Post by Azar
I love fragrance oils, including attars (in sandalwood oil), mukhallats (mixtures) and concentrated perfume oils. In keeping with what B-Azar claims to be my working principle, “Anything that is worth doing is worth over-doing”, I have accumulated scores of 3 and 5 ml oils by niche and indie perfumers as well as several larger bottles of concentrated perfume oils from the big Arabian houses like Rasasi, Swiss Arabian and Al Haramain.
Mixing It Up – Layering Scented Oils
Even with this embarrassment of riches I am constantly searching for new scented oil experiences. By mixing and layering what I already own I have been able to satisfy my craving for novelty and at the same time avoid adding too many more bottles to my stash! The Arabian CPOs are great candidates for this kind of experimentation. They are, for the most part, very reasonably priced, alcohol free, non-spray and easy to decant or drop directly from the dippers. Zahra’s Perfume is a great place to look for them.
My little experiments have taught me to avoid combining scents from a single perfume house and/or fragrances with similar scent profiles. Many of the less expensive concentrated perfume oils are often created from the same synthetic aromatics. As a result mixing similar scents can result in a kind of “inbred” fragrance. One time I tried to marry two fruit-filled first cousins from Swiss Arabian. The result was an incredibly amped up chemical fruit salad, a sort of paradisamide compote, not at all to my taste. My most successful match so far has been a generous wipe of Swiss Arabian Zahra followed moments later by a tiny drop of Rasasi’s Amber Ood. The Amber Ood seems to round out Zahra’s fruity opening, masking the obvious chemical overtones. The result is a truly lush and almost peachy top note, warm and relaxing with a far more balanced heart than either fragrance alone.
No, I am not a perfumer “wanna-be”. I don’t see myself investing money in the necessary essential oils, absolutes, resins, aroma-chemicals, equipment and supplies. I also don’t want to spend my limited spare time marketing, bottling and mailing. Even though I have an adequate nose it’s not really a great or well-educated one. All I care to do is a little bit of experimentation, hopefully without blowing up the house or creating some kind of poisonous, concoction in the process.
Do you layer or blend your alcohol or oil based perfumes? Have you had spectacular aromatic successes or dismal, noxious failures?
Layering Scented Oils USA Giveaway
WHAT CAN YOU WIN?
Today we will have two USA winners:
The first will receive:
A full, unopened 20 ml bottle (exp. 1/2018) of the Swiss Arabian CPO Noora (Divine Light).
P&H in the USA
The second will receive:
A sample set of 5 fragrance oils from Olivine Atelier
P&H in the USA
HOW DO YOU WIN?
Open to everyone in the USA 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.
You must tell me how you follow APJ
If you leave any comment about mixing and/or layering you will be eligible for today’s draw!
Scented Oil GIVEAWAY http://wp.me/p3PURw-2pM #Perfume #Giveaway
Entries Close Thursday 13th February 2014 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by random.org or some other more fun way at the discretion of Azar, our host for this giveaway
The winners will have till Sunday 19th February 2014 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.
For more about Swiss Arabian CPO Noora check out Jordan River’s Three Kings of Cologne holiday post.
For a great write up on Olivine Atelier and the perfumes of Julie Wray see FeralJasmine’s APJ post.
Though I can only offer today’s draw to US residents but I would love to hear your comments no matter where you live!
Photos Taken by Azar unless otherwise stated.