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    Re: Naturals With Great Projection

    The following are all very strong, however they may not be considered pleasant. Galbanum oil, Buchu Abs, Angelica Root Oil, Fenugreek abs, Lovage Root Oil, Black Current Buds Abs, Asafoetida abs,...
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    Re: Extending Natural Perfumes

    Also, lebowski, do you wish to stay "all natural" or are you happy to use synthetics? To find something suitable that will extend the life of a fragrance it really is necessary to know a little bit...
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    Re: Powdery effect

    Powdery is a subjective term, and everything I suggested would give that effect; or so the majority of people smelling them would think. As you don't agree, but have a fixed idea in your head of...
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    Re: Powdery effect

    Nitromusks, some Macrocyclic musks, Methyl Ionone, Ionone, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Patchouli, Heliotropin. Labdanum? Rosone. Benzyl Salicylate. Amyl Salicylate.
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    Re: How to Make Marijuana Perfume

    And it doesn't have anything to do with Perfumery; the purpose of this site.
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    Re: How to Make Marijuana Perfume

    Maybe there is some confusion between a Fragrance and a Medicine. Let me clarify. A Perfume, or Fragrance is something that has an odour, and can be detected by smell. It consists of a mixture...
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    Re: How to Make Marijuana Perfume

    If you are going to give information on this site, at least try to get it right. Your definition of a Concrete is WRONG. A concrete is produced by solvent extraction of source material, using a...
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    Re: Habit Rouge edt sillage/projection?

    The Habit Rouge I have is at least 15 years old ( maybe more, my memory is going!!); very strong, very long lasting, very projecting.
  9. Re: What musks, woody ambers are in Alien by Mugler?

    I like to think of the effect of Base notes in the same way as the effect of a bas coat of paint. Some paints are transparent, some are opaque. Put a layer of opaque colour first, then over it...
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    Re: Hexyl Cinnamaldehyde

    Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde (HCA) has been around for much longer than Hedione. When Hedione was first introduced (by Firmenich, who had used it long before they started selling it) many Perfumers were...
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    Re: Vetiver Beauty Pageants...

    Yawn.
  12. Thread: Speed

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    Re: Speed

    I am still having many problems with the speed and response; can you get it fixed, please.
  13. Re: What musks, woody ambers are in Alien by Mugler?

    Basnotes is having a little fit; double post.
  14. Re: What musks, woody ambers are in Alien by Mugler?

    It is entirely possible to smell a Base note ( an ingredient that lasts a long time on the smelling strip) from the very opening of a fragrance. Do not think that the progression of a fragrance is...
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    Re: Onion and/or garlic

    As Onion Oil isn't a single chemical (it's an oil) it is impossible to say. There are a whole range of Sulphur containing chemicals in Onion Oil. From experience it is many a Top/Middle note.
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    Re: Extending Natural Perfumes

    As you have given no indication of what is in your fragrance, I don't think it is possible to answer your question. Do you want to add more of the major chemicals found in the oils you are using,...
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    Re: Suggestions for new games

    So, Nizan, you have finished playing with Zino? Maybe it is better to finish one project before beginning another.
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    Re: Musk Ketone Replacer

    I don't like this culture of being afraid to point out when someone has made a mistake. I appreciate it when someone does this to me. This DIY forum is about learning together, and sharing our...
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    Re: Musk Ketone Replacer

    You learn by your mistakes. It has never struck me that mumsy is afraid of anything.
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    Re: help me to start

    Major chemicals found in Jasmin; Benzyl Acetate, Linalol, Phenyl Ethyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Geranyl Acetate, Indole, cis Jasmone. Ylang oil would be useful, as would Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde and, Amyl...
  21. Re: diluting in water for testing a blend?

    We used to do it when testing the quality of PEA and Hydroxycitronellal (both fairly water soluble). As the ingredients dissolved in water, the contaminants became more obvious.
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    Re: How can your perfume last longer

    Increasing Base notes, will increase the longevity of any fragrance. The downside to this is that some diffusion may be lost. The secrete is to balance your fragrance correctly.
  23. Re: How to create a perfume with greater sillage (diffusion) effect?

    Hedione will often enhance the silage.
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    Re: Keeping notes on materials

    No never saw Nick Drake. Back to the subject eh?
  25. Re: diluting in water for testing a blend?

