I’m putting this break from orders to good use and am working on Gardenia Musk and also the oakmoss substitutions in four scents. I tried the new moss in Winter Woods and the difference is not noticeable, partly because the moss note is light in that scent and partly because the new moss isn’t much different from the old. I’m also trying the new labdanum in WW and that does make a more noticeable difference; the new one is less sweet than the one I’d been using and may be an improvement. My supplier for the original labdanum says it may not be carried long-term whereas the new labdanum with another supplier will be a long term stable product, so I’d like to switch if the scent is as good or better with the new one. I’m testing to see, but so far I think the new labdanum is a change for the better. Once I finalize the formula I can restock WW and move on to the next scent with moss and labdanum to incorporate the new products.
I worked on Gardenia Musk yesterday. I’ve been discovering over the last year that it is quite common for people not to smell musk very well, and sometimes the musks even seem to block parts of the rest of the scent for some people. I’m trying to formulate Gardenia Musk with as little musk as possible, and instead I’m building a musk-like accord from the soft woods and creamy elements in the base. I don’t want to use much vanilla, but I’m getting a very nice creamy floral sandalwood musk base without much musk or vanilla. I’m testing and tweaking the balance of things but this is promising (I took out most of the musk yesterday just to see it if would work and I think it might).
I also posted an ad for part-time help at the nearby college and I’m going through the incoming resumes to set up some interviews. This is something I’ve needed to do, so it’s great to have this break to give me time to interview candidates.