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    How many naturals is too many?

    I remember this being discussed before on here, but I can't remember what consensus was. How many naturals is too many in a fragrance, before it turns to "mud"? Thanks :)
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    Re: Verbena essentiel oil

    I think they were asking about putting verbena (the herb itself) into an unscented oil and leaving it to 'infuse' awhile.

    This won't cause any tears in the fabric of reality, but it wouldn't work...
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    Re: Incense Perfume

    What type of fragrance are you wanting to make?

    You can check performance of individual materials in incense on perfumersworld.com

    Always mix your fragrance with 50% dipropylene glycol (DPG)...
  4. Vodka or Denatured Alcohol for tincturing?

    Hi, I live in Mexico, and I just have access to either regular vodka or denatured alcohol. The denatured alcohol is 70% ethanol with denatonium (bitterant) added. Which would be better of the two to...
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    Re: Pine/Conifer fragrance candle

    What are you using now that makes your candles smell like "toilet cleaner"?
  6. Re: Any heard of (4E,9Z)-13-methyloxacyclopentadeca-4,9-dien-2-one ?

    What's a captive?
  7. Any heard of (4E,9Z)-13-methyloxacyclopentadeca-4,9-dien-2-one ?

    I was looking for floral-aromatic materials, and came across this one on TGSC: http://www.thegoodscentscompany.com/data/rw1696881.html that has an appealing description, "sweet aromatic powdery musk...
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    Tonka Bean and Palmarossa

    Hi, was wondering if anyone's mixed these two together (they're listed as blenders on good scents)? How'd it turn out?
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    Celery seed oil and Orris?

    I sprayed my two favorite fragrances on tissue paper the other day, DKNY Women and Caron Bain de Champagne (1961 Vintage), and the resulting mix smelled for all the world to me like celery and orris....
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    Re: Watermelon accord

    Volatile compounds in watermelon:

    " A total of 24 VOCs were identified in watermelon fruit, including 11 aldehydes, seven alcohols, four ketones, one heterocyclic compound, and one acid....
  11. Re: Russian olive or silverberry bud and flowers essential ( Elaeagnus Angustifolia) essential oils

    Looks like a good starting point for recreating the smell would be trans-ethyl-cinnamate. If you mean business, you can always buy the article to see what the other 46 compounds are :)
    ...
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    Vetiver materials?

    Hi, what vetiver material(s) do I want for creating vetiver basenotes? The absolute, co2, EO, concrete?? The EO seems the most wildly available, but EOs in my experience are very top-notey, so I...
  13. Thread: Henna

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    Re: Henna

    My mom puts in on her hair, so I got to smell it a lot when I was younger. It's a very 'seedy' smell, almost like if you ground up bird seed into a paste or something, and like others have said,...
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    Re: Isoamyl Butyrate

    Oh? That's good. I'll just order from them if their materials are good quality and genuine. :) Have you (or anyone else here) had experience with them?



    Thanks for the offer, but I don't think...
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    Isoamyl Butyrate

    Hi, trying to find a supplier for isoamyl butyrate (CAS 106-27-4) that will sell in small amounts (about 1 fluid oz or less.) Anyone know of one?

    Only one I've been able to find is Perfumer's...
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    Peppermint absolute deoderant

    Hi, I was thinking about making some 'homemade' peppermint absolute deodorant.

    Is peppermint absolute OK to use on skin in a deodorant?

    What's a good base to use for the deodorant? Most...
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    Re: Bubble Gum Fragrance

    I believe the classic "bubblegum" flavor was originally a combination of vanilla, wintergreen and cinnamon.
  18. Thread: Fenugreek CO2

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    Re: Fenugreek CO2

    Maybe you can at least put it in a soap or lotion (something fatty) to at least get your money's worth out of it?
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    Re: What to mix/layer with Aged Cambodian Oud?

    Look under the section called "blenders" on this page: http://www.thegoodscentscompany.com/data/es1067531.html#toblndr
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    Re: Hazelnut and Sesame CO2 Allergies

    I'm no lawyer, but my "common sense" opinion is that if you put a notification on the container that says it contains materials extracted from hazelnuts, sesame seeds, etc. you should be ok.
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    Re: 3 ingredient Chypre & Fougere a little help?

    Sounds simple enough just to try those trios yourself and see how they work ;)
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    Making a scent incense friendly

    Hi, I had a FO I really liked GC'd awhile ago. I want to use it in incense, but its smell disappears whenever it gets hot. Same story in a catalytic lamp. This is the GC:

    E/S Time CAS # % Compound...
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    Re: Candles and aldehyde

    The equivalent nitrile can be substituted for the aldehyde if it isn't holding up to the heat of candle use.

