Friday, May 3, 2013

Solid Scents with floral wax

~A deep Floral Citrus Scent for the Summer of 2013~

Pictured: Citrus petals, Solid Perfume Prep, Solid Perfume compacts, NZ Tea Rose

Sponsored by Coeur d’Esprit Natural Perfumes in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Beginning on June 1, 2013 with an end-date of July 31, 2013 ie: they have to be in my hot little hands by then.

The Prize  is a fragrant compact of one of my wax-based perfumes to be sent out by the end of Aug 31, 2013

Solid Perfumes have their own set of challenges. The head notes are often weighed down by the oil and wax used to create the carrier of the scent. We’ll need to add extra top notes to alleviate this issue.

Sometimes the aroma of the oil or wax interferes with what we want the end result to be. There are a variety of fixed oils and waxes one can use. I love to replace some of the beeswax with a little coco butter or shea butter. I'd always used Jojoba oil and then found Fractionated Coconut Oil, which is virtually odourless.

It's time to experiment again and see what you can come up with that satisfies your nasal palette. All of my challenges are meant to be a fun learning experience. The main focus of this Challenge is to use Floral Wax in your formula. If you don't have any on hand, just type 'floral wax' into a search engine and you'll quickly find a supplier. Get the smallest amount you can... even ask if they can send you a sample, as that will be enough for now.

There are lots of websites on the internet who can advise a person on how to make a solid perfume. Mandy Aftel wrote a nifty book called ‘Scents and Sensibilities’, which gives step by step instructions on this type of perfume creation.

Again, there are many ways for the Natural Perfumers to go with this theme. And, as always, there are some guidelines to follow:


o Please be fair to others and ensure that, when you sign up, you intend to follow through with this project as only the first ten (10) Registrants will be taken then the registering process will be closed.

Anyone who wishes to Register, please do so now and send an email to me with the following information:

your full name

mailing address

phone number

recent photo

website URL

permission to post your entry on my

blog at and

website at

permission to add your fragrance to the glam-bag give-away at the end of the challenge

Please ensure you follow all the 'guidelines'. In the first challenge, people 'lost points' for not including a data tag, using an incorrect amount of ingredients, not sending a photo, and so on.

1. No matter what carrier your perfume is based in, the end product should be free from imperfections.

Imagine you are doing all of this for a high-end client and really want to impress him or her. This is very good practice for when this happens for you.

2. For the Citrus Floral you are allowed to use up to 20 ingredients. This includes the carrier ie: beeswax, oil, Shea butter etc… These ingredients must be naturally derived: essential oils, absolutes, concretes, floral waxes, natural isolates, enfleurage, and oil. If you use animal ingredients, you must know and attest to me that they are ethically obtained.

3. A Data Tag must be attached ie: name of the perfume, list of the ingredients, your carrier ingredients, your company information (even if it's simply your name and contact information), the size of the end product ie: 5 ml; precautions, how to use, and the 'best before date'. (See photo for an idea of what a Data Tag looks like).

4. Please follow these directions:
Submit the perfume and the following to me by July 8th. Please send it out in time to reach me by that date. It can continue to mature while it's here.

o send two 1 ml samples (about the size of an adult’s finger nail, gently placed between two scent strips and wrapped with saran or put in a baggie) of perfume for evaluation via the postal mail

o let me know if you are up for the Glam Bag Giveaway (see previous posts)

o write 5 sentences that tell the vision behind your new creation and submit via email

o write 5 sentences about who you are in relation to Natural Perfumery and submit via email

o email me the complete list of the notes in your perfume

o email me your photo

We hope that perfumers from all over the world will accept and participate in this challenge.

Each perfumer is graded 1-10 on the following categories: how well they followed the above instructions; the balance, character, diffusion, structure, and tenacity of their perfume design.

A Natural Perfume has the following qualities:

o Balance – so that no single component can be detected, unless it is a Soliflore.

o Character – The twists and turns of a perfume as it evolves on the skin. What kind of a perfume is this? Is it a raunchy riot? Is it soft and gentle? Where does it take you? What’s at the heart of it? Does it have personality? How do the layers unfold? Who would this perfume appeal to?

o Diffusion – does it surround the wearer with an aura of scent?

o Structure – Is there harmony in the mix? Have the base, heart, and head notes been properly addressed? Are the proportions correct for these ingredients so that there is balance, character, diffusion, and tenacity? Does it have dimension?

o Tenacity – staying power is the ability of a perfume to last on the wearer for more than just a couple of hours

Have fun with this.

Love Lyn

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