Originally Posted by Atriel
I can cover about half of the cost, I just can't do all of it. Unfortunately, I'm simply not blending enough to need a full kilo or to be able to justify the expense.
I had no idea about Dorinia Sa E - I haven't seen that anywhere but I'd be interested in it if I could find it.
Well it seems that Dorinia SA E
is indeed a little more expensive at around €400 - for my money I’m prepared to go with that rather than the cheaper SA, not least because it won’t work out much cheaper by the time it’s on this side of the Atlantic.
For those who have never used it I can tell you that Dorinia SA E
is a very fine rose otto / rose absolute substitute: in fact I’ve seen it being presented as real rose otto - my supplier knew quite well it was fake and sent the sample in a spirit of enquiry - but someone had tried to pass it off to him as the real thing. I recognised it immediately, but the point of this story is that it’s a good enough imitation that someone thought that fraud worth perpetrating (and they are probably still selling the stuff as rose otto to the unsuspecting). Dorinia was also one of the key products that established Firmenich’s reputation in the fragrance materials market - though there were clearly many other factors in their early success too.
Looking at the posts below, most people who’ve expressed a desire to buy are in the US but if there is interest from people in Europe - or if those in the US prefer the SA E version - I’m happy to buy a kilo and split it up.
If you’ve never done this before, please keep in mind that the additional costs of doing it are non-trivial: some material is lost in splitting so 1Kg does not make 10 100g lots for example, plus there is the cost of bottles, packaging, shipping, import and export taxes to consider. So you can’t just take the cost of a kilo, divide it down and expect that to be it. I generally work on the basis it will cost me roughly double the headline price when I buy things this way from the US - far more when the product is very cheap. Lead-times can also be significant, so be prepared to plan far in advance - some materials are manufactured in one or two runs a year with the factory being used to produce other things the rest of the time and finding stock just before one of those runs can be impossible.
Slightly off-topic but another material that I know has limited availability outside of Europe is Veratraldehyde
and I’d be happy to do the same with that if there is interest.
In principle I’m happy to do this with anything in fact, though clearly I don’t want to end up becoming an aromatics distributor by default.