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  1. Re: Chromatograph services vs.. Buying own Chromatograph

    *recalls painstaking days in undergrad decyphering NMR, GC, and IR spectra of KNOWN substances, and has a profound respect for the analysts capable of elucidating unknowns*
  2. Thread: Monoi deTahiti

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    Re: Monoi deTahiti

    It really wouldn't be anything like using Chanel No. 5 as an ingredient. Chanel No. 5 is a complex creation all its own: Monoi de Tahiti is a single product whose origin and production method are...
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    Re: UK Suppliers of Fractions of Essential oils

    Fractions of essential oils are distillation fractions. They would tend to be more "headish" or "heartish" or "baseish" than the complete essential oil, because you would have only the low, medium,...
  4. Sticky: Re: A question regarding the use of isopropyl myristate in perfumers alcohol

    The odour of tert-butanol is quite fleeting. It's a higher-boiling alcohol than most, but I still don't think it'd last much longer than the "alcohol blast" of any newly-applied fragrance would.
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    Re: Looking for perfumery filters

    The problem with home heater filters is they're rated for multiple passes (circulating air) and reducing the number of particles over the rated size, rather than having actual known pore size. I...
  6. Thread: DIY Oakmoss

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    Re: DIY Oakmoss

    Hexane can be uses without external heat. Unless the oakmoss thalli are extremely fragile, I would macerate them in hexane foray least a couple weeks.
  7. Re: first time scent creation using essentail oils - need some advise

    Beeswax is fully-miscible (double-boiler) with mineral oil and petrolatum. The lip balm I've used for the last few years I make with about 60-40 beeswax and olive oil, with a bit of camphor thrown in...
  8. Re: first time scent creation using essentail oils - need some advise

    Almond oil would be doing good to keep six months: I keep mine in the fridge, and use it for testing small amounts of blends. As far a cheap sandalwood, some decent sandalwood that's as cheap as...
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    Re: UK Suppliers of Fractions of Essential oils

    Hehe . . . I've been tempted to use volumetric flasks. Those are REALLY using a bazooka to kill a gnat, though: they're precisely calibrated to measure the listed volume at their listed temperature...
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    Re: Has anyone been watching this webpage?

    How do you know excise taxes have been paid on a drink you buy at a bar? It's not your responsibility: it's the responsibility of the regulators.
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    Re: Help with selecting aromachemicals please.

    Aha! Ran it down:



    IFRA Code of Practice Appendix 5, section "IFRA Standards".
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    Re: UK Suppliers of Fractions of Essential oils

    Aldehyde C14 you can pick up from Perfumer's Apprentice. She makes a practice of buying these things in their unfortunate bulk and repackaging them for us mortals. :-)

    As far as a ground-glass...
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    Re: Help with selecting aromachemicals please.

    Things like that (and it always irks me, as it's such an annoying convention) are often specified as weight-volume percent.

    The very concept of w/v% irks me because it's NOT A PERCENT! 1% w/v is 1...
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    Re: Has anyone been watching this webpage?

    Even then, there is in certain jurisdictions a small amount of legal wild harvest as well (since CITES only specifies regulation, not a ban). China only exports farmed musk, as the wild deer hunting...
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    Re: Has anyone been watching this webpage?

    People keep throwing this out, uncited, as if it's obvious, but it really seems that "it ain't necessarily so." Do you actually have a legal reference for that? Because the only thing CITES requires...
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    Re: Lapsang Souchong???

    *enables* My order came in this weekend! Their choya nakh (seashells) and choya ral (frankincense), two other lovely smokey smells, are on sale. And the mushroom and seaweed absolutes are yummy! And...
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    Re: Ambrette Seed CO2 in Alcohol

    See, I checked goodscentscompany, and they claim it should be entirely alcohol-miscible, but of course Christopher (who knows this precise ambrette CO2), says it won't.

    Did you end up getting IPM...
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    Re: Lapsang Souchong???

    See, that's the thing... Goodscentscompany lists it as fully alcohol-miscible, but the owner of White Lotus says that even though it's an SCO2, it's not alcohol-miscible. (More shortly on that...
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    Re: Lapsang Souchong???

    Ya, it was thirteen bucks for a mL and a half. If you have any ideas, I posted a help thread . . .
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    Re: Lapsang Souchong???

    Heh . . . that's like me and my cleverness in ordering ambrette CO2 instead of ambrette EO, with no idea how I was going to work with it . . .
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    Re: Lapsang Souchong???

