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  1. Re: Fragrance in "Other" Media (eg, not ethanol)

    Ah yes, the burning wax-based system. ;) One thing I read about candles is that, because the expectation is that their scent be consistent before, during and after burning, it's a good idea to use...
  2. Re: Fragrance in "Other" Media (eg, not ethanol)

    I'm far from expert, but I have a few quotations I can share from the 2008 book Understanding Fragrance Chemistry by Charles Sell:

    "In general, surface active agents are not aggressive toward...
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    Re: Are we making WET DOG perfume yet?

    I'm glad that hair is recycled. Where do I drop mine off?
  4. Re: Newbie revisiting botanical musk accord and inviting critique

    That is interesting. I wonder if it's from the same plant that makes the Neem Oil used in horticulture?
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    Re: Advice on citrus scents

    Hi hollysinc!

    I'm a fan of L'Eau MiXte from Nicolai Parfumeur Createur. She has a bunch of "Eau"-named scents for the summer. This one is very citrusy and herbal, and a bit fruity (blackcurrant)...
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    Re: A few general questions!

    You're welcome. :) I'd love to hear how your projects turn out.
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    Re: Are we making WET DOG perfume yet?

    Tinctures are so tasty. ...
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    Re: Are we making WET DOG perfume yet?

    What is it? Whose hair do they use? What is its function in the bread? Are you pulling my leg?
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    Re: Are we making WET DOG perfume yet?

    I'm inspired to tincture my own hair now! :)
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    Re: Chronology of fragrance chemicals?

    Excellent question and answers. Great thread. My thanks as well.
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    Re: A few general questions!

    Working with just drops, you could try to count how many drops fit in your 15mL container. Then take 20% of that number, and that's the total number of drops of fragrant materials you should use in...
  12. Re: How to make my own Ylang Ylang flower perfume

    You might also check out Anya McCoy's blog. Her company is called Anya's Garden, and she has been making and selling ylang-ylang tinctures. She may describe her process in the blog and/or she might...
  13. Re: Newbie revisiting botanical musk accord and inviting critique

    Thank you Candace (and mumsy and anonymous), that is an interesting diagram.
  14. Re: Maths and I are fighting again. Specific gravity questions

    But it's a good goblin!

    Without disturbing your lovely peaceful concentration, perhaps you could directly measure how many g of your mixture will fill up a 30mL bottle, and note that in or...
  15. Re: Newbie revisiting botanical musk accord and inviting critique

    So nice to meet you too! :)

    That does sound like a fascinating graphic, and I'm also interested in that sequence. Did it circle around with fruity-floral connecting to spicy-herbal? If you ever...
  16. Re: Maths and I are fighting again. Specific gravity questions

    Agreed. Specific gravity is a relationship between mass (or weight) and volume. If you're just working with weight, don't worry about anything else!

    (This is a great reason to work with...
  17. Re: Newbie revisiting botanical musk accord and inviting critique

    Hi Candace!

    I'm even more inexperienced than you are, but I'm cheering you on and following with interest.

    Ylang is a great, cheap floral for playing with. I don't know enough to give proper...
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    Re: SuperGirl perfume making game

    Thank you all for explaining. That makes a lot of sense. I wonder if there are reasons separate from measurement that a large batch might perform differently to a small one. You know, since...
  19. Re: First ever perfume finished with a crimped bottle......

    That does look great, mumsy! What does the 'milky' part mean?
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    Re: SuperGirl perfume making game

    Interesting!

    mumsy, what do you mean by "a weight bracket unit?"
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    Re: SuperGirl perfume making game

    Paul, I've got a title too, and I'm inordinately pleased with it. :cheesy: Now I'm wondering how to reserve the intellectual property of a perfume title. How did you decide to work with this...
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    Re: SuperGirl perfume making game

    ^So I tried option two and I'm letting it sit. I also mixed some of my new top with my old base to let that sit.

    Anybody else want to report on their progress?
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    Re: SuperGirl perfume making game

    I've begun to think that my 'perfume' is more like the heart/base accord of my future perfume.

    Taking this advice of David's and applying it in this context, I'm wondering about just increasing...
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    Re: SuperGirl perfume making game

    Oh yes, please, do share if you wouldn't mind.
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    Re: Best Value on Oils?

