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    Default Longevity and sillage problems in natural perfumes

    I just started experimenting with natural oils mixing them and I noticed that there is very little or no sillage. I knew about the problem with longevity.

    For example I mixed

    Bergamot
    Clary sage
    Rose
    Jasmine
    Neroli
    Sandalwood
    Vetiver
    Oakmoss
    Patchouli
    and was able to smell it only when put my nose to the wrist.

    What are the chemicals that are "responsible" for the sillage?

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    Default Re: Longevity and sillage problems in natural perfumes

    Are you smelling your blends right after mixing them? It takes up to a week until a blend attains its full strength. Also are you making your blends as strong as you really think you are? If you work in drops, you may not have the strength you think you do since drops may actually be smaller than you assume.

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    Default Re: Longevity and sillage problems in natural perfumes

    I was doing 20 drops of oils per 4 ml of carrier oil.
    And yes, I didn't have enough patience to wait a week )

    On the other hand, I tried others' natural perfumes before and had the same issue.

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    Default Re: Longevity and sillage problems in natural perfumes

    It takes MUCH MORE than a week for your blends to mature! Recommend at least 6 weeks for your molecules to meld into their ultimate scent.

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    Default Re: Longevity and sillage problems in natural perfumes

    Quote Originally Posted by Nymphaea View Post
    It takes MUCH MORE than a week for your blends to mature! Recommend at least 6 weeks for your molecules to meld into their ultimate scent.
    I've never personally seen a difference after about two weeks. Some ingredients are good almost immediately (these are mostly synthetics). But I take your word for it; it can take weeks.

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    Default Re: Longevity and sillage problems in natural perfumes

    I think that when you use oil as carrier instead of alcohol it's always going to stay a little closer to the skin.

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