Day 4 – Basic Eau de Cologne Creation

A quick look at Galaxolide, a floral musk, soft and warm, making everything it touches nicer, rounder, fuller
We begin with another test of the previous days materials: Again ten smelling strips are handed out and we will identify what we are smelling: Better success today with Sandalwood, Iris, Lime, Fir Balsam, Blk Pepper, Tonka, Rosemary, Myrrh, Jasmine, and Artemisia (which I thought was  Clary Sage)

We then examined the powdery aspects of Mimosa and Iris.

On to more exploration of individual raw materials:
Star Annis Oil with its warm and liquorice high levels of anethole, Opoponax Oil not as warm as Myrrh, not as quite as fresh as Frankincense but well used in Shalamar. Juniper Berry, peppery and warmer than black pepper, little aromatic, spicy used in Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling, Red Thyme… aromatic fresh and warm.

Break for lunch

When we return we begin our first formulation. A general image of an Eau de Cologne is  worked through with Laurence correcting our first cologne base. We are then allowed to add to it to personalize the cologne in our way, without straying out of the cologne 2013-06-20 05.03.01scheme. General base is created from Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, Lavandin, Rosemary, and Neroli. From there I decided to create two different colognes. After working out percentages and having it checked I combined Mimosa and Sandalwood to base and  Fir Balsam and Mandarin to base. Not too bad for a first start.


The class share one of their creations and present the smelling strips for everyone to enjoy. They is a great variety and some really good work. Quite wearable.

Nose is completely exhausted and we head back to our “homes” after another day of fun and learning. Back tomorrow

1 Comment

  1. Nicholas Mayne

    I want to smell all this! Can you bring any of your creations back or are there customs restrictions considering the chemical nature?

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