Tabac Aurea

I thought it was time to mention the other new scent in the pipeline besides Lieu de Reves: I’ve been working on a unisex woodsy amber scent with a tabac note that I’ve named Tabac Aurea. I’ve been migrating towards a golden amber woods with it, and it’s just starting to settle into something I’m excited about. I’ve had some nice heart notes in it for some time, but I’ve been experimenting with several approaches and sometimes those offshoots lead to dead ends. The latest path has me in the right direction though. The notes are sandalwood, cedar, tabac, vetiver, patchouli, cinnamon, clove, tonka, amber, labdanum, leather, vanilla, and musk.

I work on new scents in between orders, so I grab whatever hours I can get. Sometimes I work too many hours in a row on blending to try to fit in as much as I can before the next batch of orders comes in, and then my nose gets tired to the point where it’s best to put it away for a day or two. When I return to it later I can see what I actually have, lol. So I’ll put this down for a few days now and get back to the inventory, but I’m excited about this one.

As long as I have to do inventory, I’m reorganizing the cupboards of bottles in the workroom. I have this silly notion that if I organize and then write down a list of what is on each shelf that’ll make it easier to find what I’m looking for. We’ll see how long it stays organized as new stuff keeps coming in, but I’ll give it my best shot.

Here’s an interesting interview with Linda Pilkington of Ormonde Jayne that covers some business questions I’ve not seen asked before. It also says her best-selling scent is Isfarkand. I love the Ormonde woman and man scents but haven’t tried Isfarkand so I’ll have to add it to my sniff list.

Happy Friday! 🙂

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  1. There’s something exciting about a new fragrance coming…looking forward to what emerges from your chambers! 🙂

    I read Nathan’s interview with Linda Pilkington; it also brings up a planned project to scent places in order to influence customers. A thing that made me go “hmmmm…”.

  2. Hi ScentScelf! I think I made an exciting breakthrough on Tabac Aurea a couple days ago, but I’m making myself wait until Monday to test it again to make my nose fresh to it again. I made three mods last night that I can’t wait to sniff. Meantime I’m trying a new little tweak on Reves.

    That was a great interview Nathan did with Linda — all kinds of interesting tidbits. As much as I’m for freedom to use fragrances, I also am careful not to overuse them and not to intrude on the space of others. I don’t think I’d want every public space scented to the point of being acutely aware of it. Sometimes scented places are fun, like when you walk by a bakery and smell the fresh bread (an example of a naturally scented public place) or when a store has simmering spices at holiday time. I doubt every commercial place would go the environmental scenting route full-time though; seems like it’d be too hard to please everyone since scent preferences vary so much.

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