    I can think of two ingredients that are water soluble; Phenyl Ethyl Alcohol and Hydroxycitronellal. Nothing else is water soluble. If you must avoid using ethanol ( and I cannot see why) use...
  26. Re: Question on Nepalva, Traseolide and Poivrol

    Musks are often difficult to smell. Whenever I give an opinion, it is my opinion only; feel free to disagree. For me Musk Ketone is much stronger than Ambrettex.
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    Re: Ratio and DPG problems

    If you want to make a very long lasting fragrance, you should increase the amount of Base notes. However, using a lot of low volatile materials, often has a dampening effect on the whole fragrance....
  28. Re: Question on Nepalva, Traseolide and Poivrol

    You say you have not smelled Musk Ambrette; I have, and tell you that it smells similar to Musk Ketone. Ambrettex does not smell like Musk Ketone, nor Musk Ambrette, but does smell like...
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    Re: Ratio and DPG problems

    Firstly,welcome to Basenotes, I hope we will be able to help.

    OK, let's start.

    There are no hard and fast rules as to how you divide a perfume into Top, Middle and Base. It all depends on how...
  30. Re: Question on Nepalva, Traseolide and Poivrol

    Versalide was banned in the late 1970s, as I wrote above. I think it is always better to smell and make your own description before finding out what the "official" description is. That way, you...
  31. Re: Question on Nepalva, Traseolide and Poivrol

    It is highly unlikely that you have ever smelled Versalide as it was banned in the late 1970s. Therefore it is not necessary to compare Neplava with it. Personally I don't think Nepalva smells...
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    Re: Musk Ketone Replacer

    Mumsy the paper you showed is to do with the manufacture of a polymer called Ketonex;nothing to do with the nitromusk called Musk Ketone.

    Nizan, some folk are reluctant to use Musk Ketone,...
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    Re: Keeping notes on materials

    No hate, just surprise. I remember seeing Tiny Tin at the Isle of Wight in, I think, 1970. His version of "There'll always be an England" brought the crowd to its feet. And thanks for the bit...
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    Re: Mimosa ABS dilute with

    DPG is indeed hygroscopic, but to a far less extent than PG. Not sure about its complete solubility in water, am sure about its suitability as a solvent for the majority of perfumery ingredients.
  35. Thread: Speed

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    Re: Speed

    It is still really slow and difficult to log on. Please, do something about this.
  36. Re: How to built a Chypre ( Mitsouko direction) accord.

    There must be some Civet there surely. And something herbal; Estragon would fit.
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    Re: Keeping notes on materials

    Tiny Tim!! Blimey.
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    Re: Mimosa ABS dilute with

    As it is an Absolute, it should be soluble in Ethanol. It will also be soluble in DPG. Try to avoid PG as it is too polar and will attract water, potential problem.
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    Re: search exolide

    Google it to find suppliers.
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    Re: Ethyl 2,4-Decadienoate

    Google it to find suppliers.
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    Re: is good sandalwood even a thing anymore?

    Sadly the days of being able to obtain, pure, good quality Indian Sandalwood are over. Any Sandalwood that claims to be pure Mysore, won't be. Try Australian, the quality is getting better,...
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    Re: is good sandalwood even a thing anymore?

    However, as you have the formula, you could try to modify it.
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    Re: odor lychee

    I don't have a formula, but I know Dimethyl Sulphide is important; at the right level, of course.
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    Re: Rose Crystals Solubility

    If you don't have any DPG, get some. How can you do Perfumery without it?

    Rosone (Rose Crystals) is not that strong an ingredient. I have never used it in solution. Just add it to your...
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    Re: Rose Crystals Solubility

    Dipropylene Glycol (DPG)
  46. Re: Christmas in a bottle! Which fragrance and why?

    Not a fragrance to wear, but a fragrance to perfume your home. Jo Malone "Pine and Eucalyptus"; candle or room spray. Smells like Christmas trees. Only sold at Christmas time.
  47. Re: How to built a Chypre ( Mitsouko direction) accord.

    Camilli was (is?) a supplier of Essential oils and Absolutes. Jasmin BD will be a specific Jasmin base. Reseda is, probably, no longer available. Poucher suggests that Reseda smells like Violet...
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    Re: lavender + patchouli

    Most modern Fougeres.
  49. Re: Smelly game....... then smelly swaps (For after the blind sniff game)

    Nizan, why are you getting so worried about one review that mentioned "rotten flowers"? Has anyone else mentioned this? Are there flowers mentioned in the Triangle description? If so, stick...
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    Re: Was it Aromatic Elixir or was it me?

