I’ve not had much time for blending the last few days, but I did test and adjust Bouquet Blanche. I need to send some testers soon on that one. I’ve only heard back from 4 of 6 testers on the last ET; two liked it a lot but two found it a tad on the dry side. I get sweetness from the sandalwood accord, the cistus/labdanum, the vanilla, and the light touch of musk, so I hesitate to add more sweetness to it. Though it’s not overly dry to me in the non-sweet sense, it is on the dry side in the non-wet sense. It has some dusty notes from the incense, cedar, and ambers, so I am trying higher levels of a few of the elements that add some “juiciness” without adding sweetness. The mod previous to this one had more musk and had vanillin instead of the vanilla absolute I am using in it now, and those two changes reduced sweetness a bit (the vanilla absolute is a more woodsy, slightly drier vanilla note than synthetic vanillin).
My new 1 oz bottles shipped on Monday and will arrive on the 21st at a port not too far from us. I’m not sure how long after that I’ll actually have them in my hands, but it’s getting closer now. I’m keeping up with orders — it’s great to have help a few days a week with filling samples and bottles and packing orders.
My plum tree is in full bloom and the daffodils are peaking. Those two things always signify that spring is on its way. Unfortunately, the weeds are also happily growing!