Is there another direct link someone can provide or message me to email me a pdf copy? The one PK provided doesn't seem to work.
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    Re: Working with Jasmin

    The fragrance is now very expansive and rich. But it doesn't last beyond two hours...
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    Re: bestbottles.com shipping cost in europe

    @Sober There is an Italian company outside of Milano that sell small quantity bottles and spray pumps (only crimp neck) plus caps for very reasonable prices: www.stocksmetic.com

    Stocksmetics...
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    Re: UK/EU option for Hexapus or Pell Wall?

    @Dmitriy You just need a business license number and tax number. Sometimes they may ask for the actual business registration copy. But other than that it doesn't matter what kind of business it is....
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    Re: Dilution chart for Essential Oils?

    I meant for the primary formulation use - before alcohol is added. Essential oils are a bit too strong and it's easier to work with them if they are ready-diluted.
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    Dilution chart for Essential Oils?

    Does anyone have a really good quality chart for recommended dilution of Essential Oils?
  44. Re: Fake 50ml Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille ? Please help!

    Made in China... It's a clear fake.
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    Re: Working with Jasmin

    @MezNez @faceless void @Dimitriy @I.D.Adam @pkiler

    Thank you so much for all the suggestions!

    I'm experimenting with the suggestions so far and letting it stand a few days. It's got a nice...
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    Working with Jasmin

    Does anyone have a shortcut to add a green freshness, volume and sillage to Jasmin without increasing (or flatten) the sweet notes or concealing the Jasmin too much? I have a beautiful jasmin blend...
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    Re: UK/EU option for Hexapus or Pell Wall?

    Thank you so much!

    I've not had a 'problem' per say with either companies. They have fantastic products. It's just slow and not really helpful.
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    Re: Recreating violet/powder notes without synthetics

    @RSG Thank you for the wonder recommendations! I will certainly try them out.

    :)
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    UK/EU option for Hexapus or Pell Wall?

    Does anyone know a UK or EU wholesale replacement for Hekserij or Pell Wall?

    Both companies have wonderful products and of high quality. But the friendly Hekserij is extremely slow and take about...
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    Re: Oder detection thresholds in water

    I am not sure what value it has since water in perfumes (for those who prefer to use water) is only 5-10% max anyways.
  51. Thread: London meet-up?

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    London meet-up?

    I recall a group a few months back who planned to meet at Harrods or Les Senteurs [Elisabeth Street, Belgravia) to sample and assess new fragrances. Any new schedule coming up on this subject?
  52. Elie Saab's Girl of Now EdP - Lady Million copy?

    So, I got my perfume sample box from The Perfume Society a few days back. I noticed that Elie Saab's 'Girl of Now' EdP is more or less a copy of Paco Rabbane's Lady Million... Nothing new here.
    ...
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    Re: DPG aroma chemical dilutant?

    @pavomi The reason I use/prefer Formulator's alcohol (FA) rather than Perfumer's alcohol (PA) is that I found PA too sharp and difficult to soften while FA softens in a shorter time than PA. PA is...
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    Re: Recreating violet/powder notes without synthetics

    What would you recommend for sometimes somewhat reminded to Penhaligons' 'Violetta' - but much more expansive, rich and stronger?

    I've created a violet fragrance and it's surprisingly nice; warm,...
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    Re: DPG aroma chemical dilutant?

    Thank you so much. That's what I assumed but I wasn't 100% sure why DPG and not alcohol is recommended.
  56. Re: Fragrances you couldn´t wait to smell, but ended up disappointing you

    Chanel No 5. - (Absolutely hideous perfume. I believe anyone praising this hideous perfume is suffering from The Emperors Clothing syndrome! Bottle is beautiful, though).

    Most of the Jo Malone...
  57. Re: Spreadsheet to convert parts into grams and percentages?

    Thank you all so much for sharing the spreadsheets! I really appreciate it. Great work, those of you who have put it together!!!!


    :thumbsup:
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    Re: 8 Hour Flight- What do I wear?

    None of them except perhaps Jo Malone, purely for the reason that they are simply too strong and will superimpose on other travelers (some who may be allergic to scents). I couldn't imagine sitting...
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    DPG aroma chemical dilutant?

    For aroma chemicals what's the optional dilutant to DPG? I've ordered so much supplies I'm hoping to avoid having to order once more with delays, waiting time, etc. Would formulators alcohol be okay...
  60. Thread: Sample etiquette?

    by MNX
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    Re: Sample etiquette?

