Ask the Perfumer - Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 10 a.m. to 10 PM EST

Are you laboring over perfumery issues this long, hot Labor Day weekend?  Let's see if I can help you solve them. Ask the Perfumer is open for questions.


  1. I am someone with a "million dollar idea" for a fragrance using a rare yet beautifully scented flower with an incredible history. A Company has shown interest in this concept and wishes to send representatives bringing a portable solvent extraction technology to analyze this flower, traveling to Long Island from NJ. I have no experience dealing with companies yet realize this idea requires expertise I do not have. I believe they can create something beautiful with this. Any comments?

  2. Hi Matt:

    I see you asked about this opportunity, and with a lot more detail in the NP Yahoo group. I don't have any direct experience with this type of endeavor, and I'm hoping perhaps someone there has, and can help you further.

    It sounds quite exciting, and perhaps you wish to get a lawyer involved, at least with a consult on the business aspects of this? That's what I would do.

  3. Hello dear Anya!

    I got some absolutes. Tiny samples in vials, but I don't know how to get them out of vial, they are thick, not realy liquid and it is small amount. I would like to disolve them just like I did with EO's.

  4. Yes I did, and then I discovered your blog :) I would like to consult with an attorney on this, that's always a good idea. They need time to get a response from their headquarters in France and the bloom of this plant is time sensitive. I will see what I can do in the next few days.

  5. Hi Ankica:

    Make sure the vials are very securely sealed, with no chance of water getting in. Pour some boiling water into a small container, perhaps just high enough to hold the vials upright. Allow them to heat up for several minutes, adding more hot water if it cools. After 10 minutes or so, your absolutes should soften or liquify enough for you to get them out of the vials and dilute them.


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