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 […]
As I learned more about the fragrance industry and perfumery I began to understand that the largest percentage of most commercial fragrances were aroma chemicals and not naturals despite what the marketing departments may have you believe. I became disillusioned, not because I didn’t appreciate the synthetic materials but because I felt the public were […]
I got a question on Periscope last week asking for perfumery book recommendations for beginners. It’s something I talk about in my live classes and always bring a selection along but have never written a post about. I did do a scope on Monday sharing my favourites but as scopes are only up for 24hrs […]
I get a lot of questions around the topic of how to dilute materials before use when making perfume and it came up again in the class I did last weekend so I thought I’d dedicate this weeks blog post to the topic. Why Dilute Perfume Materials and Essential Oils 1. Many materials are difficult […]
There is something about the scent Jasmine that pulls you in. It has a deep, heady fragrance that in my experience is more powerful and sensual from the living plant than any extract – natural or otherwise. That feeling you get from unexpectedly catching the scent in warm night time air in a warm climate […]
There is so much to say about the rose and it’s use in fragrance it could take up a whole book on it’s own. I was never really that much of a fan of rose perfumes growing up as they always had a bit of an “old lady” connotation and it wasn’t until I really […]
Perfumery Workshop, London, UK September 2015 Read my review HERE The Art and Technology of Perfumery Perfumery Course and Workshop Date: 14th – 18th September 2015 Venue (tbc): The Mary Ward Centre, Bloomsbury London UK Cost: £800 (includes lunches) BOOK HERE I am really excited to be hosting this workshop in London for Stephen and […]
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