    You're lucky to get free samples.

    Here in London I rarely come across free perfume samples anymore except with new product launches. I've asked and I am always told they don't provide any samples...
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    Re: Best Classic Fougere

    I've got to be honest here... I created a Fougère which turned out truly exquisite. I'm not even a huge classics fan. It came about by accident when I was improvising on five formulations with the...
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    Re: Aventus -- cheapest website to buy real Aventus???

    Sorry, I was referring to one of the French websites (and others) where the price was over 50% cheaper than the standard price. That's just too big of a discount to be authentic. These smaller...
  63. Re: Can I increase sillage and/or longevity on my skin?

    I find that vaseline holds the fragrance better than anything else. It magnifies the scent and also maintains it longer. Just rub vaseline on the skin and add the fragrance on top and rub it in.
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    Eau Sauvage came out in 1966 so it's hardly a clone or generic. It's generic fragrances that are cloning the popularity of Eau Sauvage, not the other way around...

    :happy:
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    Re: Aventus -- cheapest website to buy real Aventus???

    Sorry to be a mood killer but I am quite sure that all the deeply discounted perfumes you find online are Chinese knock-offs. Reason being that the original perfume houses have a set wholesale price...
  66. Thread: Rose

    by MNX
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    Re: Rose

    Pure rose oils can end up being quite expensive so they are probably not a preferred substance to experiment with. And if you use too much you can risk ending up with a rather ordinary rose scent -...
  67. Thread: Wedding Fragance

    by MNX
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    Re: Wedding Fragance

    Definitely something very fresh, bouquet-like and citrusy for a men's cologne.

    I'm not huge on Creed but Aventus comes to mind which is heavy on citrus with a blast of pineapple, blackcurrant,...
  68. Re: Spreadsheet to convert parts into grams and percentages?

    Thank you! Your spreadsheet is beautiful and so organized. :smiley: :dankk2:

    I'm just terrible with excel. I'm embarrassed to admit it but I don't even know how to change the 'Muguet' name!
    ...
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    Re: Pell Wall's 10% discount until Monday...

    Yes. I placed an order and the discount code is MAY10. The discount runs until midnight (UK time) Monday 28th May.

    Hedione seem to be sold out elsewhere where it's reasonably priced, so I...
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    Re: I don't think I'll forget "ELEPHANT". (Zoologist)

    I know one of the perfumers behind Zoologist. He is a superb and very skilled perfumer with experience from all the big French brands. New fragrances are in development. I highly recommend people to...
  71. Re: Based on this image, what fragrance do you suggest?

    (I seem to have difficulty posting photos. They just won't post and the thread instead posts twice...)
  72. Re: Based on this image, what fragrance do you suggest?

    Since you appear to like the intense 'New York', you may like Nicolai's Ambre Cashmer with rich fragrant amber strengthened by iris, and overflowing with patchouli and musk for a dash of sweetness...
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    Pell Wall's 10% discount until Monday...

    I just noticed Pell Wall has a 10% discount on order for the bank holiday. Maybe a good reminder for those who are not aware of this.

    I've never ordered from them before but I've heard they have...
  74. Thread: Trip to France

    by MNX
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    Re: Trip to France

    In Grasse you of course have the seat of the French perfume industry with the factories of Fragonard, Galimard, and Molinard. They have a museum and tour you can take, plus a mini perfumery course....
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - May 2018

    I like the DW Home candles. I have one large one in blue called Midnight Musk which has gorgeous, rich but rounded notes of Mint, Sandalwood, Cedar, Amber Moss & Musk.

    Lovely. I get a lot of...
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    Re: OMG--Aldi's (Jo Malone Clone) Candles

    I like the DW Home candles. I have one large one in blue called Midnight Musk which has gorgeous, rich but rounded notes of Mint, Sandalwood, Cedar, Amber Moss & Musk.

    Lovely. I get a lot of...
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - May 2018

    I have Nicolai (Gueirlaine) perfume's "Mahajardjah" which is a spicy exotic blend, like a spice market in Nepal or India. It's lovely.
  78. Spreadsheet to convert parts into grams and percentages?

    I understand Pell Wall used to have a popular spreadsheet which will convert parts into grams and percentages and provide guidelines how to calculate and dilute aroma chemicals and oils. However, the...
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    Re: shelf life of aldehydes?

