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Animalic Notes in Perfume

Animalic Notes in Perfume

They can be overpowering or subtle and sexy and definitely add depth and dimension to rich floral or oriental perfumes. What we call animalic notes are not everyone’s cup of tea though! Nowadays we are more likely to use synthetic replacements than actual materials from animals for the obvious reasons and often there are a […]

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The Art and Technology of Perfumery Workshop

The Art and Technology of Perfumery Workshop

Perfumery Workshop, London, UK September 2016 Read my review HERE The Art and Technology of Perfumery Perfumery Course and Workshop Date: 12th – 16th September 2016 Venue: The Mary Ward Centre, London WC1  Nearby Hotels Cost: £850 (includes lunches) – Early Bird pricing £800 plus payment plan available BOOK HERE I am really excited to […]

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Oriental Fragrances

Oriental Fragrances

Oriental fragrances recall the rich warmth of resins and balsams and spices from the east.  They can be ambery with notes of labdanum and vanilla, edible with notes of chocolate and foodie accords or exotic and spicy with floral notes. They are warm, rich and sensual, often seen as evening or winter fragrances. 

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Choosing A Perfume You Won’t Regret

Choosing A Perfume You Won’t Regret

Having been in the fragrance and beauty industry for over 20 years you’d be forgiven for thinking I have fragrance buying down to a fine art. Faced with the vast sea of fragrances that greet you in every department store and Duty Free I defy even the most hardened perfumista to not run away and […]

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Perfumer Alberto Morillas

Perfumer Alberto Morillas

Alberto Morillas, perfumer for Firmenich and creator of many best sellers including CKOne takes us behind the scenes to share the process of an industry perfumer. Including a look at “the robo place” My job is to create dreams  – Alberto Morillas

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Oakmoss

Chypre Fragrances

The Chypre fragrance category was derived from materials that were traditionally found on the island of Cyprus (Chypre in French) – for many centuries a hub for the trade in aromatic materials.  In 1917 Francois Coty, originally from Corsica created a fragrance based on Bergamot, Oakmoss, Labdanum, Jasmine and animalic musks named Le Chypre which […]

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Learning To Say No – Lady Gaga Style

In business we often feel obliged to say yes to every opportunity that comes our way. Regardless of how we feel about doing it or whether it is in alignment with our values we sometimes feel like we’ll miss out if we don’t say yes. Marie Forleo of BSchool and Marie TV calls it “getting […]

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Sea Spray New Zealand

Marine Notes in Perfume

There are many types of fragrance you can create easily with natural materials but to create a perfume that smells like the crashing of waves and the fresh blast of the ocean is a challenge. Many natural perfumers use seaweed absolute but this is quite pungent and can tend to smell dirty rather than the […]

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Fern

The Fougere Fragrance Family

The fougere fragrance family is one that gets it’s name from an actual fragrance, that of Fougere Royale (Royal Fern) created in 1882 by Paul Parquet; chief perfumer at Houbigant. Fougere Royale was originally sold as a toilet soap and was a fantasy accord in that it was created to evoke the smell of a […]

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How long does it really take to become a perfumer?

How long does it really take to become a perfumer?

We are halfway through the Perfumersworld 5 day course here in London and the students are really getting stuck in creating their first fragrances. One of the questions Steve asked everyone on their first day was: “How long does it take to become a perfumer?” Of course the answers from the group varied and I’d […]

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