I may have lessened the momentum of posts on this here blog, but I haven’t been slacking in my hobby. I recently finished reading Perfume by Jean-Claude Ellena, and his experience has affected my approach in making fragrances. I am spending time working on accords – nutmeg and linden blossom, cinnamon leaf and English lavender – while diluting E.O.s to 5% to better understand the nature and tenacity of individual notes. I purchased four different samples of patchouli, and I’m going to spend as much time with them to best understand the strength of each variety when blending.
I had hoped to find Jean-Claude somewhere on social media, alas I suppose he is too busy creating amazing blends to bother with tweets and likes. Some of his students are avid users of social media, and through them I have learned how to express fragrance through language. I was also able to apply meaning to my approach for creating fragrances: synesthesia. I am exploring the concept of synesthesia more in my work(s) as I continue to deepen my exposure to singular notes.
Jean-Claude also blew my mind by sharing that vanilla and labdanum absolutes produce an amazing amber accord. My oud & cannabis blend is a million times better now. I was thinking of calling it “Last Splash” or “Roi” after The Breeders.