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  1. Thread: Balsam

    by sianjames
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    Re: Balsam

    Hi there
    At Essentially Me, we classify a number of oils / absolutes as balsamic... our list is here if you're interested in browsing through. Each one also contains a description of the smell.
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  2. Re: Problems with blending oils with alcohol or water

    Hi there

    You might be interested in this article by perfumer Alec Lawless - he describes at the end the process of adding water to the blend. There is a very tight tipping point on when the...
  3. Re: Please help.i need some of your ideas ma'am/sir.my perfume feels like burning

    Dear Braveheart

    I have put this reply onto your other post regarding alcohol as well as here.

    Make sure you check the safe levels of use of essential oils - many are very strong and can burn....
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    Re: my perfume blending gets cloudy..

    Dear Braveheart

    Make sure you check the safe levels of use of essential oils - many are very strong and can burn. You don't say what type of cinnamon oil you are using - check the latin name. ...
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    Re: Startup Supplies?

    Oops! accidentally posted twice and can't work out how to delete this post...
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    Re: Startup Supplies?

    If you're interested in Natural Perfumery, then we can help with our kit...
    http://www.essentially-me.co.uk/perfume_making_kits_home.php?prod=perfume_kits

    Best wishes
    Sian
  7. Re: Black currant (cassis) absolute suppliers uk

    Blackcurrant bud any use? http://www.essentially-me.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=Blackcurrant_bud_absolute

    I know you've just placed some orders with us, but not sure if you'd found this...! ;-)
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  8. Thread: Proportions

    by sianjames
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    Re: Proportions

    Hi there

    Chris has given you a comprehensive reply!

    We find up to 8% water is possible without the mix going cloudy. If you're interested, Alec Lawless has written an article on his approach...
  9. Re: first time scent creation using essentail oils - need some advise

    Hi there
    We can help with pipettes!

    http://www.essentially-me.co.uk/lab_pipettes.php

    Best regards
    Sian
  10. Re: Question about the best way to learn blending?

    Hi there
    You might be interested in reading this article by Alec Lawless of Essentially Me Artisan Perfumery. He recognised the problem and he's developed a range of extraits - single essential...
  11. Re: Article: Perfumery Masterclasses with Alec Lawless At The Open Center, New York in July

    Further details are all on the Essentially Me website.

    $1200 for 5 days or $600 for a weekend course.

    Thanks!
    Sian
  12. Re: Frustrating start to amateur perfumery re, obtaining materials

    Hi there

    HMRC tightly control the availability of alcohol in the UK - it's a revenue thing. Denatured alcohol (treated so that it would make you vomit if you drink it) is actually quite freely...
  13. Re: Issues solving EO's in 190 proof (95%) alcohol

    Hi Jamaine

    Different oils and absolutes behave differently; you haven't specified which oils you are using so it's difficult to advise what might be the issue. Some of the sticky / solid oils and...
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    Re: A beginners' questions about absolutes

    To answer some of your questions on filtering - you might enjoy Boris the Perfumer on You Tube!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwVcFczU6i4

    Best wishes
    Sian
    http://www.essentially-me.co.uk...
  15. Thread: cloudiness?

    by sianjames
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    Re: cloudiness?

    Hi Scott

    We filter - have a look at Boris the Perfumer on You Tube for some tips!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwVcFczU6i4

    Best wishes
    Sian
  16. Grant has promised to put up a feature, so watch...

    Grant has promised to put up a feature, so watch this space. We loved the reviews and the effort everyone made to engage with the process. It was great to read both the complimentary reviews and...
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    Re: The Jean Carles Method

    Hi Lauren

    You might be interested in reading Alec Lawless's approach to blending in this article (an extract from his book):
    http://www.essentially-me.co.uk/about_blending.php

    We use single...
  18. Re: How to reproduce my home-made formula for selling at stores?

    Hi Oliver

    Oakmoss isn't completely banned but is restricted by IFRA. Of course, following IFRA guidelines is voluntary. However, you need to be careful if selling perfumes commercially as you...
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    Re: Measuring ingredients for perfume

    Hi there
    We also recommend the use of pipettes and pipette fillers. We use the pi-pump type of filler which fit to glass pipettes. These impart no odour and can be easily cleaned using perfumer's...
  20. Re: Please can anyone suggest some lifting notes for a special blend?

    Hi there

    Litsea Cubeba has a wonderful "sherbert lemon" zing that worked well in a perfume I made recently... Green Mandarin is very light and delicate.. Are these all too citrussy? How about...
  21. Re: How to reproduce my home-made formula for selling at stores?

    Interesting point on Gas Chromatography. Alec Lawless has just written about trying to reproduce a fragrance recently on his blog. Do have a look if you're interested!
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  22. Sticky: Re: DIY Suppliers List

    Hello

    Someone has kindly mentioned Aqua Oleum, our sister company, www.aqua-oleum.co.uk

    I hope you don't mind me putting up a link to Essentially Me. Founded by my business partner, perfumer...
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    Re: Perfumers education

    Hi there

    Alec Lawless teaches a 5 day Artisan Perfumery course in the UK, but is also willing to travel. In fact he is about to go to Australia and New Zealand to teach 2 courses! So if you...
  24. Re: Does anyone know where to get a good supply of fragrance blotters?

    We've got some, I don't know if they're what you were looking for...

    http://www.essentially-me.co.uk/lab_smelling_strips.php

    Best wishes
    Sian

    http://www.essentially-me.co.uk...
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    Re: Places to buy a beginer "Kit" ?

    I think I'm allowed to mention this within the forum rules... we have a kit of natural extraits and lab equipment at Essentially Me...
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  26. Re: Source of tobacco leaf absolute anyone please?

    Hi,

    I think I'm allowed to say this under forum rules about advertising... ("We do allow discrete links in signatures, and you may respond to a thread if your business provides a product or...
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    Re: chemicals in perfume??

    The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) produces a set of standards that can be useful in identifying potential allergens and also lists banned or restricted substances. ...
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    Re: Making essential oils yourself

    You could just buy a tiered saucepan / steamer and then it definitely won't break!
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    Re: Does pure alcohol and EO mix well?

    This is a really good point. Alec Lawless spent a long time experimenting with this process. So now we age our fragrance base for at least 3 months, then when we make up extraits we age them for...
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    Re: Does pure alcohol and EO mix well?

    As mentioned in the article, water softens the alcohol and helps enhance the scent content. It also makes it a bit more economical as you can get the same effect of the scent but with less of the...
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    Re: Does pure alcohol and EO mix well?

    Hi there
    We have published a couple of articles on blending on our website. This first one discusses the addition of water (towards the end of the article). We recommend about 8% water in the...
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    Re: Making essential oils yourself

    Essential oils and absolutes such as jasmine and rose are so expensive because of the sheer amount of petals required to get a usable amount of oil, either through distillation (oils) or solvent...
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