Hi everyone! Took a break at Christmas: had so much going on and was not able to focus on my experiment. What I did do on at least 3 occasions was to wear my Eau du Soir perfume spiked with Hyraceum. Each time I accidentally overdosed on the Hyraceum but it did not do me any harm! I liked how it smelled on me - very rich and intense. I felt good about myself each time I wore it. I did not receive any comments on how I smelled though.
I repeated my experiments with Hyraceum, this time adding 2 drops to 1ml each of Bathesheba, Epic, Body and Eau du Soir. Within the first 30 minutes of inserting a scent strip into each blend and smelling the strips I did not notice a significant difference between the experiment with 1 drop of Hyraceum and that with 2 drops of Hyraceum. In both cases the blend smelled sweeter and more rounded than when Hyraceum was absent. What I also noticed was that fragrances that were already favorites of mine such as Eau du Soir and Bathesheba had an added appeal for me, with addition of Hyraceum, while fragrances that I did not like so much such as Body did not become more attractive to me despite the rounding-off effect of Hyraceum.
It has been interesting to read about the experiences of other Basenotes participating in this experiment and to note the similarities in our observations. It was interesting to note the observation about the effect of Hyraceum on florals. This because I thought I sensed an increased floral aroma in the blends with Hyraceum but was a bit puzzled because Hyraceum does not smell floral to me at all. Now I realized that what may have happened was Hyraceum enhancing whatever floral notes were in the fragrance.
Will smell the scent strips again tomorrow.