Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Decoding Obscure Notes - A Series About the Building Blocks of Natural Perfumery

Part I: Vegetale Musks

Part II: Iris, Skin and Powder

Part III: Amber

Part IV: Violets - Purple or Green?

Part V: Chypre
The Mood of Chypre
The Magic of Chypre
What do Chypres Smell Like?
The Origins of Chypre
Members of the Chypre Family
The Dawn of Pink Chypres

Part VI: Leather

Part VII: Vetiver - Earthy? Woody? Green?

Part VIII: Tobacco
A. Tobacco Flower
B. Tobacco - Origins, History, Medicine & Curing
C. Perfuming Tobacco and Tobacco in Fragrance

Part IX: Agarwood
A. Precious Parasites
B. Religious Uses and Cultural Significance of Agarwood

C. Oud in Arabia & Perfumery
D. Jin-Koh in Japan
E. Medicinal Uses of Agarwood
Part X: Peculiar Mint (aka Patchouli)

Part XI: Sandalwood

Part XII: Mineral & Marine Notes

Part XIII: Tea & Perfume
Tea and Perfume: Time is of Essence
Tea and Perfume, Part II: Tea Notes
Flowering Teas
Herbal Tea Notes
Floral Tea Notes

Not Quite Obscure Building Blocks:
Unfolding the Hundred Petals of Rose
Flower of Flowers: Ylang Ylang
Pondering Citrus
Bitter Orange vs. Bergamot
Champaca Flower vs. Nag Champa Incense
Licorice Notes
Lily of the Valley
Madonna Lily
Sweet Peas
Lilac Structure
Lime vs. Linden Blossom
The Bitter Orange Tree: Most Resourceful
Narcissus Absolute
Vernal Equinox and Hyacinths
Divine Flowers (Dianthus) 
Osmanthus vs. Tea Olive
Lavender Haze

Coming soon:
Robinia pseudoacacia, aka False Acacia aka Black Locust

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