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    Re: I made an ugly scrubber

    Oh my goodness, I never thought of the environmental issue. Thanks so much for alerting me to that. Our city has a hazardous waste program, which is where this substance should surely have gone. ...
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    I made an ugly scrubber

    This isn't so much a question; it's mostly a report of a hilarious failure.

    I tend to be an experiential learner rather than an abstract one, if that makes sense. I've been reading a lot of...
  3. Re: The unbelievable strangeness of essential oils

    This is very true. I love to keep patchouli plants in my house because of their wonderful scent, but my patchouli oil has such a thick, earthy, sometimes biting quality that I can hardly recognize...
  4. Re: Ideas for a perfumery/olfaction workshop

    I have not done this (I'm a total beginner) but there's a wonderful description of olfaction workshops in Alyssa Harad's Coming to my Senses. Her description is detailed enough that I think you...
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    Re: Newbie + Chypre = Adventure

    This is a question I've been researching for some time. I've acquired decants of various versions of Coty Chypre from many different sources (mostly online decant services) and have come to the...
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    Re: Newbie + Chypre = Adventure

    Thank you both. As always, the answers here are illuminating: not only helpful and informative, but also very well written and clear. This forum is the best possible resource for the intrepid but...
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    Re: Newbie + Chypre = Adventure

    Just by way of a quick update: I tried a few versions of various chypre recipes about a week ago, and so far -- not terrible. My first few essays were not a complete failure. Not chypres, either,...
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    Re: Newbie + Chypre = Adventure

    Upon further reading, I found a very interesting 1857 recipe for an Eau de Chypre in The Art of Perfumery, by George Piesse (available on google books.) While this isn't exactly what I was looking...
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    Re: Newbie + Chypre = Adventure

    Yes, I definitely intend to. I was thinking that I would begin with some ingredients from Chris's list. Either that or maybe just try to get a few other ingredients from that chypre formula I...
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    Re: Newbie + Chypre = Adventure

    Oh, my goodness, I certainly hope I didn't misread that -- I was under the impression that they were 15 ml vials! Well, it may not be too late to cancel the order if I've made a mistake. I think...
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    Re: Newbie + Chypre = Adventure

    Thanks, David. As for those fragrances, I believe they are all by Helene Dale, who was making beaded purses in Paris some time in the 1930s or 1940s. She also seemed to have a side line of creating...
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    Re: Newbie + Chypre = Adventure

    Oh, yes, thank you -- I am doing this as a way of educating myself about chypres (and about perfumes in general), and I don't really see myself as ever making perfumes for sale. If this experiment...
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    Re: Newbie + Chypre = Adventure

    Thank you for all these thoughtful replies. Yes, it was the fact that I couldn't find the original Coty Chypre, and then upon further study learning that chypres are now an endangered species, that...
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    Newbie + Chypre = Adventure

    Hello everyone! As you can see, I'm very new to this forum, as well as to the art of fragrance DIY. I've been collecting vintage perfumes for some time, always searching out the grail: Coty's...
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    Chant des Iles vintage fragrance

    Hello. I'm new to this forum, and incidentally also quite new to the study of fragrance. I love vintage scents and have been collecting them for some time, though, and I thought it was time to...
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