Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I've been playing around with Eau de Colognes of late ~ attempting to recreate formulas, and come up with a few of my own.
The whole water issue with EdC's kind of scare me. I remember when I was new to natural perfumery, I attempted an EdC based on a formula from my antique copy of 'A Woman Beautiful' -- it was a disaster as I had very little knowledge about character of EdC's, and . . . then . . . there was that water issue that literally clouds the composition, in more ways than one.
I guess I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the concept of adding water ~ was it added for longevity of scent, though light, as some books would have me believe? Or was it added to stretch the raw ingredients to create a fresher, lighter perfume, as other books suggested?
Being a perfumer who has very little patience for 'light' and 'airy' essences (Give me a vat of patchouli, or give me death!) hasn't helped with my endeavors to build and EdC. I'm always trying to ground them without punching them out. (Tonka and vanilla tinctures work wonderfully here.)
But I think I get them now. I think I've figured them out, those 'classics'. I can imagine Napoleon dousing himself with eau de cologne and begging Josephine not to bathe. I can imagine Hungarian princesses splishy-splashing rosemary eau de cologne on their faces to retain their youthful glow.
I am being fanciful, no?