Middle Notes: Nutmeg
Base Notes: Tobacco,
Hay, Vanilla, Tolu Balsam, Frankincense, Birch Tar, Indonesian Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedar, Cacao, Violet Leaf, Ambrette Seed
Too much tobacco is definitely a bad thing. Not so much bad as it makes you feel a little queasy. Tobacco has a beguiling sweetness that can overpower a blend when you use five too many drops. Despite my desire to create a tobacco blend, it’s better to let it share the glory with cedar.
Birch tar gives the tobacco a smoky character, and the tolu balsam helps to balance any acrid after notes.
I thought I wanted something vegetal? But the violet leaf and hay were just not doing anything for me. When I think tobacco, I imagine a fine pipe tobacco or just the right smell of a lit cigarette. The violet leaf and hay took the blend in a completely different direction. I added anise for a violet leaf and tobacco triad, and that quickly turned the blend into a hot mess.
I want to like Ambrette Seed, I really do, I just can’t find anything that inspires me to use its nutty, musky notes. I’m just not a nutty musky ’mo, I suppose.
Before I fell asleep I thought to myself, Gorl. Nutmeg I have had a love/hate relationship with nutmeg as I’ve always wanted to use it in a blend without smelling like a grandfather. The nutmeg and vanilla work in synchronicity with the tobacco and birch tar. The cacao adds that extra note of faint cocoa that I’ve always loved in a good pipe tobacco.
Frankincense is great for a sweet smoky scent without always relying on black pepper to pick up the slack. With the patchouli and Indonesian vetiver, the tobacco and cedar accord are given a more rounder presence in the blend.
I can’t honestly think of anything else to add to the blend. No time like the present to try a drop on the skin and see how it plays itself out.