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    Re: Roses, Again...

    If you're already mixing rose-scented products with your oils, you should look into some rose bases. Perfumer's Apprentice is not expensive for small orders, so it's not a big expense to experiment a...
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    Re: Shopping for Fragrances at Target?

    I would guess that everything at Target is legitimate. They just don't have much of a selection.
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    Re: Fatty note in vintage fragrance...

    My C12 MNA seems to linger for forever on a scent strip.
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    Re: Earthy dirtiness in Jasmine Accords

    What about Indolarome? maybe that could work along with the skatole.
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    Re: New here, diy mens scent and shopping

    Just from the names, I'm guessing those are mostly PA's key accords and bases. I think the Bergamot mixed with the Hedione, Jasmine and White Musk accords would probably work great as a starter...
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    Re: Dihydrocoumarin

    To my nose, dihydrocoumarin smells a little more spicy and maybe richer than coumarin. Not as powdery as coumarin. I get more of a tonka impression from it, one that I don't get from coumarin or...
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    Re: Benzyl Salicylate Question

    I can smell it but it's very, very faint to me. I smell pretty much what one would expect--oily, green, floral like carnation.
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    Re: l-Muscone from Firmenich

    I saw muscone appear on the site last night. There was no pricing info when I looked, but it may have since been added.
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    Re: Creating Perfumes accords

    Does anyone have an opinion on the Sweet Tobacco note they do? I've been curious about this for so long.
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    Re: Pre-fixing perfumers alcohol

    I've been wondering about this idea of pre-fixing ever since I saw the Good Scents Company page for musk lactone, where in the Notes section it says of the material: "Good prefixer for alcohol."
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    Re: Where to Smell Ingredients

    Health food stores are a good place to start, as are places like Enfleurage in New York City. Do remember, however, that you're not always getting the whole picture when you smell those widely...
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    Re: Thanks for your help!

    That's definitely the coolest thing I've heard all day.
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    Re: New shop for raw materials online!

    Just chiming in here--my experience with Graphite has also been completely positive. :)
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    Re: Favorite orris replacers?

    "reminiscent of scalp hair"... That makes me think that Costausol could work well with orris.
  15. Re: Perfume similar to Molton Brown Coco & Tonka?

    You could try Tonka Imperiale, but if I remember correctly it has a cherry-almond impression. There are some cheap tobacco-themed scents out there that have a distinct tonka impression, but they're...
  16. Re: The smell of playdough - can you sniff some for me?

    I don't have any to smell either at the moment, but I know that I've heard that it's basically all about the heliotrope.
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    Re: Perfumery Shop Concept

    I think it would be AMAZING to find such a store, especially if it sold the single aromachems. But I'm not sure I think it would be commercially feasible. I've seen variations of this idea in...
  18. I too loved Tabacco but never ended up owning...

    I too loved Tabacco but never ended up owning any. :(
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    Re: Benzyl acetate?!?

    I say give it time. I knew that ba smelled a bit "chemical" isolated, but still, when I first smelled it (the synth--not natural isolate--straight up), I was like "WHOAH!!!! I get the jasmine...
  20. I'm surprised Bellodgia was discontinued.

    I'm surprised Bellodgia was discontinued.
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    Re: Unusual Manly Scents

    Try Maritima.
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    Re: Ingredients... If money were no object

    I agree about Enfleurage--their stuff is fantastic. They used to have enfleurage of tuberose and gardenia, and they were really wonderful.
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    Re: Alpha Terpineol

    The alpha-terpineol I have smells just like Pine Sol--pine, functional, not particularly pleasant.The organoleptics were always confusing to me too, although I could sort of imagine how it could be...
  24. Re: Best jasmine and lily of the valley synthetics

    If you like bases, I think Sampaquita is a great jasmine base.
  25. Thread: Vinyl smell ?

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    Re: Vinyl smell ?

    I think the cresol and the presyl-acetate are similar. It's been so long since I've smelled the acetate. I think they can be used for narcissus-type accords, forming the animalic, leathery note you...
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    Re: Smell of Spring in the air :)

    Those flowers look a little bit like something that grows here, the name of which I do not know. It's this bush that has clusters of pink flowers on them that smell very strong and very, very sweet...
  27. Thread: Vinyl smell ?

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    Re: Vinyl smell ?

