I had a breakthrough on the floral scent yesterday. I wanted to cut the sweetness, and I have a balance that is working much better now. I decreased some of the sweet elements (including benzoin and peach lactone), and I added a little oakmoss and a subtle leafy green note. I also made the floral accord more complex. It’s feeling more sophisticated now, less sweet and beachy. I think it’s still a nice summer scent despite being different than I’d first imagined. The floral accord has ylang complete, jasmine sambac absolute, osmanthus absolute, tuberose absolute, and soft lily of the valley (the lily of the valley is synthetic). Other notes are bergamot, natural peach lactone, beeswax, benzoin, oakmoss, patchouli, Mysore sandalwood, cedar, amber, and musk. I’m debating whether to add a touch of aldehyde.
Progress on the tobacco is not going so well. The last mod was not good, so I need to backtrack a bit. I’ll get back to it after I feel the floral is ready for testing. And on the all-natural front, I’m waiting for arrival of a new olibanum before getting back to work on Amber Incense.
Upcoming on the blog:
I’m starting a new series on the blog soon. Every time I am interviewed, I always feel the urge to turn the tables to interview some of the wonderful people I’ve met in the fragrance community — not so much perfumers and bloggers who are already well known, but the perfume lovers who are not written about as often despite also having interesting stories. We really do have a great group of people with all kinds of talents and interests and with a love of art and fragrance that ties us all together. I finally decided I needed to make time for this project, and I’ll post the first interview soon. It should be fun! I will keep it low key and will post additions to the series as time permits. I’m hoping to make it sort of a celebration of our merry little band! 🙂