I have several things to mention in this update for the last weekend in April.
First, I just weighed out a tiny batch of Forest Walk today and will send out testers. I made a few changes to try to eliminate the seaweed note that Mandy had experienced, and I removed one of the floral notes I’d had in it. I also reduced the dirt note, which really focuses the attention on the woods — western red cedar, oak absolute, New Caledonia sandalwood, black hemlock, and fir absolute. I want to try a few topnotes to see if anything fresh might improve it, but so far I haven’t found anything I like. The fir opens with a fresh green note that fades over the first 30 minutes, and that may be the best topnote by itself. I also added just a tiny bit of olibanum because everyone thinks it smells like pine in Incense Pure, so I thought it would help with the forest theme. I used my olibanum EO instead of my CO2 absolute because it is gentler and because I don’t want it smelling too similar to Incense Pure, which has the CO2.
I need to make some testers of the CdB take-off to send at the same time. I’ve had a lot of inquiries about when CdB will be back and I know I need to hurry up with that. 🙂
I’m also preparing for the Artisan Fragrance Salon in San Francisco to be held on July 8 from 11 am – 5 pm. The list of exhibitors includes Sonoma Scent Studio as well as Yosh, Parfums DelRae, Ayala Moriel Parfums, Artemisia Natural Perfume, Ineke, EnVoyage Perfumes, Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes, Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery, Roxana Illuminated Perfume, 40notes Perfume, Sarah Horowitz Parfums, Persephenie, Cognoscenti, Divine Life Perfume, Smell Bent, Leila Castle Botanical Fragrance, Rebel & Mercury Pure Botanical Perfumes, Smells & Bells Organics, and L’Aromatica Perfume. If you live in the Bay Area you might want to save the date! It’ll be in a very nice art gallery with convenient parking. It’s a great chance to sniff a lot of artisan brands in one spot.
Also congratulations to Victoria of Bois de Jasmin for her Fifi award! Her beautifully written blog is very deserving of the honor. For those of you who haven’t seen her new blog layout, it’s really gorgeous and easy to navigate.
I also thought I’d point out a blog post that moved me this week: Dione wrote about perfume and body image on BoTO. Many women will connect with various aspects of this post, myself included. It’s an example of why I love being a part of this fragrance community full of such wonderful women. I’m so glad the internet has brought us together. 🙂 Happy weekend!