    I've gotten something like a baby doll smell with injudicious combining of powdery musks and coumarins (maybe other lactones too, now that I think about it). Para-cresol has also given an unpleasant...
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    Hedione in the news

    Thought this might be interesting to some here, especially as I've seen some talk about pheromones in this forum:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150409081438.htm

    The gist is that...
  29. Thread: Isobutavan

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    Re: Isobutavan

    When I've gotten Isobutavan, I've thought it smelled kinda glue-like neat. Not exactly pleasant, but not dirty dish rag or sneakers either.
  30. Nice article. I like this better than the press...

    Nice article. I like this better than the press releases that usually appear on the main page.
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    Re: Scent of a person vs scent of a thing

    it seems to me like you're asking about the wearability of a fragrance, and I suppose that's a matter of taste. I find Thunderstorm wearable but can see why you might think it's more suited to a room...
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    Re: Bacon fragrance

    Is this if for an art project, maybe you could consider using a bacon flavor? Perfumer's Apprentice has one. It's very hammy.
  33. It's nice to see the dual facets of modern musks...

    It's nice to see the dual facets of modern musks mentioned in a press release. I read an article some time ago where someone who was supposed to be speaking authoritatively on the matter said with...
  34. Re: Where can I find a good Pipe Tobacco and Violet Leaf essential oils/extracts/etc?

    Pipe tobacco is so heavily flavoured, so tobacco absolute alone might not be enough. Creatingperfume.com has a tobacco accord that is supposed to smell like pipe tobacco, but I haven't smelled it. PA...
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    Re: Exclusive Materials Proposition

    I'm such a small fish that I probably shouldn't even be responding, but I think it would be amazing to have these bases available (especially the tobacco one or a tonka). Maybe someone can resell...
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    Re: Disgusted by IFRA perfume regulations

    As far as boycotting IFRA companies, some of us may inadvertently be doing something like that. There are fragrances that smell different to me than they used to, and I wonder whether a...
  37. Re: Need opinon on which synthetic musk(s) to use for...

    I would suggest Costausol, although it may be too dirty for what you're looking for. I think it can make something smell as if it's been applied to greasy hair. And maybe Exaltenone for a soft, not...
  38. After reading this, I'm still not clear on what,...

    After reading this, I'm still not clear on what, exactly, the "new style of fragrance composition" is supposed to be. And is a "fragrance designer" essentially a creative director?

    As for the...
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    Re: Volatile Constituents in Pumpkin

    I love the smell of raw pumpkin, but that's probably because I associate it with jack-o-lanterns.
  40. Re: What musks were likely used in creating Muscs Koublaï Khän?

    Tonquitone is a good place to start if you want to make something a bit dirty.
  41. Thread: Hekserij

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    Re: Hekserij

    They're great and responsive. Jan is even a basenoter, methinks.
  42. I don't think Lauder will mess with the scents,...

    I don't think Lauder will mess with the scents, at least not initially.
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    Re: Okoumal from PA

    I have gotten Okoumal a couple times from PA, and I could always smell it, though not so much neat. (I find pretty much all the woodambers hard to smell neat.)
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    Re: What Makes a "Pink" Fragrance?

    If I'm not mistaken, creatingperfume.com has an accord called "Pink Notes," which I think is a berry type thing.

    As for the color, I always thought anisyl acetate smelled pink.
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    Re: Musk xylene/musk ketone

    I don't know what the percentage was in the solution, but I've been able to dissolve musk ketone in benzyl salicylate.
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    Re: Becoming A Supplier

    Why not start out selling to basenoters and the people on the perfumemaking Yahoo! group--sending out/posting a pricelist and shipping small orders, to gauge interest?

    I also say the more the...
  47. Thread: Iso e super

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    Re: Iso e super

    Is that the Benzoin base there in the picture? How does it compare to the typical benzoin essential oil?
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    Re: Recreating log fire scent

    If it's labeled birch tar, I'd say it must be a mixup.
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    Re: Recreating log fire scent

    You probably got birch essential oil, which smells wintergreeny. It's the birch tar that smells smoky/leathery.
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    Re: Galaxolide 50% IPM - Scent?

    Does anyone know if Cervolide has more of the "hot iron" smell than Habanolide. I really love that aspect of Habanolide, and I haven't smelled Cervolide. But if that aspect is significant, I may...
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    Re: Galaxolide 50% IPM - Scent?

