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5 years ago - 24.08.2018
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Perfumista to Perfumer - Rescued Trash

Perfume deliveries at my house having morphed for the most part into deliveries of essential oils, absolutes and such---here's a pic of what's becoming my perfume organ, (or what's left of my initial purchases).

Into the trash went my unwary acquisitions of what turned out to be fragrance oils, usually noxious imitations of the real thing. Next I gathered together the real but inferior essentials, usually overly diluted. I was going to throw them out, too, when hubby suggested I mix them all and see what happened. So, of course, I did.

Here's the result, a quart jar of perfume oil. What does it smell like? Not half bad, actually. I call it my PotLuck Fragrance. What went into it?

7.4 oz Jasmine, 1 oz Ylang ylang, 1 oz Rose, 1 oz Patchouli, 3 oz Frankincense, 4 oz Lavender, 3.4 oz Peach, 1 oz Neroli, 2 oz Bergamot, .33 oz Juniper, 1 oz Australian Sandalwood, 0.5 oz Egyptian Musk, .66 oz Mandarin, 1 oz Vetiver, 2.33 oz Cinnamon Bark. .33 oz German Chamomile, .33 oz Grapefruit, .5 oz Cistus Labdanum, .5 oz Oakmoss, 1 oz Gardenia

...pretty much in that order.

I'm thinking of adding Amyris, which turns out to be a note in three of my very favorite perfumes, the $3,500 Roja (or Haute Luxe) which still sends me over the moon and which I still hope to acquire in FB, the $550 or so Sultanate of Oman also by Roja Dove and the luxurious $20-$30 Lalique Equus, which made me follow a man onto an elevator to ask what he was wearing. How much is an oz of pure Amyris essential oil? Looking it up. $9? Okay, it's going in. About half a bottle. What fun.

Oh, wow! Amyris does add a deep note of luxury. Let's see, it's woody-balsamic per the wondrous Eden Botanicals, and is distilled from a "small bushy tropical evergreen tree Amyris balsamifera indigenous to Haiti, where it grows wild, and is cultivated throughout all tropical zones of the world3. Surprisingly, this tree is a member of the citrus (Rutaceae) family, but bears no fruit."

Now all I have to do is figure out what in the world I'm going to do with a quart or more batch of yummy-smelling essentials oils. How many oz in a quart? 32? That's enough to scent 32-64 batches of soap or make .... calculating ... at 600 drops per oz and 190 drops to make about 200 ml of perfume, that's um...202 large bottles of perfume?

Well, it won't go to waste. It's starting to smell too good. I have a feeling more Amyris will end up in there and perhaps some Elemi, a few more florals? We'll see. Glad I didn't throw it out.

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