Tuberose, absolute, India, CO2 extraction
- Already discussed, this deep orangey-red substance packs a real punch. Mine is strong smelling, only a bit sweet (dispite reports to the contrary) very vegetal, and smells like rotten flowers and a bit of rubber. This is supposed to be real, but where is the piercing sweetness I was mislead to believe was a characteristic of tuberose?
Champaca, absolute, India
- What a surprise. I thought I would get something sweet, like mint and bubblegum, very much like Nag Champa incense. In fact, I once bought a beautiful Champaca perfume from the head shop (and liked it so much I even gave bottles of it away as gifts). It was gorgeous, with a heady aroma like a bag of fresh pot (and no, I don't smoke, but I still like the smell of a fresh bag of dried marijuana). I was convinced that this Champaca perfume was real.
I'm here to say, no, it probably wasn't natural, nor was any of the Nag Champa incense in the store. This Champaca absolute that I have smells like.... Hay
. It is gentle, only slightly sweet, grasslike and warm, like a pile of hay drying in the sun. Admittedly, I haven't smelled my hay absolute yet, but this champaca
smells like real hay more than anything I know. It does not smell like a flower. Again, why doesn't this substance smell sweet? Is it the real thing?
Linden Blossom, absolute, France
- Everything I heard about this note, I had to forget it. Every perfume that smells like linden blossoms, like Tilleul by Diptique,
smells more like lime, watermelon, and hyacinth than this natural Linden Blossom absolute sample here.
This stuff is dark, faint smelling, and a bit like tuberose, only not as offensive. It almost doesn't smell at all. The color is dark, orangey brown, similar to tuberose absolute, and extremely viscous. I once got a supposedly genuine Linden Blossom
essential oil from Nature's Gift, and it was gorgeous, like the aforementioned Tilleul perfume. I almost bought a boatload of the stuff, but when I logged onto the website, there was a disclaimer from the owner stating that several people with knowledge of chemistry had tried her samples, and they said it wasn't real, so she was looking into the matter. While that was probably a year ago, no further mention was made. I am laughing at the farce going on, this sample was almost white and clear. No way could that sample and my sample both be Linden Blossom absolute. They look nothing alike.
Genet/Broom, absolute, Italy
- Muddy greyish-brown, opaque, very thick, cannot pour it without adding alcohol to dissolve it. Another weird aroma, like tuberose, smells nothing like one would expect a flower to smell. First a limelike topnote, then a haylike smell, slightly sour tobacco, followed a strong aroma of dried leaves. Very dense, heady, but not floral in any traditional sense. Strange, strange, strange.
Okay, so I am completely flummoxed now.
How are these substances useful in perfumery?