I always get asked lots of questions about the terms Top, Mid and Base notes in perfumery as they cause a lot of confusion in modern perfumery. It was much simpler in the old days when perfumers were creating in a classic pyramid structure and not using the vast quantities of “linear” aroma chemicals they […]
I haven’t done an “inspirational tips” post for ages and I thought I’d share this info graphic I stumbled on this week from Vishen Lakhiani of http://mindvalleyacademy.com Being in flow is something that’s vital for you to be satisfied with your life and career. It’s especially relevant for entrepreneurs as we tend to get caught […]
We often think of violet notes as being sweet, sugary and slightly powdery. The sweets Parma Violets come to mind and the scent associated with them is slightly old fashioned. Most people are quite surprised when smelling the natural violet leaf absolute as it’s very green, wet and mulchy – really different from the […]
In the 1920?s Coco Chanel challenged the view that “nice girls” should smell like flowers with her now iconic fragrance. At a time when women were cutting their hair and raising their hemlines the combination of flowers, vanilla and musk in a perfume may have gone unnoticed. It was the overdose of fatty aldehydes in […]
Green notes add a sharper freshness and naturalness to many types of fragrance from floral to fruity and chypre. Cis 3 hexenol is a very powerful material reminiscent of freshly cut grass and should be used sparingly in fragrances. I found a great infographic about this on a chemistry site called Compound Interest – for […]
A recurring theme I see at the moment is people wanting to know how to create fragrances for room fragrances, whether that be candles, room sprays or reed diffusers. I’ve had a few emails this week asking if my classes will teach people how to do that so I wanted to spend some time on […]
With the exception of Osmanthus and Blackcurrant Bud Absolute, the majority of fruity notes used in perfumery are created using synthetic materials (although it is possible to find some natural isolates now). Gamma Undecalactone (C14) is used for a peachy/apricot effect with other materials such as Raspberry Ketone, Benzaldehyde (for cherry) and Allyl Amyl Glycolate […]
Very rarely will you have a solely citrus fragrance except perhaps in toiletries or cleaning products as no-one really wants to smell like washing up liquid. Citrus notes such as bergamot, lemon, orange, mandarin and grapefruit, are combined with pettigrain or neroli oil along with other floral or chypre accords. Citrus notes are often referred […]
I’m going to start this post by saying White Florals are my least favourite category but I know there are lots of people that adore their bold and heady sexiness. I don’t know whether it was growing up in the 80’s and having a bad first experience with Dior Poison or that Giorgio Beverly Hills […]
The thing I most often hear from people is that they hate synthetic fragrances and only like natural ingredients – this is followed by a description of their favourites which nine times out of ten are full of non natural materials. It’s not the fault of the consumer but the fact that marketing has really […]
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- Karen Gilbert: Hi Julie As it is added to the water phase you nee...
- Victoria: Hi Karen, I love your book and I´m slowly working...
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