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  1. Re: What is the floral note in Body Shop "Dreams"

    It's a mostly base accord I'm smelling in this. Sweet, yet blended sour, ethereal, yet floral. Smooth, yet spicy.

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    I was thinking it might be mainly this, but I'm yet to...
  2. Re: David Ruskin, Master Perfumer in our DIY Group, What are your favorite combos or accords, and wh

    Hahaha!
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    Re: Anosmic to benzoin

    Good to know ;(
  4. Re: David Ruskin, Master Perfumer in our DIY Group, What are your favorite combos or accords, and wh

    David you should post a formula you've made for us :D :D :D :D
  5. Re: What is the floral note in Body Shop "Dreams"

    Congrats David on 1000 posts!
  6. Re: What is the floral note in Body Shop "Dreams"

    I tried all of these except for Melonal. They aren't close to it. Some people in the comments said they smelled cucumber, so maybe it is Melonal...
  7. What is the floral note in Body Shop "Dreams"

    The description says "Top notes are orange and black currant; middle notes are iris, green pepper and red chilli pepper; base note is virginia cedar."

    But I don't really smell any of those, unless...
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    Re: volatile coffee EO

    I tincture roasted coffee beans, that works alright.
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    Re: Buying and Selling Ambergris

    Well this is crazy. I will let you guys know if I find any of the stuff washed up on the beach here.
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    Re: Anosmic to benzoin

    Wow that is really odd. Benzoin is one of the most "vanilla" smells I know (due to it's natural content of vanillin, somewhere around 2%). I keep my benzoin tinctured at 10% and it smells fantastic...
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    Re: Anosmic to hydroxycitronellal?

    My girlfriend and I play a game where we pick 5 dilutions from our collection and place them on smelling strips for the guesser. We go to a quiet place with little scents around and the guesser has...
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    Re: pipettes or dropper cap?

    Where do you get silicone bulbs for pasteur pipettes from?
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    Re: ethanol absolute 99´5% for perfumes

    I have a specially denatured perfumers grade alcohol 96% using methanol and it stinks really bad. I gag instantly if I smell it. But once I add a small amount of oils in, the smell is very pleasant,...
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    Re: Dissecting Famous Fragrances

    Jeroen, what varient of methyl ionone do you use?
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    Re: Creating a fig fragrance

    You probably need something a little more general fruity than apple. Something more pear-like might be better if you're really limited. If you can ever find alpha-pinene that's often a large natural...
  16. Re: Starting "open source" perfume formula's; donate yours!

    Jeroen, just go to the supermarket or bin-inn and get a small handful of fresh roasted coffee beans. Tincture them at 50% in alcohol, they will be done(ish) in a week! Same with the All Spice! Cacao...
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    Re: Need help on lavender toilette

    Sten's right you have a lot of great oils there already. However, I think his suggestion might smell actually like quite a masculine floral scent. What would really benefit you is getting good...
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    Re: creatingperfume.com

    Right, but we still don't know what they're diluted with and to what strength the perfumery aromas are diluted to, right?
  19. Re: Starting "open source" perfume formula's; donate yours!

    This is my new man scent MAmber, because "man likes amber."
    I'm planning to sell this one at the markets; just trying to extend the longevity. I want to add a little Myrr too, but alas I do not have...
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    Re: pipettes or dropper cap?

    I've experimented a lot with both, but at the end of the day I find small transfer pipettes much more accurate and easier to work with than dropper caps. I don't like the inconsistency I get with...
  21. Re: Question for the techies: Is it possible to prolong the life of a fleeting topnote

    The short answer is no. The long answer is occasionally.
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    Re: sandalwood, ambroxide problem

    Do you mean it smells a little like latex gloves?
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    Re: The scent of shaving gell

    Yes! It's similar to cool water! Thank you. I'm not sure about Allyl Amyl Glycolate though, would I want a pineapple-ish scent?
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    Re: The scent of shaving gell

    Yes that's more what I'm referring to, the soft musky marine scents. By traditional I guess I actually mean modern and common-place. Thanks for the answers so far!
  25. Re: Starting "open source" perfume formula's; donate yours!

    http://s12.postimage.org/bq9kjliz1/gtjasmine.png
  26. Thread: Dpg

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    Re: Dpg

    I have a skin yeast infection called Pityriasis versicolor, and I found that putting a few drops of DPG on the affected parts of my skin each day is clearing it up quickly.
  27. Re: Okay. You win. I got JASMINE and ROSE :) Now what…?

    Use them in the heart of a fragrance to really give a full floral scent. Put more jasmine than rose if you want a younger fragrance. I'm still working it out for male fragrances, but it seems just...
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    Re: Cherry blossom accord?