    Bernie, I thought that Save on Scents had reasonably priced Perfumer's Alcohol.
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    Re: Alternative of Perfume alcohol

    That's very interesting about the source material, Chris. I suppose that even with all that distilling and only 4% non-ethanol, there's still enough other remnants of the microbial digest of the...
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    Re: Alternative of Perfume alcohol

    I haven't digested all the information in the stickies yet, but I have played around with very very very high proof vodka, which is sold down the block from me, maybe from you too, Geigel. It...
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    Re: Jasmin 231 - Amazing

    Blog looks great!
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    Re: Buying perfume at Saks 5th Avenue

    How sweet!
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    Re: SuperGirl perfume making game

    I don't think of oakmoss as being masculine. Some of the sexiest womanliest vintage scents were loaded with it. Rochas Femme particularly comes to mind, and also Dioressence.

    Maybe it's an...
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    Re: SuperGirl perfume making game

    White noise is a great metaphor! I'm pretty sure mine will end up playing that tune, too. How long do you wait before you smell the white noise effect, if it's coming?

    Are you doing option #3? ...
  32. Re: Have you ever bought someone a fragrance?

    Mostly like this. It spoils some of the surprise, but I hope it's more fun in the long run.
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    Re: SuperGirl perfume making game

    Hi ColHP. I get the new and different from the brief, and also the superhuman non-earthling reference. I don't really know how to use any synthetics, although I have a few that a friend shared with...
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    Re: SuperGirl perfume making game

    Candidate for SuperGirl?
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    Re: SuperGirl perfume making game

    From the brief, I felt like it needed to smell a bit synthetic. Is that partly what you mean?
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    Re: SuperGirl perfume making game

    How do you do this microdot, in practice?
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    Re: SuperGirl perfume making game

    Yay, I am so pleased!!

    The deadline is mid-August. Is that when I need to send it, or when you need to receive it? I'm working out how much maturing time I've got left. ;)
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    Re: Space has a smell!

    Thank you, this is wonderful!
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    Re: SuperGirl perfume making game

    I made something. I'm a total beginner. May I submit it?
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    Re: Buying perfume at Saks 5th Avenue

    Yes, I have the distinct impression that, at least within NYC, Chanel is directing its fragrance personnel budget to Saks and not to their boutique or online business. I've mainly interacted with...
  41. Re: Scientific American: “Noses agree when genes see eye to eye”

    Clever idea! And step two is to get a dog to sniff you. So fun and uninvasive.
  42. Re: Scientific American: “Noses agree when genes see eye to eye”

    I hope the nosematching service of the future is more inclusive than eharmony ever was.

    Thanks for the link, Quarry, and sorry to hear about your shovel.
  43. Re: By Killian boutique - Wonderful customer service!

    So glad to hear this! I will definitely stop by that shop and meet this lovely Sasha.
  44. Re: Soaps / Shower Gels - Currently Using, Favourites, Purchases, etc.

    Also happy for a soap thread! Nothing good to report at this moment, but looking forward to using up the current bar and trying something new.
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    Re: Biblically rich scents.

    I've had a great time with my small decant of DSH's Poivre. I wore it for the second-to-last time yesterday, summertime, and loved it then too.
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    Re: Who else loves Tonka bean?

    I finally figured out what Tonka really smells like yesterday, when I visited a shop that had the absolute. Yes, sweet hay with a hint of funk, reminds me of a candy but not quite and not really...
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    Re: Greenish Orange Blossom?

    Right, Hanbury is not green. Whatever notes are listed, Hanbury smells to me like orange blossom with tea, honey and bit of mimosa, none of it foodie-sweet.