    The smell of Galaxolide always makes me think of Trésor.
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    Re: ylang ylang and... banana?

    In Perfumes: The Guide they refer to ylang as having an overripe banana smell.
  53. I'd like to know the same thing! How DOES one...

    I'd like to know the same thing! How DOES one become a YouTube star??
  54. Thread: Hard at work

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    Re: Hard at work

    Nicely done!
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    Re: What make it sexy?

    I'm surprised to read that you find Tonalide sexy. I've always gotten a fruity and dry laundry aspect from it, and consider it to be very fresh smelling. I'll have to have another look at it and see...
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    Re: Hyrax Source Small Scale US

    Is that the same as Africa Stone tincture? Because that you can get from enfleurage.com.
  57. I've developed an on/off nose spray habit in the...

    I've developed an on/off nose spray habit in the past few years. In Sweden, you can't buy a decongestant in pill form, which I find ludicrous, but you can buy the sprays. I've known lots of people...
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    Re: Negative emotions scents

    I kinda lived that underwear experiment for most of my 20s. And maybe 30s.
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    Re: Corpse Flower Bloom

    I'm jealous. I didn't smell much of anything when I saw one bloom in Brooklyn. I think most of the piquancy had worn off by the time I got to see it.
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    Re: Negative emotions scents

    I've just very recently experienced Tonquitone, so I must note: "a bit" animalic? I was bowled over by it at 100%. It smells like a pair of underwear that I've worn 5 days in a row. My experience...
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    Re: ISO Apple Blossom FO

    Just out of curiosity, what do apple blossoms smell like? I've never smelled one.
  62. Re: Great FRÉDÉRIC MALLE Interview, - Interesting slant on All Natural Scents too

    I thought that cologne referred to either the concentration or a particular type of composition--i.e., a light, citrusy type of scent like 4711, Acqua di Parma, Chanel Eau de Cologne and Bigarade...
  63. Re: Great FRÉDÉRIC MALLE Interview, - Interesting slant on All Natural Scents too

    I find this a tricky analogy, because it seems to me that equating modern music with auto-tune, drum machines and Pitbull is the same thing as saying that modern perfumery is all Calone and...
  64. Thread: Using Ultrazur

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    Re: Using Ultrazur

    Does anyone else think that Ultrazur smells really 90s?
  65. Cuiron was a true gem.

    Cuiron was a true gem.
  66. Thread: Musk ketone

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    Re: Musk ketone

    Didn't Chanel No. 5 have around 10% of nitro musks? I don't think anyone ever died from that perfume.
  67. Re: Article: Heeley launches all-natural Vetiver Veritas

    I can't help but wonder whether the juice is made up only of essential oils or whether it also contains fractionated oils/natural isolates.
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    Re: Hello, newb wants tips on copyright.

    Back in the 80s, I got a lovely perfume oil from the local flea market named "Abdul Salaam Compares His No. 32 to Obsession for Men." You could always try that type of strategy!
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    Re: Makking solid perfumes

    You are a national treasure, David Ruskin! :)
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    Re: What smells like sea salt, beach?

    I don't know what Choya Nakh smells like, but once upon a time I had some Tangerinol. I remember reading that it had a seaweed aspect, but I don't recall getting much of that when I smelled it. If I...
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    Re: What smells like sea salt, beach?

    I have the seaweed decolorized absolute. A friend of mine said it smells like "burnt brakes," as in car breaks. He smelled it 100%, though. It makes me think of sushi. I like it, but I've not smelled...
  72. Re: Adding Vitamins C & E, glycerin, Polysorbate-20

    Would the vitamin C alter the pH enough to alter the less stable aromatic components?
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    Re: Materials Wishlist

    Pharmacist blender: There was someone selling 10ml samples very recently (I got some last week) of different things on the Yahoo! perfumemaking group. Among those was Polysantol.
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    Re: Benzyl Benzoate, smell of...

    I think musk ketone is also soluble in benzyl salicylate. At least I've gotten crystals to dissolve in it. Just don't ask me the percentage.
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    Re: Help with incense blend

    C12 MNA for topnote effect?
  76. Re: Is it possible to use rotten garbage in a fragrance ?

