Thursday, January 11, 2007

Accords and Other Useful Things

I've often wondered why there isn't some resourceful natural perfumer 'out there' selling pre-blended accords as a whole product. Like violet, for example. Or gardenia. It can be done. I formulated a violet accord early last year, and it has finally stewed enough to be useful.

There are natural accord formularies for White Rose, Tea Rose, Moss Rose, Clove Pink, Sweet Pea ~ ah, sweet pea, for heaven's sake!

For a beginning natural perfumer, having these accords available would be a boon to their perfumery education. No to mention making some lucky alchemist a little bit wealthier. And if down the line the beginner becomes a pro and wishes to formulate their own accords, let them figure it out for themselves.


  1. I really wish I had it in me to do floral accords like that.

    Now, I've got a set of leather accords, and of funky tree accords, and I did some ocean ones last year. But floral? *sigh*

    I'm getting there. I tend to use florals to bolster things like the above, or to do weird things for effect.

    Violet's been on my list of things to do for a couple years now.

  2. I used the violet accord to calm down a galbanum~y green formula. Worked like a charm. Gotta listen to that Piesse dude once in a while ~ he knows what he's talking about.

  3. Dude...I'd be into that. I'm still trying to figure out how to manage a lilac accord. It's my favorite flower, and my first, incredibly failed, attempt at an infused oil back when I was in my teens.



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