Again with the top note accord for the collaboration project ~ it's sweet. Fruity and floral with a lovely spicy warmth underneath. I'm actually moving toward the 30 minute mark on longevity for this top note -- naturals tend to burn off top notes rather quickly, much quicker than traditional perfumery top notes. The longer this lingers, the more intensely fruity-floral-spicy it becomes. I've shipped off a sample to my collaborator to find out what she thinks. Awaiting quite impatiently, if you hadn't already noticed. If she's dissatisfied, I'm using this top note elsewhere as it is much too lovely to dismiss altogether.
It feels like fall is approaching, and quickly. It is unusual for August mornings here in the valley to be so cool, nearly cold, and for dew to be dropping, which it is. It actually feels more like early October rather than late August.
Remember a month or so back I had brought home kelp balls to dry to use as little containers for kyphi? Well, those little guys never dried, it never became hot enough here for a long enough period of time for them to dry, and in retrospect, I probably should have put them in the oven at 170 to dry them out. No, they didn't dry, instead they deflated, like forgotten Mylar balloons getting weak in the corner, except these little kelp balloons grew tiny spears of crusty sea salt. They looked like they had grown white beards and wrinkled into pancakes. So I tossed them in the garden as fertilizer. Back to the drawing board on that experiment.
The Natural Perfume Academy is gearing up for another six-month intensive perfumery course, and wrapping up the finals of the previous six-month course. It's always a super busy time for me. We're also in the process of putting together an advanced course for students wishing to fast track an apprenticeship style education, which should be available sometime in October.
Speaking of October ( didya like how I did that?), October 2013, the soap, is now available for purchase at The Scented Djinn Etsy Apothecary. Lovely soap.