For the aspiring natural perfumers out there…

Here is a great drawing for those of you who want to learn more about natural perfumery. Ayala of Ayala Moriel Parfums is holding a drawing for a copy of her Foundation In Natural Perfumery Handbook. I know some of you are playing around with blending, and this could be a big help to you. I’ve not seen it myself, but knowing Ayala I am sure it would be a valuable read.

I’m working on an all natural amber accord right now for one of my projects. It’s fun to challenge myself not to use any little bit of synthetic amber, woods, or musk in the base. I’m using two or three natural isolates, along with some of my favorite EOs, CO2s, and absolutes. I’m enjoying this.

Review of Forest Walk on The Muse In Wooden Shoes

Thanks, Carol, for your review of Forest Walk today on The Muse In Wooden Shoes! Glad you liked it! I did tone down the green foresty notes (the hemlock and earth note) just a tad in the final version compared to previous ones. I’m sure some people would prefer even more forest while some would prefer less, but I hope it hits enough middle ground to please many.

I finished a couple of paperwork tasks that have been weighing on me, and I should have time Sunday and Monday for blending. Yay! Happy weekend!

More Elements Showcase Links

Ida Meister posted a great write-up on Fragrantica today of another panel discussion at Elements Showcase, this one on the topic of “Art and Commerce: Can They Live Together?” The panel included Mandy Aftel of Aftelier Perfumes, Christopher Brosius of CB I Hate Perfume, Carlos Huber of Arquiste, and Jessica Richards of Shen Beauty with moderator Virginia Bonofiglio of Fashion Institute of Technology.

And Mark Behnke posted a nice summary of his Elements Showcase favorites on Cafleurebon.

Panel Discussion on Day One of Elements Showcase

There were several panel discussions at Elements Showcase today, and there will be several more tomorrow. One panel today was based on a new Robertet rose petal distillation that several perfumers used to build new perfumes. After Robertet explained their rose distillation, the perfumers discussed their creation process. Avery Gilbert, scent scientist, was there and wrote a summary of the event on his blog.

Mandy Aftel was one of the perfumers who created a scent with the Robertet rose for the panel discussion. She named it Wild Roses, and it has notes of rose, apricot, tarragon, and woods. I look forward to smelling it!

Mark Behnke wrote a very interesting post about his visit to Robertet, where he sniffed ingredients and learned how Robertet produces their special fractionated ingredients.

I’m looking forward to more details on this panel and on the other panels, including one on “art and commerce, can they co-exist” and one on trends in perfumery ingredients.

Updated to add:
Fragrantica has just posted a nice article by Ida Meister covering the Robertet roses panel discussion.

Checking in…

I thought I should check in and say hi. I’ve been getting a lot done but nothing interesting enough to write about. I atill have many things to accomplish before summer ends. I always drag my heels as fall approaches.

This week I’ll make a few testers of the Vintage Rose reformulation and the unisex musky sandalwood rose. I’ve been catching up on paperwork too (not fun but part of being a small business).

Tomorrow Elements Showcase begins in New York. I’m sure many blogs will offer coverage, and I hope someone will make video available of the panel discussions. I’ll post a link if so.

Hope everyone is enjoying these late summer days. I’ll post more about the next scents as early feedback comes in from testers.