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  1. So I'm thinking of doing a Scent Analysis...

    Hey guys! …it's been a while. I had a baby, and moved, so i've been out of the aroma hobby business for a few months :)

    The reason I got into making my own fragrances a couple years ago is simple:...
  2. Thread: Ginger?

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    Re: Ginger?

    This is all so incredibly interesting!

    Now, I wish I had somewhere I could get some zingiberene, or any of the other chems, lol.
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    Re: Good MUSK combos?

    I would also like to thank Chris and Jan for their answers… VERY helpful :)
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    Re: Good MUSK combos?

    My understanding is that these are the "clean" musks that Chris and others have described. I'm assuming Musk Ketone is also a "white musk?"
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    Re: Good MUSK combos?

    I just may have way, way lower standards than you :)
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    Re: Good MUSK combos?

    I've been doing something weird, but kind of helpful…

    I've been making some pretty cool mixes, in various "genres": woods, orientals, gourmands, etc. I bought a bunch of little "sample" containers...
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    Good MUSK combos?

    I'm aware that certain musks go well together. I'm also aware that we sometimes blend several musks together to make sure everyone smells "something."

    What are some good go-to combos, and what's...
  8. Happy to try it…where can we buy some?

    Happy to try it…where can we buy some?
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    How to "goose" Cedral Acetate?

    I love love love cedar. And I love my Cedral Acetate.

    I've found that simply pairing it up with Oakmoss and Bergamot really brings it out. But sometimes that wonderful character gets lost in a...
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    Re: how do u clean your glass beakers

    I use a little portable dishwasher in my basement. It gets 98% of everything very, very clean.

    The one I've had a problem with is Benzoin. It really seems to stick to everything…which is why it's...
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    Re: How to smell a blend in a home-lab;

    I can attest to this. When I started last year I thought I was 'nose dumb.' And pretty sad about it, actually.

    I couldn't really detect Iso E Super, or Exaltolide, or even Hedione very much for...
  12. Thread: Ginger?

    by JungleNYC
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    Re: Ginger?

    I really like my Ginger EO and C02, but was wondering if there was an Aroma Chem that did the job, too.

    I'm finding that, at first, the oils are very pronounced. But slip way WAY back over time.
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  13. Thread: Ginger?

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    Ginger?

    Any good ginger chems out there I should be aware of?

    Or is C02 the way to go?

    tia

    e

    :)
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    Re: Leather Aroma Chems?

    Nah, it was here. Castorum was described as ONE way of going at "leather," but there was another chem. Hmmmm.

    I'm trying to nail down what i'm smelling, exactly, when frags I like describe...
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    Leather Aroma Chems?

    I remember reading a thread a while ago where someone was describing a couple of "leather" ACs: one as "wet" and one as a "dry" leather. But I can't seem to find the thread.
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    Re: What does Frankincense smell like?

    I have a couple Frankincense EOs. And, to me, the "single note" thread is fairly accurate, but with a "sour" overtone.
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    Re: What does Frankincense smell like?

    It's always seemed "sour" to me.
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    Re: Need SCALE recommendation

    That My Weigh 101 is only 0.005. Is that accurate enough?

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    Should I be concerned about the 0.005 accuracy? Or is that accurate enough?

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    Need SCALE recommendation

    I got the Gemini 20, but it's no bueno :thumbdown:

    http://www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-Gemini-20-Portable-Milligram/dp/B0012TDNAM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363783195&sr=8-1&keywords=.001+scale
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  20. Re: Okay. You win. I got JASMINE and ROSE :) Now what…?

    Jasminum grandiflorum is the one I have. I got it from PA, John Steele.
  21. Okay. You win. I got JASMINE and ROSE :) Now what…?

    My bank account has made a specific request for me "not to waste these two." Lol.

    I have a good 30+ collection of quality EOs, and all of Chris' "starter list" of Aroma Chems, plus a dozen or so...
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    Re: Replicate Gucci Envy (for fun)

    Well, I have a bottle. And my nose may be bent (lol) but I always thought there was nutmeg in there, too.
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    Re: Replicate Gucci Envy (for fun)

    For men?
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    Re: Noob perfumer: Expanding my palette

    Does anyone know if the "Gemini-20 Portable Milligram Scale" has the "adjustment problem" alluded to in the other threads?