    Wow thanks David that's really useful information, no wonder I can't find anything proper. Can I substitute rosewood for linalol?
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    The scent of shaving gell

    What's an accord for a traditional "men's shaving scent" .. you know the hundreds of shaving gells and after shave balms that all smell rather masculine, but not spicy, somewhat sweet musky / woody...
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    Re: Best way to dirty up a fragrance?

    Haha cool. You could probably just use this for the skunk odor http://www.thegoodscentscompany.com/data/rw1129941.html
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    Re: My first cologne attempt. Any advice?

    You could use Glucam P-20 available from perfumer's apprentice to fix the top notes for a little longer, but 20 minutes is actually not too bad already. You could try adding Lemon Verbena oil for a...
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    Re: Best way to dirty up a fragrance?

    That's so gross. It would need to be concentrated by like 1 billion times at least
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    Re: I think it's ISO E SUPER!

    Hmm I haven't yet been able to smell Iso E Super. I've tried putting it on my skin and in a cupboard to smell, the best ive got is a faint wiff of woodyness...
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    Re: Best way to dirty up a fragrance?

    Try vetiver, tobacco, black pepper
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    Re: Orris concrete question

    I'd just try shaking it hard for a while in ethanol with some DPG, but that's just me :P
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    Cherry blossom accord?

    My girlfriend loves cherry blossom, but I can't find any cherry blossom absolute for sale anywhere. Nor does there seem to be a cherry blossom essential oil for sale. How might I make a cherry...
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    Re: Do you remember smells literally?

    I had my first dream last night where I smelled scents, haha. It was awesome. I was in France looking around in a town trying to help a beginner french perfumer to create a scent that was made for...
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    Re: Santalol, can it be synthesized?

    Thanks Chris, as always, very useful!

    P.S. Did you see the dream I had that you were in? At the bottom of this thread http://www.basenotes.net/threads/325241-Do-you-remember-smells-literally
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    Santalol, can it be synthesized?

    The main constituent (90%) of Mysore Sandalwood oil which lasts 4500 hours+ on a blotter. Can it be bought anywhere?
  40. Re: Why aren't chemicals stronger smelling to begin with?

    Haha I understand. I wonder if anyone here can source it. Oooh I have a good vanilla fragrance oil too. I used it in my latest amber perfume and it lasted 12+ hours on my SKIN! It even endured a...
  41. Re: Why aren't chemicals stronger smelling to begin with?

    Ah I see.. Genius. You don't happen to have any spare vanillin and ambrocenide lying around do you? :D
  42. Re: Why aren't chemicals stronger smelling to begin with?

    I'm struggling with smelling this musk:

    Ethylene Brassylate - 400
    Galaxolide 50% - 380
    Velvione - 100
    Thibetolide (Exaltolide) - 100
    Ambrettolide - 20

    It smells fine, but it's just not...
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    Re: Do you remember smells literally?

    Haha that's so interesting and cool. I can't say I've ever dreamt of smells.

    Last night I had a dream where I was on holiday and got the day to myself. I drove to the next town and saw a building...
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    Re: Benzyl Salicylate question

    I tried putting this with Jasmine, and it smells more like weeds, yucky and green?
  45. Re: DIY Suppliers List

    Big discovery: never use those green rubber test tube stoppers, they wreck the smell of the perfume.
  46. Thread: Homemade Gin...

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    Re: Homemade Gin...

    When you say taste, I am assuming you are referring to smell?
  47. Re: A Few Questions. Dilution and help with a wood smoke accord and a autumn leaf accord

    In my opinion/experience, burnt wood typically isn't an attractive smell. It tends to be the (boiling) resins in the wood that give the attractive scent, if any, in a fire.

    Rebecca, from what I...
  48. Thread: Musk blends

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    Re: Musk blends

    Random related question.. I have a tonka bean absolute tincture (at 10%) and it phases in and out of solid bits of material appearing in the tincture. Sort of seems to depend on the room temperature...
  49. Thread: Musk blends

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    Re: Musk blends

    jsparla, I just received a sample of your musk! It smells incredible! Nice and sweet and smooth but relatively dry and strong + long lasting! Thank you so much! I can definitely vouch for that...
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    Re: Aroma Chemicals hardly smell?

    I have a lily fragrance oil that smells nice out of the bottle, when I add literally any amount of it to a perfume (traces of it from a stainless steel rod for example), it takes over the entire...
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    Re: The Rather Useful Simple Accord Thread

    Skelly, I'm going to try your accord. What dilution is your Labdanum at?
  52. Re: Mid notes for "Vetiver" fragrance. Any suggestions?

