There’s a great review of Tabac Aurea today on Fragrantica by Somerville Metro Man from basenotes, Mark Behnke. Thank you Mark, and thank you Elena at Fragrantica too (she always works wonders with photos for the articles there).
In the process of working on the reformulation of Encens Tranquille with new moss and labdanum, I’ve developed a new amber incense scent. It is too different to be a replacement for ET, but I like this and want to add it as a new fall scent. The predominate notes are frankincense, amber, and sandalwood, and other supporting notes are myrrh, cedar, orris, patchouli, oakmoss, elemi, and tiny hints of tabac and leather. It’s softer than ET, smoother, and less green because of less oakmoss. I think it has a yummy quality from the amber, with both dry aspects and touches of sweetness. There’s no musk in this one so musk anosmia won’t be a factor.
I need a name for it. I’m still testing and may tweak a bit more, but it’s basically an amber incense. Since this has been a hectic crazy time for me the last few months I was thinking of something that means harmony out of entropy, lol, if there is a meditative word or phrase that encompasses that concept. Anyone have any ideas? The soft amber, incense, and sandalwood would fit that sort of name.
Still working on Jour Ensoleille too and am very close. I really want to get the shopping cart up by the end of August so I’m trying to finish a few of these formulas first.