    Apparently, on some of these scales don't measure a "drop" but instead...
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    Where to buy Sandalwood EO?

    I'm interested in buying some real Sandalwood, but since it's so expensive, I wanted to see if anyone had any good experience with any of the smaller-quantity suppliers?
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    Re: Noob perfumer: Expanding my palette

    Let me know which scale you end up getting.

    …any suggestions from anyone else on which scale? Something affordable?
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    Re: Color Coding?

    I kind of liked the system they had going here:

    http://www.olfactik.com/index.php?route=common/home

    I was thinking of doing a variation on this.

    I also like the idea of "crib notes" on the...
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    Re: Noob perfumer: Expanding my palette

    I would also caution you not to make the same mistake I made.

    I bought a bunch of bottle tops and rubber droppers and put them on all my oils. I thought I was set!

    But I recently switched back...
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    Re: Do you remember smells literally?

    I remember them in terms of shapes. It's almost like I can "picture" what their molecules look like, in an exaggerated cartoony way.
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    Re: Noob perfumer: Expanding my palette

    I'm just starting out, too. And I've found that the accords break up when you try to mix them, for the most part. I wish I hadn't bought mine. But thankfully I got smaller bottles :)
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    Color Coding?

    Anybody have any useful techniques? Best practices?

    Bases, mids, tops?

    Greens, florals, citrus, musk, resin?
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    Re: How do you like your musks?

    I had the same reaction to Velvione. I like it a lot.

    Ambroxan: is awesome. Powdery as well, warm and velvety. A "broad" and "wide" musk, if that makes any sense. Like a nice blanket. And it lasts...
  33. Re: What type bottle for diluting Aroma Molecules?

    I replied to your other thread (lol, I post dupes on here all the time, too).

    I ordered some 1/2 oz ambers with tops and droppers, and then some 10ml bottles with regular tops and dropper tops (i...
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    Re: Oh boy...Sandalwood

    Such a shame that real sandalwood is becoming extinct. Or at least unsustainable.
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    Re: how to dissolve musk ketone crystals?

    What if you don't want the Hedione or Benzyl Benzoate note mixed in w/ the muck ketone?

    Is there any solvent that's "neutral?"
  36. Re: What type bottle for diluting Aroma Molecules?

    I just ordered a few 1/2 oz ambers with tops and droppers, and then some 10ml bottles with regular tops and dropper tops (i may or may not use the dropper tops, we'll see).

    My aim is to just get...
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    Re: Diluting Aldehydes and other Chemicals?

    Yeah. I'm working on a very, very small scale here. At first. And then… total world domination!!!

    :coolold:
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    Diluting Aldehydes and other Chemicals?

    Now that I have a gazillion little bottles, I'm realizing (quickly) that I need to start diluting many of these.

    The EOs have been fairly easy and mostly obvious. I just gave myself 1% and .1% in...
  39. Re: Mid notes for "Vetiver" fragrance. Any suggestions?

    What "leather" are you using?
  40. What are the de-facto CHYPRE and FOUGERE ingredients?

    I'd like to make these, and stay as "true" to the basic form as possible.

    There's a lot of confusion, it seems. But this is what I can gather from here, and the rest of the internist:


    Fougere...
  41. Let's update "Single Note Exploration" for our needs!

    I find myself going to "Single Note Exploration" quite a lot. It's pretty helpful. But…

    It's obviously, primarily, the result of people smelling JUST that note.

    Threre's not a lot of...
  42. Re: What does everyone's laboratories look like?

    Sounds like a route I'd like to take.

    Do you remember where you got your bulbs?
  43. Re: What does everyone's laboratories look like?

    @ MARK

    I see you use bottles with stoppers on them… are those just rubber? Or are they they something else? Where'd you get those?

    I'm really trying to find a way to NOT use plastic tops and...
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    Re: What's giving me this SOAPY WAXY smell?

    What? …I was planing on DRINKING this!!

    :shocked:

    Lol.

    This has only gone on blotters so far. And I got my OAKMOSS Absolute (amazing stuff) and just diluted into a small jar to play with....
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    Re: What's giving me this SOAPY WAXY smell?

