Long-term Favorites

What is it about some perfumes that make them life-long loves whereas others you may enjoy for the duration of a bottle or decant but not repurchase?  I’ve loved Chanel 22 since college and will probably always love it.  I remember the sales assistant at the time trying to interest me in No. 5 also, but…

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A new green floral discovery, and the drawing closes tonight

I’ve not had much time for working on scents the last few days, but I did sneak a quick try of Patricia de Nicolai’s Temps d’Une Fete.  I’ve mentioned that I have trouble finding green florals I like, and here’s one that worked for me, at least on first sampling.  It’s a very pretty floral…

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Draw for free samples of Vintage Rose and Wood Violet

We’ll do a draw at the end of the day Thursday for 3 winners of one sample each of our two new scents: Wood Violet and Vintage Rose.  Just post here on the blog that you’d like to be entered or send an email to info@sonomascentstudio.com and you’ll be entered in the draw.  Tell me…

More Scent Testing

I’m still testing and tweaking a few scents.  I took a brief break to try a fragrance that’s new to me: Patricia de Nicolai’s Château Eau Fraîche.  The notes listed at beautyhabit are moss, hay, leather, and grass, but I get a tabac note too.  It opens with lots of green moss, grass, and hay notes, and…

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More testing

I took time out from testing new scents in progress to revisit a couple favorite men’s scents to decide which to get for my Dad’s upcoming birthday.  I wanted something easy-going and good in our warm summers.  Two candidates were Hermes Terre de Hermes and Divine’s L’Homme de Coeur.  They are both wonderful, and neither one smells like…

P&F Notes from Conference with Mandy Aftel

There’s an interesting write-up in today’s Perfumer and Flavorist newsletter about an event with Mandy Aftel that was sponsored by the Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce (WFFC).  Aftel discussed ingredients she uses and talked about some of her scents, including her luscious Fig scent. Unlike many fig fragrances that are heavy on coconut, green…

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Lift and Bloom

I recently received a promotional mailing from Firmenich discussing products of theirs that they feel are good for adding lift or “bloom” to fragrances.  They listed products in the usual categories you’d consider for lift, like damascones, aldehydes, hedione, some powerhouse green and/or ozonic chems, some woodsy and ambery chems, and various musks.  Of couse naturals can also provide lift,…

Some of My Favorite Scents

I’ve been meaning to do this since Jan 1st, lol, but better late than never.  Here are some of my favorite non Sonoma Scent Studio fragrances, in no particular order.  Sometimes knowing someone’s favorites can give you a better idea if you’ll like the scents they make or if you have any favorite notes or styles…

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Tweak and Sniff, Tweak and Sniff…

I sometimes feel discouraged by how many trials it takes me to develop a new scent, but this quote by Frederic Malle about how many trials went into the making of Carnal Flower puts things in perspective: “The challenge in creating a new tuberose perfume is to get away from Fracas.  Dominique Ropion and I went through 690 trials…