    From personal experience, heliotropin doesn't handle heat well, so piperonylnitrile...
  24. Thread: Pennyroyal

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    Re: Pennyroyal

    They sell cans of pennyroyal "juice" at my local asian supermarket. I tried it and spit it out. Tasted nasty!

    If it's so poisonous I wonder how people can drink whole cans of it?
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    Re: Honey accord help

    Here is a scientific paper about the volatiles in honey. Looks to be quite complex. If I hadn't just drank half a bottle of 12% belgian beer I could give you more help
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  26. Re: Base notes used to create a citrus fragrance?

    Try ambrettolide or ambrette abs

    Maybe also long chain waxy chemicals like are found in actual citrus peels. I don't know what exactly they are though - I'm just throwing ideas out there.
  27. Thread: Dodecanol

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    Dodecanol

    Hi. I did some research and it looks like this stuff is safe for skin, but I couldn't really find much info. Anyone have experience with it? Did it make you sneeze, or give you a rash or anything? I...
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    Re: Heliotropin: The Low Down

    Would piperonylonitrile be a good substitute? Supposedly nitriles and aldehydes can be swapped out with little difference.
  29. Thread: Lilac Help!

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    Re: Lilac Help!

    I found a headspace analysis: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17723612

    Lilac aldehyde A
    lilac aldehyde B
    lilac aldehyde C
    lilac aldehyde D
    lilac alcohol A
    lilac alcohol B
    lilac alcohol C...
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    Re: Replacing rosewood

    Ananda Apothecary has sustainable rosewood oil. It's good quality and a reasonable price: http://www.anandaapothecary.com/rosewoodoileo.htm
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    Space has a smell!

    So I just found out that astronauts report "the smell of space" on their spacesuits, helmets and equipment after coming back from a space walk. NASA has a perfumist recreate the smell to use in...
  32. Which of the -ols smell best on their own?

    Hi. This is a bit of a newb question and it's opinion based. Which of the simple, long-chain alcohols (x -hexanol, -heptanol, -octanol, etc) smell the most pleasant on their own?
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    Re: "Safe" oakmoss

    Thanks Chris and PK. I've heard about something called treemoss absolute. Is it any good?
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    "Safe" oakmoss

    Can anyone suggest an oakmoss replacer that'd perform well in incense and catalytic lamps? I tried regular oakmoss absolute and while it smelled nice, it made me feel ill after a few minutes, so I...
  35. Re: Which are the most affordable natural essential oils?

    Lavender, Citrus Oils, Cedar and Ylang are amongst the cheapest.
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    Re: Making Beard Oil

    Looking thru those fragrances you listed, I think you'd like the following materials:

    Fossilized Amber Oil
    Bergamont Essential Oil (EO)
    Cassia/Cinnamon EO
    Muscone, Ambrettolide, Civetone or...
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    Re: Where can I get liquid Myrrh?

    I found what I was looking for at http://www.calmersolutionsltd.co.uk/myrrh-pourable-839-p.asp
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    Re: Vertical vs horizontal perfumes & accords

    I think a vertical accord would be an accord that unfolds all at once and doesn't change (maybe benzoin, cinnamon and vanilla?)
    And a horizontal accord would be something that unfolds over time...
  39. Re: What musks, woody ambers are in Alien by Mugler?

    Not go off topic, but does this fragrance smell like artificial grape soda to anyone else?
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    Re: Where can I get liquid Myrrh?

    Thanks as always, PK.
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    Where can I get liquid Myrrh?

    Anyone know where I can get Myrrh resin dissolved in DPG (resinoid?) in hobbyist amounts?
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    Re: Developing your perfumer's organ/pallete

    So basically, it sounds like you decide the basic idea of what you want to make, for example "orange anisic amber."

    Then you collect the things that are orangey, anisic or ambery, and play around...
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    Developing your perfumer's organ/pallete

    Hopefully some of the professional perfumers on this board can answer this question:

    With 10,000s of perfumery materials out there, how did you go about selecting the ones you work with?
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    Re: Un Jardin Sur Le Nil

    Thanks for the recipe. I never really liked the odor of UGSLN, but after sniffing it, it stayed in my head for days as a sort of synaesthetic after-image; I've never smelled anything so well...
  45. Any acceptable substitutes for Fossilized Amber Oil?

