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  1. Re: New supplier I met here in Jakarta... WOOHOO!

    I am so sorry to hear this! Travelers' illnesses are terrible! I hope you have now been through the worst of it, and everyone is in good health.

    ~Jon
  2. Re: Confusion about citrus essential oils (cold pressed vs. distilled vs. folded vs. terpeneless vs.

    I'm not opposed to using synthetics, but I do do not want to get into individual aroma molecules just yet. I would be interested in convincing recreations of natural materials.

    I am interested,...
  3. Re: Confusion about citrus essential oils (cold pressed vs. distilled vs. folded vs. terpeneless vs.

    Thank you Chris, I feel honored to have you and other experts weighing in on my thread.

    I am well aware of the issue with begamot, which is why I didn't even bring it up. I made a soap with...
  4. Re: New supplier I met here in Jakarta... WOOHOO!

    Yes, please also bring us some of that wonderful Indonesian Santalum Album oil ;)

    I look forward to reading a full report of your adventures when you return!
  5. Re: Confusion about citrus essential oils (cold pressed vs. distilled vs. folded vs. terpeneless vs.

    Thank you, David, for your lovely response. It contains bits of information I have gleaned elsewhere, but it is very helpful to see it all in a proper context.

    Is the problem with the...
  6. Re: Confusion about citrus essential oils (cold pressed vs. distilled vs. folded vs. terpeneless vs.

    Thank you, Christine, for the fascinating process schematic and detailed explanation.

    It sounds like what you are saying is that one must trade one set of problems (prone to oxidation) in...
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    Re: Possible mixtures??

    That's quite a limited palate, but I think Ylang and Patchouli make a good combo. Labdanum and Vanilla (in a very small amount) provides the framework of a classic "amber" base - I believe that...
  8. Confusion about citrus essential oils (cold pressed vs. distilled vs. folded vs. terpeneless vs....)

    I am thoroughly confused about the citrus essential oils. I was originally trying to do some online research regarding "shelf life" of these oils. My readings indicated that "terpenes" are...
  9. Re: Strange materials from my supplier (Boswellic acid,Salivia apiana, Larrea diviricata)

    I grow both S. officinalis and S. apiana in my garden. The aroma of S. officinalis is unique among sages. It is a clear, fresh, medicinal herbal note. The aroma of S. apiana is, by comparison,...
  10. Re: Strange materials from my supplier (Boswellic acid,Salivia apiana, Larrea diviricata)

    Salvia divinorum is the species of sage that is used as a hallucinogenic drug. No other Salvia species are used this way, to my knowledge.

    The EO of Salvia apiana is strongly camphorus (moreso...
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    Re: What to add to a liquid soap to thicken it?

    To all:

    I hope that this liquid soapmaking thread is not too annoying to all you perfumers out there. I know that it's way off topic for this forum, but I hope you see some value in having...
  12. Re: Warning: stupid math question ahead regarding dilution

    Ding, ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! That's exactly correct!
  13. Re: Warning: stupid math question ahead regarding dilution

    1:1 is the same as 50%. the first is a ratio and the second is a percentage (or concentration). Ratios are helpful when blending (eg. 9:1 is one part fragrance and nine parts alcohol. This bottle...
  14. Re: Warning: stupid math question ahead regarding dilution

    or another way

    1:1 = 50% concentration
    2:1 = 33.3% concentration
    3:1 = 25% concentration
    4:1 = 20% concentration
    5:1 = 16.7% concentration.....

    9:1 = 10% concentration
  15. Re: Warning: stupid math question ahead regarding dilution

    A 1:1 dilution is one part solvent and one part solute, or 50% of each, or half-and-half (measured by weight or volume) (eg. 20 grams solvent and 20 grams solute)

    A 2:1 dilution is two parts...
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    Re: What to add to a liquid soap to thicken it?

    Hello Valerie,

    Whatever you decide to do for thickening, do it as your very last step. When your soap is thick it will be trickier to add additional stuff too it, plus you never know how adding...
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    Re: What to add to a liquid soap to thicken it?

    I have not used salt myself because of the many problems associated with it. Using a polysaccharide gum is fool-proof. From what I understand, the salt method is very touchy - too little salt will...
  18. Re: starting out with EO extractions (reposted)

    It was a still that I built myself from large (2 Litre) Erlenmeyer flasks (one for producing steam and one for holding the botanical materials), silicone stoppers, copper tubing, insulators, a 30cm...
  19. Re: starting out with EO extractions (reposted)

    I've already explained the limitations of doing this at home. Specifically, that you are unlikely to yield much EO from a home still and you are unlikely to be able to produce a quality EO from a...
  20. Re: starting out with EO extractions (reposted)

    I can share my experience with you. I set up a still and attempted to distill my own oils from herbs that I grew myself. After much expense and labor I was only able to extract a few mL of oil from...
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    Re: What to add to a liquid soap to thicken it?

    I can answer this!

    Salt will only thicken primarily olive oil based recipes, I think. If you have a lot of coconut oil or another oil in your recipe, it might not work.