    (in drops)

    40 ALCOHOL
    20 OAKMOSS
    10 VA CEDAR
    5 LAVENDER
    10 BERGAMOT
    2 LEMON

    Then I added
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    Re: What's giving me this SOAPY WAXY smell?

    Hey guys, thanks for the input.

    I'm learning so much, it's awesome :)

    I've actually done a lot of mixing since, and, well, I think I used too much ISO E SUPER!

    Way, way too much.

    I may be...
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    Re: What's giving me this SOAPY WAXY smell?

    Yeah, I've read that some find COSMONE to be a little "soapy".

    But what's weird… I was playing around with the same EOs, and switching out the ACs…

    This time I went with:
    KEPHALIS
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    ISO E...
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    What's giving me this SOAPY WAXY smell?

    I have a simple OAKMOSS, VA CEDAR, LAVENDER and BERGAMOT and LEMON EO thingy going on, and was testing some of my new Aroma Chems.

    So I added…
    COSMONE
    ISO E SUPER
    LINALYL ACETATE

    And...
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    Re: A sad day at Pell Wall

    :sad:
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    Re: Anyone ordered from New Directions?

    I ordered from the US site, and was very pleased w/ my order. It seemed very reasonable price-wise.

    The EOs were of good quality, and a reasonable price. And the ACs were good, and very big size...
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    Re: Using the Perfumers Wheel?

    Lol, when you find one, let us know! I've been looking for the same thing.

    I did find this handy-dandy BODY ODOR wheel:

    19286
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  52. Re: What's a good, simple EO mix to add Aroma Chemicals to, for testing?

    I actually started w/ a Leather Key from PA (which I like very much on it's own), and added some EOs. I got something I liked very much… but when I added the chemicals, a lot of them weren't apparent...
  53. What's a good, simple EO mix to add Aroma Chemicals to, for testing?

    Okay. So I've gotten all these Aroma Chemicals, and I'm super excited to get going. But as it's been pointed out here numerous times a lot of them really don't smell like "much" on their own.

    So...
  54. Re: Tips on avoiding olfactory dissonance with Bergamot and Lavender

    Is there any reason to include BOTH Linalool and Linalyl Acetate in a blend?
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    Re: Refrigeration?

    Are there any dropper tops that aren't rubber? I can't seem to find any. …wouldn't silicone be a good option?
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    Re: I just got punched in the face by GALBANUM

    I was just incredibly impressed with the power of this scent.

    I have Halston 1-12 (which isn't a favorite, to be honest) and when I opened the Galbanum EO I immediately put 2 and 2 together.

    To...
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    Re: A tribute to my son

    If i'm not mistaken, Rosewood is thought to be a key ingredient in "Baby Powder" smell. Obviously J&J keeps their formula very secret.
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    Re: Refrigeration?

    I've got all my bottles with dropper tops… I'm beginning to think that's a bad idea?
  59. Re: Any good ones where GALBANUM plays a "supporting role?"

    I just saw that really cool video (ted-talk kinda thing) where the guy explains (sorta) coming up with that fragrance.

    Wish I could find the link…
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    I just got punched in the face by GALBANUM

    This is a doozy. Wow.

    I got 1oz, and immediately did a dilution. And it's still like Chuck Noris.

    Why is this plant so angry at us?

    And…*is there any way to make it play nice?
  61. Re: Any good ones where GALBANUM plays a "supporting role?"

    Wow, thanks for the suggestions guys! When the database comes back up, I'll check all of these out! And then maybe start sniffing around NYC :cheesy:
  62. Any good ones where GALBANUM plays a "supporting role?"

    Just got some Galbanum EO… and i almost fainted.

    So…*powerful… :tongue:

    I actually tend to NOT like this note when it's really prominent. And I can't really imagine it not being REALLY...
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    Refrigeration?

    Okay.

    So, much to my wife's dismay, I'm starting to collect quite a few little bottles here :laugh:

    I've searched around, and really haven't found a definitive list for what should be...
  64. Re: Enfleurage.com - Any experience with their products?

