A little sample to pass along

I recently tried a sample of Bond 9’s new Union Square fragrance and can pass my large sample vial on to someone else who would enjoy trying it.  I found it to be a pleasant green floral, but it’s not a scent that captured me so I don’t need to keep the sample.  Since it is a new scent I thought someone might enjoy the chance to sniff it.  If you’d like it, just send an email or leave a post below and I’ll send it to the first person who contacts me.  You can email your mailing address to me privately at info@sonomascentstudio.com.  It has lily of the valley and other light white floral notes, green notes, and just a hint of something aquatic, which is partly what keeps it from working for me.


I enjoy a few lily of the valley scents like Diorissimo (though I wish that one had better lasting power on my skin), but lily of the valley is a tricky note for me.  It can easily become a generic type of floral note since lotv aroma chemicals like hydroxycitronellal, Lilial, and Lyral are so prevalent in functional products (laundry detergents, etc.).  Green florals are hard for me to find in general.  I was given a precious sample of vintage Vent Vert by a generous friend and really love that sample.  I don’t know how the current version compares, but the vintage was very nice.  I love the touch of rose with the white floral notes, and the green notes take you right outdoors into the garden.  


A couple new floral scents I’ve tried in the last few months and liked are Prada Infusion d’Iris and EL Tuberose Gardenia.  Haven’t had time to wear them enough to see if they could become favorites, but I enjoyed sampling them.


I have green on my mind as I make the final decision on how much of the green violet leaf note to leave in the new Wood Violet scent.  I’m comparing the last two trials, both of which I like a lot.  The green helps extend the violet note and it counters sweetness, but I don’t want it to be too strong.  I’m letting this mature a bit to see how it changes and to be sure I’m making the right choice.


Just a heads up: I’ll probably post on the blog more often in the evening than in the morning because my mornings are so busy getting packages ready to go out by the noon mail pick-up.


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  1. LOTV is a tricky one for me too. Back in the day, I used to wear Coty Muguet des Bois occasionally, but it’s really not me anymore. Florals in general really aren’t my favorite. While I do enjoy violet sometimes, I tend to gravitate toward “green” non-florals (love Vent Vert!) and gourmands. Actually, right now as the weather is warming up, I’m craving tea scents.

    I’m still really enjoying reading your blog – I like the glimpses into the creative process 🙂

  2. Hi Gail,

    Glad you’re enjoying the blog! I’m not sure what people would like to read about most, but I’m trying to write about things that are happening in the course of fragrance development and hoping that’ll be of interest.

    I love tea scents in summer too! It’s hard to make nice tea notes that last though. It’s fun to tincture tea because it’s so easy. You can put some tea in a glass jar and cover it with an equal weight in perfumer’s alcohol and let it sit until it is the desired strength, shaking sometimes as it goes. The tinctures I’ve made last anywhere from one to three hours on the skin and can be incorporated into scents. It’s on my to do list to make use of one of themm that turned out especially well.

    I do love florals, but the green ones are harder for me to find. Vent Vert was a great one.

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