Buying Single Perfume Notes + GIVEAWAY

Hiya all.

I don’t know if you ev er think about the solo pieces of a fragrant puzzle? Recently I was buying some Scent Strip Cards for sampling fragrances wit the crew from Perfumers Apprentice which they sell for around $5/100. They also have a selection of single note oils, now there are many different accords used in perfumery for each facet of fragrance here they use just one of those accords and they seem to be mainly synthetic creations. Nevertheless they are an interesting thing to have samples of in case you can’t discern a note particularly well and want a correlation point. Perfumers Apprentice also has selections of aroma molecules that you can buy but I’ve not tried them yet.

(Ed: This post jumped up on the blog too early so if you’ve read it before, apologies. This is it’s right time)

Perfumer's Apprentice logo


From Perfumers Apprentice site:
What are Fragrance Oils?
Fragrance Oils are blends of Aromachemicals and Naturals that have been diluted for ease of use. They are easy to work with because they actually smell like what they are named after.
There are two reasons, however, that professional perfumers do not use Fragrance Oils.
1. Because they are pre-diluted by the manufacturer.
2. Because they are of unknown composition, with the manufacturer not bound to continue making the same product the same way.

Single Perfume Notes: Fragrance Oils

Perfumers Apprentice Frag Oil#1

These are so reasonable priced at around $3.50/15ml

Almond: Almond oil is a bitter almond smell like marzipan but it also has the milky quality behind it that makes almond so alluring. I can see when I smell this where so many perfumes use almond as a smoothing agent and a dry down component.

Carnation: Carnation is a sweet/buttery/pepper combination, not nearly as spicy as carnation in my head but I can see where Bellodgia by Caron gets its carnation fix now.

Geranium: Geranium smells like rose to me, the spicy, fruity, dry peppery rose that reminds me of but it not really like my garden geraniums.

Honey: The sweet, animal, urinous scent of perfumers idea of honey, normally this particular blend doesn’t seem like fresh honey to me but today when I opened the bottle to sniff it made my mouth water in anticipation and left and back taste in my mouth like I’d eaten honey. MMMM

Peony: Peony smells like perfume to me, not like a peony at all. It reads to my nose as a complete and finished fragrance and I have used it on myself as such. It’s pretty, light, fizzy and fun and smells like there was a lot of it in Burberry Brit.

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Fragrance Oils GIVEAWAY


We will have 2 winners for this draw. It would be more but postage is outrageous! Each winner will receive

1 x 1ml sample vial of all 5 Fragrant Oils (Almond, Carnation, Geranium, Honey, Peony)
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

All I need is you to tell me your favourite perfume note and how you follow for you to be eligible for the draw.


Entries Close Tuesday 8th October 2013 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by putting names on same sized papers, folded similarly, put on a tray and Jin will pick a winner (unless he asleep or studying then I’ll use
The winners will have till Friday 11th October 2013 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

Good Luck Everyone,
Portia xxx

70 comments on “Buying Single Perfume Notes + GIVEAWAY

  1. patty P. says:

    I follow by e-mail. And lately, it’s iris. 🙂

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      MMM Iris PattyP? There’s a lot of iris love going around right now. Do you like the rooty, earthy iris or the cool, metallic edge?
      Portia x

  2. Irina says:

    I follow via email and enjoy your blog, a lot
    My absolute fav note is incense- from your fragrant oils, carnation, by far
    Thanks a lot for the draw

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi there Irina,
      I am so glad to have you as a part of the APJ family. Incense is beautiful, we often have it burning in the house and I’ve collected different ones from many countries and religions, so many different combinations of scent.
      Portia xx

  3. Jackie b says:

    Hi there Ms Turbo,
    DNEM as I have many of these vials from The Perfumers Apprentice, so interesting to isolate notes. I like to add them to handmade body creams and sometimes soap.
    I also have a crush on incense, esp oud ones.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Sure JackieB,
      Glad to have you as part of the conversation without entering you. WOW! You make your own creams and soap? That is cool? What kind of success are you having?
      Yes, I am a serious Incense Junkie. Unlike my perfume though there will be very little left when I die, I use it a lot to cleanse the house and to say thanks.
      Portia xx

      • Jackie b says:

        I have been concocting for a few years now, my husband will only use my cream on his face!
        Have to add too, the Sandalwood accord from PA is especially nice and I use it to amp up the $$$ essential oil.

