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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...
Soap Homecoming 7 -- Hubby's Birthday Soap
One day I asked my husband if he was enjoying the soap I'd made. (I'd noticed a bar stayed untouched on his bathroom counter.) Quickly he confirmed it felt great on his skin then mumbled something about the smell. Apparently, though he liked it on me, "Scentfan by Appointment" (inspired by Shalimar/Roja's Haute Luxe), wasn't manly enough for him. A revelation. How could I have left my poor hubby,...
A Genius, A Prince and A Soirée in Versailles
This is the kind of story that makes me wonder if invisible genies are orchestrating our lives. PREFACEIt began as I prepared for my still only partially-written Guerlain Sniff Fest in our Forum. Slowly I'd been collecting Guerlain samples until the fated day, March 27, 2016. I know because it's the day before I posted my parfumo.com review of Jardins de Bagatelle. With this and other beauties...
SOAP, FLOWERS, PERFUME, VIOLIN
Yesterday was the day I cut my Castile-Avocado soap into bars and bottled my first perfume, ScentFan by Appointment, which I'd also used to scent the soap.Previously I've shared my perfume motto, "I seek the glorious reek." Well, fellow parfumo.com subscribers, I think I may actually have, honest-to-goodness, created what I seek!Before I get ahead of myself, let me tell you about the soap. Made of mostly tallow...
SOAP HOMECOMING 5 - THE SUPER EXPENSIVE SOAP
Turns out that if you use absolutes, concretes and high quality natural essential oils to scent your soap and the fats consist of cold press extra virgin olive oil imported from Italy and organic cold pressed avocado oil—as well as suet made by nice ladies on their farm—your cost per bar is going to be astronomical, as soaps go.Here is Magic Soap #2. It may not look rare and beautiful, but intrinsically...
SOAP HOMECOMING 4 - FROM SOAP TO PERFUME
I did have good intentions in setting out to duplicate that magic soap of 30+ years ago. A Copra-olive (olive and coconut), I scented it with Jasmine, Lavender and Sandalwood — gorgeous extracts not affordably available today. I have a very old Jasmine Sambac though, from Bulk Apothecary whose offerings today aren't always what they once were. I have a very new Jasmine Grandiflorum absolute from...