    So, fossilized ("real") amber oil is pretty great stuff. It smells wonderful, has terrific fixative properties and everything else. The only thing is, it's prohibatively expensive - about $100 an oz,...
  46. Re: When your potion smells great on the test strip, but awful on you...

    Ditto on the meds...I found spironolactone to be particularly apt to generate strange B.O.
  47. Re: Looking for some (Z)-3-hexen-1-yl pyruvate

    What is it? Why would I want it?
  48. Thread: Honey note

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    Honey note

    Is honey absolute any good for adding a honey note to a fragrance, or is it a job better left to synthetics?
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    Re: What's this secret ingredient??

    I would guess a mix of aroma chemicals based on a resin such as amber, oppoponax, myrrh, labdanum, etc.
  50. Re: So I'm thinking of doing a Scent Analysis...

    What "gets you" about a fragrance probably isn't a single aroma chem, but a synergistic effect between several. Getting a fragrance analyzed is very instructive, though, so if you have the money to...
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    Re: Gritman essential oils?

    Thanks, Ashler I ordered their heliotrope maceration oil and it's definitely what it claims to be.
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    Re: What smells say Vietnam to you?

    I think of the smell of pho....star anise, beef broth, basil, and fish sauce.
  53. Re: Turning a basic idea into a full fragrance....

    Thanks for the advice, PK and Dr. ST.

    Chewbacca absolute? Now that is a new one! I guess wookies aren't a protected species then :D
  54. Re: Turning a basic idea into a full fragrance....

    Thanks for the advice, David :D
  55. Re: Turning a basic idea into a full fragrance....

    Yes, thats what I was trying to ask...any ideas? Thanks...
  56. Turning a basic idea into a full fragrance....

    After much experimentation, I've finally found the spicy "heliotrope" accord I've been hunting for. It's (roughly)

    5 parts Champaca Absolute
    5 parts Clove EO
    1 part Heliotropin

    I'd like to...
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    Re: Getting smell of an incense into a perfume?

    Thanks. I kinda wonder if that'd capture the lighter molecules or just the particulates?
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    Getting smell of an incense into a perfume?

    What'd be the best way to make a perfume that smells like an incense I make? The "juice" that goes on the incence sticks isn't terribly complicated, its honey, heliotrope maceration oil, and clove...
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    Yes, I'm planning to find some unsuspecting flowers to be my test subject....
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    That's the idea. The baking soda wouldn't dissolve in ethanol, but the captured aroma compounds would.
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    Baking soda enfleurage

    Anyone that's ever baked knows how readily baking soda absorbs adjacent flavors/smells. Could this be used to in perfumery? It's also keeps things from going bad, which would stop the decay problem...
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    Re: Heliotrope Absolute

    Come to think of it, the oil smells almost like the inversion of a flower. Maybe if I get it analyzed and invert the ratios of the constituents, I'd get a floral aroma back?
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    Re: Heliotrope Absolute

    The maceration oil is made by leaving the flowers out in the sun soaking in coconut oil for a month or two andit smells like it.


    I guess I'm just going to have to grow the plant myself. I posted...
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    Re: Heliotrope Absolute

    Total dirty bullocks huh? Ok, do not want then :P
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    Heliotrope Absolute

    Hi, according to The Goodscents Company, a legit heliotrope absolute is made in France (http://www.thegoodscentscompany.com/data/ab1062801.html)

    The only reputable supplier I can find of said...
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    Re: ISO Apple Blossom FO

    Probably because there isn't a big demand for it?
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    Re: ISO Apple Blossom FO

    I dunno of anyone that makes what you're looking for, but here's a paper with the volatiles of apple flowers listed http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/jf00025a025
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    Re: Deep, leathery vanilla

    Thanks Chris.

    So I can get vanilla extract from Mexico pretty easily here in Oklahoma. Maybe it's coumarin free, I dunno, but you can get it.
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    Deep, leathery vanilla

    If I wanted a vanilla note that smelled like the dried pods (preferably the Mexican variety) and not like imitation vanilla extract, what sort of vanilla product should I get?
  70. Perfume pyramids/base-middle-top-note classification

    So scoff all you want, but I've been finding these "accord pyramid" charts at saveonscents.com very useful: http://www.saveonscents.com/index.php/cPath/456.

    I'm wondering, is there a better...
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    Re: How many molecules?

    Jsparla, when I was reading your post I was hoping it would end with an integer, and not "happy counting" lol ;)
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    Re: Living Jasmine Accord

    Thanks!
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    Re: How many molecules?