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Wow! That is interesting JackieB, lucky husband

        We were recently sent some of the new Australian Mysore Sandalwood, it is spectacular with a real Aussie twist.
        Portia xx

  4. Belle says:

    I follow by email. Honestly, I don’t have enough experience with perfumes to say what is my favorite note….But I guess grassy notes? I like the smell of grass.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Yay Belle, Grass and hay are very popular niche notes, you will have a terrific time exploring them. Have you tried anything with them in yet?
      Portia xx

  5. I love sweet smelling notes and mostly white florals. Carnation would be in that . I follow on facebook and email.

  6. FeralJasmine says:

    This is all so interesting. I am slowly sniffing my way through groups of aroma chemicals from Perfumer’s Apprentice, trying to get a clearer idea how accords are put together. Gives me an idea what an extraordinarily complex thing the perfumer’s job is. But if anything, I am becoming less tolerant of the “take a standard tired formula and add a little more fruit” school of thought that seems to govern so much of mainstream perfumery. There is a huge complex world of possibilities out there!
    I follow by email.

    • FeralJasmine says:

      Should add that I haven’t tried their carnation note yet, which is odd because carnation is one of my top favorite notes

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I am scared to look too closely at them all in case it ruins the magic for me, I did want to get a handle on these 5 because they are used so much in perfumery and often I can’t tell which bit they are.
      Portia xx

  7. willa says:

    Jasmine, and I follow by email!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey there Willa,
      We will definitely be buddies, jasmine is up near the top for me too.
      Portia xx

  8. dgambas says:

    Facebook-shared, twitter-RT, RSS because I love it, mail-no chance to miss anything!
    If I choose only one note, then it must be rose. 🙂

  9. Sherry Proch says:

    Bloglovin! Peony rocks my world 😉

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Then this draw will be very exciting for you, though the peony is only a nod to what real peonies smell like it is still very pretty.
      Portia xx

  10. fleurdelys says:

    Hello! I follow via WordPress, and my favorite single note is carnation.

  11. Tara C says:

    I am an incense fiend, although I am also very fond of woods like cedar, pine and hinoki as well. I follow by email. 🙂

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi Tara,
      Hinoki? I don’t think I know it, or maybe I’ve forgotten. How does it smell?
      Portia xx

  12. Caroline says:

    Hey there Portia, probably doesn’t smell too lovely on its own, but enjoy galbanum as a note. I follow by email.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Yes Caroline,
      It is lovely in fragrance but I’ve never smelt it alone either. I wonder, hmmmmm
      Portia xx

  13. Nemo says:

    I follow by email, and this is a really hard question! I think it depends on the day, and the last week or so my favorite note has been vetiver. However, I am also fond of rose, jasmine and orange blossom.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      That is the most perfumnista-ish answer so far Nemo. He he he!! They are all lovely when done well in a way that our skin likes. Vetiver is an amazingly versatiloe ingredient, good choice.
      Portia xx

  14. tsurera says:

    Follow by email. Out of those fragrances listed I’d say almond, but I’m also hungry and marzipan sounds delicious.

    Normally, I love rose and green scents.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Yes, green, snappy roses are lovely. Have you tried Nikki de Saint Phalle? One of my favourite greens with a very pretty rose winding through.
      Portia xx

  15. Nadja Sand says:

    My favorite note this autumn is leather in all its variations! I follow with bloglovin.
    Nadja Sand recently posted…Autumn Outfit + RamblingMy Profile

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi there Nadja sand,
      What a wonderful note, do you have a couple of favourites that you’ve been trying? I have quite a leather collection here too
      Portia xx

      • Nadja Sand says:

        I haven’t tried that many leather scents yet but I love Les Nombres d’Or Cuir and Slumberhouse Jeke!

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        WOW!! You certainly have great taste. What lovely leathers , you must try Bettega Veneta EdP, Lonestar Memories, Knize Ten, Cuir de Russie Parfum, Cuir Ottoman and Cuir Fetiche. there are millions more but these are the ones I like the most so far.
        Portia x

      • Nadja Sand says:

        I know!! I have a lot of leathers to look forward to!!

