Checking in: scent update and upcoming new blog series

Scent Update:

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! 🙂

About Laurie E

artisan perfumer and owner of Sonoma Scent Studio
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19 Responses to Checking in: scent update and upcoming new blog series

  1. Magpie says:

    Oh wow. The new floral fragrance sounds absolutely divine! I was considering Jour Ensoleillé for my next bottle purchase but I might wait and see how the new floral pans out! Looking forward to the new blog series too, your posts are always a pleasure.

    • Laurie E says:

      Thanks, Magpie! After I added oakmoss to this I did start to feel a little kinship to Jour, but this one is more about jasmine, ylang, and osmanthus rather than orange blossom, and this one has a much lighter base with far less moss and woods. It’s lighter and softer. I’m excited because it’s just starting to really come together.

  2. Undina says:

    I look forward to both – the new perfume and the new series.

    • Laurie E says:

      Thanks, Undina! This one might work for you, though I can never predict for sure with anyone.

      I enjoyed your blog posts about your trip overseas! Glad you had fun! Bet Rusty was glad to have you back. 🙂

  3. womo531 says:

    The floral update sounds very exciting! Perhaps you can do a variation on the theme one with aldehyde and one without? I would guess the one with aldehyde would have a wonderful vintage feel =) Amber Incense? You are the queen of amber AND incense so I’m looking forward to what you can do with that as well… so now it’s just time for us to work on scheduling… I should be visiting the US again next year end of January.. make sure all new releases are ready then so I can order them!!?

    Like Undina, I’m also looking forward to the new stories~


    • Laurie E says:

      Thanks, Monica!
      Ha! Well, then I’ll just need to finish by the end of the year, lol. That’s the goal for these two anyway. I think I’m liking just a soft touch of aldehyde. It helps add some juiciness and lift. The moss is what really added a vintage touch, but just a hint.

  4. I’m so excited about the floral scent! It sounds like something I’d definitely want to try – as long as it stays aldehyde-free (personal preference/chemistry issues). And those notes sound perfect for this time of year. Much luck in perfecting both, though you don’t need it! Can’t wait!!


  5. lucasai says:

    Big thumbs up for the oakmoss in the floral perfume!
    PLUS – I love the idea of your series od interviews with perfume lovers!

    • Laurie E says:

      The oakmoss made such a big difference in this one. I’m probably biased since I like that note, but it seems to be taking it in nice a direction.

      • lucasai says:

        That’s a good news. Floral and chypre notes are a good combination. I’m not a huge floral fan but with some oakmoss chypre quiaty – those flowers might be nice.

  6. poodle says:

    A new perfume by you is always worth looking forward to. Your interview idea sounds like great fun. I wonder who the first subject will be…

  7. Lizzy says:

    I already love Jour Ensoleille (I call it “smile in a bottle!”); the new floral sounds equally euphoric :). Also enjoying the unfolding of the naturals collection so I can’t wait to see how the amber turns out!

  8. I’m very excited to see/smell how the summer floral has evolved, and love the idea for the new blog series too!

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