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Vetiver root – deep, sweet, earthy and complex

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…

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scent of skin and skank, fragrance of royalty and rebels

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…

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

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.…

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Ambergis, Grey Amber of the Sea

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…

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Cinnamon spice of antiquity, gift to a god

  Cinnamon has been known from remote antiquity. It was imported to Egypt as early as 2000 BCE, but those who report it had come from China confuse it with cassia. Cinnamon was so highly prized among ancient nations that it was regarded as a gift fit for monarchs and…

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Ambrette Seeds, the natural musk [Perfumer Ingredients]

Ambrette Seeds
Ambrette seeds or musk seeds (Abelmoschus moschatus, AKA abelmosk, annual hibiscus, musk mallow, musk okra) is an aromatic and medicinal plant native to India. The seeds have a sweet, flowery, heavy fragrance similar to that of musk. Once frequently used as a substitute in perfumes for animal musk; however this…

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Go Green with Galbanum [Perfumer Ingredients]

Galbanum is an aromatic gum. Hippocrates made use of it in medicine. The debut of galbanum in modern perfumery is generally thought to be the origin of the 'Green' family of scents. Galbanum offers an intense green note which can even be described as bitter. It offers complexities of spice…

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