Sounds very good to me!
A proposal for mini splits.
It needs to be approved by mods, but might you be interested?
Last edited by mumsy; 31st January 2013 at 08:50 AM.
Sounds very good to me!
I shall compile a comprehensive list then.
I'd be interested, too.
For ingredients or for testing DIY fragrances?
I'm interested, keep me posted!
I would especially be interesting in trading samples of raw materials.
I'm typing up a list. This may be rather good fun to be sniffing the same thing and commenting on them.
I want in on this
I'm in. Plus we should get clever and think up super cheap ways of doing this. I have found that a 1ml glass vile taped inside an ordinary greeting card (or any card stock) will go through the mails in an ordinary envelope with an ordinary stamp. Perhaps there's even a better way. E.g. a very very small resealable plastic packet with 1ml volume but spread out over several square centimetres. This would be thin and tight and easy to mail.
It would be great to hear others' experiences and advice with very low cost methods of sending fragrance through the mail.
E.g. I'd be interested to know if anyone has ever received a crushed 1ml vial in the mail. I find these things to be very very strong if just slightly protected by a bit of card stock and tape.
First avoid the 1 ml straight vial with that white plastic applicator, like here:
those leak very easily.
You need vials that are not straight, but get narrower at the top, like these
Don't forget to label your vial very clearly. If your handwriting is poor, type it out. Don't forget to use either waterproof labels that stick or regular labels with an extra layer of clear tape to protect the label for getting soaked if there are leakages.
Then don't tape the top with usual sticky tape. It leaves a sticky residue on the top and the vial. You can either use plummer tape
or wrap the vial in a piece of tissue paper and then use tape.
Make sure you also wrap each vial in bubble wrap and if you use more than 1 vial snuggle them together in a zip lock bag and then bubble wrap the whole bag with tape all around them.
After doing that, I like to place the bubble 'package' inside a postcard with a few words and use a bubble envelope with enough cushioning.
Using this method I have been able to send up to 20x 2.5 ml vials in an envelope around the world.
The only experience with crushed samples I have, were with small glass atomizers, never with vials.
Also don't forget to exchange information if a custom sticker needs to be filled and put on the envelope. In the Netherlands that is not necessary for envelopes. But if I do trade with someone that does need to use that, I always ask to mark it as a 'gift' with a value of 0 and a description of 'used cosmetic samples'. Or 'bath oil samples'. Never mention the word 'perfume'!
Here's our list (most tinctures at 20%, and most of them are still infusing):
Juniper Berry T
Tea Tree EO
Cistus (Mixed peel) T
Pink Pepper T
Vanilla EO T
Green Tea T
Yerba Mate T
Jasmine Absolute 3% Jojoba
Rosemary 5% in Sunflower oil
Oriental Spice EO Blend
Romantic Evening EO Blend
Claming Moods EO Blend
Fig & Pear EO
Bees Wax Solid
Scary Nut T
Oriental Musk EO
Leyland Cypress 5% in sunflower oil
Vanilla Synthetic Blend
Vanilla Pod T
Oak Moss T
Forgive my ignorance, but what can I do with a tincture? Can I add perfuner's alcohol to oak moss and
create an oakmoss fragrance?
Tinctures are combined to create perfumes. Unfortunately natural oak moss is very restricted in it's use in fine fragrances, but if you want to make a moss perfume you could add a synthetic replica of oakmoss to alcohol. There's a good one for sale at www.perfumersapprentice.com
Have a look around the DIY forums here for more info.
But if I buy oak moss tincture from you for my own use, that shouldn't be a problem?
It's at your own risk really. Natural oakmoss contains a toxic chemical, but the synthetic one (which smells very similar) doesn't. I don't have a large tincture of oakmoss because of this reason, but I could make more if you are willing to wait a month or two.