    Sure, why not?
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    How many molecules?

    How many molecules are used in the fragrance industry, total?
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    Re: Making A Formula From A GC/MS Analysis

    If they GC'd the sample I got, they'd find it peculiarly similar to frat boy sweat.
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    Re: Heliotropine + Mimosa Absolute + ??????

    David you'll have to forgive my dumbness while I'm learning. Anyway, yes I was planning to primarily use this for incense but I burned two sticks of it yesterday before bed and I had some really...
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    Re: How to Build Accords

    There are lots of ways to do it. From experience you'll be able to pick out the different "parts" of the smell of a rose, then know what chemicals to mix to recreate the whole thing.
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    Heliotropine + Mimosa Absolute + ??????

    Any suggestions for a slightly stinky, heavy basenote to anchor a heliotropin + mimosa absolute accord?
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    Re: Solvent Extraction of Fruits?

    Hermitage sells a few fruit CO2 extracts.
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    Found great deal on incense

    Hey I just wanted to let everyone know I found a GREAT deal on incense. I have been trying all the stick incense I can get a hold of (Mother's from India, Magnifiscents, etc) and this stuff is...
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    Re: Budget flower EOs

    Thanks. Hopefully I'll find the time soon to start creating and testing some incense blends.
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    Re: Budget flower EOs

    Thanks all. I normally wouldn't be adverse to using synthetics, but in my experience synthetics don't even smell remotely as good as natural oils when burned, for some reason.

    PK, have you smelled...
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    Budget flower EOs

    Are there any EOs from flowers that cost less than or around $10 an once? I know of lavender, geranium and hyssop. There is also palma rosa, which is a grass, but supposedly smells like roses. This...
  84. Thread: Santalol

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    Santalol

    So has anyone smelled pure alpha- or beta- santalol? How does it compare to real santalum album oil? Can it be synthesized more cheaply than real santalum album oil?
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    Re: Candle VS Cosmetic Grade Fragrance Oils

    saveonscents.com has a great selection of synthetic FOs for candles, incense, cosmetics. If you follow their concentration guidelines, you shouldn't have to worry about irritation on skin. I wouldn't...
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    Re: Benzyl Benzoate, smell of...

    Hmmmmm, I don't have experience with pure benzyl benzoate, but I do have some "heliotropin replacer" that's half benzyl benzoate & half heliotropin. It really doesn't have much of it's own smell,...
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    Re: Recreating A Living Pink Rose

    Comedy option: raspberry ketone
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    Re: Heliotrope Investigations

    No idea about the relative concentrations - they're not listed in the paper I found. Paper: http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/content/40/5/1237.full.pdf

    I imagine you could make a sort of cherry...
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    Re: Got Heliotrope Maceration Oil Today

    Nizan are you refering to the odor of the flowers or have you tracked down the elusive heliotrope EO??? I haven't had the chance to smell the flowers yet. I posted another thread with a headspace...
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    Re: Got Heliotrope Maceration Oil Today

    Yes it's from gritman. I think it'd be useful in a gasoline or phenolic scent. Definately not subtle.
  91. Re: Anyone have Pomegranate Analysis they can share?

    Thanks, PK
  92. Re: Anyone have Pomegranate Analysis they can share?

    @Nizan, thanks, yeah I remember seeing that one. I may buy the complete paper. I think there might be enough here to make something?

    hexenal - cut grass

    1-octen-3-one - Intense earthy,...
  93. Re: Anyone have Pomegranate Analysis they can share?

    Thanks PK. Yeah that's weird...nothing really fruity there.
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    Re: Fabaceae family perfume ingredients?

    Thanks!
  95. Re: What do I use to add an ocean scent note to perfume?

    Here you go: http://www.thegoodscentscompany.com/odor/marine.html
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    Re: Help with incense blend

    Yes it evaporates and fills the room, that's the point.
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    Re: Help with incense blend

    Good question....I guess an incense top note would just be whatever creates a top note in the aroma of the smoke. Would probably be an oil as opposed to a solid like frankincense. Lavender oil would...
  98. Anyone have Pomegranate Analysis they can share?

    Anyone have an analysis of the volatiles in pomegranate they can share (headspace or any method?)
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    Help with incense blend

    I have a WIP incense blend that I've been using. It's the following burned on incense charcoal. Ratios are determined by the very scientific TLAR (that looks about right) method.

    Mimosa absolute ...
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    Re: Freesia accord

    Did the headspace analysis pick up anything else? Maybe there's something in there you can use?
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