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
The first topic is called “Musk, the Invisible Star”. Below is an excerpt, for the full article head on over to ÇaFleureBon Perfume Blog here.
“While natural musk has essentially disappeared from the perfumer’s palette, the effect it has on our collective consciousness lives on through an array of synthetic substitutes. When I started working as an apprentice in the industry—first flavors then fragrances—perfumery, like a medieval guild, was passed on through generations, learned by diligently working under the tutelage of a master. As I patiently awaited further instructions to advance my training, I observed the subtle interplay between ingredients. When I began noticing animal-derived products like civet, castoreum, ambergris and musk disappearing from the lab, I didn’t ask questions.”
It’s admirable that the industry championed the progressive and responsible use of ingredients. As a perfumer, I appreciate my historical knowledge of musk. But as an animal lover, the removal of animal-derived products was a welcome move. Today there are over a dozen synthetic musks that smell nothing like the original musk I briefly remember drawing into my pipette.”