I’ve been working on some new blends and evaluating some new materials. Sourcing new ingredients is one of the most fun aspects of this job. I tried an interesting co-distillation of pine and cedar that smelled much better than if you mixed pine essential oil with cedar essential oil. The pine took on a green needle note sort of like hemlock or fir, and it interacted with the cedar to make more than the sum of its parts.
There’s a nice review of Incense Pure today on The Blackthorn Orphans. I like Kelly’s beautifully written thoughts about how the appeal of incense scents relates to our connection with the natural world. I also like the (unrelated) photo of the gorgeous little New Zealand Bellbird.
If you will be in the Los Angeles area on June 22, you might check out a pop-up shop of small indie and artisan perfumers at an event called FRAGments. West coast perfumers are looking for ways to get together and meet with customers. This will be the first in a planned series of pop-ups in southern CA, northern CA, and the Oregon/Washington area. I won’t be taking part in this one, but you’ll recognize many of the indies involved.
If you missed Suzanna’s Timeline post on Bois de Jasmin, it is worth a read. It’s a well-written account of some of the perfumes she wore through the years, tied to important memories and stages of life. Makes you think about your own fragrance timeline.
Le Labo just released a San Francisco exclusive, Limette 37. Since it was created for SF I will have to try this one!