    Cinnamon + petitgrain + nutmeg + splash of lavender
  53. Re: I just diluted my jasmine absoute to 0.0015%

    Well I used to use it at 3% and it way overpowered everything and was too difficult to control. I might try and keep it at 0.01% I mean at the moment in a small quantity it smells really nice. I'm...
  54. Thread: Mad Scientist?

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    Re: Mad Scientist?

    I'm sure you'll make do :D shouldn't affect it too much if you substitute those. The honey smell actually largely comes from the base notes, which seem to carry the honey a bit. It's taken me some...
  55. Thread: Mad Scientist?

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    Re: Mad Scientist?

    Yeah that's true. OK I'm going to share my latest one, it's called Honey Amber (for now). It's still a bit of a WIP as is all art (I haven't included any aroma chemicals yet) but I'm happy with it....
  56. Thread: Mad Scientist?

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    Re: Mad Scientist?

    There's a published cologne in Chris' spread sheet for calculating the weight of dilutions in a formula on his blog.
  57. I just diluted my jasmine absoute to 0.0015%

    Is this normal for absolutes? What dilutions do you guys keep yours at?
  58. Re: What are the de-facto CHYPRE and FOUGERE ingredients?

    Paul, are you ever worried about the international regulations when using such uncommon ingredients?

    EDIT: nevermind, I just easily found a report of the constituents of your plant.
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    Re: The Rather Useful Simple Accord Thread

    I love that your list includes things like rain and grass :D
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    Re: Damn you Galbanum!

    Would something like olive leaf be a more gentle alternative to galbanum?
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    Re: Anybody else trying this home distilling?

    Gee, I've never had good enough production with steam distilling either. I'm having much better success tincturing stuff directly. My juniper berry tincture smells incredible. However, a woman does...
  62. Re: DIY Suppliers List

    Has anyone else had issues with best bottles' bulb atomizers? I've seen even larger fragrance companies having issues with these in general when they have thicker ingredients (like honey).
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    Re: Do you remember smells literally?

    Hmm, my body is interesting. I go about most of the day normally not being too conscious of everything I'm smelling, but I can switch into "perfuming mode" if I start focusing very hard on...
  64. Re: Long lasting essential oil blend doesn't last long

    I've added more base notes, and so far it's still going strong 1:30 later.
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    Re: What does everyone's laboratories look like?

    Mark where did you get all those amber dropper bottles from? :O
  66. Re: Long lasting essential oil blend doesn't last long

    Thanks Paul, I thought I had enough base, but you're right - when I work it out like this, it's only roughly (very roughly) 20% oils in the base. I'll try reformulating it and get back to you. I...
  67. Long lasting essential oil blend doesn't last long

    I'm trying to make a woody chypre that lasts a while on skin, but with this formula it only lasts 1-2 hours close to the skin - vetiver being the dominating smell:

    1 Vetiver EO
    2 Patchouli EO
    4...
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    Re: What does everyone's laboratories look like?

    Wow, that's pretty inspiring for someone just starting out who just built his first shelves, haha!
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    What does everyone's laboratories look like?

    Here's my garage and some of our oils / tinctures (my girlfriend Grace is in some of the photos):

    http://s7.postimage.org/qsyztjnmf/IMG_0162.jpg

    http://s7.postimage.org/liu1293dj/IMG_0163.jpg
    ...
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    Re: What's giving me this SOAPY WAXY smell?

    Interesting. I'd like to see your ratios, but sometimes I get a "soapy barbershop" smell if I use bergamot in a mix like that. I'm a noobie but I'd like to hear how it goes without the bergamot.
    ...
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    Re: A sad day at Pell Wall

    This is very sad news indeed. Thanks for sharing with us.
  72. Thread: Musk blends

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    Re: Musk blends

    Jeroen, thanks for your reply. I might check out the amber musk as I do love amber very much. Is it long lasting?

