Monday, September 03, 2012

Monkey Monday: Vacation Mode

Hope you all had a great, long, and enjoyable Labour Day weekend!
I'm on vacation mode till Wednesday and to be honest have absolutely no peculiar scent related anecdote for Monkey Monday! Shame on me!
However, I thought we can use this post to bring up any topics you would like to read more about on SmellyBlog. i.e.:
What should be the next theme for the "Decoding Obscure Notes" series? Some mentioned mineral/salty notes via our Facebook fanpage, and there were some other good ideas floating around there...
Any perfume review requests?
Anything else at all?
I'm listening :-)

Among the commentators, there will be a lucky draw to win a sample collection from Matriarch (Value: $100).

Labels: , , , , ,


At September 04, 2012 12:41 PM, Anonymous Bellatrix said...

I think salty (or marine like) notes are always interesting topic in natural perfumery.
My "request" is always gointo into direction of your perfume making... it is so interesting!! :)
The draw is amazing. Thanks so much.
And: enjoy your vacations. :)

At September 04, 2012 9:13 PM, Anonymous cheesegan said...

If you haven't covered it, how about galbanum as it is used in perfumery. I love this note, most of my favorite perfumes have it and I'd be curious to know what it blends with.
Leather perfumes and civet notes are also tops with me.
Ooh, a topic that doesn't get talk about so much in the world of perfumes, is the sustainability and fair trade of raw materials.

At September 05, 2012 5:01 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Bellatrix -
Salty and marine will definitely be a topic soon. Back to work at full blast as of today. So much to do!

At September 05, 2012 5:03 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

There doesn't seem to be too much to write about galbanum - it's a rather straightforward green scent. But intriguing all the same! Will definitely keep it in mind. As far as what blends with what - I don't cover this in SmellyBlog (trade secrets! LOL) but I do in my courses that I teach, books, etc.

And sustainability is an important issue, and very complex. Difficult to write about though I do try to whenever I can - it will be the main focus on the Sandalwood theme which is the next one up in the "Decoding Obscure Notes" series.

At September 05, 2012 6:43 PM, Anonymous Bridget Theodore said...

Another yes for delving into salty smells! Also, I like the idea of recipes inspired by scents or certain notes.

At September 06, 2012 2:12 AM, Blogger yash said...

Hello Ayala
I would love to read more on how scent effects or how the scent of some flowers(which are terribly hard to distill or extract the essence from) are reproduced especially with natural perfumery ingredients.. without giving away any of your secrets(I hope).

At September 06, 2012 9:41 PM, Blogger Michael said...

I'm all for amber reviews. I have really loved reading about the patchoulis you have reviewed. Ambers win my heart everytime though, so seeing a breakdown of some of the amber scents from such a talented nose would be delightful. I know you have covered the basic accords very nicely here already.

At September 08, 2012 10:03 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Salty is definitely coming soon!
And you should check out my previous tea parties. For example: the Orcas fragrance launch event menu was entirely based on the ingredients in it.

At September 08, 2012 10:05 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

This is a great topic! Albeit a very tricky one. If you are interested in that topic, look into Poucher's volume 2. It has a lot of information and formulae about this topic.

At September 08, 2012 10:06 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

I will definitely keep ambers in mind for perfume reviews this fall/winter!
I love amber too, yet find that it is almost like too much of a good thing... So I don't gravitate towards wearing amber alone anymore (I used to, 11 years ago LOL).
Any particular amber scents you recommend for me to try?

At September 11, 2012 12:04 AM, Anonymous Fragrant_Ninja said...

This might seem simple, but I do love fruit notes. However,most of the perfumes which use them smell horribly fake and fade quickly.
So a post on aromas that roam freely and yet can't be captured and bottled, would be great. Especially since you seem to meet so many scents in your day to day life. There must be aromas you have encountered that have been hard to replicate,right?

At September 11, 2012 7:58 AM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Fragrant_Ninja -
Welcome to SmellyBlog and thanks for commenting!
Natural fruit smells are amazing. Not much can be said for the artificial ones... They are such a bland, simplified version of the original. Fruit flavourings are much better.
I'm a scent hound, so I always pay attention to new and exciting smells; though they are not exactly easy to come by in Vancouver. Sometimes I wish I lived on a tropical island. Well, to be completely truthful, I almost always wish I did!

At September 13, 2012 11:08 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Hi Ayala,

I fell hard for Mandy Aftel's Amber, it was one of the first full bottles I had purchased of natural perfumes.

I also really love Tom Ford's Amber Absolute!


Post a Comment

<< Home