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    Default Experience of Tolu balsam and peru balsam needed please

    I have peru balsam but my recipe requires Tolu balsam.

    Note thread suggests these:-

    Tolu :-
    synthetic, Eden Botanicals – Interesting, sweet, strong cinnamon-like amber.
    rich and resinous with a lot a vanilla and cinnamon developing after some time. and
    sweet, sort of like vanilla extract with a hint of cinnamon this is intriguing and it is different

    Peru:-
    faint, sweet, pine resin, overrripe peach
    unknown origin, Eden Botanicals – Complex, sweet, woody, dry paper, amber, clashing evergreen or juniper undertones. I’m not fond of this one. A bit of urine odor.

    Has anyone got a natural Tolu that is a nice one and can you tell me where yours is from please? My trusted sources don't stock it.

    I made my amber perfume brew using the Peru and although it doesn't smell bad, it isn't the right thing at all.
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    Default Re: Experience of Tolu balsam and peru balsam needed please

    I got mine from Hermitage Oils, very sticky and I had to put it in the sunlight to melt it sufficiently to get it out of the bottle to dissolve in alcohol, but nice.
    Peru Balsam is now banned by IFRA in perfumery materials. Shame. That's probably why your recipe recommends tolu.
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    Peru Balsam oil and resin are not banned but severely restricted. Peru Balsam crude is banned.

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    I found solid Tolu in the end. It smells delightful. Just now have to wait for the tincture. Ask me next year!!!!
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    The thing about tolu is that in time it develops a fairly strong hyacinth quality alongside the vanilla/cinnamon tones.
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    Default Re: Experience of Tolu balsam and peru balsam needed please

    Thank you, what a nice thought to look forward to.
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    Default Re: Experience of Tolu balsam and peru balsam needed please

    whenever you get it, it will usually be liquified with a carrier to begin with

    depending on your room temperature at home it may still be near solid

    what you should do is just put the bottle in your trouser pocket for 10 mins or so before using, you'll move it up to near body-temp which will make it come out of the dropper reasonably well

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    Default Re: Experience of Tolu balsam and peru balsam needed please

    Quote Originally Posted by mumsy View Post
    I found solid Tolu in the end. It smells delightful. Just now have to wait for the tincture. Ask me next year!!!!
    Hello mumsy
    How the tincture came? Did you had the chance to use it in a blend?

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    Default Re: Experience of Tolu balsam and peru balsam needed please

    I shall have to have a look. I've made so many now but cannot remember if I ever did the tolu or not. I will if I didn't. You have inspired me to look for it now. Thank you.
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    Default Re: Experience of Tolu balsam and peru balsam needed please

    Quote Originally Posted by mumsy View Post
    I have peru balsam but my recipe requires Tolu balsam.

    Note thread suggests these:-

    Tolu :-
    synthetic, Eden Botanicals – Interesting, sweet, strong cinnamon-like amber.
    rich and resinous with a lot a vanilla and cinnamon developing after some time. and
    sweet, sort of like vanilla extract with a hint of cinnamon this is intriguing and it is different

    Peru:-
    faint, sweet, pine resin, overrripe peach
    unknown origin, Eden Botanicals – Complex, sweet, woody, dry paper, amber, clashing evergreen or juniper undertones. I’m not fond of this one. A bit of urine odor.

    Has anyone got a natural Tolu that is a nice one and can you tell me where yours is from please? My trusted sources don't stock it.

    I made my amber perfume brew using the Peru and although it doesn't smell bad, it isn't the right thing at all.
    White Lotus, and might be worth checking Liberty, as they occassionally have it. I found tolu to be milder, smoother and more refined smelling, whereas peru had more of a sour edge, though it was more economical and nice also.

    I have mixed feelings about the PA tolu reconstitution, and would want to just use a hint with another balsam like benzoin, as I didn't like its drydown by itself for it's "syntheticness", though it does present a nice sweet note sort of like mildly cinnamony breakfast cereal..
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    Default Re: Experience of Tolu balsam and peru balsam needed please

    Quote Originally Posted by mumsy View Post
    I shall have to have a look. I've made so many now but cannot remember if I ever did the tolu or not. I will if I didn't. You have inspired me to look for it now. Thank you.
    yes, check it and keep us posted how it did developed, I am working in a formula now with Tolu. I just can't have enough of it, for whatever reason I simply love it.

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