    The perfume Calyx has been decribed as having a rotting garbage aspect with its guava, and I smell it in there.
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    Re: Musk xylene/musk ketone

    Just out of curiosity, what were your preferred nitro musks? I've read that musk ambrette is the one that everyone wishes they could use, and that musk xylene isn't as refined as musk ketone. Did you...
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    Re: Single aromachemical fragrances

    Oh my, this is embarrassing to be asked--shoulda thought that through.
    The truth is that I don't know, probably 5-15%, more or less. See, the whole Habanolide thing began when my partner wanted...
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    Re: Musk xylene/musk ketone

    I think I read somewhere that Musk Xylene is classified as an explosive in Sweden.
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    Re: Amber and White Musk

    +1 to Nizan's comment. I love spending hours reading old forums. It's a great way to learn.
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    Re: Single aromachemical fragrances

    I would definitely recommend Velvione, since Helmut Lang's Velviona is said to be composed only of it. I have a dilution of just Habanolide that I wear.
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    Have you looked at the Good Scents Company page? (to see if -and where- chemicals have been found to occur in nature)
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    Omikron has a handful of oils it sells that it calls nature-identical. The site's in German, though:...
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    Re: Any experience with ordering from CGherbals

    I'm looking at their site now--I had no idea they sold in small amounts, and they have tons of stuff. What currency do they sell in? I can't find where to change the currency on the site, and I don't...
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    Re: i love pistachio ...

    Have you smelled the pistachio CO2 from Hermitage? http://www.hermitageoils.com/pistachio-co2-select-1335
  86. Thread: Suede leather

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    Re: Suede leather

    Don't know the perfume, but I think Suederal is always a great place to start.
  87. Re: links for perfume making, especially about chemistry?

    If you like foresty smells, oakmoss absolute is a good thing to have. Fir balsam absolute as well. And Hermitage Oils has geosmin and some pyrazines which you might find interesting.

    As for wet...
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    Re: Raspberry-Ketone, strange things...

    I can barely detect anything when I try to smell it at 100%. I think it's just one of those chems that needs dilution.
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    Re: Note sure how do describe a scent

    I still get tripped up by the 'phenolic' descriptor. I've smelled cresol and one of the acetates, and I've smelled an old disinfectant product with some phenol derivative or something. But I notice...
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    Re: Always Vanilla Ad - UGH!

    What's this buzz on Ultravanil? I think I remember reading about that--that it has a very 'vanilla absolute' note. Does anyone know if there's a place to get small hobbyist quantities?

    I'll admit...
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    Re: Jasmine absolute - synthetic

    I think Sampaquita is fantastic. It doesn't feel as indolic or weighty as jasmine sambac, but it's lovely. Have you smelled Gelsol? I'm interested in that base.
  92. Re: Remedy for olffactoral fatigue...for real or old wive's tale?

    Have you read The Secret of Scent, islearom? That's Luca Turin's book the goes into depth about his take on the vibrational theory of olfaction. I confess that the latter 2/3 of the book got over my...
  93. Re: Article: Demeter's Zombie fragrances back from the dead

    I have to say---they sound great! I never saw them when they were out. I wonder if they live up to their descriptions. And if so, I wonder whether they're wearable.
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    Re: Article: Cheetos launches cheesy scent

    If this is actually real, I must have it!
  95. Thread: Musk

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    Re: Musk

    PA has cosmone in small quantities. And you could also try muscenone, if you like the nitromusky vibe.
  96. Thread: Musk

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    Re: Musk

    Interesting about Cosmone. I get a vanilla/heliotrope vibe from it a little, and my partner said it had a note of 'old milk'. I get the ambery feel from it, I think, but also the powdery connotation...
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    Re: Orris root powder

    I noticed that they're getting Irival in stock on creatingperfume.com. I don't think they have it yet.
  98. Thread: Fecal notes

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    Re: Fecal notes

    You've smelled some mercaptans in dilution already--they're used to odorize natural gas so leaks are perceptible.
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    Re: Cannabis in perfumery

    the THC itself isn't responsible for the odor of cannabis. I think I read that the odor is due mainly to the sesquiterpinoids.
  100. Re: Advice on adding a baked/roasted nut scent that doesn't overpower?

    I've gotten homofurunol from PA before. Yes, it's rather caramellic. I think of it as having a slightly 'bread pudding' aspect. It has a bit of the roasted note to it, and I can see how it can be...
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