    "Natural" soapers tend...
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    Re: Having newbie fun, nose devolping

    = Copaiba balsam
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    Re: Diluting Tobacco Absolute

    I would suggest you get to know know your tobacco first before adding anything to it, as it's an expensive material. Try it in different dilutions - on a test strip and on the skin (in a very dilute...
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    Re: Help going broke...substitutions ?

    Hello,

    I've read many of your posts on this thread and on others, and I'd like to offer you a bit of advice from one "newbie" to another. First, many of the folks on this board are professional...
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    Re: Diluting Tobacco Absolute

    Absolutes come in different strengths. Some don't need to be diluted at all. Some should be diluted 100:1 (1%). You might start at 10:1 (10%) and see how it goes. I understand that tobacco is...
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    Re: Sichuan Pepper CO2

    Don't know if this will be any help to you, but Liberty Natural carries a Zanthoxylum armatum EO (aka Prickly Ash or Sichuan Pepper), but I know of no source for CO2.

    ~Jon
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    Re: Cheap Pimento racemosa (bay rum)

    Monsterman,

    It's not my intent to knock Camden-Grey's product. I just don't have any other experience with Bay Rum oil - it was the first bottle I purchased, and it was on sale from their already...
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    Re: Cheap Pimento racemosa (bay rum)

    I've got an ounce bottle from Camden-Grey. Their price is super cheap. I'm not sure there is a price cheaper, but the following vendors carry it:

    Mountain Rose Herbs (no min. order)
    Eden...
  29. Re: Please give me feedback/suggestions on this formula for my "personal scent" Thank you!

    Thank you all for your excellent suggestions! I have an inexpensive scale and calibrations weights on order.

    Thank you to DrSmellThis for the clarification on frankincense. I get it now.

    A...
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    Re: Starter Cologne

    I'm a little lost too! I thought you were supposed to blend all the essential oils together first and then add the alcohol, but I have been getting different advice on here: "dilute essential oils...
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    Re: Starter Cologne

    Have you seen this thread on "classic" cologne formulas:
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/372645-Eau-de-Cologne-formulas

    The formulas in that thread are along the lines of the original cologne...
  32. Re: Please give me feedback/suggestions on this formula for my "personal scent" Thank you!

    Were they the eBay scales she was recommending in this thread?
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/388875-Favorite-quot-won-t-break-the-bank-quot-scale
  33. Re: Please give me feedback/suggestions on this formula for my "personal scent" Thank you!

    Ah, the scales I saw advertized were "100 x 0.01g". I read this as a "1g" capacity. I think what was meant was 100g capacity and 0.01g precision. This makes more sense to me. A 100g capacity...
  34. Re: Please give me feedback/suggestions on this formula for my "personal scent" Thank you!

    Thanks Paul,

    The vetiver is a Sri Lankan vetiver, and it is very dark (in color) and smoky. After sitting for about two weeks, it's the vetiver smokiness (like a campfire) that jumps out at me. ...
  35. Re: Please give me feedback/suggestions on this formula for my "personal scent" Thank you!

    Thanks, Bill. There's a lot to respond to here. Thanks!



    The Essential Oil Company of Portland, OR has "Synthetic Civet Oil" available. Any recommendations as to type of musk/ambergris to...
  36. Re: Please give me feedback/suggestions on this formula for my "personal scent" Thank you!

    Thank you all so much for the wonderful advice and feedback!





    Thank you both. I will look into a suitable scale.
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    Re: Starter Cologne

    Hello,

    I'm new here too, so please take what I say with a grain of salt. Are all of the oils you have *really* essential oils (EOs)? There is no such thing as Vanilla EO, as far as I know. Be...
  38. Please give me feedback/suggestions on this formula for my "personal scent" Thank you!

    Hello all,

    I am a novice and I was fooling around with my essential oil samples, trying to come up with something that I would like to wear as a "homemade perfume". I like green, woody, incense,...
  39. Re: Advice sought on natural "Amber" blend for a container candle

    Duly noted; I will stay away from any absolutes advertised as containing ethanol. A note on the high-vanillin vanilla CO2: the supplier website states "soluble in fixed oils", so perhaps there are...
  40. Re: Advice sought on natural "Amber" blend for a container candle

    Thanks, mumsy. As I recall, I had a pretty hard time blending the Benzoin absolute into the FCO. I crushed up the absolute into a powder and tried to mix it into hot FCO, but it just congealed into...
  41. Re: Advice sought on natural "Amber" blend for a container candle

    Thanks everyone for the very helpful suggestions thus far!



    That's an interesting suggestion. I have some Patchouli CO2 that I kinda' like, but have not liked it in any blends yet. I have a...
  42. Advice sought on natural "Amber" blend for a container candle

    Hello Folks,

    Christmas 2013 I made beeswax/fractionated coconut oil container candles for a few friends. I wanted an "Amber" scent that would blend well with the natural aroma of the unfiltered...
  43. Re: Fragrance recomendations for a teenager girl

    Well, I am no longer a teenage boy, but I once was, and I can remember what that was like. Here is my take on your problem. When I was a teenage boy, I didn't know how to appreciate a sophisticated...
  44. Just starting out - Mysore Sandalwood Advice requested

    I have been reading these forums and decided I finally need to register to ask some specific advice.

    I have been making my own bath and cosmetic products for a little over a year now, and I am...
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