    I only have one bottle of Aromatic Elixir, which is quite old. I have not smelled the most recent version. I am at a loss to understand the "Rose " description. My AE is a Leather/Jasmin. I...
  51. Re: The effect of cardamom on a composition

    Major components of Cardamom are 1-8- Cineole (aka Eucalyptol) which is a volatile Top note, and Terpinyl Acetate which is more Middle.
  52. Re: What musks were likely used in creating Muscs Koublaï Khän?

    Tonquitone for sure. Maybe Muscenone. I also get a strong Costus note. Originally Costus Root Oil, now more likely Costus Oliffac , which will give a "wet dog" smell. In the latest version I...
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    Re: Geosmin arrived, altered my formulation

    Rarely used a 0.1% solution. More often 0.01% or 0.001%. It is very strong, and a little goes a very long way.
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    Re: Search recipes or formula of disigner

    Essential oils are chemicals. Each oil is made up of many chemicals (often many hundreds of chemicals). Why make it difficult for yourself by restricting your creativity at a time when you are...
  55. Engulf and devour ?

    Engulf and devour ?
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    Re: Search recipes or formula of disigner

    Plus Heliotropin.
  57. Re: What is everyones opinion of Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum?

    The original, launched in 1966, was stunning; the most recent, less so.
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    Re: D carvone, does anyone have?

    laevo Carvone smells of Spearmint; dextro Carvone smells of Caraway.
  59. Re: You can learn perfumery at Basenotes. Thanks.

    If you think you can remember every trial of every fragrance you make, you have a much better memory than I have! Writing down every trial, and highlighting the failures is an ideal way to learn;...
  60. Thread: Osmanthus

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    Re: Osmanthus

    Glad to see that my whining has not been in vain. I think Cacio's idea of a Jasimn Leather mix sounds super. Aldo, most fragrances have something Citrus in the Top. Aldehydes can also be...
  61. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    Oh good; someone can spell!
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    Re: D carvone, does anyone have?

    You may find Caraway oil easier to get; mainly d-Carvone.
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    Re: Interesting sensitizer table

    If you are going to show a list of the recognised allergens, you should at least include all 26 of them. And why just those fragrances? Every fragrance will contain at least one allergen,. This...
  64. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    No, but it does help to get letters and parcels to you on time.
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    Re: Beta ionone

    That doesn't sound right, Ionone should not be that aggressive. I hope that the quality you have is good.
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    Re: Beta ionone

    Both Ionones and Methyl Ionones have the unfortunate property of tiring the nose very quickly. One sniff, and you cannot smell anything for a while. It is difficult to evaluate them properly. I...
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    Re: Thick patchouli oil

    PG is not a suitable solvent for most Perfumery ingredients; it is too polar, and will attract water.
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    Re: Speed

    And just now when trying to open the Masculine thread I got a "Fatal error message".
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    Re: Speed

    Have to agree with the above. Also, today, I have noticed a certain amount of randomness when searching through the various Forum threads, Those subjects that are highlighted (indicating that I...
  70. Re: You can learn perfumery at Basenotes. Thanks.

    Dr S, am so glad that you feel you have improved and have started making things that you are happy with. My only slight concern is with this "throwing things together" attitude. You don't measure...
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    Re: Thick patchouli oil

    OK, if you don't mind using chemicals; have a look at Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol and iso Propyl Myristate too.
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    Re: Thick patchouli oil

    Try Alcohol (yes Everclear, providing the water concentration is low), or you could use another solvent such as Dipropylene Glycol. Mind you, you don't like using "chemicals" do you? Stick to...
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    Re: Advice on a formula

    Carrot seed is used in small amounts to enhance the top note (this is, of course only my opinion). Some describe it as having an Apricot note. It can work well in Ylang bases, and gives a slight...
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    Re: Advice on a formula

    There is no "rule of thumb". The fragrance structure is what you want it to be, depending on how you want it to perform. You should have an idea of Base, Middle and Top when you start working on...
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    Re: Fig Accord

    Probably. Or a more refined version.
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    Re: Beta ionone

    Yes. There are many Methyl Ionones for sale, of varying quality. What I meant was, get some from a reliable supplier. Givaudan's Methyl Ionone is always good.
  77. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    Wow!!!!
  78. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    When I first joined Basenotes I assumed that the Female Fragrance discussion page was a place to discuss Female marketed fragrances, and that the Male Fragrance page was a place to discuss Male...
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    Re: possible allergy help please?

