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“Notes from the Lab” Part 6: Perfume Ingredient Alphabet (R-Z)

My monthly contributor series on award-winning perfume blog, ÇaFleureBon called “Notes from the Lab” finishes up this month with the topic “Perfume Ingredients”. Below is an excerpt, for the full article head on over to ÇaFleureBon here.

After many years of working as a perfumer, writing formulas has become second nature to me. I find it to be calming and therapeutic. When I hear “experts” talking about fragrances—their notes, the latest status of “naturals,” ingredient labelling, niche vs. artisans— my mind wanders back to my formulas.

href=”http://www.cafleurebon.com/notes-lab-fragrance-ingredients-z/”>Last month I shared some notes from my early journals when I began studying raw materials in 1991; their origin, chemical nature, smell, and even their taste in some cases. Continuing on, please enjoy the following review as I work my way through the raw material alphabet from Hedione to Phenyl ethyl alcohol.

Rose Absolue: Rose has been called the ‘Queen of Flowers.’  I can see why, due to its adaptability in compositions ranging from spicy floral, to green floral, to classic Chypres.  Extracted from the petals of roses in a time-honored tradition, variations of rose ‘absolute’ are produced in several locations including Morocco, France, Bulgaria, and Turkey.

A rose from my garden

Zingerone is a trade name for 3-methoxy-4-hydroxy-benzylacetone. On its own this crystalline powder is pungent and almost mechanical smelling.  Used properly in dilution, it adds a natural textured effect (a ‘zing!’) to a variety of fruits and is commonly associatedwith ginger.

Thanks for reading! This is an overview featuring ingredients A and Z! To read about the ingredients in between these two letters, head on over to my series on Cafleurebon

I’ve enjoyed sharing my personal journals with you.  I hope you have enjoyed it too. Stay tuned for a new topic in April!

All the best,

Sherri

April 2, 2018
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“Notes from the Lab” Part 5: Perfume Ingredient Alphabet

My new monthly contributor series on award-winning perfume blog, ÇaFleureBon called “Notes from the Lab” continues this month with the topic “Perfume Ingredients”. Below is an excerpt, for the full article head on over to ÇaFleureBon here.

After many years of working as a perfumer, writing formulas has become second nature to me. I find it to be calming and therapeutic. When I hear “experts” talking about fragrances—their notes, the latest status of “naturals,” ingredient labelling, niche vs. artisans— my mind wanders back to my formulas.

 

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March 2, 2018
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“Notes from the Lab” Part 4: Debunking Fragrance Myths

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My new monthly contributor series on award-winning perfume blog, ÇaFleureBon called “Notes from the Lab” continues this month with the topic “Debunking Fragrance Myths”. Below is an excerpt, for the full article head on over to ÇaFleureBon here.

After many years of working as a perfumer, writing formulas has become second nature to me. I find it to be calming and therapeutic. When I hear “experts” talking about fragrances—their notes, the latest status of “naturals,” ingredient labelling, niche vs. artisans— my mind wanders back to my formulas.

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October 28, 2017
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“Notes from the Lab” Part 2: Fragrance Innovation vs. Duplication

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My new monthly contributor series on award-winning perfume blog, ÇaFleureBon called “Notes from the Lab” continues this month with the topic “Fragrance Innovation vs. Duplication”. Below is an excerpt, for the full article head on over to ÇaFleureBon here.

Perfumery today has become a rapidly expanding culture of analyzing and copying existing fragrances. Although analytical instrumentation may have overridden the need for patience, it hasn’t replaced the deep understanding necessary to truly innovate. Slick marketing campaigns are designed to make existing fragrances seem new and exciting, but a discerning nose isn’t fooled by pretty packaging and a cleverly worded campaign.

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August 19, 2017
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‘Notes From the Lab”: My New Monthly Contributor Series on Award-Winning Perfume Blog, ÇaFleureBon

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CaFleureBon Perfume Blog Contributor Series "Notes From the Lab" - Sherri Sebastian, Perfumer

I’m really excited to announce my new monthly contributor series on ÇaFleureBon called “Notes from the Lab”. I’ll be taking readers behind the scenes to gain a deeper understanding about fragrance notes and ingredients on this award-winning perfume blog.

“We begin a new monthly series “Notes From The Lab” with Sherri Sebastian who has a seat on the board of directors of American Society of Perfumers. Sherri has spent 24 years as a professional perfumer. Sherri shares her knowledge and will explore different topics. Today we focus on Musk, “I have an appreciation of the importance of musk today. They can dominate, or take a subtle back seat. They also have the ability to push top notes. For instance, someone might say, ‘This is the best citrus scent!’ not realizing that it’s a precisely chosen musk, added at an exact percentage that enhances the citrus characteristic.” – Michelyn Camen, Founder, CaFleureBon

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July 21, 2017
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