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What the F-ragrance is an Indole?

By Lola,

Indole (adjective indolic) is a chemical compound synthesized but also occuring naturally in floral notes like jasmine and tuberose.  which smells floral at low concentrations, fecal at high concentrations. A very common perfumery term, indoles usually impart a narcotic (strong floral), ripe or animalic character. As an aside indoles also… View more..

Floralcy…floral see

By Lola,

  The term floralcy refers to a fragrance that presents a floral aspect or includes the smell of flowers. Floral see? View more..

Sillage, how loud is your perfume?

By Lola,

  Sillage is French for "wake", akin to the trail left behind by a moving boat in water, or the jet stream of a passing airplane. Applied to the context of perfumery, it refers to the range or distance from the wearer, that his or her fragrance may be detected;… View more..

Nutmeg, sweet…spicy…psychedelic

By Lola,

nutmeg
  Nutmeg possesses a sweet, spicy, woody odour profile. The essential oil obtained by steam distillation of ground nutmeg is used widely in perfumery. Nutmeg, during the Middle Ages was known as a valuable commodity by Muslim sailors from the port of Basra traded and sold to the Venetians for… View more..

Vetiver root – deep, sweet, earthy and complex

By Lola,

vetiver-root
Vetiver is a bunchgrass , (ie grasses that usually grow as singular plants in clumps or bunches). Vetiver is mainly cultivated for the fragrant essential oil distilled from its roots (via steam distillation). Due to its excellent fixative properties, vetiver is used widely in perfumes. The island of Réunion is… View more..

scent of skin and skank, fragrance of royalty and rebels

By Lola,

musk desire art
Sacred and profane, scent of skin and skank, fragrance of royalty and rebels, the word musk derives from the Sanskrit word for testicle, muska, and there is no simple description for its odor (or odour!).  Overpowering, urinous, fecal, floral, milky, leathery, earthy, sweaty, spicy, woody, and sweet are some of… View more..

Oo La Lab caps L’Officiel 10th Anniversary with bespoke scent bar

By Lola,

L'Officiel - As guests piled up outside Zouk and #loffsquad made their stylish entrance in Lamborghinis, a myriad entertainment options were waiting inside: a Joe & The Juice bar, a Heineken beer and cocktail bar, an illustration booth helmed by the talented Alessia Landi, Oo La Lab's bespoke scent counter, and lip makeover counter by Clinique.… View more..

Ambergis, Grey Amber of the Sea

By Lola,

Ambergris or grey amber, is a solid wax, a bi-product of decaying sperm whale vomit. Freshly-produced ambergris has a marine, fecal odour. However, as it ages, it acquires a sweet, earthy scent. Although ambergris used to be very highly valued by perfumers as a fixative (allowing the scent to last… View more..