As I get close to putting ET back on the scent list, I’m wondering if I should give it a new name. Like the original ET, this new formula has main notes of frankincense, labdanum (plus cistus this time), and sandalwood. This new scent is quite different, however, so I wonder if I should retire the old name and start fresh. I’m considering simply calling this one Incense. I do like the name Encens Tranquille though and think it fits this scent even better than the original since this one is gentler. Both versions are dry and fit the contemplative theme. I had to reformulate ET because I could no longer buy the old oakmoss I had used in the original formula, and I may never be able to do something exactly the same as old ET again. I could either look at that as a reason to re-use the name since I like it, or I could see it as a reason to retire the name since this scent is significantly different. I’d love any feedback anyone has on the name quandary (the naming issue is always hard for me!).
I’ve just started to hear back from a few people about my latest tweak to make the new ET formula a tad less dry, and so far feedback is good. I’ll see if that continues.
I made some more changes to the base of BB (Bouquet Blanche) and am much happier with it as of today. I want the tail end to be something that I still find interesting, rather than having a nice floral blend the first few hours with a ho-hum final drydown. I added some beeswax to the heart and some orris, vetiver, and oakmoss to the base. The base is a little more in the classical direction now, and I like that. The beeswax adds a pretty, but subtle, hint of pollen/honey and hasn’t gone too sweet as of my testing so far.
I apologize that Opal is out of stock for a while. I’m having an issue with an ingredient and may need to reformulate, but I won’t have time to dig into that project until I finish ET and BB.
It was a beautiful spring-like sunny day today, which was very welcome after rain all day yesterday. The garden is so wet that we have a bumper crop of frogs, lol, and they are singing constantly. I bet they are beneficial for the garden though. The roses are leafing out and it won’t be long before we’ll have a few of the first spring roses.