    White Lotus's cade (which I should have in a UPS package on my doorstep as we speak!) states it is rectified. I'm sure you could ask Christopher or Suzanne any particulars such as GC analysis that...
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    Re: First stab at a fougere

    I almost ordered some hay abs. from White Lotus . . . grr . . . Now I wish I had.

    I have some agar; not super-high quality (ham_firl's cheapest grade), but incredible nonetheless: a drop on a...
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    Ambrette Seed CO2 in Alcohol

    In the set of absolutes and such I ordered from White Lotus, I ordered Ambrette Seed CO2 Select (just the sample size). This goes down as a "shoulda checked first", I think, but I was talking to...
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    Re: Vegan conundrum....

    Having come out of the biomedical field, I can concur on that one. No one wants to waste their grant money (in acadaemia) or their own money (in industry) on animal tests. Everyone is always trying...
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    Re: Vegan conundrum....

    I just placed an order with White Lotus, and they were quite nice to deal with. I'll be receiving my order next week sometime, so I'll let you know more then, but they seem very conscientious people....
  26. Thread: Everclear?

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    Re: Everclear?

    As far as I know, distilled liquors won't use isinglass. It's not used in distilling, but in clarification of fermented beverages such as wine and beer. Now, beverages explicitly distilled from wines...
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    Re: Vegan conundrum....

    Actually, "cruelty-free" has many more implications than just animal testing. In fact, many definitions would encompass things such as, say, beeswax absolute, as they consider apiculture to be...
  28. Thread: Honey Absolute

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    Re: Honey Absolute

    I don't know, but it should be. Honey seems rather base-noteish to me, so it should have reasonable longevity.
  29. Thread: Honey Absolute

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    Honey Absolute

    Honey absolute is sold (and is distinct from beeswax absolute. What are your thoughts on making it? Has anyone here tried?

    I'm thinking a 50% honey-water solution would be easier (viscosity-wise)...
  30. Re: Advice: "Turning" perfume oil into a spray (diluting)?

    Of course, speaking of evaporating slowly, the way to go may be along the lines of what saripates said, but to go further and just extract the oil with alcohol and remove the (hopefully...
  31. Re: Advice: "Turning" perfume oil into a spray (diluting)?

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't DPG work as a thinner sort of diluent that'd dissolve the fixed oils and make them more sprayable?
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    Re: Vegan conundrum....

    *chuckles* Survival of the cutest . . .
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    Re: Vegan denatured alcohol??

    No. 3 I can answer: yes, it does, in a technical sense (and many formulae for "denatured alcohol" approved under the regulations are complete products, such as the standard Listerine-type mouthwash...
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    Re: Grad party/summer night party colognes

    Agreed. A "signature scent" really has to be something that out-and-out grabs you. If you haven't had a scent pin you against the wall and INFORM you it was your signature scent, don't force the...
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    Re: First stab at a fougere

    *laughs out loud*

    LUVVIT!
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    Re: First stab at a fougere

    Different suppliers for the two of them (civet from ham_firl). I know deer musk is extensively faked, but first, deer musk isn't illegal. Farming of musk deer has been done since the '50s in China,...
  37. Thread: Asafoetida

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    Re: Asafoetida

    In cooking, asafoetida changes odour drastically on cooking in oil. I'm wondering if a better asafoetida absolute could be prepared by cooking it briefly in a small amount of a hot oil until the...
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    Re: First stab at a fougere

    Having been in biology, I'm rather pickier about weights and measures, and don't think I'd be happy with a cheap scale: I'm used to wonderful things that jump around with every tiny speck of powder...
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    Re: Royall Rugby by Royall Lyme of Bermuda

    I've tried this at a local haberdashery . . . Let my girlfriend smell it on me and asked her if she liked it. "Oh, yes!" before I'd even finished my sentence. :-)
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    Re: A request for stinkbugs

    All the terpenoids, most of the aldehydes, and at least several of the esters listed I recognised . . . It looks like stinkbug-stink may be more "badly matched perfume notes" than anything truly...
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    Re: A request for stinkbugs

    Now you know what to do: save them and freeze them for your fellow basenoters! I want some too!
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    Re: First stab at a fougere

    Any idea where I might pick up coumarin already in solution? It seems to be sold only in pure form that I've been able to find. My only accurate weighing apparatus is an Ohaus triple-beam: good in...
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    Re: First stab at a fougere

    True . . . Well, I plan to order from Perfumer's Apprentice at some point soon, and they have what seems as good a deal as any on coumarin. Maybe I should pick that up on grounds of history . . . :-)...
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    Re: A request for stinkbugs

    Of interest:

    The chemical volatiles (semiochemicals) produced by neotropical stink bugs (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae).

