Lately I have been on a perfume making frenzy. I am working on an all natural amber because even the so called "natural" ones on the market have some artificial (and irritating) notes that I don't like. So I decided to make my own. Research isn't easy, amber recipes are a closely guarded secret, but I have come up with one that I like. This will be a fabulous base note in other blends and will work as a stand alone fragrance.
I've also been learning about the perfume family called Chypres. A basic blend is bergamot, oakmoss absolute, patchouli and labdanum absolute. There is so much room for variations by adding petitgrain, jasmine, rose, citruses, sandalwood, etc. So actually, I could blend my 3 favorite perfumes (eau de cologne, soft patchouli, and amber), add a little oakmoss and have a perfect perfume. I also have some of my amber blend, mixed with choya loban and a little birch tar essential oil and it is smelling very deep, smoky, and sensual.
I am having fun and I think I have several masterpieces in the works! I'll keep you posted.