Friday Roundup

The new perfume boxes just arrived and are beautiful! Yay! It’s good to have this long project completed. These are the black and gold boxes that will now ship with all 17 ml and 34 ml bottles. I’ll add a photo to the site soon, but I gave a preview on the blog about a month ago.

The majority of people who are testing the new fig scents are giving thumbs up to the most recent mod, so I’ll be testing it in lotion/cream today. I want to get the shea cream on the site next week, and I’d love for the fig to be ready too. Will see how that goes. I’m still working on the other new scents too. Lots of things in progress but slow going on some of them.

If you’ve wondered about the difference between amber accords and ambergris, there are two excellent posts on Bois de Jasmin that will help clear it up for you: one post on ambergris and one on amber. Natural ambergris is very rare in perfumes today. The only perfume I can remember smelling with an authentic natural ambergris note is Parfum Prive by Mandy Aftel, a beautiful scent with a golden musky warmth to the base that is quite special.

More Discussion About Individual Scent Perception

I’ve been talking about the topic of scent perception for several years on this blog, and here’s another interesting, though limited, study showing that we each smell things a little differently. Thanks to Robin at Now Smell This for the link.

This investigation found that almost everyone was anosmic to some ingredient in the study, and those anosmias of course influence the way people smell fragrance blends that include the ingredients they can’t smell. The author said she discovered that she can’t smell galaxolide, which is a common musk (it’s a polycyclic musk very common in laundry products but on the decline in fine fragrance now that we are moving to biodegradable macrocyclic musks instead). I’ve found people are commonly anosmic to things besides musks, like ISO E super, ambroxan, other synthetic ambers, and salicylates. They are less commonly anosmic to naturals since traditional botanical natural extracts are composed of many chemicals, but they can be anosmic to natural isolates that are a single chemical. Sometimes people can also be nearly anosmic to more complex naturals like ambrette seed, being only able to smell them a little bit.

Once again this poll found everyone liked the scent of vanilla; we’ve seen that in previous studies. The author also found that Asians rated the scent of rose higher than other ethnic groups did, and that’s interesting to me because Velvet Rose is very popular with my customers in Japan. I’ve wondered if Velvet Rose received some word of mouth recommendation in that market circle or if there is a cultural preference for rose soliflores too — I’d love to know if rose scents are popular in Japan.

The author also mentions the way people describe scents using different terminology, but you have to be careful there because often people really do smell the same thing but just describe it differently. People who don’t study perfume or scent don’t have the vocabulary that we perfume lovers take for granted, so terms like “green” to describe a smell can seem foreign to them at first, and terms like “aldehydic” won’t be used at all by someone not familiar with fragrance. She mentions isoeugenol, which is an aroma chemical that smells like clove and is used in carnation accords as well as many other types of scents. People can smell isoeugenol and describe it as floral or spicy since it may remind them of clove or of carnation/dianthus flowers. Isoeugenyl acetate is more floral (to my nose anyway), and is gentler.

I have found it interesting to watch these studies continue to trickle in over the years, given that this variation in scent perception is an issue that perfumers have long grappled with. It’s good to see smell research continue; I hope we’ll come to understand how we smell as we research it more.

Here are some of the other posts I’ve made on this topic:
More On The Sense of Smell
Every Human May Have A Unique Nose
Possible Reasons For Why We Differ In Our Perception Of Scents
Our Own Scent Truth

New Lotion/Cream Packaging

The Body Silk Lotion now comes in black bottles with pumps, pictured above. I think they look elegant and the pumps are convenient to use, so I’m hoping people will like them. I’ll see how the feedback goes.

I’m leaving the shea cream in the black jars, but they will have new style labels with the new logo imagery as shown below. The lavender cream has a lavender/black color scheme, the rose cream is rosy pink/black, the fig is green/black, and the unscented and amber are gold/black. I thought the colors and pictures would be fun for each “flavor.” I plan to put the shea cream back on the site the first week of October, provided my label stock comes in time (it should have been here by now but is late).

My new perfume boxes will finally be here on October 1st. There was a minor problem with the first run and that is what caused the delay. I’ll have some exciting news after they arrive. I’m making good progress on the scents and will say more on that soon too.

We’ve been having our last summer fling heat wave here and I’ve been enjoying it. I’m not ready for it to be October though…

Scent Update, and Shea Cream to Return

I like the current mod of the new fall scent very much, so I’m making the first little batch (about 2 oz) and will send out a few testers later this week. I’ll start with just a few people to see if I’m on track. I’m excited because this mod seems close, depending how it works for other people. It should be perfect for the cooler days that will soon be upon us. The days are already getting shorter here and our nights now have a chill to the air despite the warm summer days — fall feels around the corner.

I’m still working on the new version of Opal, but I don’t have a finished mod to send out yet. I put the fig on hold so I could finish the fall vintage-inspired scent, but I’ll get back to the fig as soon as I can because it’s nearly done. I’d like to make a version of fig for lotion and shea cream too.

The shea cream will be back for fall and winter, starting about the end of Sept or first week of October. If you’re planning to get shea for Christmas gifts, it’s best to order a few weeks ahead because I sometimes sell out before Christmas. It’s always hard to predict how many I need to have ready for the Christmas season. I didn’t have time to do the shea last year but promised to do it again this winter. I’ve been updating the jar labels to use the new logo imagery and they turned out well (I’ll post a picture soon).

My family was up visiting for the holiday weekend and that was very nice. Hope you had a great holiday weekend too!