    I think Seville a L'Aube would be...
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    Re: Penhaligon's Trade Routes sample pass

    Thank you, 30 Roses.
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    Re: Vintage Tobacco Scents

    Bigsly, do you mean Vermeil For Men, this one: http://www.basenotes.net/ID26122150.html ?
  50. Re: For those who like to DIY dabble in other cosmetics too

    Thank you!
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    Re: Dimethyl Sulphide

    Fascinating. Thank you!
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    Re: Vintage Tobacco Scents

    Which Havana, @adam and @munch? Do you mean Aramis'?
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 27th June 2015

    I've been wearing my own blend of EOs in jojoba, not too successful top and heart, but you can't go wrong with sandalwood EO for the drydown. Later I'll switch to Wit, so I can compare notes with...
  54. Re-posting from Just Starting Out: playing with my EOs plus jojoba

    This is the re-post
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    Sometimes I wear a nice EO diluted in jojoba, like sandalwood or lavender. Today I used up a beloved tiny sample of Wild Orange EO that way, and I wanted to try to blending...
  55. Re: My first blend of EOs in jojoba. What would make a better-smelling and more fun easy project?

    Thanks hednic and sjg3839. Reposting now.
  56. My first blend of EOs in jojoba. What would make a better-smelling and more fun easy project?

    Sometimes I wear a nice EO diluted in jojoba, like sandalwood or lavender. Today I used up a beloved tiny sample of Wild Orange EO that way, and I wanted to try to blending a few citrus EOs to make...
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    Re: female members lacking

    Thanks!
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    Re: Greenish Orange Blossom?

    It doesn't strike me as green but fits your description in every other way: Hanbury, from Maria Candida Gentile. Twisted Lily sells it.
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    Re: female members lacking

    ^Thanks, foxbins. I saw that, but what's bog standard?
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    Re: female members lacking

    Hi, what is a bog-standard bun?
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 25th June 2015

    Avon Topaze tonight, a first try. Cozy. I like it.
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 25th June 2015

    Eau de Givenchy, this snuck up on me and now I'm finding it quite delightful.
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    Re: female members lacking

    ^Maybe that's why the SA did not freak out! :)

    In theory I agree with Fiveoaks, but in practice I gravitate toward more female forums, whatever their designation. Where, incidentally, I'm likely...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 24th June 2015

    Thanks, PerfumedLady! It looks like this one, but with the number 1 instead of the number 10, and with a black cap instead of a white one....
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    Re: female members lacking

    Hi, I love Guerlain, too! Especially Apres L'Ondee. I cried a little the first time I smelled it.
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 24th June 2015

    I'm wearing a mystery scent from the bay that just says
    1
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    on the mini bottle. It reminds me of Eau de Joy, Arpege, White Shoulders sorts of things.
    Any ideas what it could be?
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    Re: female members lacking

    ^Heh, some days it seems like everyone's angry on the subway.

    I'm not talking about one comment, though. I'm talking about what happens in response to that one comment. Keeping in mind that like...
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    Re: female members lacking

    I participate a lot more on Fragrantica and some of the rather female blogs listed upthread because all of them agree with my tech much better than Basenotes does, and I see similar content in...
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    Re: female members lacking

    I think I would enjoy participating more here, but the site seems to freeze my computer or browser or something. Maybe men have more money to spend on faster tech.
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    Re: Splitting, what's in it for them?

    That does sound appealing!
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    Re: Creamy Cozy Sandalwood

    I wonder how you'd like Sonoma Scent Studio Cocoa Sandalwood. It's so cozy I love to wear it for sleeping.

    Or some EO from Enfleurage, Inc. in jojoba oil, if you want cozy as in simple but...
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    Re: Clement leaving Osswald's NYC

    Another fan sorry to hear the news
  73. Re: CONUS Ostara sample group, a daffodiil soliflore

    I had a related problem. I spritzed on some Ostara, and a while later put on a light spring jacket. For two weeks I tried wearing that jacket only to find that I was wearing Ostara all over again,...
  74. Re: Perfume of Life Website Has Permanently Closed

    I only got in on POL near its end, but I really did like the people. It has been such a pleasure to see some of those familiar names popping up elsewhere on the perfumed web. I just wish I had...
  75. Re: CONUS Ostara sample group, a daffodiil soliflore

    I've tried it once and have a sample, so I don't need another, but I'd love to participate in the discussion.
  76. Re: Why we have trouble describing smells...

    Yes, I keep bumping up against that big unknown!
  77. Re: Why we have trouble describing smells...

    That makes a lot of sense. I hadn't heard this about medieval perspectives on, er, perspective. How could we know that? (Maybe too off-topic. Sorry again.)
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    Re: 4160 Tuesdays help ?