    They're a cornucopia of familiar and less-familiar aromachemicals! Now I want...
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    Re: First stab at a fougere

    It doesn't really HAVE to be, but I have a personal aesthetic predilection away from synthetics . . . maybe I'll become disabused of it at some point when I'm unable to do what I want without...
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    Re: Sesame seed oil in a fragrance?

    Yay! :-)

    Now I'm just kicking myself for not saying "spirits of wine" and "drams" instead of "EtOH" and "mL" . . . Heh . . .
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    Re: First stab at a fougere

    Oh! That makes a lot more sense now, thank you! I need to put in my order with White Lotus, which is where I'm getting the tonka bean absolute from . . .
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    Re: Sesame seed oil in a fragrance?

    I just looked around on eBay, and about the best deal I found was here. $55 shipped for four. You can spend less in toto for an individual one, but not likely less per each. (Unless you get that...
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    Re: Sesame seed oil in a fragrance?

    You should be able to extract it with alcohol. I'd use a separatory funnel and successive changes of twice the volume of oil as alcohol (i.e. 50ml oil, 25ml alcohol) I'd also double-extract the oil....
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    Re: First stab at a fougere

    I was under the impression that coumarin was just a source of "vanilla-ish" scent, though . . . Like I said, I've never smelt it by itself.
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    Re: First stab at a fougere

    I'm still wondering about the vanilla-vs-tonka thing. What are your thoughts about including one versus the other?
  52. Sticky: Re: A question regarding the use of isopropyl myristate in perfumers alcohol

    The myristate group is simply myristic acid (as present in things like palm and coconut oil) as combined with another compound. In this case, one combines isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol) and myristic...
  53. Sticky: Re: A question regarding the use of isopropyl myristate in perfumers alcohol

    One quick thing that no one else mentioned. Isopropyl myristate isn't a "variation of isopropyl alcohol" any more than water is a "variation of hydrogen" or a "variation of oxygen". It's a molecule...
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    Re: First stab at a fougere

    Thanks both of you! I thought the fougere accord was supposed to be oakmoss, coumarin, lavender, and bergamot. *puzzled* Where do geranium and musk fit in this?

    I do have both tonka abs. and musk...
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    First stab at a fougere

    So I've acquired what seems to me a respectable assortment of fifty-odd notes, and have finally taken the plunge and tried my first blend, a fougere. My alcohol hasn't come in yet, so this is in a...
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    Re: DIY Birch Tar redux

    *blush* Okay, I've been trolling White Lotus for a week picking things to lust after (choya nakh, cepes, etc.), and somehow missed that!

    *sighs at self*

    And here I was all ready to go ordering...
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    DIY Birch Tar redux

    I've been having the Devil's own time finding a source for fragrance-grade birch tar oil. From what I understand, the phenolic compounds in birch tar are a concern at least carcinogenically, if not...
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    Re: Lapsang Souchong???

    Oh, faugh . . . it looks great, but twenty quid for shipping to the States. *pouts*

    Though they have enough wonderful teas, I may just have to break down and place a big order to make it...
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    Re: chemicals in professional perfumes

    *tries to remember his o-chem*

    Geraniol, citronellol, limonene, linalool, eugenol, oakmoss (Evernia prunastri), and probably a couple of the others are ubiquitous aroma compounds that have to, by...
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    Re: Lapsang Souchong???

    Well, my green and black tea absolutes seem to be coming along splendidly, so when I actually find a source of nice LS, I've got a jar with its name on it already . . . need to eBay it. Any of your...
  61. Thread: Wasabi?

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    Re: Wasabi?

    Ya, but the scent I'm going for _is_ the wasabi condiment of sushi bars, so that doesn't especially bother me.



    I was hoping, with the right sequence of solvents, I could leave all/most of the...
  62. Thread: Wasabi?

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    Wasabi?

    Any ideas for a wasabi note? I picked up some actual wasabi powder today at the Asian grocery and started extracting the concrete in acetone. The oddest thing, though: all the actual horseradish...
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    Re: Lapsang Souchong???

    Googling around, I found an Etsy post selling a coconut-oil extract of lapsang souchong. Not sure it's what I'm getting at, since I like the idea of having/using a full-strength absolute (and I'm...
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    Re: Lapsang Souchong???

    I've actually been planning to make a lapsang souchong absolute (acetone, then ethanol extraction), but haven't gotten to the oriental grocery recently to pick up the tea. I'll let you know how it...
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    Re: The blending of fragrances

    I've had good luck blending fairly freely any in the Royall line. You don't hear much about these scents, but they're absolutely fantastic. Royall Vetiver is my go-to evening scent, especially for a...
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