    :( Short shelf life... I would not be happy about that. If it has short shelf-life pure, it has no greater shelf-life in a final product. It totally eliminates the purpose of the chemicals. One...
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    Re: Montale - Bad client service

    I'm not surprised. It would be rather unusual if they had the spray pump in stock to send you. And if they did, how would you replace it unless you had the tools? Why didn't they just send you a new...
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    Re: oak moss vs. "tree moss" in frags

    Oakmoss is becoming more difficult to find due to yet more regulations. You can substitute Oak Moss with Evernyl, diluted 5%.
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    Re: Why do ultraniche fragrances not smell expensive?

    @xii I've known a few professional perfumers from the big brands (Chanel, Prada, Fendi, Dior and so on) and one of the main complaints they all seem to have in common, with a few exceptions, is...
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    Re: Why do ultraniche fragrances not smell expensive?

    I'm not sure what "smell expensive" is supposed to smell like. Perhaps it's just a conditioned idea that we are accustomed to from marketing and PR. Perfume creation is an artistic expression and is...
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    Magnetic over caps?

    I am looking for magnetic over caps in small quantities or no minimum quantities.

    I'm also looking for Surlyn over caps of the same small or no minimum quantities.

    Does anyone know a supplier?...
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    Re: Cupressus nootkatensis (Nootka tree) oil

    These companies sell Yellow Cedar / Chamaecyparis Nootkatensis Wood Oil :

    https://theperfumery.com/

    https://perfumersupplyhouse.com/

    http://www.libertynatural.com/
    ...
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    Re: UK perfumer's alcohol - cheap!

    The product description clarifies ingredients: "It contains Denatured Alcohol, isopropyl myristate and mpg (mono propylene glycol). Isopropyl myristate is added to act as a fixative because it is a...
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    UK perfumer's alcohol - cheap!

    I just want to share a resource for much cheaper Perfumer's Alcohol supplier to the commonly recommended Mistralni (R&D Laboratories Ltd): Bonnyman's at bonnymans.co.uk

    Perfumers alcohol is only...
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    Re: UK perfumers: Sources for Perfumers Alcohol??

    I use Perfumer's alcohol and I don't dilute it at all since it's not supposed to be diluted. I use around 15-25% of fragrance to 75%-85% perfumer's alcohol. The solution is supposed to rest for at...
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    Re: UK perfumers: Sources for Perfumers Alcohol??

    Mistralni's perfumer's alcohol odourless? It's got a very strong alcohol smell that doesn't settle even after two months.
  90. Re: A basic spring perfume based on Creed Green Irish Tweed

    Sounds very interesting! Thank you for sharing. :)
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    Re: oils from hexapus.nl

    The company seems fantastic and they have the lowest prices I have found so far. I am in process of placing an order with them, too!
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    Manual crimp tool 20mm - for sale

    I've been handed some boxed supplies which includes a hand crimper 20mm.

    I don't need this tool and I'd be happy to sell it very cheap.

    If anyone is interested please message me for more info.
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    Re: Good labels that don't peel off

    Well, this is an update to my initially enthusiastic post:

    I've now been using aalabels.com for a few months. While most of the labels have been okay I again came across clear labels (38.1mm x...
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    Perfume samples - boxes with inserts?

    I'm having trouble finding luxury packaging in small quantities that fit 2-5ml samples and with ready-available inserts to fit samples of different sizes.

    I want to find boxes that can fit up to...
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    DW candle ingredient?

    I've fallen in love with one of the DW Home candles: Therapeutic Essence Sandalwood and Rose (ARM5105). It's absolutely amazing; sweet, flowery - gorgeous. Everyone asks where I got the candle from...
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    Best source for Absolutes?

    Can anyone recommend the largest and most cost effective source for Absolutes?

    I am thinking perhaps a supplier in Greece, Spain or Eastern Europe where the prices will be lower than the UK or...
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    Good labels that don't peel off

    After going through at least a dozen label companies I finally found one where the labels don't come off my vials: aalabels.com in Peterborough, PE2 7BU.

    I can't begin to tell how frustrating it...
  98. Thread: Crimpers?

    by MNX
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    Re: Crimpers?

    They remove the nozzle cap and it that way can use the crimpers.
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    How do you sell your perfumes?

    Just out of curiosity to all the niche perfumers:

    How do you sell your perfumes (brand new unknown products) and do you find a lot of interest in new products?
  100. Thread: Water in perfume

    by MNX
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    Re: Water in perfume

    Interesting input.

    I've also noticed that adding some water to the formulation appears to release the fragrance better. Perhaps it tones down the alteration to the fragrance by the alcohol, I...
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