    I work right near their NYC store, and imo they have pretty good stuff. They boast about their process (ala their name), and the duplicates i've gotten from there vs other providers seem to be good...
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    Re: Reed diffuser base

    Honestly, I bought my reeds and my EO…*and then they didn't work. And I realized i needed something in the base. So I googled a bit, and I believe e-how said that it was PG.

    Obviously e-how is to...
  66. Re: Synthetics, Fixatives, and other crazy ingredients for a HOBBYIST?

    PS, how do you delete an entire post?

    When this site was going all crazy a couple weeks ago, I posted this thread a few times. I'd love to delete the duplicates. Tx!
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    Re: Reed diffuser base

    I just used some propylene glycol, cheap from amazon. Seems to work pretty well (better than the alcohol I tried before that, lol). I used a 30/70 split.
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  68. Re: A new way to enjoy your favorite scents, with a humidifier

    I have an AeroSwiss ultrasonic humidifier… will EO drops work in there? I'd LOVE to do some eucalyptus in the winter!!
  69. Re: Synthetics, Fixatives, and other crazy ingredients for a HOBBYIST?

    Cool. I just wanted to make sure I didn't have to repurchase alcohol to work.
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    Re: Mercedes Benz for Men

    I would buy that.
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    Re: Ok… what the hell am I wearing ?!?

    That's it! And imho it's def not a woman's scent.
  72. Re: Synthetics, Fixatives, and other crazy ingredients for a HOBBYIST?

    I bought a "Cologne Formulator's Blend" from Snowdrift (RIP), it's denatured, and it has propylene glycol in it. Is that no bueno?

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  73. Re: Synthetics, Fixatives, and other crazy ingredients for a HOBBYIST?

    I actually just ordered pretty much everything on your list, from perfumersapprentice.com. It certainly added up… but I'm very excited to start using them!

    Dumb questions:

    Do i just add these...
  74. Re: Micro samples... would that be of any interest?

    yes please
  75. Thread: Lavender

    by JungleNYC
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    Re: Lavender

    + clove
    + rosemary
    + nutmeg
    + allspice
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    Re: Please Critique my Recipe

    Where'd you pick up your supplies? Specifically the ambergris, and the synths :)
  77. Re: Synthetics, Fixatives, and other crazy ingredients for a HOBBYIST?

    Thank you all so much!

    Those are very helpful links. I'm glad there's at least some options for us "small time" mixers.

    And Chris, I've enjoyed your posts very much. Thanks for all your help!
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  78. Synthetics, Fixatives, and other crazy ingredients for a HOBBYIST?

    I've been perusing these forums for years now. I've read a few books, and I finally started making my own stuff!

    I have probably 2-dozen EOs and some proper alcohol and glycol, and a small army of...
  79. Synthetics, Fixatives, and other crazy ingredients for a HOBBYIST?

    I've been perusing these forums for years now. I've read a few books, and I finally started making my own stuff!

    I have probably 2-dozen EOs and some proper alcohol and glycol, and a small army of...
  80. Synthetics, Fixatives, and other crazy ingredients for a HOBBYIST?

    dupe post… sry, the servers are funky today i guess.
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    Re: Ok… what the hell am I wearing ?!?

    I got them a few years ago, and, yes, I'm ashamed to admit, I've worn both of them from time to time :shocked:
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    Re: Ok… what the hell am I wearing ?!?

    Lol, you know it!
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    Re: Ok… what the hell am I wearing ?!?

    They actually smell pretty good, imho :smiley:

    My thought was that they were actual designer fragrances, put in random bottles.
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    Ok… what the hell am I wearing ?!?

    I bought two fragrances on the streets of NYC. They "fell off the truck" as they say.

    They were among a lot of name-brand-fragrances, but I had never heard of these two, so I bought them both: @...
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    Re: A Quest for Halston 101 Replacement

    If someone made a spot-on twin of 101 they would make a fortune.
  86. Re: Halston 101- anything new or old that is simil

    An old thread, sure, lol, but I thought I'd chime in.

    Halston 101 is pretty much the reason I signed up for this site. I'm even playing around with making my own scents based on it's notes (wish...
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    The Endless Quest For Halston 101

    I can still remember it. Literally remember it.

    I found this site a few years ago when I realized I was probably never going to get my hands on another bottle of Halston 101 again. Ever. And I...
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