14 Dec

 I recently made a custom-perfume _solid_, believe it or not. Bianca Youngers said she wanted a solid instead of a liquid; I kind of agree with her–a solid (concrete de parfum) is very intimate, only those who hug or kiss you get the aroma. The whole point of perfume, good perfume, especially natural, is that it should be, first and foremost, sensual. After two tries, I got something I thought she might like. Who knows–I may be in the wrong ballpark entirely. The formula will be secret of course, but a few notes in it are sandalwood, magnolia, and bergamot, out of 14 notes altogether. I’ll get back to you in the next installment about exactly what she thought about the stuff, Rhea I call it.
 I recently created Anthea eau de cologne; we started with a 7% eau de toilette, but that was too strong (compared to the solid), so we ended up making a 5% cologne. I got the idea to make a 25% extrait, or pure perfume; we tried Anthea and Daphne. Anthea was the clear winner; I may jack it up to 30%, but that would such a small amount. Small price to pay for something that smells truly magical. It is all the best parts of Anthea, but multiplied and even more extravagant, delectable, and sublime. My ode to jasmine hit all the right marks in all its forms, solid, cologne, and extrait. It, along with Ares EDP, are my two main prides and joys.
 I’m also determined to make a lavender perfume–every female at Fashion Week Tampa Bay asked what I had that smelled like lavender. I tried for several years to make a lavender perfume, and each time I failed miserably. Now I have a better idea how to properly construct a professional perfume, I thought I’d try again. We made a couple of liquids, which were only okay, so-so. So I decided to make solid; I have lavender CO2, which not many perfumers know is essential to making a solid. I feel I have an uncanny ability to create beautiful solids. I think on the new website I will end up calling them concrete de parfum.


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