Sunday, July 29, 2012

Ask the Perfumer - Sunday, July 29, 2012 - until 10 PM EST

I'm resisting the urge to tincture or enfleurage my ylang ylang or jasmine grandiflorum flowers.  It's a way of 'turning off' the work and just enjoying them for their beauty.  Do you have any questions for me today?  I'll be here all day, since I'm working on my new launch and new edition of the Natural Perfumery Institute's textbook with the wonderful assistance of Andrine Olson.  Also wish to thank Bruce Bolmes for his contributions to the textbook.  
Beautiful ylang ylang flower in my garden last week.  Photo by Elise Pearlstine




6 comments:

  1. I hope you can help me. I'm hopeless with math and need help using a scale. Please tell me how to make a 3% dilution.

    thnx,
    amanda

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  2. can you tell me about amber?(not the fossil resin)

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  3. Dear Amanda:

    Maybe this can help. Put your flask on the scale. It will register a weight. My 50ml flasks weigh about 30 grams. Hit 'tare'. Now the scale will measure zero. Add your aromatic until the scale reads 3 grams. Then add enough alcohol to bring it to 100 grams. This is a 3% dilution.

    HTH,
    Anya

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  4. Hi Anita:

    So I'm guessing you're talking about the fragrance family amber? When a perfume is called an amber perfume, that typically means it has an accord that can include benzoin, labdanum, vanilla and styrax. They produce a sweet, comforting scent.

    HTH,
    Anya

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  5. Is there a difference between benzoin & styrax? Also, do you have a recommendation for Lab equipment?
    Thank you!

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  6. Hi Suzinn:

    Can you come back next week with the question? The ATP only lasts until 10 PM on Sunday. Thanks so much
    xoxo
    Anya

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