Scent Story: Rose

Posted on March 28, 2016 by Angie Andriot

A common ingredient in love potions, the rose is an ancient symbol of love and beauty. It is sacred to Isis and Aphrodite, and is often used to symbolize the Virgin Mary.

In ancient Rome, roses were placed on the door to rooms where private matters were being discussed–hence when we tell someone a secret, we are doing it “sub rosa,” or “under the rose.”

Rose is a great addition to your perfume inventory!


Fragrance Family: Efflorescent

Note: Base

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How to clone your favorite scent

Posted on March 05, 2014 by Angie Andriot

Say you want to recreate your favorite scent. How would one start? Most popular fragrances have LOTS of ingredients. Notes aplenty. However, you can get a close approximation (or a smell that is certainly inspired by) your fav scent by focusing on the main notes. An excellent resource for this is Fragrantica. They have a database of a dizzying number of fragrances - both commercial and indie, synthetic and natural. 

Here's an example. I chose Vetiver Creed, because we recently released a new vetiver essential oil in the store. It is hydrodiffused, and it is fabulous. Blows the other vetivers I've smelled out of the water - including our synthetic version.

Step 1: Find the Fragrantica Page for your chosen fragrance. Here is the one for Vetiver Creed 

Step 2: Check out the main notes. You'll typically find two lists - one is a list of what is in the perfume, and one is a list of what reviewers actually smelled when sniffing the perfume. And handily, the former is in order according to note (top, heart, base) and the latter is in order according to votes. 

For this fragrance, it looks like we'll need some vetiver, citrus notes, virginia cedar, ginger, amber, and bergamot (on their website you hover over the pictures and the names appear).

Step 3: Acquire the main notes. If you can't find one, just get something similar. 

Step 4: Begin experimenting. 

Here's a starting point, using oils that are available in our store. (DISCLAIMER: I have never smelled Vetiver Creed, so I have no idea if this recipe approximates it. I just took the notes, and made something I liked out of them). This recipe is given in ratios (x:100), which is good if you're measuring by the drop or need to calculate for your own bottles size, but also is automatically adjusted for our 9ml bottles and 30 ml bottles.

You can use either fractionated coconut oil (FCO) or perfumer's alcohol as your base. If you do not have perfumer's alcohol, Everclear works fairly well.

All of these oils are available in our store! Just click the fragrance names. Need them all? Buy our Vetiver Creed Type Cologne Kit. 

 Ratio/ Drops9ml Bottle30ml Bottle
Vetiver EO 12 1.1 ml 3.6 ml
Bergamot EO 8 .72 ml 2.4 ml
Lime FO 4 .36 ml 0.9 ml
Ginger EO 3 .27 ml 1.2 ml
Cedarwood EO 8 .72 ml 2.4 ml
Amber FO 3 .27 ml 0.9 ml
Orange Blossom FO 2 .18 ml 0.6 ml
FCO 60 5.4 ml 18 ml

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What the Heck's an All Natural Fragrance Oil?

Posted on March 25, 2013 by Angie Andriot

There's no such thing as an all natural fragrance oil...or is there? If you're like me, you were taught that fragrance oils are, by definition, synthetic. But what if I told you that wasn't true? That there is another way?

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Posted in distillation, essential oils, fragrance oils

Scent Story: Violet

Posted on January 25, 2013 by admin

Peeking out from behind its heart-shaped leaves, the humble violet represents shyness and modesty - but also death, for it is the flower of Persephone, a quiet and unassuming goddess who reigns as Queen of the Underworld for half of each year.

It is said that Persephone was walking in a field of violets when she was first spotted by Hades. After Hades took her away to the underworld, Persephone's mother Demeter made the earth barren until Persephone was returned to her. However, while in the Underworld, Persephone had eaten a pomegranate seed, thus binding her to the place. Demeter and Hades struck a bargain, whereby Persephone spent half the year on Earth, and half in the Underworld. The return of the violet each February signifies the return of Persephone to her mother, and Demeter's subsequent lifting of winter.

Get your violet fragrance oil today!

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Scent Story: Lily of the Valley

Posted on January 12, 2013 by admin

lily of the valley

Otherwise known as the May Lily, or Our Lady's tears, the Lily of the Valley has an origin steeped in tales of sorrow and hope. The very first lilies of the valley sprang from the soil where the fallen tears of Eve had soaked into the ground as she and Adam left the Garden of Eden. Later, this same flower sprouted out of a ground wet with the tears of Mary, crying at the base of her son's body upon the cross. Like the rainbow, the flower represents a promise of hope and a return to happiness.

Get your Lily of the Valley fragrance oil today!

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Scent Story: Gardenia

Posted on January 04, 2013 by admin

A true southern flower, the Gardenia, or Cape Jasmine, gets its powerful scent from its creamy fragrant white flowers. In ancient Victorian society, the gift of a flower held great symbolic meaning. In fact, one could carry on quite a conversation with flowers alone. The gift of a gardenia was a way to tell them they are lovely. Wearing a gardenia signified joy....and perhaps a secret love. Interestingly, this flower is most often seen today at the most public declarations of love: weddings.

Caution: this oil is an aphrodisiac. It lifts the spirits and gets the blood flowing.

Get your own Gardenia fragrance oil today!

Posted in efflorescent, fragrance oils, Scent Stories

The Smell of Bourbon

Posted on July 04, 2012 by admin

Take a good whiff of a fine bourbon and you will be rewarded with a bouquet comprising all that is good in the world. Grab your snifter and pour yourself a drink. Give it a good swirl.

You'll begin your fragrant journey with the smooth aromas of warm caramel and toasted vanilla. Oh yes -bourbon rewards the connoseuir with dessert first. As these intial notes drift away, the bourbon reveals a heart reminiscent of a winter evening in grandpa's study.

Take a seat and enjoy the enticing aromas of charred oak, smoke, and just a hint of pipe tobacco. Now linger by the fire and await the spiced chocolate dry-down. Do you detect that hint of cherry? The touch of leather? A perfect end to a perfect day. All contained within a single perfect drink.

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