    But it is not known to cause a cough. It causes contact dermatitis. Not sure, but I don't think what is being described is an allergic reaction.
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    Re: Advice on a formula

    Nizan, you have a wonderful enthusiasm which is a joy to behold. It just needs channeling, a touch! Please do not be put off by my comments, they were meant to be taken with love. We can take...
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    Re: Fig Accord

    There is nothing wrong with that approach, if it works for you. If you think in foodie terms, and can translate into pure smell, go right ahead.

    Your initial ideas sound really nice.

    Guaiac...
  82. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    Thank you.
  83. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    Which is why I wrote what I did on this thread. And was ignored by every woman.
  84. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    So when a man (me) posted , he was ignored.
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    Re: Beta ionone

    Why are you only using beta Ionone? Mix with alpha, also a good quality Methyl Ionone. Also try mixing with Orris, Vetiver, and some green and/or woody notes. Undecavertol, Methyl Octine...
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    Re: Advice on a formula

    I have no idea what you mean by "spiritual", nor by "feminine", nor by "modern" or "old fashioned". What I do have an idea about is that you don't have much experience or knowledge of individual...
  87. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    Surely the answer is very simple. "I wear a fragrance because I like it".
  88. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    You raised an extremely pertinent point, and one that I had not noticed before. Implicit in the over long thread on the Masculine forum, is that being feminine is degrading. By assuming anything...
  89. Re: Is it degrading for a man to wear a scent that smells unisex or even feminine?

    Oh I see. You have explained it so well. How could I have been so blind. People will react negatively towards someone who is smelling in a way that is considered unusual even though this...
  90. Re: Is it degrading for a man to wear a scent that smells unisex or even feminine?

    Shalimar was marketed as an exclusive Female fragrance. It is not, "very much a unisex scent". Smell Joop Homme, a very sweet, floral fragrance. You are believing the marketing BS; that is...
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    Re: Classic Fougere Proportions?

    It was the first fragrance I was given, as a birthday present. Yes I did love it. I still love the smell of Musk Ambrette!
  92. Re: Do you smell like people around you, like people on basenotes, or like no one in particular?

    Oh, touché !
  93. Re: Is it degrading for a man to wear a scent that smells unisex or even feminine?

    No.
    I feel just as masculine wearing Shalimar as wearing Knize 10. I am a man, whatever fragrance I wear. To believe that a little spritz of smelly chemicals can change your sexuality, and make...
  94. Re: Do you smell like people around you, like people on basenotes, or like no one in particular?

    I have no idea; and care less. I enjoy the fragrances I wear, and so I wear them. I do not feel it necessary to refer to anyone else. And I don't feel it necessary to compare myself with anyone...
  95. Re: Is it degrading for a man to wear a scent that smells unisex or even feminine?

    Emasculating is just a terrible word; far worse than degrading, which was bad enough. I have never felt emasculated whatever fragrance I have worn. If I am wearing something I enjoy it gives me...
  96. Re: Challenge: Wear a fragrance marketed to the opposite sex

    Keep going Dave, you'll get there. Anything Iris or Neroli works well on a man.
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    Re: Classic Fougere Proportions?

    The very first fragrance I sold was an old fashioned Fougere. The key ingredients are Lavender, Geranium and Bergamot, on a base of Musk and Moss. From there you can go in any direction you wish....
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    Re: Formula for Lily (Lys) Accord ?

    Why Tagettes? Have you smelled Tagettes? Do you think it suitable for your Lily base; if not, then don't use it. There are many oils that contain Ocimene. There is a world of difference...
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    Re: Dilution ??

    Oh please. Just get a weighing machine; life's too short.
  100. Re: Challenge: Wear a fragrance marketed to the opposite sex

    So no-one has been beaten up. No-one has had mud thrown at them. No-one has been called names. No-one has been hit on by those they didn't want to be hit on. No sarcastic comments, no strange...
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