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blending perfume

On 08, Dec 2011 | No Comments | In aromatherapy | By All Year Garden

There is more to blending perfume than obtaining the actual product. Perfume making is an experience in itself, a trip to fragrance land, if you will, an experiment where every scent opens a new possibility, entices a different mood, evokes a different memory. I keep the little vials of essential oil in a round cookie tin. That tin is fragrant with a mix of perfume that I can’t define; the sweet orange, rose, jasmine, strawberry, sandalwood, vanilla, lavender and wood bark create a broad harmony of scents that reveal none of the components, but that I can pick out of a million perfumes as the essential oil tin fragrance. I wish I could describe it, but I can’t put my finger on it, there is a strong dominant note, slightly herbal and fruity, wrapped in the sweetness of vanilla and the intensity of jasmine. There are lingering notes of peanut and coffee, and a multitude of other scents that aren’t even in the tin, fragrances that blended at some point and became a stable scent, and then blended again.

When you make perfume at home it doesn’t smell like perfume, it smells as if you walked through a vineyard or orchard at harvest, when fruit is almost overripe, or as if you drew honey from a beehive in the middle of a wild flower meadow.