Turn-around time on orders is just a bit longer for a few days while I catch up after being out all yesterday afternoon. I tested several ET mods again today and may skip the floral notes after all, but I need to wear the mods again to be sure. It may be too far afield from the original ET to add the jasmine and OB components, but I’ll try cutting back on the OB even more to satisfy my curiosity (and that direction may lead me to an incensy floral in the future so I’ll keep my notes).
I ran out of Ambre Noir this morning and took it off the site for a few days because I want to try a little test with a new ingredient before I finish a new batch. The new ingredient is a very pretty cistus oil that might add beauty to the labdanum absolute already in Ambre Noir. I usually prefer labdanum absolute to cistus EO, but this is a special cistus fraction that I tried recently and love. It is rich, deep, long lasting, a bit smoky with hints of leather, and does not have the medicinal notes that have bothered me in other cistus EOs. It is powerful so I would only want to use a little touch of it. I’m just testing it tonight in a little trial of Ambre Noir and need to wear it tomorrow to decide.
I also received some yummy mate absolute and something new to me — oakwood absolute from wine barrels in France. The oakwood is a great woodsy note with earthy and mossy nuances. I thought it was especially appropriate to use in scents for Sonoma Scent Studio given the wine-making origin! 🙂
Can’t wait to play with my new incoming ingredients, but I need to keep to the game plan. I’ll catch up with orders, get Ambre Noir back up, finish the ET tester (I’m feeling good about my favorite of the moment), and then back to Bouquet Blanche…