    I really like The Lion Cupboard, and part of the appeal is its name and marketing story. I can't even remember now how I came across this sample, nor where I read the story. I don't think I've been...
  79. Re: Why we have trouble describing smells...

    I guess the question is why, and per this post topic, why we mentally and linguistically would consider the third smell to be categorically different.
  80. Re: Why we have trouble describing smells...

    I imagine (untutored speculation) that circa the origins of human language, there might have been significant evolutionary advantages to being able to name smells....
  81. Re: Why we have trouble describing smells...

    Thanks, smurfk. I think the color comparison is quite fascinating, and I can recommend a couple of fun books on that subject. But I think that means I'm supposed to start a new thread!
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    Re: Anyone else like Nuit Etoilee?

    I think the blue bottle is the edp. I second Fiveoaks' description, and I love it!
  83. Re: Why we have trouble describing smells...

    I'm so curious about this, the basic question about the origin of the difficulty of connecting words with smells: is it nature or nurture? Anyone know of any research on this?

    I used to take...
  84. Re: It's handmade! (Really? Aren't all perfumes "handmade"?)

    Indeed!

    I'm thinking that maybe, to help that bottom line, some scents are designed to exclude materials that would require any human involvement. Anybody know if that's true?
  85. Re: Bulgarian Rosa Damascena (Rose otto) essential oil

    That sounds like a good idea!

    Based on much more limited experience, I have noticed that sometimes people refer to all extracts as essential oils, even though technically essential oils are only...
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    Re: Any of the Orto Parisi Line

    http://twistedlily.com/product-category/brands/orto-parisi/
    This is a lovely shop in NYC
  87. Re: Do you know anything about KOBAKO by BOURJOIS?

    I blind bought a supposedly vintage bottle and find it mostly smells of oakmoss. The other notes haven't turned so much as faded away. I'm thinking of either staging a funeral for this juice, or...
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    Re: CONUS We need more members! Sample Pass M/F: Penhaligon's Trade Routes

    30 Roses, I am in excellent company. :) Will message mangifera now. Thanks!
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    Re: Best books about perfume

    I like Karen Gilbert's book Perfume: the Art and Craft of Fragrance for beginners. It's very brief, which is one of its charms. Of course it's not comprehensive.

    I used portions of the book with...
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    Re: CONUS We need more members! Sample Pass M/F: Penhaligon's Trade Routes

    Hello all,
    I'd be happy to participate. Is it okay if I dislike all the scents? I love the community aspect and I've never participated in a sample pass before; it sounds fun! But I don't want to...
  91. Re: What Are The Best Tobacco Colognes...Without The Sweet, Honey Or Powder?

    I quite love Tabac Aurea and Jeke, but I find both to be very sweet. TA wears pretty linear on me, all smoke and sweetness. Jeke starts intensely smoky and gets sweeter over time. I got to sample...
  92. Re: Difference between Basenotes and Fragrantica?

    I like the DIY forum here.
    I don't like the male dominance.
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    Re: How Do You Open Sample Vials?

    Flicking the top is good.

    Then I firmly grasp the glass in my left hand. With my right hand, I rotate the cap in one motion toward the floor, as though I am trying to break it off. I gradually...
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    But not all, viz. floral waters. I was summarizing some of the points already made, including this one:
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    There is also the general problem with powder: we shouldn't inhale particulates if we can avoid it.

    But it sounds so appealing: a pretty powder that seems to have a light scent. Then, as you...
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    Thank you, Pears.

    To clarify:
    I meant the various powders discussed in Anya McCoy's post, not sodium bicarbonate.

    And I meant to ask something more like: "to what do we think the aroma...
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    Re: Using absolutes directly

    What do you mean 'directly?' Directly on skin? I'm no expert, but that doesn't sound like a good idea to me.
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    May I ask for some more information about anti-caking agents?

    And I'm wondering: what do we think the aroma molecules are adhering to and/or dissolving in, in these powders?
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    I was just thinking of that!
  100. Re: Don't Add Water, Glycerin or Jojoba to Alcoholic Perfumes

    Apologies if this is off-topic: I've been wondering what preservatives are used in 'water perfumes.' I guess solubility would not be the main priority, since you've already got a cloudy product. ...
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