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Creating Bespoke Fragrances

I had a great question this week from a reader and thought it followed on well from last week’s newsletter topic which was being selective about your fragrance materials and having a clear idea about what you are trying to create before you start. The question was on the best questions to ask when creating […]

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What I learned at IFF about creating fragrance for products

Years ago I worked at a huge fragrance company called IFF – first in the applications lab and then as a fragrance evaluator where I worked on projects for may different types of product fragrances. In the applications lab my job was to take the fragrance concentrate and mix it into whatever base it was […]

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Should You Make Your Own Perfume or Hire a Perfumer?

Should You Make Your Own Perfume or Hire a Perfumer?

Today I want to share something that happened at the Artisan Perfumery Weekend which will hopefully give you the encouragement to get going and create your own fragrances. Sometimes we think we don’t know enough and it stops us from moving forward with confidence. One of the students on the weekend class (who is also a […]

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Woody Notes in Perfume

A key part of many oriental fragrances, especially those marketed as masculine scents, woody notes are favourites of mine. One of my earliest scent memories is of my grandad’s shed – he loved carpentry and made some amazing things for us as kids. Although he tried to teach me, woodwork wasn’t really my forte as […]

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I want to be a Perfumer – Getting into the Fragrance Industry

In today’s post I want to address the 3 questions I get asked the most. They are: “How do I get into the fragrance industry?” “I want to be a perfumer, where do I start?” “Will your course make me a qualified perfumer?” The answer to all of them is “it depends” so I’ll try […]

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Are 100% Natural Fragrances Proper Perfume?

One of the things that frustrates me about the perfume industry is the belief that using 100% natural materials is not “proper perfumery” I remember working for a big fragrance company in the 1990’s when all the supermarkets were launching “aromatherapy” lines and becoming so disillusioned I wanted to quit. I wanted to quit because […]

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You can make your own perfume

Do you ever get that feeling when you are full of ideas and creative energy but you get stuck because you have some bits of knowledge missing? You know how you want it to be but no matter how hard you try you just can’t get it to work. It’s frustrating, I know! I have […]

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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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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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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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