I was almost caught up with orders by the end of Friday evening so I stayed up late to do some blending that night. I think I have a gardenia tester to send out — I need to get some reactions now. It opens with a true gardenia note that includes some of the earthy and green aspects gardenias have, but it’s less earthy and mushroom-intense than Tom Ford’s Velvet Gardenia. The gardenia note is most prominent during the first few hours, mixed with ylang topnotes and heart notes of jasmine, tuberose, and orange blossom. The base is sandalwood, musk, ambrette seed CO2, and light ambergris. It has some creamy lactonic notes and some green leafy notes and some earthy gardenia aspects. Now I just need to find time to make some testers! A bunch more orders came in Saturday so I need to get through those first.
I also worked more on the incense scent; I removed the tobacco note and added some soft smoky notes. I like where it is going now. It needs a juicier, wetter aspect though because it is a bit too powdery dry at this point.
After staying up past midnight on Friday I was awakened at 4 am to very loud thunder and flashes of lighning across the sky. We had quite a show; no rain but just a hot, muggy electric storm. Those weird late summer electric storms are scary because they can start fires in our area since we get no summer rain and are so very dry until the rain begins again in late October. Luckily, we had no fires start in this area from this storm.
And a happy surprise for me this morning! There’s a nice Review of Lieu de Reves today on the Audit Diva blog. Thanks, Liza!
(By the way, international customers can choose the international shipping option in the shopping cart to see shipping charges, but I request they email me before putting their first order through just to be sure I can ship to their country.)
Gardenia sounds like it will be another winner for you.
Speaking of winners, I love Femme Jolie! I can’t wait to try layering it with the lotion. I’m curious about why you don’t leave this as a permanent part of your collection?
Good luck with your blending.
I worked on orders for the weekend but caught up again enough by last night to get back to gardenia. I made a few more adjustments and after I wear it again this morning I hope to get some testers out. This is more of an all-season gardenia scent rather than a summer gardenia musk; I’ll post more about that soon.
Femme Jolie seems to be very popular and is selling quickly. I wasn’t planning on doing more after this fall/winter season. I keep thinking that if I modify it just a bit and change the name it could be unisex, but I’ve never had time to work on that. It seems unisex in scent because it’s not floral, though I could reduce sweetness just a tad to make it more unisex. The name is not appropriate for guys though…