Hi Everyone! I'm back from a semi-vacation, a staycation I think it's called, but I'm still refreshed and ready to answer your questions. The growing season is in full bloom in most parts of the world, and if you have any fragrant plants sending out their beautiful scents now, or will soon, and want to extract their scent, ask away. Or, maybe you have another question about perfumery. I'll be here, on and off, until 10 or so EST.
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