What a difference a year makes in a tincture.
The 10% ambergris tincture I've been waiting on finally smells something like what is described in my pre-1900's perfumery books. Musky, soft, sweet. But it still has a titch of that 'farts of a thousand gnats' essence to it ~ not quite halitosis, but pretty close. I will probably never, ever use this stuff in a perfume. Instead, I will open the bottle every so often and track its progressession -- for my book ~ ha ha ha
Aromata Perfumes ~ Linden Blossom oil perfume has a breathy quality to it, like the exhalation of a healthy, breast-fed baby. I haven't a clue what a real, live linden blossom smells like, my only means of comparison is a sticky, resinous, almost astringent, somewhat floral, distinctly bong watery linden absolute from Eden Botanicals. Aromata's Linden Blossom is much more floral. Very sweet. Lovely, really. Delice perfume oil ~ I really pick up coriander in this ~ that fresh, clean, breeze-off-the-cold-lake scent ~ or fresh salsa. There's also mandarin in there, and rosewood. Another clean, fresh perfume. Summer wear, or winter wear when a dose of summer is needed.
I was gifted with a sample bottle of a lingon berry tincture ~ wow! It smells like a cross between cranberries and pomegranate ~ very distinctly fruity and tart. The dry-down is weird, though. It's almost sweaty smelling, or dirty socky. Once that burns off, it's back to fruity, and then *poof!* like that, it's gone. No lingering lingon berry here. Maybe if it were a 3 or 4 x tincture, it would have more lasting power. It would be a great top note if it had just a bit more longevity.