    Any chance of buying some of your musk accord off you? It's going to cost a bit to...
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    Re: Carrier oil help

    Castor oil or jojoba oil
  74. Re: Cucumber Aldehyde Vs Violet Leaf absolute Vs Cassie Absolute

    Violet leaf is often added to floral fragrances to give more of a fresh/green/full/natural scent. It's fairly common, most perfumers either use it a lot, or not at all.
  75. Thread: Musk blends

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    Musk blends

    What blends do people use for musk base accords? I'm keen to create some "white musk" notes for mens and womens fragrances, and am looking for some ideas. Stuff a little more commonplace instead of...
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    Re: Need more projection / sillage

    Talking to the folks at L'Occitane, they add water to their fragrances, however they add either a variety of mineral waters which they say taints the smell of the fragrance in a positive way, or they...
  77. Thread: Rum note

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    Re: Rum note

    Umm... hmmm.. lol I'll take some for free?
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    Re: Need more projection / sillage

    Cool, why do you add H2O in some of them?
  79. Thread: Rum note

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    Re: Rum note

    Sweet. Pkiler, do you happen to have any spare Ethyl Propionate? I can't find it anywhere that will ship to New Zealand..
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    Re: Need more projection / sillage

    Jeroen, what does EO/PO/AC stand for on your formulations?
  81. Thread: Rum note

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    Re: Rum note

    Thanks, I searched hard, but could not find the other post on it. Could someone please link me that one? Or better yet, provide some tips on how to find it? I struggle with the search feature on this...
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    Re: Need more projection / sillage

    Thanks it sounds like I need to start adventuring into the synthetic dark side. I've tinctured almost everything around me, lol.

    60:25:15 seems very top heavy. If I put that ratio of synthetic or...
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    Need more projection / sillage

    I've created a nice honey & vanilla perfume using a variety of natural vanillas and a honey and beeswax tincture. It smells nice on a card and skin, but the smell is SO close to the skin. This...
  84. Thread: Rum note

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    Rum note

    I smelled Rocawear Evolution today, it smells incredible! How could I create a rum note like in that perfume? Definitely some interesting notes in there..
  85. Thread: Fresh Air

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    Re: Fresh Air

    Sure, just open a window :D
  86. Re: Micro samples... would that be of any interest?

    It's at your own risk really. Natural oakmoss contains a toxic chemical, but the synthetic one (which smells very similar) doesn't. I don't have a large tincture of oakmoss because of this reason,...
  87. Re: Micro samples... would that be of any interest?

    Tinctures are combined to create perfumes. Unfortunately natural oak moss is very restricted in it's use in fine fragrances, but if you want to make a moss perfume you could add a synthetic replica...
  88. Re: Micro samples... would that be of any interest?

    Here's our list (most tinctures at 20%, and most of them are still infusing):

    Strawberry EO
    Strawberry T
    Coconut T
    Mint T
    Ginger T
    Mace T
    Basil T
    Tea T
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    Re: A tribute to my son

    Awesome inspiration. Tuberose is quite a clean smell, and a bit of lavender and rose could make it more powdery, and a vanilla base could be nice and sweet, but it sounds like you want a men's...
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    Re: Do You Share/Sell Your Fragrances?

    My girlfriend and I are studying and experimenting hard to try to start a stall in a local market. I dream of making a selection similar to L'Occitane, has anyone heard of them? Chris do you have any...
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    Re: Vanilla won't mix with other oils

    My vanilla pod tincture is smelling fantasic. What a well-rounded complex vanilla!
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    Re: Please Critique my Recipe

    Tea tree is difficult to work with. I used it here to give a little more freshness to the top notes without adding more citrus. It seemed to blend in to this mix ok though I should probably have...
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    Re: Splitting raw materials- please read!

    lol. +1 for making Chris a mod
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    Re: Please Critique my Recipe

    This essential oil blend worked well for me, I call it "growing up fast" because it has the youthful sweet smell top note transitioning well to a more grown up woman's scent, but without losing the...
  95. Re: Micro samples... would that be of any interest?

    For ingredients or for testing DIY fragrances?
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    Re: Tea tincture, and tinctures in general

    I tinctured green tea and peppermint and ithey seemed ready to use in a few days. Black tea powder is taking longer though... why 1 year? I feel like it would be usable soon...
  97. Re: Can you add fragrance/essential oil to a cologne?

    I've tried this. It kind of works but I don't recommend it. I gave a cologne of mine more citrus top notes and vanilla base. Of course it's difficult to predict since you won't know the formula. I...
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    Re: Vanilla won't mix with other oils

    Ah, cool. Makes sense doing two separate samples. For your tinctures, am I fine using perfumer's grade denatured ethanol, or do I really need some proper perfumer's alcohol with the added mystrate...
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    Re: Vanilla won't mix with other oils

    Cool, my only question is how do you go from your 10% dilutions (which would be approximately a Eau de Toilette) to a Eau de Parfum? I had a look at your spreadsheet which was great for calculating...
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    Re: Vanilla won't mix with other oils

    Thanks Chris, that's so helpful! Yes I had started suspecting what you said with carrier oil vs alcohol. I suspected it especially when I found that not all the oil was dissolving in the alcohol, and...
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