  16. Liz K says:

    I don’t know if I can choose a favorite. I guess cypress/hinoki or maybe osmanthus. I follow via Bloglovin’

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi there LizK,
      I’ve just looked up Hinoki, does it really show lemon scented wood facets? How interesting.
      Portia xx

  17. Christine W says:

    I’m loving geranium right now, Portia 🙂
    XX Christine

  18. Patricia says:

    I follow by email.
    I loved the films about Dior and Chanel- heartfelt thanks.
    I’m very fond of sweet almond scent (which was used a lot in glue at primary school) 😉

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi there Patricia, those mini movies are interesting aren’t they. We are so lucky to live in the age of magic.
      Really almond in glue? Didn’t the kids eat it?
      Portia x

  19. hajusuuri says:

    Hi Porita,

    I follow via WordPress. My favorite note in the world is IRIS…all types!

  20. Gilda says:

    Hi Portia,

    I follow by email and Facebook. My favourite note is Carnation..but I also love Amber as well.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I LOVE the name Gilda,
      Great movie, such good memories.
      Carnation and amber, do you have a scent that mixes your loves? There are quite a few out there.
      Portia xx

      • Gilda says:

        Thank you Portia 🙂 I love your name as well.

        Rita Hayworth was sooo gorgeous.

        Two of my favourites are Opium (the original) and Spellbound. xxx

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Love the old Opium, but I’ve not tried spellbound.
        Rita Hayworth was my inspiration many years ago. Gilda, are you decent? Sure, I’m decent.
        What a movie.
        Portia xx

  21. Sally M says:

    Hi Portia, I follow by email. My fav note has to be amber. No, sandalwood. No, incense. Ack. Thanks for the generous draw, as usual – I’d love to be included.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey sallyM,
      Tell me some Ambers that are alone without the sandalwood and incense accompaniments, I thought that was how it comes mainly. I’m trying to think…
      Portia xx

  22. Annamaria says:

    I follow by Bloglovin. My favourite note is Heliotropin.

  23. patriciaC says:

    Hi Portia, i follow by e-mail. I love carnation. but my favorite is lilac if it’s done right and doesn’t smell like urnal cakes.Thanks for the drawing!

  24. Erin Pearl says:

    Hi, I follow through Bloglovin 🙂

    I think my favourite note at the moment is coconut. So many of my happy memories smell of suncream so it has very positive associations for me!

  25. mim says:

    Hi! I follow by email. Thanks for the draw!

    Carnation seems like the most interesting to me out of these–until Bellodgia I didn’t think carnations even had a smell (tulips too, this past year I really paid attention and they do, so many different varieties!) they all just smelled like florist-fridge.
    But I love honey too. I wear a lot of sweet vanilla or honey or earthy scents. Tolu today from my teeny sample.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      You smell good in Tolu, I bet.
      Honey is a great animalic note, sweet and raunchy. MMM
      Portia xx

  26. Laurels says:

    Ooh, tough question. Amber, vanilla, and orange blossom are all contenders, but there are so many things I haven’t tried yet! I just discovered this spring that I love the smell of lily. (Arum, not of-the-valley.) Can I still enter if I can’t pick just one? I follow with Bloglovin.

  27. Kandice says:

    Oh, so hard to choose! I love neroli, ylang-ylang, incense, and lately honey (which is a huge surprise to me). I especially love all natural scents (and have studied aromatherapy off-and-on for years). I’m not always as fond of the artificial notes. Thanks for this opportunity! (I follow via email.)

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Interesting Kandice,
      I have some aromatherapy friends and they have attuned their noses to natural so thoroughly that anything artificial smells very bad to them, one friend doesn’t even use alcohol in her fragrances for the same problem and prefers to use hydrosols and oils as her bases.
      Portia xx

  28. greennote2 says:

    Hey Portia, am I late to the party!?? As long as it’s well done and not sweet, I’ll try/wear just about anything. But if I see a combination of vetiver, sandalwood, iris, osmanthus, grass, hay, woods, jasmine, tobacco or civet in a line-up of notes, I start hankering to try it! Probably vetiver if I absolutely had to chose, but I don’t which is what makes the perfume world so fabulous! I follow by email.

  29. boringzlifez says:

    following via wordpress and my favorite has to be Peony:)

  30. Mihaela U says:

    My favorite note is fig, I felt for it when I smelled Womanity and I am still searching fro more fig scent! I follow this awesome site via e-mail and I also tweeted! Thank you very much! Wish you all the best!
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